Menu

Europe's most attractive countries for international students

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

study in europeA new ranking in the Europe reveals most attractive countries for international students. Thirty European countries were ranked based on scores in three dimensions: Education, Cost, and Life & Career.

In the 2018 edition of the Study.EU Country Ranking, Germany once more ranks as the most attractive country for international students, followed by the United Kingdom and France.

Country Ranking 2018 Study Abroad

Germany’s offer of mostly tuition-free, world-class universities remains hard to outrank. But the United Kingdom caught up in points, only held back by its prohibitively high cost of living and tuition fees. France moved up ahead of the Netherlands, and Russia made its way into the top 5. Poland enters the top 10 with a much improved score for education.

Education (45%) considers a country’s performance in three established international university rankings (QS, THE, ARWU), indicators of teaching quality as well as the number of study programmes that are taught in English;

Country Ranking 2018 English Education Top 10

Cost (30%), the second-most important factor, considers a country’s average cost of living plus the average tuition fees both for EU/EEA citizens as well as for non-European students; lower costs meaning a higher score;

Country Ranking 2018 English Cost Top 10

Life & Career (25%) considers a range of factors with regards to the quality of life and career perspectives for international graduates.

Country Ranking 2018 English Life and Career Top 10

This year, the country ranking takes into account personal safety as a factor in the Life & Career category. “We have noticed that students are increasingly concerned with the safety in their host countries,” says Study.EU CEO Gerrit Bruno Blöss. The score for personal safety is based on analyses in the Social Progress Index and includes, for instance, homicide rates, rates of other violent crimes and incidents of political terror. “Based on those statistics, most of the countries in our European ranking are safer than, for example, the United States,” Blöss adds.

Mobility keeps increasing – Brexit effects beyond 2019 unclear

“Compared to last year, there has been a noticeable increase of programmes offered in English,” observes Blöss. “Universities on the continent are preparing for Brexit: They expect European students to seek alternatives to the UK in the coming years.”

While the EU and the UK have in principle agreed that students should retain equal rights in both domains for the initial post-Brexit phase, many educators worry that studying in Britain will become more difficult or more expensive for Europeans. If that is the case, British universities will increase their efforts to recruit students from other continents. “Higher education is not only a source of Britain’s political ‘soft power’, it is also an significant export. Many regions in the UK benefit from the positive economic impact of having international students.”

study in euorpe fullranking2018

Booking.com
Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Read news in this category since Jan. 1, 2018

Prev Next

Destinations

Spend a Romantic Weekend in Tallinn, Estonia

Spend a Romantic Weekend in Tallinn, Estonia

Beginning of December 2016, me and my wife visited Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, and if you are searching for a romantic weekend, then you should consider Tallinn. The Estonian capital offers tra...

Best of Greek Islands with Celestyal Cruises

Best of Greek Islands with Celestyal Cruises

In Summer 2016, I had chance to sail to Greek Islands with the Celestyal Cruises. In an organization with Karavan Cruises, travelers enjoyed best of Greek islands with Celestyal and received a compl...

Unique and Luxurious Vacation Destination in Turkey: Cappadocia

Unique and Luxurious Vacation Destination in Turkey: Cappadocia

ftnNEWS would like to present you a unique vacation idea here in Turkey: Cappadocia Region. Located on the central Anatolia plateau within a volcanic landscape sculpted by erosion to form a successi...