Quality of education. Value for money. Diversity of culture. With over 4,000 higher education institutions and 17 million students, studying in Europe allows one to experience the best of what the continent has to offer. European universities are known for their high academic standards. Masters programmes are taught in English, and higher education institutes provide an unparalleled international environment. European higher education systems offer high quality courses at minimal costs and even with no tuition fees at all.
There is a wide range of courses – whether short-term, Masters, or PhD – in the field of sustainable urban development. Learn more about these programmes through search portals such as www.studyportals.eu, www.mastersportal.eu, www.shortcoursesportal.eu, www.euroeducation.net, as well as through Erasmus Mundus. Moreover, contact higher education institutes to know more about your desired program. Narrow down your choice by looking at different criteria, such as cost, location, admission requirements, and length of study. Higher education institutes in Europe have different application procedures. Websites, such as www.studyineurope.eu, www.educations.com, www.findaphd.com, and www.postgrad.com, can help you out in finding more about country-specific requirements.
Scholarships and grants are available to students who want to study in Europe. There are scholarships that have preferences for students from developing countries, those who are working for government agencies or non-government organizations, or are pursuing specific fields of study. The application process for scholarships and grants can be stringent and competitive. Make sure you have the proper documents, such as curriculum vitae, letters of recommendation, and certificates of your previous education. Websites, such as www.scholarshipportal.eu, www.scholarships-links.com, www.scholarshipslisting.com, www.scholarshipstimes.com, and www.scholarship-positions.com, can help you out in looking for university scholarships and research council grants, among others opportunities for funding.
- Attend study fairs to learn more about what higher education institutes in Europe have to offer. Keep in touch with university representatives for more up-to-date information.
- Find out about the application deadlines, the required documents, and acceptance criteria of your programme or school of choice.
- Don’t forget about immigration rules and requirements! Take note of all the legal pre-requisites should you require a visa in order to study in Europe.
Before you leave
- Make sure you have all the necessary documents with you. These may include authenticated birth certificate, transcript of records, and diplomas.
- Communicate with your host university. They should know more about the preparations, including documents, you need before you leave.
- Get acquainted with the currency and banking, climate and clothing, health care and safety. Learn more by reading city or country guides or from first-hand experiences of students and alumni, such as through www.stexx.eu.
- The cost of living can vary from country to country and city to city. Of course, there are countries or cities that are generally more expensive than others.
- You can find accommodation from university residence halls, private halls, as well as shared student housing in Europe. Take your pick.
- The Erasmus Student Network is an association of international and exchange students in Europe. Meet other international students in your city!