Just for sheer diversity of culture and history, Europe as a higher education destination for international students is unrivalled.
Why study in Europe? There are 28 countries in the European Union and each of them has its unique higher education system.
However, they are all linked to a core framework for the purpose of recognising credits and facilitating student mobility in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
Universities in Europe boast centuries of academic excellence beginning with the first university in Italy. European universities are considered a hotbed of research and innovation and attract students and influential thinkers from all over the world. The advantages of studying in Europe are considerable, such as good value for money, choice of thousands of higher education programs, a multi-cultural environment, learning languages and intercultural skills, beautiful scenery and architecture and unrivalled travel opportunities across Europe with each country just a short flight away.
France and Germany are the most popular study destinations in Europe.
France is famous for her art and culture and some of the world’s best museums are in France. Think of the famous Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo da Vinci at the Louvre.
The French government allocates about 20% of its national budget to education and therefore education at institutions of higher learning is also highly subsidised. The most attractive feature of French higher education is that no distinction is made between French and foreign students and all students pay the same tuition fees. The higher education landscape is diverse and there are 87 universities, more than 200 engineering schools, more than 100 schools of business and about 120 schools of art.
The Grandes Ecoles are uniquely French institutions which run in parallel to the university system. They are extremely selective and offer education of a high standard to an elite pool of students.
French law permits international students to work under certain conditions. A popular part-time job is “au pair” employment where students works as a domestic assistant helping out in housework and childcare and live as part of the host family in exchange for a monetary allowance.
In general, living expenses in France range from 800 – 1000 euros per month.
For more information, visit: www.campusfrance.org
Germany’s university degrees are as well respected as their top-notch technology, especially in the fields of science, engineering and high technology. For example, a German engineer is well-regarded for his expertise and training. There are over 400 state-accredited universities with over 17,000 degree courses on offer.
International students come to Germany to learn the German language and to receive the benefit of free tuition (yes, all undergraduate students, local and foreign, are enrolled tuition-free at German universities)
Living expenses in Germany generally do not exceed EU’s average of 700 euros a month. Students can work part-time, not exceeding 20 hours per week. EU students do not need a work permit. Scholarships for high-performing international students are available from the German Academic Exchange Service, also known as Deutsche Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD)
Germany has a strategic location in Europe and you can take advantage of student discounts to travel cheaply around Europe.
International students can apply for scholarships offered by a variety of organisations.In particular, the DAAD scholarship database at www.funding-guide.de is a popular tool for researching various types of scholarships offered by DAAD and other relevant organisations.