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Study in Europe

Europe

WHY EUROPE?

Europe also gets a reputation for being expensive. Though true that some nations, like Switzerland and Norway, aren’t exactly student-budget friendly, places like Germany, Malta, Spain, and Portugal are surprisingly cheap — not to mention all the student discounts offered throughout the EU and the UK!

Universities are commonly classified as either “research universities”, offering more research-oriented academic programs, or “universities of applied sciences”, offering more practice-oriented study programs.

As compared to countries like the US, Australia, Canada, and others, the tuition fee charged by the majority of public universities in Europe is lesser. In some European countries, there is no tuition fee at all. Also, the students can try getting scholarships and explore other options for financial support while they are studying on the European university campuses.

Along with some of the best educators in the world, European universities also offer modern facilities, state-of-the-art technology, and industry-oriented coursework to their students. You can also get access to their comprehensive libraries that house a wide collection of books as well as multimedia. Europe is also a center of software innovation and development. Some of the most renowned technology companies across the world such as Skype, Spotify, Trivago, Supercell, and SAP started in Europe.

It is because of the Bologna process of reforms that the national higher education systems offered by all European countries are aligned. This means that all the Bachelor’s, as well as Master’s courses in Europe, follow the same general academic framework. This is a great help for students who want to continue their education in a different country in Europe from the one where they completed their bachelor’s degree.

Germans somewhat ironically call their own country “the country of poets and thinkers”. Nonetheless: There are around 400 institutions of higher education in Germany, many of which offer English-taught study programs – about 1,000 in total. Many German universities score high in international rankings.

Applications

It’s recommended to submit applications at least six weeks before the deadline, to ensure time for corrections or additions if any information is missing. You should expect to receive a formal acceptance or rejection approximately one to two months after the deadline has passed.

Intakes and Deadlines

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Tuition Fees

Not only can you expect a world-class education when you study in Germany. At most universities, it is even for free. That’s right: No matter what country you come from, most schools offer their education completely free of charge. There are, of course, some exceptions: mostly private schools, or study programs for students with prior professional experience. Good to know: If you decide to stay and work in Germany after graduation, you can often deduct previous tuition fees from your income tax.

Cost Of Living

Living costs in Germany are relatively modest when compared to other Western European nations. On average, students can get by 800 euros per month.

Rents in certain metropolitan areas, such as Hamburg or Munich, may be high, although in no way comparable to cities like Paris or London, especially with some flexibility regarding the part of town to live in.

Top Institutions in Germany

  • Technische Universität München
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Freie Universität Berlin
  • KIT, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
  • Technische Universität Berlin

Work Permit

Indian and international students not belonging to the EU/EEA are also allowed to work part-time in Germany alongside their studies, for 120 full days or 240 half days per year (20 hours/week). This is time over and above the duration of the study period granted in your German Study Visa. Students can apply for an extended 18-month Job Seeking Visa otherwise called the post-study work visa to find work relating to their studies.

Netherlands – or Holland?
Many people think that “Holland” and “Netherlands” mean the same thing. Even within the country, you may hear locals saying “Holland” when referring to the whole country. Technically, however, that is not correct. The country as a whole is called the Netherlands. It consists of twelve provinces; two of these provinces make up the Holland region, split into North and South Holland (Noord- and Zuid-Holland, respectively).

The widespread colloquial use of “Holland” as a term for the country as a whole originated in the 17th century when Holland was the most influential of the Dutch provinces. The Holland region still represents a sizeable share of the population; the three largest cities in the Netherlands are located here – Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague (Den Haag). Therefore, “Holland” remains synonymous with “the Netherlands” for many people. And last, but not least: The official organization that promotes the country as a study destination is also called “Study in Holland”.
You can choose between plenty of Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at around 70 institutions of higher education with more than 112,000 students from around the world. Around 16% of all students come from abroad – one of the highest ratios anywhere in Europe.

Application Process

The Netherlands does have a centralized application system called Studielink, however, not all institutions or courses use it. In order to find out whether you need to apply directly to your institution or through Studielink, you should get in touch with your institution of choice.
In general, your application will likely have to include proof that you have sufficient funds, are covered by health insurance (if you are not an EU/EEA citizen), and can understand the tuition language to a high enough level. The institution you wish to study at will be able to provide you with any more information about this.

Documents Required To Apply

  • A sufficient GMAT or GRE score
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • A copy of passport or ID card
  • A passport picture
  • A personal statement in English (should contain around 500-800 words answering questions such as: Why and what would you like to study at the university? What are your plans after graduation?)
  • Copies of obtained secondary school diplomas, certificates, and/or grade lists (uploaded diplomas and/or grade lists that are not in English, French, German, or Dutch need to be accompanied by an official English translation)
  • Transcript of records
  • Proof of English (TOEFL (minimum 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based), IELTS (minimum average of 6) /Dutch language proficiency
  • Proof of payment of application fee (50 – 100 EUR)
    Some universities may require additional documents, such as:
  • CV or resume (including two referees)
  • Motivation letter
  • Sample of academic written work

Required average scores vary depending on university and major. Also, note that for some programs, the number of applicants is much higher than that of available places – in this case, a selection procedure takes place.

Intakes and Deadlines

Almost every university in The Netherlands permits two intakes-February and September.
The autumn intake (September) is considered the primary intake since all the courses are available for the students. The secondary intake begins in February. It does not offer all the courses as compared to the primary intake.

In the Netherlands, Associate & Bachelor courses are known as first-cycle programs, Masters courses as second-cycle programs, and PDEng and Ph.D. courses as third-cycle programs.

For first-cycle programs, it is very important to keep in mind the following application deadlines:

  • Numerus Fixes programs: 15 January 2021
  • Research University programs: 1 April 2021
  • University of Applied Sciences programs: May or August 2021

Different universities may have deadlines earlier or later than the above-mentioned dates, but not with much deviation. Typically, the academic year starts in September, so the admission cycle ends before that.

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees in Holland are roughly on par with other countries in Europe. If you are a student from the European Union, you should expect to pay around 2,000 euros per year for your studies. Tuition fees for EU/EEA students are subsidized by the Dutch government, meaning that they pay a fixed fee of €2,168 per year (as of the 2021/22 academic year), which is the same as domestic Dutch students.
The tuition fees for non-EU students vary from school to school and from program to program. You should expect to pay between €6,000 and €15,000 per year for an undergraduate course, and between €8,000 and €20,000 per year for a postgraduate course. If you choose to go to a private higher education institution, you can expect to pay a higher tuition fee whether you are an EU/EEA or international student.

Cost of Living

An average room in Holland costs somewhere between € 600 and € 800 a month. The costs depend on the city where you study, what is included in the rent, and the arrangements made by the institution. Housing in Amsterdam for example is more expensive than in smaller towns. Most higher education institutions offer hot meals at reasonable prices but the cheapest way to eat is to do your own cooking. You can get around town easily on a bike. Bus tickets cost around € 2 for a single fare in the city. Many bars, restaurants, museums, and cinemas give student discounts. Most of these ask for proof in the form of a student card from your institution. You should definitely ask for an ISIC Student Card to get many more benefits and discounts.

Top Institutions

  1. The University of Amsterdam,
  2. The Delft University of Technology,
  3. Leiden University,
  4. Utrecht University,
  5. Maastricht University,
  6. University of Groningen.

The number of international students choosing to study in Switzerland continues to grow year by year. This is no surprise as Switzerland is a developed country ranking first in attracting skilled international workers in cities like Basel, Zürich, and Geneva. The most sought-after programs in Switzerland include degrees in tourism and hotel management, finance, international business and law, and computer science.

Switzerland is the home country of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), the second largest office of the United Nations (UN), and the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). It is also a founding member of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), but notably not a member of the European Union, the Eurozone, or the European Economic Area.

Application Process

There is no centralized admissions system for applying to Swiss universities. Once you’ve chosen your program, explore the institution’s website to make sure you fulfill the academic requirements for admission, and then we can help you apply to the institution through their application portal. For private institutions contact the institutions directly, as they have their own admission rules.

Switzerland is a multilingual country so you might need to translate your documents into either French, Italian or German, depending on the location of your preferred institution. Your Swiss Embassy assists you during that process by offering translation services. Overall, the documents you will need for applying to Swiss universities are:

  • A fully filled and signed application form.
  • A valid passport and passport-size photographs.
  • High school diploma or previous academic transcripts and diplomas, if applicable.
  • Language proficiency certificates in English, Italian, French or German.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Motivation letter explaining the reasons you chose to study in Switzerland.
  • Evidence of paying the application fee.

Keep in mind that depending on the Swiss canton your university is located in you might be required to submit additional documents.

Intakes and Deadlines

The Fall intake is for September to February. If you need a study permit for Switzerland Visa, the application process should start three months before that, and the deadlines to apply for Fall intake in Universities of Switzerland will be much before that, around 31st March.

The spring intake to Study in Switzerland is for February to June. Again, the Switzerland Visa process should start three months before, and the application deadline for Universities in Switzerland having May Intake will again come much before that, around 31st August.

Cost Of Studying

Tuition fees at Swiss universities are heavily subsidized by the Swiss government, meaning that public university fees are relatively low. A public institution will tend to charge between CHF 500 ($500 USD) and CHF 2,000 ($2,000 USD) per semester.

Medical degrees, executive Master’s, and MBA programs cost significantly more. The Average tuition fees at Swiss public universities for Bachelor’s and Master’s programs are around 400 – 3,700 EUR/year and that for Ph.D. degrees: 100 – 900 EUR/year. Swiss Private universities usually have higher tuition fees that can reach 43,000 EUR per year. For some degrees, tuition is calculated based on the total number of courses or credits.

Cost of Living

The recommended budget for yearly living costs is between CHF 18,000 and CHF 28,000. The living costs vary from 1,700 CHF to 5,000 CHF depending on the location in Zurich and Geneva. However, it’s comparatively lesser in places like Lausanne and Basel ranging from 1,500 CHF to 2,800 CHF.

Top Institutions

  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
  • University of Zurich
  • École Polytechnique Federale of Lausanne
  • University of Geneva
  • University of Bern
  • University of Basel
  • University of Lausanne
  • University of Fribourg

Italy may be a prevalent goal for universal understudies. It offers quality higher instruction with more reasonable educational cost expenses than other Western European nations. There are around 32,000 worldwide understudies in Italy, counting free understudies and those on trade programs. With a wealthy history and convention of higher instruction, Italy is continuously an alluring alternative for international students of higher instruction, Italy is continuously an alluring alternative for understudies.

While you’re enjoying the international student status in Italy, it would really be a shame not to take advantage of the privilege of living close to numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Yes, Italy beats any country at this, counting 51 heritage sites that speak about the cultural and historical past of Italy.
Italians are famous for their pizza: as for pasta, you can enjoy them in all sizes and forms, cavatelli, ravioli, orecchiette, tagliatelle, and most restaurants will serve homemade pasta.

Italy is one of the most romantic places on earth. After all, Shakespeare’s most famous work ‘Romeo and Juliet’ talks about a love story that happened in Verona, Italy.

Application Process

The admission application process can take a lot of time so you should start at least one year in advance to collect the necessary information and documentation.

The documents required for the admissions are-

  1. Mark sheets and passing certificates of previous studies.
  2. Work experience letters (if applicable).
  3. Reference letters.
  4. IELTS/TOEFL/PTE scorecard to assess English proficiency.
  5. ID pages of the passport.
  6. Additional documents (Statement of purpose and CV) can be asked by the counselor if required depending on the course you have selected.
  7. Letter of motivation.

You should start the visa application process 3 months before the program begins.

Cost of Studying: Average tuition for all degree types: 850 to 1,000 EUR/year. The tuition fees for international students in Italy are considerably lower than in other European countries. Public University tuition fees in Italy range from 500 to 4000 euros per annum depending upon if you are an EU or Non-EU student.

In Italy, average undergraduate programs at public institutions can cost between €900 (~US$1,000) and €4,000 (~US$4,800) per year, with the average being approximately €1,500 (~US$1,800). Annual fees at private universities typically range from €6,000 – €20,000 (~US$7,200 – ~US$24,100).

Private universities have the same fees for both EU and non-EU/EEA students. The average tuition fees in private universities range between 3,000 – 35,000 EUR/year.

Cost of Living

Average living expenses: 700 to 1,000 EUR/month for housing, food, transportation, and fun. You can expect to pay anywhere between 300 – 600 EUR for housing. Prices vary depending on the city in which you live and the type of accommodation. Sharing an apartment with other students is a good way to reduce your monthly expenses. You can also live with a local family and practice your Italian skills while getting to know their tradition and lifestyle.

On average, here are the prices students spend on housing, depending on the type of accommodation:

  • Students living alone: 400 – 700 EUR/month
  • Students living in student accommodation: 250 – 300 EUR/month
  • Students sharing a rented apartment: 250 – 500 EUR/month

Most expensive cities: Rome, Milan, and Bologna

Cheaper cities: Pisa, Padua, or Turin

Students must not exceed the limit of hours required by law, 1,040 hours per year.

Deadlines and Intakes

Students studying in Italian universities and colleges can get admission through two intakes per year. The first one begins in September and lasts till January or February. The second semester commences in February and ends in July.

IntakeApplication periodResults (before this date)
1st25-11-2021 to 20-01-202208-02-2022
2nd21-01-2022 to 24-03-202212-04-2022
3rd25-03-2022 to 30-06-202219-07-2022
4th01-07-2022 to 01-09-202220-09-2022

Transportation

Public transport is the easiest and most convenient method to travel in Italy. A monthly bus/tram/metro ticket for students is somewhere between 25 and 45 EUR/month, depending on the city. The train network in Italy is fast and well maintained, so visiting other cities is definitely an option. Fares start at around 20 EUR for a trip, but if you book tickets earlier, you could get discounts of up to 70%.

Top Universities

  1. The University of Milan
  2. University of Padua
  3. University of Pisa
  4. University of Trento
  5. Politecnico di Torino
  6. Polytechnic University of Milan
  7. University of Turin
  8. University of Florence
  9. University of Bol, and etc.

France is one of the most popular destinations for international students. Among its major advantages are the high quality of education, the remarkably low tuition fees, and the enjoyable French way of life. More than 250,000 international students choose France as their study abroad destination and this is no surprise, as France ranks 8th globally and 5th in Europe among the world’s top study destinations! Due to its rich cultural heritage, cuisine, sightseeing, and internationally acclaimed universities, France also ranks 3rd in student preferences when it comes to experiencing a new culture or lifestyle. Choosing to study abroad in France will put extra value on your resume, as France maintains the status of a European and global center of philosophy, arts, culture, and science for centuries and is currently a global business and technology and tourism center.

Application Process

  1. A Campus France authorization.
  2. A passport copy.
  3. A passport-sized photo of yourself.
  4. Copies of transcripts and graduation diplomas.
  5. A copy of your European health card (for EU students)
  6. Application fee (if required)
  7. A civil liability certificate.
  8. A cover letter.
  9. French and/or English proof of language proficiency
  10. Proof that you have the financial resources to fund your stay in France

Intakes and Deadlines

There are generally 2 intakes in France-January and September.

The autumn intake (September) is considered the primary intake since all the courses are available for the students. The Deadline for this intake is July-August. The secondary intake begins in January, the deadline for which comes in November. It does not offer all the courses as compared to the primary intake.

Cost Of Studying

The tuition fees at public universities are set by the French government and are the same across the country.

The new tuition fees for international students, starting September 2019, are:

  • 2,770 euros per year for Bachelor’s (Licence) programs,
  • 3,770 euros per year for Master’s programs,
  • 380 euros per year for Doctorate (Ph.D.) programs – the same amount as for Europeans.

Accommodation

Paris: between 1,200 and 1,800 EUR/month (sometimes including the accommodation, if you choose to live in a student hall of residence) Nice: between 900 and 1,400 EUR/month. Lyon, Nantes, Bordeaux or Toulouse: between 800 – 1,000 EUR

Top Institutes

  1. Université de Paris.
  2. Universite Grenoble Alpes (UGA)
  3. University of Montpellier.
  4. University of Strasbourg.
  5. École Normale Superieure, Paris.
  6. Universite de Bordeaux.
  7. University Paul Sabatier – Toulouse 3
  8. HEC Paris
  9. Insead
  10. ESCP Europe (which also has campuses abroad)
  11. Edhec Business School
  12. École Polytechnique,
  13. Pierre and Marie Curie University
  14. University of Paris-Sud.

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