WHY STUDY IN EUROPE?
More than 1.5 million students from around the world come to study in Europe each year. Europe offers a very high quality of internationally recognized education. There are thousands of Universities, colleges and research institutions across Europe to choose from.
High Quality Education
Europe is a world leader in research and education. European degree is accepted worldwide. No matter which course you choose to study – arts, humanities, science, agriculture, medicine – Europe offers high quality courses at some of the best Universities in the world. Europe is home to 400 Nobel Prize Laureates. Most of the great human inventions like locomotive, steam engine, radio, TV, transistor, microscope, telescope, cinema and photography, jet engine etc. took place in Europe.
Study In English
There are 24 official languages in the European Union but most European Universities offer courses in the English Language. You can also study in other languages like Spanish, Portuguese, German, Dutch, French, Italian and Arabic at European Universities. You might need to take the TOEFL or IELTS test to attend classes in English at Universities in Europe. This depends upon the requirement of the University you are attending.
Education is considered a basic right in Europe. Efforts are being taken to ensure that more than 6,000 higher education institutions in Europe are open to anyone with the appropriate qualifications. Tuition fee for study in Europe is minimal as European countries invest heavily in Education. Many countries don’t even require a tuition fee. Moreover, there are many scholarships on offer that can help you cover the cost of studying in Europe.
High Living Standard
Europe is one of the most developed places on earth. The continent offers a high standard and quality of living. Seven of the 10 happiest countries in the world are in Europe. Nine countries from Europe make the top 10 list of countries with high Human Development Index (HDI). European cities dominate the list of most livable cities in the world. Crime rate in European countries is also very low. There is no restriction to travel within the EU zone. Studying in one European city opens doors for you to travel and discover the whole continent.
High Ranking Universities
Europe is home to some of the oldest and best Universities of the world. Universities like the University of Bologna, Paris University, Cambridge University and Oxford University were established centuries ago. The list of top 100 Universities of the world features 18 Universities from UK, four Universities from France, three Universities from Germany, three Universities from Netherlands, two Universities from Switzerland and many others from other European countries.
Culturally Rich and Diverse
Europe has a rich history and culture. Since there is no travel restriction across the continent, you will be able to learn and benefit from a very diverse European culture if you choose to study in one of European cities. Europe is also a very multicultural and tolerant continent. There are 24 official languages of the European Union (EU) but more than 200 different languages are spoken across the continent. You will find students and workers from all parts of the world in Europe.
STUDY IN EUROPE FAQ
What is the cost of studying in Europe?
Europe has a low cost of education compared to other destinations. Average tuition fee across the continent is around $8,000 per year for Bachelor’s degree and $10,000 per year for Master’s degree. Countries like France offer yearly education at as little at $200 in public institutions. The cost at private Universities is higher. Education is free in Germany at undergraduate and PhD level if you choose public institutions. Same is the case with Norway.
Can I study in Europe without IELTS or TOEFL?
Yes, you can. IELTS/TOEFL is a University requirement, not a country requirement. If you are studying in other languages apart from English then you need not worry about IELTS/TOEFL exam. Even if you are studying in English, many Universities in Europe will accept you without an IELTS/TOFEL test. You need to be able to carry out your study in English though. They will access your capability via online interview, Medium of Instruction (MOI) letter from your previous college or school and other means.
What is the cost of living in Europe?
The living cost in Europe varies greatly between cities and countries. Some cities like London, Paris and Geneva are very expensive to live in. However, living cost for international students can be covered at around $600 on average at most European cities. This covers accommodation, food, clothing and travel. This estimate is based upon living on a flat sharing basis.
What are the provisions of part time job for international students in Europe?
You can work but students from outside European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) have restriction on the number of hours they can work on a student visa. In Germany you can work 120 full days or 240 half days per year on student visa. In Netherlands, international students can work a maximum of 16 hours per week. You can work up to 20 hours per week outside of campus but not exceeding 964 hours per year in France. Other countries also have similar provisions.
You can find jobs at your own University, supermarkets, groceries, gas stations etc. Good students easily find opportunity to work as assistants to their professors. Knowledge of local language is a must if you want to find good jobs outside campus
What is the minimum wage in Europe?
It varies from country to country. The minimum wage in Belgium is €9.49 per hour. It is €9.76 in France, €8.84 in Germany, €9.25 in Ireland, €9.03 in Netherlands and €3.75 in Portugal. Countries like Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Italy have no minimum wage.
Can I study in Europe without a student Visa?
No, you cannot. Many countries in Europe allow you to take short courses on travel visas but these courses must be less than three months in duration in most cases. The courses you can take during this duration are language courses and training. You will require a student visa to study in a University or college.
Can I study in Europe with a criminal record?
It will be very difficult for you to obtain student visa in Europe with a criminal record. Sometimes students with petty offences like drunken driving and minor assault get a visa but having a clean criminal record is must before applying for a visa.
Where do I apply for a student visa to Europe?
You will apply at the embassy or the consulate of the country you wish to study in.
What does student Schengen Visa mean?
Schengen area represents 26 different European nations who abolished their border for free travel between themselves. Any visa that is obtained for travel to these countries is referred to as Schengen visa. If the visa is for study then it is known as Schengen student visa. More information can be found at the student Schengen visa information center.
How long is the student visa to Europe valid for?
The visa is normally only valid for 90 days. Students whose course lasts longer than 90 days need to apply for residency permit. You can apply for residency permit once you enter the destination country. The residency permit is stamped in your passport like a visa.
What financial papers do I need to show?
You will need to show an original bank statement that has sufficient fund to cover your study and living expenses in Europe. The bank balance must normally be sufficient for a year of study and living cost. You should also show other valid sources of income to support your cost of studying and living. In case you are being sponsored by someone outside of your immediate family, you must show proof of acquaintance and a letter of intent from your sponsor.
Do I need an insurance?
You will need a medical and travel insurance that covers the entire duration of your study in Europe. The policy period must not start latter than the day of your arrival. You must include insurance documentation at the time of visa application.
What is the cost of visa application?
It’s free for students. The general cost of visa application for adults is €60 but the fee is waived for students.
Can I do a credit transfer to a European University from Nepal?
It depends. Some Universities will allow you to transfer credit but it depends upon the similarity of the course you took and the one you will be taking, the quality of your current course, your performance etc. Even if you are allowed to transfer credit, you won’t be allowed to transfer full credit. The amount of credit you will be allowed to transfer also depends upon the factors mentioned earlier.
Which are the best places to study in Europe from Nepal?
The entire continent of Europe offers great study options for students from Nepal. You can study in Germany, study in Switzerland, study in Netherlands, study in Italy, study in France, study in Ireland, study in Belgium, study in Sweden or any other European country. All countries from Europe offer top quality education at fee affordable for Nepali students.
Please visit these government portals provided below for more information about studying in the respective countries:
DOCUMENT CHECKLIST FOR EUROPE STUDENT VISA
Students who want to study in Europe from Nepal must have the following documents during application process:
- Passport which is valid for your entire duration of stay in Europe.
- Letter of acceptance from your University.
- Proof of finance. This must either be in the form of a bank balance, income source or sponsorship agreement. The financial arrangement must cover your study and living expense in Europe.
- Accommodation arrangement in your destination and travel booking.
- A couple of recently taken passport size photo.
- Medical and Travel Insurance.
- Properly filled and signed application form.
- Your academic certificates till date (including character certificates).
- Proof of English Proficiency Test like TOEFL/IELTS.
- Birth Certificate and Citizenship Certificate.
- Police Report.
FACTS ABOUT EUROPE
- Europe is a peninsula, surrounded by water on three sides. The Arctic Ocean forms the northern border of Europe, the Atlantic Ocean lies to the west and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. The continent of Asia borders Europe on the east.
- Europe covers an area of 10.1 million square kilometers. It is the second smallest continent in the world after Australia.
- The population of Europe is around 741 million.
- There are 50 countries in Europe.
- Euro is the common currency of most nations in the Europe.
- You can travel across 26 European nations bounded by the Schengen agreement in a single visa.
- More than 600 million tourists travel to Europe each year. France alone attracts 85 million tourists each year.
- Europe is home to the largest country in the world, Russia, and the smallest, Vatican City.
- The highest point in Europe is Mount Elbrus at 18,510 feet above sea level and lowest point is Caspian sea at 92 feet below sea level.
- Europe produces nearly half (44%) of all wines produced in the world.
- Europe is the third most populous continent in the world after Asia and Africa.
- More than 250 languages are spoken in Europe.
- Istanbul is the largest city in Europe. Moscow is the largest city to lie wholly in Europe.
- The largest island in the world – Greenland – lies in Europe because it is a dependent territory of Denmark.
- Ukraine is the largest country to wholly lie in Europe. Most of Russia, otherwise the largest, lies in Asia.
- Disneyland, Paris is the most visited tourist destination in Europe.
- Volga River in Russia is the longest river in Europe.
- The Rhine Falls in Switzerland is the longest plain waterfall in Europe.
- Europe has abundant natural resources like copper, zinc and coal.