The Ultimate Guide to Study in Europe for Indian Students (Updated 2019)

Source: University of Applied Sciences Europe Germany

Europe has some of the oldest countries which are providing education since ages. The universities there are very different from other countries in terms of language, lifestyle and living costs.

Why study in Europe?

Let us see why one should opt Europe for abroad education


Studying in Europe gives you so many career opportunities at one go. As Europe gives its student excellent and elite education along with larger than life placements. In the European universities you get the skills, knowledge and experience like an employer.

2. World class education

Education in Europe is hard to afford but it is worth it. Each university has top class facilities; they support innovation and creativity and help you to reach your true potential.

3. Language

In the EU there are more than 24 official languages used. It gives the student an exposure to their choice language courses and along with that living in a diverse environment of different languages and cultures.

4. Support

The people of Europe are very friendly and welcoming, they instantly become your friends to make you feel at home. It is 7 of the 10 happiest countries in the world

5. Vast cultural experience

As mentioned above there are so many cultures co – existing which lead the students to learn so much more apart from the books. Apart from the beautiful universities you will find breath – taking and beautiful landscapes of snow and sun.

6. Scholarships and costs

The European countries try their best to make the education affordable to the students by giving them various scholarships, they don’t compromise with the quality of education and rather give the students a good number of options to get through with the accommodation and tuition charges.

7. Diversity

The European countries give the students immense amount of streams to choose from 100,000 of bachelor’s and master’s degree.

8. Research Opportunities

The universities in Europe have good amount of courses in the field of research. Around 1.58 million researchers are present in the EU – 27 2009. Hence in a few years there has been growth of jobs in the field of research.

Higher Education in Europe

In around 30 European countries, the international students take admission. Each country has its own higher education system but they’re a part of EHEA (European Higher Education Area). This system helps to ensure that the other higher education systems are working fine and compatible. Most of the study programs include lectures, classes and the assessment is done through essays, exams and projects. Many universities also include industry related field work as the projects to give the students a wholesome experience of practical work and theory. There are three different degrees international students can take

Bachelor’s Degree in Europe

The full time courses in Europe are 3 to 4 years long, you need to have some qualification before you get into the university hence you need to check that list first also bachelor’s degree are highly regarded by the employers and help you to develop your career.

Masters Degree in Europe

The master’s degree courses are usually 1 to 2 years long. For the masters application the student needs to show the bachelor’s degree or any undergraduate qualification. There are many masters’ courses which give the students an option to do independent research along with the studies and therefore creating a thesis out of the research.

Ph.D. degree in Europe

The PhD degree in Europe lasts from 3 to 4 years. The courses involve a lot of independent research and study on a particular subject. Europe gives all the top facilities to research about several subjects and gain a PhD degree from renowned university.

Subjects Offered in Europe

European universities offer various kinds of subjects to choose from, here is a list of them:

  • Astrophysics
  • Biotechnology
  • Business
  • Chemical engineering
  • Football management
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information technology
  • Green energy management
  • International relations
  • Language
  • Law
  • Literature
  • Medicine
  • Sociology
  • Teaching
  • Tourism
  • Zoology

Most of the study programs is designed in a modular structure. It means the student can make their own personalized program by choosing different modules each year. For example – if the student is studying fashion, they can choose one module for Fashion marketing, one for Textile Design, and one for Ethical Textile Production.

Let us take a look at the top universities of Europe with its ranking

Top Universities in Austria

Sr. No.UniversityRanking in EuropeWorld Ranking
1University of Vienna77175
2Vienna University of Technology89199
3Universität Innsbruck122279
4Technische Universität Graz162363
5Johannes Kepler University Linz198456

Top Universities in Belgium

Sr. No.UniversityRanking in EuropeWorld Ranking
1KU Leuven2781
2Ghent University54138
3Université Catholique de Louvain70165
4Vrije Universiteit Brussel83188
5University of Antwerp97223

Top Universities in France

Sr. No.UniversityRanking in EuropeWorld Ranking
1Paris Sciences et Lettres Research University1150
2Ecolé Polytechnique1965
3Sorbonne University2275
5Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon64153

Top Universities in Germany

Sr. No.UniversityRanking in EuropeWorld Ranking
1Technische Universität München1661
2Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München1762
3Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg1864
4Kit, Karlsruher Institut Für Technologie40116
5Humboldt-Universität Zu Berlin44121

Top Universities in Italy

Sr. No.UniversityRanking in EuropeWorld Ranking
1Politecnico di Milano66156
2Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna Pisa72167
3Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa77175
4University of Bologna80180
5Sapienza University of Rome94217

Scholarships and grants

There are more than 100,000 scholarships available for international students to pursue. Some of them cover the tuition fees while some of them cover both the tuition fees and the living cost. In case of a master’s degree the European Union offers scholarships for Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees. Erasmus+ provides funding for 3 – 12 month exchange and study programme. As a part of this programme students don’t need to pay for the tuition fees. There are many other scholarships to back the students up for their tuition fees and living expenses.

Europe is a vast continent and the universities situated all over the place provide the international students opportunities which no other country or continent can ever give. Also there are good number of scholarships which the students can obtain on need basis or merit and study in Europe cost effectively.

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