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Study In Europe

With a long history of pioneering higher education, Europe is home to many of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities – and many of the most exciting and attractive student cities.

Universities in Europe have long been known for their high academic standards, their cutting-edge research, and their value for money. Thirty-one of the world’s top 100 universities, as listed by The Times in its 2012 World University Rankings, are located in Europe, making it the second-biggest bloc of universities after the USA.

In all, there are over 4000 Higher Education Institutions in Europe offering a wide range of courses at Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate level. With more and more of these institutions introducing English as the language of instruction for at least some of their degree programs, universities in Europe are now better placed than ever before to offer a warm welcome to international students and to deliver a course of study that meets their career needs in today’s global market.

Degree courses taught in English are available in a huge array of disciplines from Business and Economics (currently the most popular, representing about 28% of English-taught Masters in Europe) to Engineering, Life Sciences (including medicine), Social Sciences and Humanities subjects.


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Why study in Europe?

  • Careers

    By studying here, you will gain the skills, knowledge, and experience that employers value. With strong international business, creative and research sectors, Europe is a great place to build your career.

  • Languages

    There are 24 official languages in the European Union, but did you know that most countries across Europe offer study programs in English too? You’ll also find programs taught in other leading global business languages such as Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic, and more.

  • Cultural experience

    Studying in Europe is not just about lectures and libraries, it is also a once-in-a-lifetime chance to discover new countries and to discover yourself too! From the snowy north to the sun-soaked south, across Europe, you will find breathtakingly beautiful landscapes, buzzing cities, and vibrant cultures waiting for you.

  • Diversity

    The beauty of Europe is that it offers so much choice. With world-class universities, higher education institutions, and research institutes, offering 100,000s of Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, and Ph.D./Doctoral programs, plus short-term study opportunities, you can choose the experience that suits you.

  • World-class education

    What makes European universities so strong is the emphasis on creativity, innovation, and support – helping you to reach your true potential.

  • Support and friendship

    Europe is a welcoming, friendly place for students from all around the world. Europe’s universities and colleges offer support and social activities to help you feel at home and happy.

  • Scholarships and costs

    European countries invest in their higher education systems to help make education affordable for students, whilst maintaining high-quality standards. Across Europe, tuition fees and living costs compare very well to other study destinations. In fact, in some European countries, study programs are free of charge! There are lots of scholarships and financial support options available too.

  • Pioneering research

    Are you an ambitious researcher looking to boost your career? Europe offers you great opportunities. There were 1.58 million full-time equivalent researchers in the EU-27 in 2009. Over the next decade, the European Union is actively looking to attract an additional 1 million researchers!


Which higher education qualifications can i take in Europe?

Bachelor’s degree

  • Most full-time Bachelor’s study programmes in Europe last 3 or 4 years (this will be longer if you study part-time)
  • To do a Bachelor’s degree, you usually need some school qualifications first – this varies so check the entry requirements for your chosen study programme
  • Bachelor’s degrees are highly regarded by employers. They are a great way to gain vital skills and knowledge to help you develop your career
  • Most study programmes involve lectures and classes, with assessment through essays, exams and coursework. Many also involve a period of time working in industry or working on industry-related projects

Master’s degree

  • Most full-time Master’s study programmes in Europe last 1 or 2 years (this will be longer if you study part-time)
  • To do a Master’s degree, you usually need a Bachelor’s degree or other undergraduate qualification first
  • Master’s degrees are highly regarded by employers. They are a great way to gain deeper or additional skills and knowledge to help you develop your career. In particular, they may also help you gain professional status – for example if you wish to become chartered in your profession. Most study programmes involve lectures and classes, with assessment through essays, exams and coursework. Many also involve a period of time working in industry or working on industry-related projects.
  • If you prefer, you could opt for a Master’s that focuses on independent research, where you study one subject closely with the guidance of a supervisor, producing a thesis or dissertation


  • Most full-time doctorates in Europe last around 3 or 4 years (this will be longer if you study part-time)
  • To do a doctorate, you usually need a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree first
  • Doctorates are ideal for people with a passion for research and discovery.
  • They are especially useful if you want to work in academia, become a specialist in a particular field, or be an industry researcher
  • Doctorates usually involve a lot of independent study and research, specialized in one particular subject. You may attend some classes, but usually you carry out your own independent research, under the guidance of your supervisor
  • The aim of a doctorate is to break new ground – to produce new information and ideas or to conduct original research to help advance your subject. You may be expected to produce papers throughout your programme, and to produce a thesis for evaluation.
  • To apply, you usually have to submit a research proposal, outlining what your doctorate will aim to achieve
  • As well as these three main study levels, you can also do lots of other higher education qualifications – such as professional diplomas and more.

Which Subjects can I Study?

You will find a huge range of higher education study programmes on offer across Europe – Astrophysics, Biotechnology, Business, Chemical Engineering, Football management, Geography, Green energy management, History, Information Technology, International Relations, Languages, Law, Literature, Medicine, Sociology, Teaching, Tourism, Zoology, and much, much more.

Most higher education study programmes have a ‘modular’ structure. This means that you can build a personalised programme by choosing several different modules or units of study each year from a wide selection. For example, if you are studying Fashion, you might choose one module on Fashion Marketing, one module on Textile Design, and one module on Ethical Textile Production.

Interested in more than one subject? You may be able to study a combination as part of your programme, e.g. Business and Russian language.

What time of the year do study programmes in Europe start?

Start dates vary across Europe, but the academic year typically begins in September or October and finishes in June. Some study programmes also offer January/February start dates too.


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  • Identification card copies
  • Four filled self-adhesive name and address labels
  • Passport-sized photo(not older than six months)
  • Formal educational documents(photocopy)
  • IELTS certificate
  • Criminal record check results
  • Proof of funds from a suitable source
  • Proof of cash deposits
  • Medical reports and x-ray examinations
  • Proof that the student has an Overseas Student Health Cover for the total duration of the visa


The following are some of the reasons that seem to attract  students from Vietnam to study in Europe.

  • English medium tuition helps to overcome the challenge of language at an increasing number of leading European universities.
  • Grab the opportunity to improve your skills in another language.
  • Travel between the UK and Europe is quick and easy.
  • Studying in mainland Europe gives you the opportunity to experience many different European countries and cultures.
  • The European Higher Education Area (EHEA) is encouraging greater compatibility between universities and higher education systems across the 47 member countries across Europe.