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The 5 Best European Countries for Education

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Best European Countries for Pursuing Your Education

Every year millions of students leave the comfort of their homes and their countries to pursue an education abroad. A great many of these students go to Europe. There are many good reasons to go to Europe for education. The continent holds thousands of different schools and universities, offering a wide range of options to choose from.

Among these thousands of schools, you are sure to find some that specialize in your field of choice. Many European schools possess state-of-the-art research and study facilities.

European schools also have the benefit that most higher education institutions in Europe offer programs based on very similar frameworks, so obtaining a degree in one school, means you will also possess an equivalent degree in most other European countries. Many European schools also offer the option to study in English, meaning anyone who can speak English, and many people can, can go to Europe for their education.

Tuition fees on the continent are also generally low, with many nations offering education completely free of cost. Obtaining a student visa also opens up greater opportunities for travel, with travel options between many European countries also being quite affordable.

Many European countries have rich cultural and historical backgrounds, and cheap travel allows one to go around, and take it all in. Moving to a different continent also allows one to expand their horizons socially, meeting new friends from new places.

Now that we’ve given you plenty of reason to consider going to Europe for education, here are the best places in Europe to go to:

Germany

German universities are well known worldwide for their high-quality education and research facilities. In more practical matters, German university graduates have very high employment rates, as well. Their schools also rank very highly worldwide in terms of both education quality, and student satisfaction.

Aside from their educational excellence, studying here will also give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in German culture, and learn about the country’s compelling history.

Best of all, public universities in Germany charge no tuition fee at all. They offer all their fantastic facilities and high-quality teaching completely free of cost.

Austria

A country offering low-cost tuition, an extremely low crime rate, and some of the most stunning scenery on the planet, Austria is the next country on our list. Much like Germany, Austrian schools have very low tuition costs, often none at all. Experience a unique blend of German, Italian and Hungarian culture, surrounded by stunning architecture no matter where in the country you go.

Go to Vienna to pursue a music degree in one of the music capitals of the world, where luminaries such as Beethoven and Mozart spent their lives, or pursue a psychology degree in the country where Freud laid the foundations of psychoanalysis. 

Scandinavia

Not exactly a single country, but they are quite similar so we’ll cover them all here. Scandinavian schools from countries such as Norway, Sweden, and Denmark are among the most prestigious educational institutes in the world. Much like Austria, these nations combine beautiful sights, with state-of-the-art research and educational facilities, with more opportunities for outdoor activities than you’ll likely have time for.

Most locals are fluent in English making communication a simple matter, along with the option to study in English at many institutions. For EU citizens all study is free, with Ph.D. programs completely free for all, regardless of your country of origin. Living costs and tuition costs are low for anyone, and the standard of living is among the highest anywhere in the world. 

Study in Scandinavia if you’re looking for a comfortable, multicultural experience, surrounded by beautiful landscapes.

Belgium

Located at the very center of Europe, and home to the United Nations headquarters, Belgium is the next country on our list. Possessing perhaps the most highly multicultural environment of any country on this list, Belgium lists French, German, and Dutch as official languages, though many schools still offer high-quality programs in English.

Combining all of this, it comes as no surprise that Belgium accounts for a very high percentage of international students in Europe, with over 100,000 annually. 

Ireland

Known for having some of the friendliest locals in the entire world, Ireland has recently announced its plans to increase the number of foreign students in its schools. Undergraduate degrees are entirely free of cost to EU residents, with a number of very popular programs such as Information Technology, Business, and Life Sciences. Schools in Ireland make a lot of effort to ensure international students are able to settle and adapt to their new environments as easy as possible, making it one of the best places to go for your education.

These are some of our top picks European countries to study in, though if one were to try, it would be easier to find many more that are just as good. The most important thing is to do your research, weigh up the advantages and disadvantages, and then choose the one that’s best for you. 

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