What you need to know about the EU/EEA before applying
The European Union isn’t the same thing as Europe. While the EU is a very complex social-political entity, Europe is a whole continent. That’s why, although they are geographically within Europe, countries and states like Turkey, Ukraine, and the Vatican City State are not in the EU/EEA.
The European Economic Area (EEA) can be considered an extension of the EU, allowing several non-EU states (Liechtenstein, Norway, and Iceland) — which don’t want to be part of the EU — to enjoy benefits like the free movement of goods and people, improved trade and economic relations, and so on.
And because things aren’t complicated enough, here comes Switzerland, which is neither EU nor EEA, but is still inside the single market, which means that countries can trade between themselves without extra tariffs or restrictions.
Now that you know so much about these political and economic entities, here’s how you can apply to a Master’s degree in the different regions of the EU/EEA.
1. Applying to a university in Northern Europe
Everybody has a special relationship with Northern Europe, the ‘cool kids’ of Europe. Notoriously beautiful and cold, the Scandinavian countries — Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland — are always the top destinations for international and even EU students.
First of all, you might not have to pay any tuition fees at public universities. But this depends on your nationality and the Nordic country where you want to study:
- In Norway, education is free at all levels (Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD) for all international students.
- In Sweden, students from the EU/EEA, Switzerland, and other Nordic countries don’t pay anything for Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes. PhD courses are free for everyone.
- In Denmark, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are free for EU/EEA and Switzerland citizens and exchange students.
- In Finland, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are free for EU/EEA and Switzerland citizens.
Secondly, expect really high living costs. Even if you have a lot of discounts and ways to save money as a student, you should be prepared to spend significantly more than in other parts of Europe. To learn more about tuition and other expenses, check out:
- tuition fees and living costs in Sweden
- tuition fees and living costs in Norway
- tuition fees and living costs in Denmark
- tuition fees and living costs in Finland
And, since we’re on the subject of cool Nordic countries to study in, we have to give a shout out to Estonia. Honestly, this hidden gem for international students is buried in the Baltic countries, and it is so breathtakingly gorgeous and such a heaven for students, that you can’t miss the opportunity of applying to an Estonian university.
If this region caught your attention, then be sure to check out universities like:
- University of Bergen, in Norway
- Lappeenranta University of Technology, in Finland
- Jönköping University, in Sweden
- Roskilde University, in Denmark
- Tallinn University, in Estonia
Check out Masters in Northern Europe.
2. Applying to a university in East-Central Europe
Just because you know some myths about Eastern Europe from the movie ‘Eurotrip’ that doesn’t mean that Austria, Hungary, and Poland aren’t awesome destinations you should definitively consider.
Although education isn’t free, like it is the North, tuition fees and living costs tend to be waaaay lower than average. For example, you can live really comfortable with 460 EUR per month in Poland, but that would only be your accommodation money in France.
Check out the application process for:
The following are some universities in East-Central Europe you should consider:
- International Business School, in Hungary
- University of Wroclaw, in Poland
- Kozminski University, in Poland
- University of Debrecen, in Hungary
Check out Masters in Central Europe.
3. Applying to a university in Western Europe
Usually, when you decide on the Master’s degree you want to pursue, you have to take into consideration not only the I-will-have-the-time-of-my-life part of studying abroad but also the pedigree of the country in which you wish to study.
That’s why Western Europe is such a prize destination: besides the famous cities and the great landmarks, you will also get to pick your future place of study based solely on what discipline you’re after.
That’s why you can’t go wrong if you study:
- Engineering in Germany
- Gastronomy in Switzerland
- Fashion in France
- Law in Belgium
- Social Sciences in the Netherlands
- Humanities in Ireland
- Business and Management in Luxembourg
- Medicine in the United Kingdom
Credit – Source : MasterPortal