Studying abroad is one of the most unique and enriching experiences a student can have. There’s an abundance of places to choose from and many opportunities to gain. For many students, Europe is a logical choice. English is widely spoken, and business opportunities abound given its highly westernized societies. Here are five of the top reasons you should consider studying abroad in Europe.

1. Travel

One of the main reasons students study abroad is for the opportunity to travel and explore new places. Europe offers a plethora of unique sites and cultures all within a small geographical area. Because of the European Union, it is easy to visit other countries, even for the day! 

Thousands of years of history await you in bustling cosmopolitan cities and quaint countryside villages. Europe also has some of the world’s best infrastructure with a dazzling network of trains, buses, planes, and ferries you can easily and affordably explore the continent.

Travel guru Rick Steves runs a fantastic website to help you start planning your travels.

2. Education

Europe’s education system differs greatly from other nations. Studying abroad is the perfect chance to gain insight into other systems and explore new subjects with students and professors from different backgrounds. Europe has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites (a special designation from the United Nations) than any other continent in the world. An endless array of historical and cultural sites allow for hands on learning that can elevate your experience to the next level. 


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3. Career Opportunities

Studying abroad teaches valuable soft skills such as adaptability, resilience, and problem-solving in ways that cannot be learned in your home country. The ability to get on a plane and jet off to a foreign country halfway around the world is no small feat, and it will not be lost on recruiters. Independence is a key attribute employers look for and, while teamwork is important, firms like to know they are taking on people who can work without constant direction and support. 

A recent UK study found that 97% of students who studied abroad find a job within 12 months of graduation compared to 49% of students who didn’t study abroad. On average, students who studied abroad have a starting salary that is $7,000 USD higher than those that didn’t. 

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4. Make Lifelong Friends

Studying abroad connects you with other students doing the same thing. While studying in Europe you could befriend not only Europeans but also students from places like Asia, South America, Australia, and Africa, many of which may become friends for life! Additionally, if you have a homestay you get the opportunity to immerse yourself even further in the culture of your host country by living with a family from there. This can help you befriend multi-generational locals. 

Studying Abroad in Europe: Making Friends

5. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor. Students are also entitled to deep discounts at many places, especially in Europe.

Check here to learn how to get an International Student Identity Card.

Not sure where to begin? Take this quiz to find out which European country could be a good fit for you!