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Higher education abroad and in Europe. List of Universities, system, cost

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In our time, higher education abroad or Europe for many is the key to a successful career, a high position in society and a decent salary. But, unfortunately, not all young people understand that to achieve such a dream requires complete dedication and a clear vision of the goal, to which one should strive.

Many at the same time are limited to formal higher education in one of the domestic universities, and then remain on the sidelines of life with a miserable salary and lack of any prospects. Those who are not indifferent to the future, most often think about entering a foreign university in order to obtain a prestigious international diploma abroad, and recently the fundamental factor in this is not the prestige of the institution, but the level of knowledge and prospects for subsequent employment.

The most prestigious and demanded directions of higher education abroad: England , USA , Switzerland . Inexpensive higher education abroad at the moment is possible to obtain in Europe, including Germany, Austria, Spain, France, Holland, Sweden, etc.

Higher education abroad is most popular in English because of its global nature. But students also choose to study in German, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Chinese.

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Higher education in universities abroad: ratings, advice when choosing universities in the world

It is believed that students who have graduated abroad in one of the prestigious universities of the United Kingdom or the United States, find a much faster job and move along the career ladder. Therefore, the choice of the future university should be approached as responsibly as possible, focusing in this issue not on reviews on the Internet, but on the opinion of experts in the field of training. For example, the authoritative rating of the world's best universities QS-THES-200 when calculating the prestige of the university takes into account many different factors. To get higher education abroad is recommended taking into account the following factors:

  1. The total reputation in the academic environment (conditional weight 40%).
  2. The number of students per teacher (relative weight 20%).
  3. The success of graduates among respectable employers (Conditional weight 10%).
  4. Popularity among foreign and Russian students (conditional weight 5%).
  5. The index of citations (a measure of the significance of the work of a graduate of a university that became a scientist, a conditional weight of 40%).
  6. The share of foreign teachers (conditional weight 5%).

Unfortunately, the position of domestic universities in this rating is very sad, which is to some extent unfair. So, the best Russian university is the Moscow State University (Moscow) - it occupies 144 places, Leningrad State University (St. Petersburg) - 233 places, Moscow State Technical University (Moscow) - only 322 places. At the same time, the top three leaders are as follows:

  • 1 place. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
  • 2 nd place. Cambridge.
  • 3rd place. Imperial College of London.

Higher education abroad: after school (11th grade), bachelor, master, second higher

1. Foundation , Pathway - for adolescents and students wishing to enroll in English-speaking universities after grade 11

Something like our preparatory courses. But, unlike domestic analogues (where the main task is to prepare for admission), abroad the initial stage still assumes a certain, albeit basic, level of education. The program requires compulsory completion due to a shortage of 1 year of study compared with the western school system (the system of higher education abroad is the pre-passage of 12-year school vocational training).

2. Undergraduate

The usual 3-4 years of higher education abroad with the only difference is that "there" students really get knowledge (because they pay for them, And often - themselves), and "here" is a diploma (and parents pay for it). You can get both the first and the second highest at the bachelor's level.

3. Pre-Masters

Partially "overlaps" the postgraduate course that is familiar to us, something like "preparatory courses" for those who plan to receive further training.

4. Masters

Most often lasts from 1 to 3 years, during which any research work is conducted aimed at creating and implementing their own project.

5. MBA

Specialized program for the preparation of masters in various business areas. Usually lasts 2 years, and the level of knowledge allows to perform the functions of managers of the middle (and sometimes higher) level competently.

6. University Transfer Programor University Pathway Program

Programs that prepare for enrolling in a bachelor and enrolling immediately for the second year of a foreign institution. Also after the 11th grade, the school graduation.

7. Advanced courses

A variety of additional programs aimed at obtaining additional knowledge and increasing the available qualifications. Additional qualifications in addition to higher education abroad will help you find a more profitable position and build a more successful career.

Learn more about preparation for higher education abroad.

The advantages of higher education in Europe, the world, pluses and minuses


First and foremost, they include the highest scientific and pedagogical level of teachers, the qualifications of which serve as a guarantee of a well-structured and comprehensive knowledge. Also, do not forget about full immersion in the learning process, familiarizing with the centuries-old traditions and acquiring valuable links that will certainly help in future employment. And the list of proposed higher education programs abroad is truly immense and seems to include all fields of knowledge.


Undoubtedly, this is the financial side of the issue, but, as practice shows, there are options where it is possible and inexpensive to get higher education abroad: Germany , Austria, Spain and others.

It is also worth noting the difficulty in filling in the necessary documentation, problems with obtaining a visa for Russian and foreign students. If the filing is incorrect, the applicant can refuse.

Tuition fees abroad: higher education

The widespread view that only very wealthy people can afford to study abroad , is somewhat exaggerated. Indeed, if you want to get higher education abroad in one of the most prestigious universities, for example, in the TOP-100 by rating QS-THES-200, it is worthwhile to prepare for a fairly large expenditure. If you ask the cost of higher education at the university "simpler", it may well be that it will be comparable with the training in the domestic higher educational institutions.

Tuition fees vary from 15,000 USD to 50,000 USD per year. A full list of universities with programs and prices can be found below in this section.

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Vera Borisovna
My granddaughter is now in the 10th grade. We would like to receive higher education in Europe. Where do we start?
Smapse LTD
Good afternoon, Vera Borisovna. First of all, it is necessary to determine the language in which the granddaughter plans to study and, starting from this, decide on the country. The second task will be to determine the specialty, based on the preferences and abilities of the child. After that we will be able to offer you specific universities and training programs, if such is required. Best regards, SMAPS
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