How does university in Europe work?

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This is a discussion on How does university in Europe work? within the Education & Career Talk forums, part of the Topics of Interest category; I mainly wanted to find out about the system in Germany, Scandinavia,France,Belgium and perhaps Switzerland and Italy . College plans ...

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    How does university in Europe work?

    I mainly wanted to find out about the system in Germany, Scandinavia,France,Belgium and perhaps Switzerland and Italy. College plans worry me to no end although I still have 2 years till I graduate high school. That is because I'll probably be short on the money and getting to college means a whole lot to me .

    I'm a pretty good student, my school average is always either A or A+. I plan on either studying Medicine /Engineering (Mechanical or Computer) /Theoretical Physics.

    Any sort of information will be of huge help, especially if it's first hand. Estimated cost as an international student, chances of getting a scholarship, comparisons between the systems, personal experiences..etc.

    I've heard stories about students (some of them even academically average) who graduated from European Universities for free or almost free. Does that happen often?

    I've done some research and googling, but nothing helps like knowing from people with first hand experience . Thanks!



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    Do you speak any of the relevant languages? If not, that will limit your options quite severely. Programmes taught in English are not very common at the undergraduate level.
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    You could try the UK. They're good schools there for your GPA range and you are close enough to visit other European countries from there. For those countries you listed above, I'm going to have to agree with isthmus. You have to be proficient for a undergraduate degree in those countries. But a lot of those countries have grad schools with English programs so keep that in mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Isthmus View Post
    Do you speak any of the relevant languages? If not, that will limit your options quite severely. Programmes taught in English are not very common at the undergraduate level.
    I think it might be changing a bit. UK university fees are increasing a lot, and I've heard that some of the European universities are taking advantage of this by introducing a lot of English courses. Mind you, I heard that about the Netherlands in particular.

    There's a forum he in the UK called the student room or similar, that might be a good place to get some opinions too.
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    @cherry blossom , Thanks! do you have a link to the forum?

    @Araya , @Isthmus I speak french, but I'm not fluent yet.

    UK wasn't exactly my first choice because it's not really cheap and pretty competitive too. I thought Canada would be preferable over that (going by costs).
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    I'm not cherry blossom, but The Student Room is the forum she's talking about.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheBeanie View Post
    I speak french, but I'm not fluent yet.
    Well, as I said, not speaking the language I think is quite limiting.

    One English-language institution that springs to mind, which I've heard is quite good, is Jacobs University in Bremen. There must be some others, but I can't think of any right know.

    If you do have the option of improving your French to a level where you'd feel comfortable studying in France, then obviously that gives you much more options.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheBeanie View Post
    UK wasn't exactly my first choice because it's not really cheap and pretty competitive too. I thought Canada would be preferable over that (going by costs).
    Are you perhaps a citizen/resident of the EU? If so Scotland may be an option, where tuition is still cheap I believe.
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    I can't post links, but if you google "the student room" you'll get there.

    It is focussed on the UK, but they have a pretty active forum, so someone else might have asked the question already. Also, try a bit of googling, maybe other countries have something similar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Isthmus View Post
    I'm not cherry blossom, but The Student Room is the forum she's talking about.


    Well, as I said, not speaking the language I think is quite limiting.

    One English-language institution that springs to mind, which I've heard is quite good, is Jacobs University in Bremen. There must be some others, but I can't think of any right know.

    If you do have the option of improving your French to a level where you'd feel comfortable studying in France, then obviously that gives you much more options.



    Are you perhaps a citizen/resident of the EU? If so Scotland may be an option, where tuition is still cheap I believe.
    Nope, I'm not. I would have to go as an international student. I am trying to improve my french the best that I can.And Thanks! Joined the forum, and Jacobs University looks like an interesting place, gonna go look into it some more now.


 

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