There are 50 countries in Europe, and each has its own education system. But all are governed by the overarching body called EHEA (European Higher Education Area) which monitors the higher education systems across all these countries have a minimum level of consistency and compatibility. Most courses in Europe have a lecture component, but additionally they also have essay submissions and practical coursework and of course gradation examinations. Some also involve a short stint in the industry, to get a taste of practical aspects of the subject being studied.
Why Choose Europe?
- The immense choice you get in Europe is the biggest advantage. With so many countries and so many universities, it is hardly likely that you will be unable to find one course that suits your career plans. The advantage of countries within a unified European Union is that you could also opt to complete your course in more than one country by taking advantage of exchange programs. Several universities also give you the option (in fact, they encourage you strongly) to go in for industry internships to hone your practical skills along with the theoretical knowledge.
- Europe has a long history and culture of educational institutes, and enjoys a rich tradition of campus life. This is the best place to go to if you wish to enjoy sprawling campuses, huge libraries, active teacher-student debates and discussions and the best traditions of academic temper.
- The quality of education offered by European universities is the very best in the world, and alumni will enjoy respect across countries and industries.
- The fee structure might not be very economical, and many cities in Europe do have a high cost of living. But this higher total cost of an European education is offset by the fact that several governments are stepping in to provide aid to good students. Some universities themselves also provide scholarships. And the tradition of rich families in Europe ensures that some of them who have a soft spot for education do set up trust funds to provide financial aid to meritorious students. So if you look for help you can easily find it.
How Much Would It Cost?
With so many countries in Europe, it is not possible to put a finger on one single number. But from what our experts have seen in their research, the minimum costs that you would incur (tuitions plus living expenses) would be INR 10 lakhs, and it could go up to INR 60 lakhs per year. Now if that sounds very high, just consider the cost of studying medicine in any private medical college in India – it is close to INR 70 lakhs. Even MBA courses in India at the better institutes cost anything upwards of INR 20 lakhs. Additionally, as mentioned above, most European countries and universities offer several options to avail different kinds of scholarships. Of course, your academic credentials must be strong to avail of these opportunities.
How and When To Apply?
Start dates for different course vary across Europe, but usually the academic calendar begins in September/October and finishes by June. Some universities do have courses which start in January/February too. Bachelor’s (undergraduate) courses need a minimum school qualification for you to enroll. Most countries would go by your marks obtained, but some like Germany organize separate qualifying examinations as well.
How We Can Help You
There is no doubt at all that pursuing higher education in Europe is a great career decision. But the reason applicants get confused is because of the huge variety of choices, which makes it difficult to choose. And that is where we can come in. Our team has knowledgable professionals who have years of experience in the field. They will understand your career plans and your academic and financial status, and accordingly sift through all the data to come up with the best combination of university and country for you. Once that is done, they will help you with the
process and the paperwork. Finally, once you are admitted and arrive at your university to begin your course, they will help you in settling down in your new environment, by giving advice, sharing contact details, and informing about country-specific regulatory guidelines that you need to follow as a new arrival.