The Bologna Process has defined comparability in the standards Higher Education in all countries of the European Union, as well as recognition of the level of qualifications. This makes everything easier, because nowadays the degrees taken in an European university are recognised across Europe and, every European student has the same standard as a national student, which means that the tuition fees and entry requirements are the same.
Costs and Support
Regarding costs, it is important to take into account that different countries and universities have different tuition fees. In many countries it is not necessary to pay a fee if the student is a resident of an EU member country, while in other countries there are established fees, since the government don’t fully support the educational costs.
In addition to tuition fees, it is necessary to find about the cost of living in the country, as it may be important to consider whether it is more beneficial to study in a city in your home country or abroad. Sometimes studying in another country can even be cheaper in the end and, in some countries it is even common for students to work part-time.
We advise you to check the European Funding Guide, where you can find scholarships, but you should also visit the website of the educational institutions where you would like to study. In many countries, the universities, foundations and governments offer scholarships for international students.
How to find a degree?
To choose the right degree for you, it is necessary to know what are you interested in and the language in which the courses you would like to take are taught in, since Bachelor’s are usually in the language of the destination country, while Master’s and PhD’s are mostly in English, however there are exceptions.
If you want to study in the European Union, we advise you to visit Study.EU, where you can find courses spread across different countries. If you are from an European country, the application process and the documents needed are usually very similar to the application process within your home country, but we advise you to always double check and, if needed, to contact the universities.
Taking a complete course abroad is very beneficial, since it allows you to learn a new language, imerge into a different culture, develop a sense of responsibility and independence. These characteristics and skills that are highly appreciated in the jobs market, but despite the benefits, we know that there are some obstacles, such as staying away from home for long periods, since taking a plane once a month is not the same as taking a bus between different regions of your home country, the period of adaptation can be challenging, etc.
There are many other advantages and disadvantages, however each student must consider which is the best option according to their objectives and, it is always possible to experience the international environment in other ways, such as a semester abroad with Erasmus+ or an internship abroad, international volunteering or even short-term projects.