What Are the Best Countries for Studying Abroad in Europe?

Posted 05 August 2015
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Europe has a lot to offer in terms of education and opportunities - here are some of the best places to study there

In terms of educational standards, further study and career opportunities, Europe is hard to beat. 

Home to some of the oldest and most highly regarded universities in the world, with a rich educational and cultural heritage, there’s so much to see and experience.

Why Europe?

A Great Choice for EU Students

For EU students, choosing to study in Europe outside your home country is relatively straightforward, with no visa requirements and tuition fees charged at local rates. The EU’s free movement policy means that you can work within the EU without needing a work permit, so a part-time job while you study is an easy option too.


With English widely adopted throughout Europe, now the official language of business, studying in Europe also provides you with a unique opportunity to greatly improve your English language skills. For those looking to enhance their foreign language skills, Europe is home to a wide variety of native languages:

●      Italian

●      Spanish

●      French

●      German

●      Dutch

●      Portuguese

●      Greek

●      Swedish

●      Polish

...and more. Whichever language you’re interested in, you’ll have the chance to learn it first hand.


Europe offers you a wide range of study choices. Study experiences differ from country to country in terms of language, lifestyle, and living costs. This means that whatever you want to study, and whatever your study budget, you can find a course and destination that suits you.

Where in Europe?

The UK

The UK is the most popular study destination in Europe for international students. In fact, it’s currently the second most popular study destination in the world. Over 400,000 students begin study programmes in the UK every year, with a quarter of those making London their educational home.

So why does Britain remain so popular?

●    Take a look at the latest QS World University Rankings and you’ll see that all of the top universities in Europe are in the UK - and four of the top five universities in the world are in the UK too.

●    It’s a fantastic place to improve your English language skills - fast.

●    Teaching methods - degrees are more flexible in the UK, allowing you to tailor your education to suit your specific career and study goals.

●    Multicultural - the UK is home to hundreds of non-indigenous communities from all over the globe. In a truly multicultural country, one that has a longstanding tradition of welcoming international students, settling in is easy, wherever in the world you’re from.


Switzerland is home to two of the world’s highest ranked universities. According to the latest QS World Rankings, Switzerland’s ETH Zurich is placed 12th and Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne is placed 17th.

A stunningly beautiful country, it’s home to Alpine mountains and sparkling lakes. Switzerland has four official languages and is a cultural melting pot. It ranks consistently highly in terms of student satisfaction and quality of life surveys, while its universities offer compact class sizes, practical courses and diverse research opportunities. However, it is an expensive country to study in, and courses are highly demanding.


Next in the league tables is France. Its ENS Paris and Ecole Polytechnique rank 24th and 35th respectively.

What else should draw you to France? The rich language, chic fashion, delicious cuisine, legendary wines, iconic cities like Paris and Bordeaux, its rich cinematic history and more. Some international students have commented that conservative French teaching methods can be hard to adjust to, but overall they’ve found studying in France to be an enriching experience.