Saying that you would like to study in Europe is slightly generic, isn’t it? The EU is composed of 28 member states and, even though they all share similar values, they are pretty unique from one another. Given that, your search for your next home abroad needs to be reviewed. EDUopinions will help you identify the 10 best countries to study in Europe according to past and current students that collaborated with us with their experiences and points of view.
Here are the Top 10 Countries to Study Abroad in Europe:
1. United Kingdom
The UK is a very popular destination for those who study abroad. England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are home to some of the best universities locally and globally. Some of the finest Universities are King’s College, LSE, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge but the list goes on. Farwa highly recommends students to choose King’s:
I had a great time at the university. Its right at the heart of London, opposite to River Thames. The quality of education is also exceptional. I studied International Development which was a one year course. I had a great learning experience, The department teachers are extremely friendly and knowledgeable and always ready to help. They have extra hours apart from the allocated student teacher hours for consultations. Great experience!
It’s not a big surprise that France tops the list of best places to study in Europe. The number of reasons why students choose to study there are many. Students love that France welcomes a big part of international students looking to study in Europe but, even so, it still preserves its local traditions and culture. Have a look at this student’s experience at Grenoble Ecole de Management, describing it as the best Management school in France:
I am really happy to be part of Grenoble Ecole de management. My overall school experience has been quite enjoyable. staffs are more than qualified to teach the course. friendly staff that is always on hand to help if you have any problems. The facilities within the school campus are good as you can use all the building facilities. There a small cafe inside the school that provides tasty food for cheap prices. I felt safe whilst I am studying both in and around campus overall I would highly recommend to any student thinking about attending the management school at Grenoble, France.
There wouldn’t be a top 10 list without Germany being in it. It is home to some of the best Universities in Europe and it welcomes thousands of international students every year. Germany is the place to be especially if your major is related to Business and Management, which is the top programme studied there. Let’s hear what this student has to say about the Macromedia University of Applied Sciences:
Studying Media and Communication Management here has not only offered me the ability to receive a double degree. It has additionally broadened my horizon and has offered me excellent networking possibilities and connections. Through working with existing companies I managed to receive valuable real-world experience. Furthermore, I feel very understood and if there ever should be an issue I know I can rely on the university to help me solve it.
This small country in the Iberian peninsula is often compared to the neighbour state Spain, and it should not be. Portugal is just as good as its neighbour, its unique, friendly, and affordable for students. Angelo loves Porto Business School.
State of the art education in a relaxed and futurist environment. A great place to acquire new skills or just expand your network. Porto Business School will ask you the right questions at the right time. You’ll find the answers by yourself by making change happen in the most natural and efficient way.
5. The Netherlands
In recent years, the Netherlands gained more and more popularity. This is mainly explained by the level of education and the number of degrees offered in the English language. Many international students choose to study there because even without knowledge of Dutch, they can still get around pretty well. Marianthi loves the green campus and high-quality studies at Radboud University.
Centrally located in a green campus, in the oldest city of the Netherlands, Radboud University offers a great student experience. The staff is highly qualified, the study programs are very research oriented and the social life corresponds to the needs of even the most demanding student. Highly recommend!
According to the data we gathered on EDUopinions, Poland is the sixth most liked country for studying. Tuition fees in public universities are generally low and the cost of living is below the EU average making it affordable for students to move there. For example, a private room can cost between 100 and 150 euros per month, which is way more affordable than dormitories in the UK. Enough information from me though, let’s hear it from someone who did live in Poland:
The University creates a lot of opportunities for students, especially in terms of integration, extra activities such participation in whole bunch of student’s organizations. However I feel disappointed when it comes to the level of provided knowledge and practice skills required to be successful in the professional career. University location is great, nearby the downtown. The great advantage is the campus area where are all the university facilities so you do not have to run through the city during rush hours.
Its capital Athens is an outdoor museum. The country is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and is kissed by the sun all year round. If you are searching for a place to call home, you may have found it here. If you are from the EU, you do not need a visa to study in Greece, but you also will not pay tuition fees at a Bachelor’s level. As Maria points out if you fail an exam at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens you can attempt it again without any penalties and additional fees.
From my personal experience National and Kapodistrian University is a great University. My department is Media and Communication which is located at the center of Athens in a new modern building. other Faculties of this University are sadly not as new or as clean but still the education level is excellent. Starting at this department i didn’t really know what to expect, but the courses ended up being very interesting and the professors really committed and close to the students (although a bit unorganized from time to time). This program is allowing you to choose courses according to your liking and explore you interests and talents. There is a big variety of course options and that gives you the opportunity to personalize your education. Finishing you have plenty of career options and you can be flexible to what would you like to do next, which is really good but at the same time you don’t necessarily feel like you know “what you know” and to which area you are an “expert” so you will need to find that in the process by yourself and by trying different things. The books are provided for free and there are no fees to pay, which make it completely free for Bachelor Studies. Furthermore, if you fail an exam you are free to repeat it without any penalties, either in September or in the winter/summer semester exam period (depending on which semester the course belongs).
The Bel Paese is home to some of the oldest Universities in the world, its full of history and culture, you should definitely consider it as your next home abroad. Tuition fees in Italy are regulated by the law. Tuition fees depend on the annual salary of the person applying for studies. The oldest University in Europe is the University of Bologna. Elma is happy she had the opportunity to study in a city that is both student-friendly and multicultural:
I think that the University of Bologna is one of the best Italian universities and one of the most important academic centers in Europe. Being the oldest university of the occidental world, more than 900 years of experience have certainly served to let it offer excellence in a lot of different fields. It is furthermore able to fully interweave tradition and modernity. In my opinion as a student, the professors are quite competent and have the ability to transmit their passion for the subject. It also offers a lot of facilities such as financial aid for the students that cannot afford to pay for rent and tax. The conditions of the student dormitories are quite good, the city is well connected to the faculties, warm and hospitable. Bologna is a multicultural city, full of students from the entire world, which makes the city dynamic and exciting. I am really happy to have had the ability to study at this university.
With its neighbours Portugal and France, Spain is one of the countries that attract most international students. It’s also one of the top destinations for travel worldwide. Spain has an atmosphere that only people who have been there can describe. In this review, Jon will highlight what is good about studying at ESADE:
I have really good memories from my University degree in ESADE.
I think it really prepares you to perform in several different roles in company. It allows you to have strategic thinking and think on your own. Besides, it promotes making a positive impact in the society.
Furthermore, companies do value the degree in ESADE and you get opportunities to demonstrate your value in interviews.
I got my first job in one of the worst moments in Spanish Economy in the last decades, I guess the degree help for it.
Occasionally discarded for more popular countries, Romania is a hidden gem in Eastern Europe. The landscapes are amazing and the people friendly. Cost of living in Romania is low. In fact, according to Study in Romania, a shared room in a dorm can be as cheap as 50 euros per month. A private apartment varies from 200 to 350 euros per month, which is still not bad. Apparently, the University of Bucharest is one of the most beautiful in the country:
This is a great university, there are a lot of interesting courses and a very beautiful building. The teachers are great, and the students are very smart. This is one of the most beautiful universities in the country.
Conclusion About the Best European Countries to Study
These are the 10 best European countries to study based on thousands of verified student reviews on EDUopinions. There are also other great European countries to study such as Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. Those countries have high ratings but low numbers of reviews. Therefore they are not included in this article. We hope that this article helped you narrow your search a bit.
Editor’s note: This article was first published on the 20th of September 2019. We’ve updated it for current readers in February 2021.