There are more than 4000 higher education institutions in Europe. The Study in Europe site provides information about studying in 24 different countries. There are an increasing number of opportunities to study in English in some European countries, and fees may be considerably lower than in the UK.
Other general sources of information include:
Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degrees (EMJMDs) are run by partnerships of universities and allow you to study towards a Masters which is jointly delivered by different European institutions. Information about the courses and scholarships can be found at the EEAS webpages.
Information about studying in some specific European countries is given below. There is general information about the impact of Brexit on the Oxford and Brexit webpages.
The French Embassy provides useful information about studying in France. See also the France Diplomatie website.
Campus France is the French national agency which promotes French higher education abroad. It provides:
- General information about the French education system
- Links to all French university websites
- Information on specialist institutions (Grandes Ecoles): Schools of business and management, Engineering Schools (CEFI), and Institutes of Political Science (IEP – or “Sciences Po”)
- Information about financing your education.
You can also contact their Desk in London: Institut Français, 17 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2DT. Tel: 020 7871 3515. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Centre National des Œuvres Universitaires et Scolaires provides additional information on:
- A student’s life: grants & finance/housing/welfare
- Orientation and enrolment
You may also find Study in France helpful.
Popular institutions for study in France include:
The International Admissions Service (SAI) at the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry manages a selection process common to five French business schools for entry into their Master in Management Programme. These B-schools are: Audencia Nantes, Emlyon Business School, ESCP Europe, HEC Paris and SKEMA Business School. The SAI selection is exclusively opened to high profile graduates holding a degree from a non-French university at Bachelor level. Applications to the selection process are made on the SAI website.
The best source of information about studying in Germany is DAAD – the German Academic Exchange Service / Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. They have an office in London and their extensive website provides information on all aspects of studying and researching in Germany, including funding, and details of the many programmes taught in English. Other useful websites include Studienwahl and Studying in Germany.
Many courses in Germany do not charge tuition fees – more information is available on the QS Top Universities site. There will of course still be other costs to take into account, including administration fees and your living costs. Many institutions offer Master’s degrees and PhDs in English.
Popular institutions in Germany include:
OeAD is the Austrian agency for international mobility and co-operation in education, science and research. It provides general information on study in Austria, links to universities and other institutions, and a funding database. See also the Austrian Grants website and Study in Austria.
- Study in Czech Republic: provides information about higher education in the Czech Republic, including courses taught in English. Another useful website is DZS.
More than 600 programmes are offered in English.
Finland has over 20,000 international students and was voted the world's happiest country for the second year in a row in the World Happiness Report 2019.
- Official government Study in Greece website: programmes are mainly offered in Greek but an increasing number are taught in English.
- Study in Greece is another useful site.
- Study in Hungary: 500+ programmes in English, French, German and other languages.
- Tempus Public Foundation: information pages from a government non-profit managing international cooperation and education.
- Study.eu: Italy: information on the higher education system, admissions procedures and study programmes, including a course search feature.
- CIMEA: general information about equivalent qualifications.
- A useful article on the Telegraph website.
May have the highest number of programmes taught in English in continental Europe, and fees are generally lower than in the UK.
- Study in Holland: includes information on scholarships and exchange programmes, and provides a course search database and a list of Dutch educational institutions. There are numerous programmes available taught in English.
- I am Expat: general information on living in the Netherlands, including study information.
Study in Norway: lists of courses and institutions, including a list of English-language programmes and information on scholarships.
- Study in Sweden: includes a course search and information on scholarships. Hundreds of the courses are taught in English.
- Universityadmissions.se: official website for applying to study in Sweden.
Geneva is home to over 300 international NGOs and organisations, such as the UN, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) – if you’re interested in studying international development or working for this sort of organisation, it’s worth finding out which universities locally have research or placement links with NGOs. The Graduate Institute Geneva is one example.