Should You Go To College in Europe?

Many American college students study overseas during their junior years, while others spend their entire undergraduate careers at famous schools in English-speaking countries, like St. Andrews in Scotland and Trinity College Dublin, a wonderful, historic school in Dublin’s city center.

Most Americans, however, may not know that many universities in Continental Europe offer full undergraduate programs in English, which are accessible to U.S. students. Some are in The Netherlands, including Tilburg University and the University of Leiden. We recently visited Tilburg, and found an appealing campus much like many American colleges, with English-speaking students from all over the world, including our Bulgarian tour guide. Others are in Germany, Finland, France, and elsewhere. There are also American colleges in Europe, such as the American University of Rome, which is a U.S.-style liberal arts college with all courses taught in English — and it’s in Rome!

While studying in Europe is appealing, Americans need to understand how the experience might differ from studying in the U.S. For example, European schools often lack the same range of activities as American schools. You won’t find big-time varsity athletics and Greek life. At some schools, you won’t be able to take the range of courses you could in the U.S., either due to restrictive curricula or because the courses aren’t available. Research universities might not offer music and art, for instance. Practicalities like renting apartments can be more challenging, and you’ll probably want to learn some of the local language for daily living and to enrich your experience.

If you have a taste for adventure and want to investigate studying in Europe, we’d be happy to help you research the options to find the right fit.

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