The United Kingdom is a sovereign state situated west of continental Europe; its total area is 244,820 square kilometers. It comprises four countries: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland is the only part of the U.K. with a land border (with the Republic of Ireland); the rest of the state is surrounded by bodies of water (the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea, the English Channel, and the Irish Sea. The English Channel separates the U.K.’s southern coastline from France.
The United Kingdom (UK) has a longstanding world-renowned reputation for academic excellence. Home to the world’s oldest university in the English-speaking world, the UK attracts over 500,000 international students annually. In fact, the UK is amongst the top three countries students choose for international education around the world.
The UK has a longstanding reputation for academic excellence. It provides students an opportunity to get world-class education, access cutting-edge research, and learn from the brightest minds. Students get the knowledge and skills that employers want—all while enjoying a high quality of life.
Admission into British independent schools and higher education institutions is generally based on the student’s past academic performance and English language proficiency.
International undergraduate tuition fees vary considerably, starting at around £10,000 (~US$12,300) and going up to £35,000 (~US$43,100) or more for medical degrees. At all levels, humanities and social sciences degrees tend to cost the least, while laboratory and clinical degree programs are markedly more expensive.
Combine these fees with the average cost of living in the UK, around £12,000 (~$14,750), and the total average cost of studying in the UK comes up to at least £22,000 (~$27,040) per year. Studying in the capital city, meanwhile, is likely to be significantly more expensive.
Higher education courses in Scotland are usually one year longer than in other countries of the U.K. Emphasis is placed on breadth in a wide range of specialised subjects. Scotland prides itself on the standard of education provided and flexibility allowed in selecting subjects within a course. The Scottish approach is attractive to many students, as they are more likely to be able to change mid-stream in their studies.
Universities in the UK provide a wide range of support services to make students study experience easy and stress-free. These include: language and academic support; designated international student advisers; on-arrival reception and orientation programs; student accommodation; employment services; prayer and worship rooms; on-campus banking, shopping and food outlets; and, clubs, societies, and sport and fitness facilities.
Germany (Deutschland), the sixth largest country in Europe by land area (349,520 square kilometers), is situated in central Europe, with coastal access to the North and Baltic Seas. It is bordered by nine other European countries to the north, east, south, and west. It comprises lowlands (north), uplands (center), and the Bavarian Alps to the south. Berlin (in the northeast) is the capital.
Germany has the 6th largest market share of international students in the world with close to 400,000 international students are enrolled at German institutes of higher education. This makes Germany among the most sought-after destination countries in the world.
German degrees are internationally compatible, highly respected and therefore there's high employability from the global job market.
Culture in Germany has many facets. From world-famous orchestras, architecture, museums, churches, and traditional cuisine to avant-garde art and music, the international student will find a mix of modern and traditional.
International students living in Germany can generally live on €750–€950 (~$1,200) per month. Most public universities do not charge tuition for international students, though certain states are considering new policies that will require non-EU students to pay tuition. If an international students attend a private university, they can expect to spend €20,000 (~24,000) per year in tuition. Health insurance is usually around €50–€60 a month.
International students can work while they study in Germany, and because student jobs are subsidized (entailing lower social security costs for employers), many German employers find student workers an attractive option.
There is a German language proficiency requirement for entry to higher education institutions, the DSH (DSH-Prüfung). In some situations, basic language may be accepted dependent upon the course, the level of study, and the language of instruction. German-language courses are available at most institutions.
Germany is a beautiful country with a Blend of modern and traditional cultures, very green, and an environmentally aware society.
The Kingdom of Sweden is a Northern European Nation, which covers an area of 450,295 sq. km. it is known as one of the safest countries in the world and ranked as one of the best in which to live. The Capital City is Stockholm.
Sweden is home to some of the world’s best universities. The entire Swedish higher education system is ranked as one of the best in the world, and several Swedish universities ranked by the Times Higher Education and the Academic Ranking of World Universities as being among the world’s best. As a student you will become part of the tradition of academic excellence and be encouraged and challenged to contribute and speak your mind.
International students in Swedish Universities can expect to pay tuition fees ranging from approximately SEK 80,000 (7,915 EUR or 9,523 USD to SEK 295,000 (29,188 EUR or 35,117 USD ) per year, with living costs depend on the location of study (bigger cities are generally more expensive) but are approximately 8,568 SEK per month including rent (848 EUR or 1,020 USD).
Sweden is proud of its reputation for encouraging students to think independently, creatively and critically where everyone is encouraged to contribute ideas and opinions. This independence of mind and the fact that everyone can make their voice heard are two of the reasons why Sweden ranks among the world’s most innovative nations.
Swedes have the highest proficiency in English as a second language (Education First English Proficiency Index 2018), with Sweden regularly ranking as one of the top countries in the world for non-native speakers of English.
Studying in Sweden will foster creativity and other in-demand skills such as how to combine theory and practice, and how to navigate complex situations where there’s no easy solution. Alongside being one of the safest countries in the world to live (2017 Social Progress Index) there is no better time to consider studying in Sweden.
Switzerland (officially “the Swiss Confederation”) is a small landlocked nation state in central Europe; its total area is 41,290 square kilometers. Bordering Switzerland are France (west), Germany (north), Austria and Lichtenstein (east), and Italy (south). The capital city is Bern.
The Swiss education system –at all levels –is considered one of the best in the world. In terms of higher education, there are 12 state universities and two federal institutes of technology. Higher vocational education and training (VET) is a Swiss specialty, and provides tertiary-level courses (up to diploma level) and focuses on skills for professional and management positions.
Living costs between €1,000 and €1,400 per month for expenses including housing, food, transportation, tuition, supplies and a few leisure activities. However, Geneva and Zurich are the most expensive cities that require a budget exceeding €1,500 per month.
Tuition fees are the same for EU and non-EU students in Switzerland's higher education institutions. Bachelor's degrees and masters degrees average about €16,000 per year, while at private universities, the range is €15,000 to €16,000.
In terms of universities, there are two categories: (1) traditional universities (cantonal universities and Federal Institutes of Technology and (2) universities of applied sciences, including universities of art and music as well as universities of teacher education. International students should check carefully into the various universities in terms of language preference, because different languages of instruction occur across the university spectrum.
While English is widely spoken throughout Switzerland, the majority of undergraduate programmes are taught in German, French, or Italian. The student will have to show command of the language of instruction for admission.
Anyone who lives in Switzerland for three months, including international students, must have basic health insurance coverage. Students who have international mutual coverage may be exempt from taking out the compulsory Swiss health insurance.
International students can take up part-time work for up to 15 hours a week during the semester and they can work full-time during holidays, but only after they have been living in Switzerland for at least six months and as long as it doesn’t affect the progress of your studies.
This small, low-lying country in the northwest of Europe is bordered by Germany, Belgium, and the North Sea. With a total area of 42,437 square kilometres, the Netherlands is comprised mostly of coastal lowland and reclaimed land, with some hills in the southeast. Much of the land is below sea level and is traversed by rivers and canals. The capital is Amsterdam, but the government sits in The Hague.
There are 14 research universities (many ranked in the top 200 on world university rankings) and 41 universities of applied sciences in the country. Research universities offer more research-intensive education, while the applied science institutions are focused on preparing students for a particular professional field. Altogether some 90,000 international students are enrolled in higher education programmes in the Netherlands.
Higher education tuition fees range widely from €6,500–€32,000 per year for non-EU international students depending on the course and level of study. The average total cost of living per month is estimated to be in the range of €900–€1,200, including accommodation, food, books/stationery, and other expenses. Students may be able to obtain discounts on some purchases if they have an international student card.
All international students must either produce evidence of multinational health coverage or take out health insurance while studying in the Netherlands. Cost of health insurance is €40–55 per month.
Though it is a non-English-speaking country, the Netherlands nevertheless offers most of its higher education programmes and courses in English, with an emphasis on an international outlook. Dutch higher education institutions are known for being very high quality and for their student-centred approach.
Metropolitan France is the largest nation in Western Europe, with a total area of 674,843 square kilometres. It is surrounded by Belgium and Luxembourg, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and by water bodies the Bay of Biscay, the English Channel, and the Mediterranean.
Students can live reasonably well on around €800 a month (other than Paris, which is more like €1,200), depending on location and lifestyle. Tuition fees vary considerably €190–€620 per year at public universities and from €1,500 to €20,000 a year at private universities. The average cost of health insurance is around €40–€50 per month.
France has 310,000 international students studying in 400 institutions of higher education and research in four different types: universitaires (universities); grandes écoles; écoles spécialisées, and sections de techniciens supérieurs. Grandes écoles and écoles spécialisées or supérieurs are considered to offer higher quality learning environments than the universitaires.
All international students have the right to work while studying in France as long as they are registered in an institution that participates in the national student health-care plan (and they have a resident permit if not a EU national). The right to work applies to all students, including students who come to France for the first time, registered in the first year of a university program, or registered full-time in a language school.