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Benefits of studying in Europe

Posted 04 September 2013
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There are many destinations to choose from for those who wish to study abroad. The United States is one of the most popular countries for international students. The cultural diversity is highly appealing. US universities’ fame reigns supreme: the Ivy League is well-known all over the world; 7 out of 10 best universities in the world according to the Times Higher Education League Table 2013 are in the US. Australia and New Zealand are also strong contenders. Both countries boast of its reputation for being educational powerhouses with some of the world’s best facilities. In Asia, Singapore and China are attracting more and more attention with their growing economy. However, Europe never loses its charm. This continent, particularly the UK, is arguably the best destination for international students for the following reasons.

There are many destinations to choose from for those who wish to study abroad. The United States is one of the most popular countries for international students. The cultural diversity is highly appealing. US universities’ fame reigns supreme: the Ivy League is well-known all over the world; 7 out of 10 best universities in the world according to the Times Higher Education League Table 2013 are in the US. Australia and New Zealand are also strong contenders. Both countries boast of its reputation for being educational powerhouses with some of the world’s best facilities. In Asia, Singapore and China are attracting more and more attention with their growing economy. However, Europe never loses its charm. This continent, particularly the UK, is arguably the best destination for international students for the following reasons.

Culture

It is undeniable that Europe has a rich history with a variety of cultures, each of which are vibrant and enticing in their own unique way. The European countries are famous worldwide for their cultural capitals so resplendent that praises have been sung for them for centuries. Music and the arts are not the only things that flourish in Europe. Europe is also home to philosophers and politicians, economists and scientists. These cradles of Western civilisations have given birth to ingenious men and women, who created and left behind a wealth of culture and knowledge that attract and enchant many. The UK is one such cradle. Cities such as London and Edinburgh house cultural treasures that are hard to find elsewhere. Less well-known cities are where you can experience the true British culture, with strawberry scones during afternoon tea. The UK is also the birthplace of Shakespeare, Charles Darwin, Oscar Wilde and many more. For philosophers and scientists alike, the UK and Europe are the places to be. What can be more wonderful than studying in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, soaking up the fantastic culture and languages?

Excellent Educational system

Europe has a long-standing tradition of learning and education. The very first high-learning institutions were established in Ancient Greece. Education has always been an essential part of European countries. The modern universities in Europe have state-of-the-art technology, modern facilities and the best educators. Their libraries have an extensive collection of books, from standard textbooks to rare first-editions, that will definitely quench your thirst for knowledge. Moreover, the high quality of teaching and learning in Europe is constantly monitored and improved by the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) created through the Bologna Process. The EHEA ensures the comparability and compatibility of the educational systems in Europe, which means that the European universities cannot afford to let their standards slip and are prompted to continue improving. Students interested in studying in Europe have a wide range of high quality, institutions to choose from. The UK in particular has many highly regarded universities. Oxford and Cambridge remain on top of the league tables. Other UK universities certainly do not lose in terms of quality. International students are entitled to the best education they can have. Europe surely can provide it.

Travelling

Europe is the ultimate place to travel. The cities are resplendent; each has its own colour, all so vivid that none can outshine the others. Studying in Europe enables you to travel easily from country to country. For those who need a visa to travel, with the exception of the UK and Norway, a student visa or residence permit of any European countries entitles you to visit other countries that are parts of the Schengen area. The single currency, used in most countries (although not in the UK), makes it even easier for you to travel without concerns over exchange rates. Even if you choose to study in the UK, it is very easy to obtain a Schengen visa in London. A two-hour train journey later, you will be in Paris, ready and eager to explore the Old Continent. A friend of mine, who was on an exchange year, travelled to about fifteen or more European countries in the 9 months she was in the UK. During her last seven weeks, with one backpack she travelled to eighteen cities, from Prague to Venice. Only in Europe can you have such an experience.

Why study in Europe?

Studying in Europe brings you more than just a brilliant education. When you study overseas, you gain unparalleled experience. You can pick up a language, immerge in cultures so rich that you are determined to come back to experience more  - the benefits are limitless!

Bellerbys College guarantees to provide you with the European experience that you are looking for. With dedicated educators, who graduated from renowned universities, students can expect the highest quality of teaching. Situated in four major cultural hubs of the UK: London, Brighton, Oxford and Cambridge, at each Bellerbys centre you can gain a unique experience. The option to stay with  a host family gives students the opportunity to truly immerse themselves in local culture as well as polishing language skills. Bellerbys College takes pride in having great student service, whose staff will go to great lengths to ensure that you always have the support you need. From local bus passes to getting visa travel, student services will help you to the best of their ability.

Autumn Hoang

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