6 Myths About Education in the EU

1. Studying in Europe is expensive.

This is true of the UK, Netherlands, Cyprus, and private universities. But education in the state universities of Austria, Germany, Greece, Spain, Italy, Norway, Finland, France, the Czech Republic is almost free, including education programs for foreigners. Various fees range from 0 to 500 euros per semester. The myth of expensive education was born thanks to all the local universities and schools that don’t want to lose potential students. The bulk of companies in both Russia and the US are intermediaries of many private universities, they are basically in cahoots. Such a strategy is profitable for both parties. Moreover, registration at a private university is often easier and faster than at a state university. That is, if you have the financial ability to pay for studies, around 7-18k euros per year, Europe offers a lot of excellent paid programs and universities. But there are many free options as well.

2. Only immigrants go to study in Europe.

Yes, studying in countries with free education remains one of the most comfortable ways of immigration, as it allows you to live in a country for several years, work and get a diploma which will be recognized in that country, and only then apply for a working residence permit. On the other hand, the presence of a European diploma and, accordingly, knowledge of one or two foreign languages at a high level is now a requirement for admission to high positions in international companies.

3. In the EU countries, teaching is conducted only in a local language.

Yes, in most cases, teaching in state universities on budget programs is conducted in a local language. However, free education in English for foreigners is provided for master's programs in almost all EU countries, and there are also a small number of undergraduate programs in English in Austria, Germany, Norway, Italy, Finland, and France.

4. It is very difficult to enter a state university in the EU.

Admission conditions vary by country. In some countries, such as Spain, Finland, and the Czech Republic, there are entrance examinations at state universities. At the same time, in most countries enrollment goes without examinations on the basis of an average grade point certificate or diploma, sometimes you need a certificate of proficiency in a language, like in France, sometimes this is another year or more of a university in your home country, like in Italy, Germany or Norway. At the same time, there are countries that accept students without exams at all and they are given the right to learn a native language after enrollment: these are Austria, Greece, Slovenia, and Poland. Thus, it is an exaggeration to talk about the complexity of admission to all state universities in Europe. Winning a grant or scholarship for the entire period of study is difficult, but if you want to study it a foreign university and are ready to pay for your accommodation, it is available to everyone.

5. It is very difficult to get a student visa, especially for those who are over 25.

If you have passed the procedure for admission to state universities, and you have an order for enrollment from the Ministry or from a state university - the refusals are rare and are mostly due to an incorrectly filled package of documents for a visa or an insufficient amount of funds in an account. In Europe, a lot of people begin their higher education after 25, so rejection due to age can occur in those over 50, but not in those who are just around 30.

6. I will not be able to work while I study.

Students enrolled in state universities through bachelor's and master's programs have the right to work part-time.