Study in Europe | 1ContentsCome and study in Europe! Page 2Your choice for quality Page 4Your choice for diversity Page 5Your choice for opportunity Page 5Testimonials Page 6The Study in Europe website Page 12
Come and study in EuropeEurope offers you more than fourthousand higher education institutions,from top-level research establishmentsto small, teaching-focused colleges.
Study in Europe | 3The continent of Europe itself is no lessdiverse, extending from the Arctic Circleto the coast of Africa, with tiny principalitiessitting side-by-side with many of theworld’s leading economies.
`“ Europe -your choice for quality’’Europe has a world-wide reputation as a centre of excellence inlearning. Year after year, European universities rank prominentlyamong the top 100 in the world. And only Europe can providestate-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge research opportunitiestogether with the chance to walk in the footsteps of so many ofthe world’s most inﬂuential thinkers.Europe is developing a scheme of quality assurance. A comprehensivequality control process is planned for 2010, by when Europe will beemblematic of a guarantee of quality in higher education. And thesehigh academic standards are achieved without breaking the bank.Tuition fees and daily costs are reasonable, the education sectorbeing a top priority for Europe’s competitiveness.Europe boasts many centuries of academic excellence. This richheritage is based around many landmarks in human knowledge,and today’s European higher education institutions benefit fromthis lasting legacy.
Study in Europe | 5 `“ Europe -your choice for diversity’’Immerse yourself in a continent with a wealth of traditions anda history as rich and varied as its many peoples and landscapes.At the same time, Europe is a hotbed of research and innovation,home to ﬁrst-class resources and top scientists working in ﬁeldsranging from medicine to space travel, from nanotechnology topolar research, and from ICT to nuclear fusion.Europe is a destination that welcomes diversity of opinion and givesyou the freedom to create, to experiment and to innovate. In yourspare time you can take the chance to visit our great cities, bathe onour beautiful beaches, ski in the Alps or join in the ﬁesta. `“ „ Europe -your choice for opportunity’’ Europe –your choice for diversity„You’ll enjoy a unique cultural experience in a dynamic, multinationalenvironment. Besides earning a world-class qualiﬁcation, you’llhave the chance to learn new languages and intercultural skills thatare of great value to future employers and an essential advantage inan ever-changing world. A European higher education will increaseyour mobility - across Europe and the rest of the world.Europe is modern, open, sophisticated and fun.Enjoy the freedom and the excitement that Europe has to offer.
“ Europe - our choice’’ More than one million students from around the world study in Europe each year. Here are a few of their stories. “I studied at the Central European University in Budapest (Hungary), the University of the Aegean in Mitilini (Greece), and the University of Manchester (UK). The course I attended was outstanding. It was structured in a way that suits people with or without an environmental background, from the fundamentals to advanced level science. The ﬁeld trips were extremely helpful in shaping a solid understanding of the relevant environmental problems and an integrated approach to resolving them. With the Chunyu, Chinese “I chose to study in Europe because, as well as good universities and research centres, it has a big cultural diversity. This makes it an interesting place to live. For me, the main difference is that in Europe during my studies I had the chance to do high tech research, something that is sometimes difficult in my country. And since my programme was a collaboration between three universities, it was possible for me to take advantage of the beneﬁts and experience of those three universities. Such a programme is difﬁcult to ﬁnd outside Europe. I like the European way of living. First of all, because of its diversity. It is only necessary to travel a few kilometres to ﬁnd a new culture, language or traditions. On the other hand, I think that the European life-style is a very ecological one. It tries to respect nature and to protect the environment. Even in the major cities it is possible to ﬁnd big green areas and beautiful landscapes. I realised that there are different ways of thinking and living in the world, and my stay in Europe showed me that in spite of the differences it is possible for all to live in
Study in Europe | 7course offering three distinguished European masters’ degrees, I had obtained an offerto work for a leading company in the ﬁeld of greenhouse gas emissions trading somehalf a year before I graduated.In my country, there are much fewer interactions between the students and theprofessors. I think that is the biggest difference in Europe.During my studies in Europe I stayed in the university accommodation hall with a largenumber of nationalities and we had a very good time, even if sometimes we had issueswith each other because of our different ways of thinking and communicating. It didtake time before we could separate the individuals from the cultural backgrounds eachof us brought with them, but in the end it was such a unique experience to study andlive within an international community!This process has brought me the very valuable skills to be able to work in a multinationalcompany.” Ricardo, Mexicanharmony and learn from each other. These are for me very valuablesoft skills that can only be developed in European countries.The professors were always willing to help the students, not onlyfrom the academic point of view. They also tried to aid us in suchaspects as accommodation and adapting ourselves to the country.The first country where I lived was Germany. At the beginning,the language was a little bit difficult, but when I had problemsI could often use English. Nevertheless, after the first year I wasable to communicate in German. During my stay in Portugal,I learned Portuguese. Since Spanish (my mother language) andPortuguese are similar, it was not very difﬁcult to learn. The mostcomplicated language to learn was Danish. But during my stay inDenmark I managed to learn the basics for everyday life.”
“I was attracted to Europe for many reasons - the quality of the education, the feasible mobility that exists in Europe and the access to excellent research facilities. I also came for a more personal reason: my mother is originally from Sweden and I enjoyed travelling as a child to Göteborg and the West Coast of Sweden to spend summers with my extended family. I really liked the quality of education and the level of interaction. I found that students were expected to study more independently, but then when they came to class it was more productive. I really liked the subject I was studying - environmental science, policy and management. Visiting professors were always happy to meet students after classes at a pub or restaurant and get to know us as individuals, as well as students. That made a huge difference for me. Jenni, American“I decided to come to Europe to study modern French philosophy. WhenI arrived, I found that the relationship with the professors is different fromRussia. The attitude here is more democratic then in my home country.The courses are of a very high quality, there is more freedom to choose the directionyou want your studies to take, and the areas of research are more developed. Ofcourse, we don’t make as much use of technology in the humanities as they doin the sciences, but I did ﬁnd that the libraries were of a very high standard.My period of study in Europe definitely lived up to my expectations and myexperience has given me a broader outlook on educational issues which will be
Study in Europe | 9As an American student I wanted to be challenged both by my professors and courses,but also by my peers and the surrounding environment. I wanted to feel my education inall aspects of what I was living, doing and experiencing. Coming to Europe provided anenvironment which stimulated both inspiration, intrigue, and fun. Furthermore, the subjectI wanted to study cannot be viewed from one perspective. Environmental problems areinherently global challenges, and Europe is tackling innovative and co-operative solutionson a global level, to try and mitigate current levels of environmental degradation.What have I learned? It’s difﬁcult to say in a few words or to even say in words! I learnedto be both objective and critical, to be open-minded and yet challenge ideals I donot agree with. I have learned to see beauty in the little things and to appreciate thecollective systems that exist - either in functioning urban areas, or the classic nuancesof old towns painted in history.For my professional life, I think my studies in Europe have brought me integrity intopics of conversation, has granted me insight to a variety of ways to work in a team,to perceive a different objective and to take what I have seen and apply it or adapt it,albeit in a slightly different manner, to a different framework or context.” Evgeny, Russianuseful in my future professional life. Itwas a multicultural and multilingualexperience which I will recommend tomy friends.My favourite memory of my ﬁrst day ismeeting a Russian guy in his early ﬁftieson the bus right behind LuxembourgAirport. So the ﬁrst person I came intocontact with in Europe spoke my nativelanguage!”
“I came to study in Europe because I felt that Europe provides a better environment for students to develop a good academic and life experience. Europe can offer more opportunities to scholars coming from a developing country such as Ethiopia. I am studying digital library learning. It is an interesting and newly emerging ﬁeld and I think I am lucky to be able to enjoy it. One thing I do ﬁnd really amazing is the collaboration between the students and the professors. The emphasis is more about creating a favourable environment for the student to develop his or her knowledge. Most of the teachers have an open relationship with students even beyond the normal class and ofﬁce meetings for academic discussions. The professors and teachers have several years of practical experience, which improves the quality of the course. As I anticipated before coming here, all the courses have a good range of technological support. Learning tools like video Tsigereda, Ethiopian“Europe for me is a symbol of culture and interaction. Studying here has been a constantprocess of learning, not only academically, but culturally. This is probably one of therichest environments one can choose to live in and it has contributed immensely to mydevelopment both as a professional in the area of Literature and as a dynamic and ﬂexibleperson. Also, the degree of mobility available in Europe makes it easier to obtain books intheir original language and to visit the countries where those books were written. Beingin Europe helps me feel what those philosophers and writers felt, and that facilitates thebusiness of learning.I enjoyed the courses very much, but I had to get used to the fact that in comparison to myhome country, there are fewer classes and more study on one’s own. The teaching staff wasmostly close to the students, even though there is always some academic distance betweenstudents and professors. But they were always very helpful and interested in my experienceas a student from a developing country studying in Europe.
Study in Europe | 11conferencing are used in interesting ways, with link-ups to lectures from famous authors andexperts in our ﬁeld who we might not be able to hear in person. There are many differencesfrom study in my home country. But the main things that I would point to are the differencesin curricula and the availability of learning tools. As a general rule, ﬁelds of study related totechnology are not so fully supported in my country. By being exposed to the challenge ofa really practical course, one is able to maintain the motivation and level of interest to work on itmore. I have found it very encouraging to make discoveries through practical work.My stay in Europe has shown me that there are more opportunities than I thought forscholars who work hard and pay attention to their career. I used to believe that I shouldn’tbe distracted by things outside my ﬁeld of study, but I found that was wrong and nowI understand the value of having expertise in more than one subject. I have also learnedwhat a pleasure it is to discover new cultures and different ways of living. Back home,although we had a lot of places worth visiting, I noticed that I personally was not veryenthusiastic about going to see them. Now I am more inspired to travel and visit newplaces that I have never been to. It has increased my curiosity and broadened mythoughts on how amazingly diverse our world is and how it is worth making plans totravel and see as much of it as possible.” Izabela, BrazilianI ﬁnd that life in Europe has a different rhythm in comparisonto my own country. People are more concerned with nature, forinstance, and need to worry less about basic needs. In England,I loved the natural resources that were so close to the cityof Sheffield: I liked their organisation, the transportationsystem, the libraries and the museums; and the wonderfulEnglish tea too! But I learnt to appreciate Brazilian sunshinemuch more!Europe has provided me not only with academic knowledge,but more importantly with priceless personal experienceswhich made me stronger, more tolerant, and much moreﬂexible than I was before. I deﬁnitely recommend studying inEurope to my friends!”
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Study in Europe | 13 Visit Europe onlineThe Study in Europe website at www.study-in-europe.orgprovides up-to-date information on more than thirtyEuropean countries, their universities and what it takesto live and study in them. Information is available inArabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russianand Spanish.Use Study in Europe to ﬁnd the university that suitsyou best. A well-informed decision will make yourtime abroad even more valuable.
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