Getting you ready to plan and complete higher education studies in Europe
Frequently asked questions
We receive many questions about studying in Europe.
This section provides answers to the most frequently asked questions. If you have any other questions, please contact us.
About Study in Europe
The Study in Europe project is not a higher education institution. Study in Europe is a European Union (EU) project, which aims to help international students to find out about higher education study, research and scholarship opportunities in Europe.
On the Study in Europe pages you will find lots of information about studying in Europe, including a country profile for each European country. Browse the different country profiles and learn more about the higher education systems. The Planning your studies section will help you to plan the different steps you have to arrange study in Europe.
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The average length for degree programmes in Europe is
Bachelor's degree programme: 3 years
Master's degree programme: 2 years
Doctorate/PhD: 3 years
In addition to study programmes in official national languages, most European countries also offer many programmes taught in English. View the country profiles to find out more.
This is handled differently by each country and sometimes even by each higher education institution. We recommend contacting the International Office of the European university where you want to study to check if the certificate/degree that you already obtained will be recognised. You can also find more information on the recognition of academic and professional qualifications on the ENIC-NARIC website.
We would recommend contacting the International Office of the higher education institutions in Europe you are particularly interested in to ask for detailed information on admission requirements. You may also look on the country profiles on the Study in Europe website, where you will find useful information on all European countries and general information on admission requirements.
Each country, even each higher education institution, decides on its admission requirements. We would recommend contacting the International Office of your selected higher education institution in Europe to ask for detailed information on its specific requirements regarding English language certificates, such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
With thousands of world-class universities, higher education institutions and research institutes in Europe, it is difficult to tell you which university will be the best for you. Each student has different priorities, interests and wishes. Check the Planning your studies section to find out about European higher education institutions.
If you want to consult a university ranking, U-Multirank is a user-driven ranking that covers different aspects of higher education and can be adapted to your needs and priorities. U-Multirank is an independent tool, financially supported by the EU in its first years.
Funding / Living costs / Work
In general, studying in Europe offers good value for money. Each European country has its own tuition fee policy. Discover Study in Europe's country profiles to learn about typical tuition fees per country.
Costs for accommodation, food and drink, transport, etc. vary across Europe. See the Study in Europe country profiles for more information. Don't forget to ask the International Office of the European higher education institution that you are interested in about the average living costs in their city.
Many students work part-time whilst they study or during the university holidays to help support themselves financially. Each country has restrictions on the maximum amount of hours that an international student can work during his/her studies. Check the EU immigration portal for each country to learn more.
Each European country has adopted different regulations to allow students to stay on after their studies to look for a job. However, the European Union has requested that international students can stay at least for 9 months to look for a suitable work opportunity.
There are a lot of scholarships and funding schemes available across Europe, e.g. the Erasmus+ programme or scholarships proposed by each country. On the Study in Europe webpages we list the main programmes.
Study in Europe does not offer scholarships.
Almost every non-EU/EEA resident needs a visa when he or she wants to stay in Europe for a considerable period of time. Students are often required to apply for a student visa. With this visa, you can stay in your host country for a fixed period of time. The rules concerning visas may differ from one country to another. Check the EU Immigration portal for more information and contact the respective embassy of the European country you are interested in studying in.
We thank you for your interest in Study in Europe. We don't work with education agencies in the scope of this project. However, you are free to refer interested students towards the Study in Europe webpages for more information about opportunities to study in Europe.