Nine reasons why you should do your whole degree in English in Continental Europe

Students in Coimbra, Portugal by Pranav Bhatt

This article was written by Gérard Spencer, published on 3rd January 2013 and has been read 4961 times.

From the simplicity and affordability to the multilingual fun and the international career prospects: discover why doing your whole degree in English in Continental Europe is an excellent choice! Our guest writer, Gérard Spencer, is the Founder and Director of EUROPEDUCATION, the only independent British organisation which supports students (and informs their parents) considering a degree in English in Continental Europe instead of in the UK.
1. Studying in English in Continental Europe is now possible.
You can now study completely in English in many Continental European countries, e.g. Holland, Germany, Scandinavia, Belgium and Poland. All undergraduate degrees can be found: Social and Natural Sciences, Humanities, Medical Studies etc.

2. Save approximately £25,000 in tuition fees/living costs combined.
Annual tuition fees in continental Europe, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level, are on average lower than £1,000/year. In most cases, living costs are also lower than in Britain. 

3. Gain invaluable international experience.
Discover a new culture, learn how to adapt in a foreign environment, broaden your horizons, have fun in an international setting, create an international network of people and… here are a lot more benefits!

4. Improve your foreign language skills while studying in English.
Even though you will be studying in English, you will not be in an English speaking country. As an undergraduate student, you will have three years to learn the local language and become multilingual. A hypothetical case: you could first do an undergraduate degree in English in Holland, then a postgraduate degree in English in Germany and learn both Dutch and German along the way. 

5. Stand out of the crowd in the competitive graduate job market.
International experience and multilingualism turn you into more of a unique and attractive prospect for potential local and/or global employers. Think about it: very few British graduates studied abroad (or spent some time studying abroad). Furthermore, the vast majority of them only speak English.

6. Increase your number of opportunities.
With your additional language skills, you will be able to apply for jobs in non-English speaking countries and enlarge your spectrum of opportunities.  

7. Do an exchange program while studying abroad, and save a year of studying!
Study in a European country and do a semester/year exchange program in another country. Unlike in Britain, students in Continental Europe can spend time studying in a partner university without having to study for an extra year. For instance: a Belgian undergraduate student (who pays around £700/year tuition fees) could spend a term/a year in England (where, to locals, most courses now cost £9,000/year) in the framework of an exchange program, without having to pay any additional fees; and will still receive a BA after three years. 

And let’s not forget: there are thousands of postgraduate degrees taught completely in English throughout Continental Europe. As with undergraduate studies, postgraduate studies on the Continent are also a lot more affordable than in Britain.

8. Do you still have some doubts on the uncountable benefits of European higher education outward mobility? Well, consider the following:
According to a recent poll, one in three British graduates regret not having spent some time studying abroad Some of the main British players in the British Establishment, including the House of Lords, the British Council and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, have recognised the innumerable benefits of Higher Education Outward Mobility without taking any action to promote them.
9. To conclude, here are the thoughts of an A level student:
Christian Sidwell, final year A level student at Bracknell and Wokingham College will be studying on the continent from September 2013, said:

"The tuition fee increase has lead some students to decide against continuing on to further education, without considering the overseas choice, due to a lack of attention or publicity focused on this alternative option. There's a myriad of benefits besides the cost savings. The chance to learn new languages, immerse yourself in another culture, meeting new and like-minded people, getting out of your comfort zone, seeing more of the world and setting yourself apart from the competition in your future career. (...) I'm relishing the opportunity."

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