Thousands of Americans go to Europe to study abroad each academic year. Want to join the crowd and be one of them? Great idea! There are many reasons why studying abroad in Europe can be a game-changer — high-quality education, cultural diversity, work-life balance… You name it.
But before we dive in, keep in mind that there are 44 countries in Europe according to the United Nations, and 27 countries in the European Union. Your experience will highly depend on the country you go to as they all have different cultures. In any case, you will be able to find cheap tickets to visit other European countries and make the most of your study abroad experience.
10 reasons why you should study in Europe
1. European universities have a high-quality education.
With a wide range of Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD programmes, Europe is home to some of the best universities in the world. No matter how specific your desired subject area might be, you will be able to find a course that will get you a high-quality education and an internationally recognised degree.
2. There are many universities with low tuition fees and funding options.
While some European countries have expensive tuition fees for non-European Union students, it is certainly possible to find European universities with lower fees. For example, public universities in Germany are free. In Italy, you can find universities for as low as €150 (around $160). Swedish public universities are also considerably cheaper than US universities. Besides lower tuition fees, you might also be eligible to apply for scholarships.
>> Learn more about ways in which non-EU students can pay less to study a Bachelor's abroad.
3. It is possible to work and study at the same time.
If you want to support yourself by working part-time while studying, you can do so in Europe. As a US citizen, you only need a student visa to work in Sweden, Estonia, Denmark, France, Ireland, Finland, Germany, Norway (for the first year only), and the United Kingdom.
4. It is common to find study programmes in English.
There’s no need to be scared of the language barriers. There are hundreds of study programs taught in English 211815 over Europe. Plus, English is widely spoken in many countries. According to the EF English Proficiency Index, 11 European countries have very high English proficiency as non-native speakers. There are another 11 countries with high proficiency. If you go to a non-English-speaking European country, you can also take the opportunity to learn the local language.
>> Read more about this topic here and learn which countries have most programmers taught in English.
5. The whole continent is full of art, culture, and history.
Culture itself explains why studying in Europe is a good idea. The art scene, cultural venues, and historical richness in Europe are unmatched — nearly half of all UNESCO world heritage sites are located here. Imagine hiking to the medieval castles in Germany, seeing the Colosseum in Italy, or going to the Louvre in France.
6. Europe is a traveller’s dream.
You’ll get to do loads of travelling on the old continent. If you have a student visa for the European country you’re planning to study in, you will have the chance to travel freely to most other member states. Plus, Europe is quite small compared to the US, and it’s not difficult to see different countries in a short time. To give you an idea, you can change countries in a matter of hours depending on where you are, whereas in the USA, you might drive for two hours and still be in the same state.
7. Higher education systems are aligned throughout Europe.
Thanks to the Bologna Process, the education systems in European countries are aligned. This means that you can do your Bachelor’s in one European country, Master’s in another, and PhD in a different one, and it would be considered as if all three were in the same country.
8. It will be a huge resume booster.
As a degree holder from a European university, you will have the chance to work anywhere. Your options will be wide-open as you will have a reputable degree — you can stay in Europe, go back home to the US, or go elsewhere in the world. Plus, the experience of studying abroad will also show potential employers that you were able to get out of your comfort zone and manage to start a new life in a new country.
9. You will meet people from all over the world.
Social life and work-life balance are very important in most European countries. You will see this when you join university clubs, start going out in your city and discover the local culture. Besides people from different European countries, you will also meet loads of non-EU students and make so many memories. Be it Bucharest’s lively nightlife or Copenhagen’s colourful cafes, you’ll have many new things to try with your new friends.
10. It will change your life.
Your degree won’t be all you have left once you’ve graduated from university. Be it a new language, new friends, or a new home away from home, you’ll have countless memories when your studies are over. Is it safe to say studying in Europe can be a turning point? We think it is!