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Europe has long been a classic destination for study abroad students. From studying French in Paris to business in London, Europe is home to several of the world's most popular (and best) study abroad countries.

Europe also gets a reputation of being expensive. Though true that some nations, like Switzerland and Norway, aren't exactly student-budget friendly, places like Germany, Malta, Spain, and Portugal are surprisingly cheap -- not to mention all the student discounts offered throughout the EU and the UK!

No matter what your major, budget, or study abroad goal is, you're sure to find a program that suits you in diverse, little Europe.

POPULAR DESTINATIONS

With over 40 countries in Europe, it can be hard to decide where to spend a semester, summer, J-term, or year learning overseas! Each country has something to offer whether its the cuisine, culture, stunning landscapes, or captivating languages.
To help you with your research for the perfect European study abroad destination, here are a few of the most popular countries to consider:France, England, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Italy

However, some of the more overlooked European study abroad destinations also happen to be a bit more affordable (and off the beaten path!). If you want to expand your options beyond the above, you could also consider:Sweden: which has affordable full-degree programs (though not a very affordable cost of living).Malta: whose one university (the University of Malta) conducts courses in English.The Netherlands: which also have a few English-language university options.Portugal: Spain's overlooked, budget-friendly neighbour.Czech Republic: another budget-friendly option with a unique, non-Western culture.

PLANNING YOUR TRIP

Flights

If you're studying abroad in Europe, you can get student discounts for airfare (Aer Lingus offers a study abroad discount and StudentUniverse lets you search for them across various airlines).
Otherwise, try to book your flights at least 5 weeks in advance to get the best deal. You can set price alerts and search for flights on sites like Kayak.

Health

For the most part, the health standards are high in Europe. Foreign students not part of the E.U. will most likely have to purchase their own health insurance for the duration of there study abroad program. You may also not be able to drink the water in a few countries, so it's always good to ask before you arrive.

Safety

One of the biggest safety risks for study abroad students in Europe is petty theft. To avoid this, make sure you don't leave valuables unattended (like on the back of your chair at a cafe) and stay alert in crowded areas. Have your pockets zipped up and wear your backpack or purse in front of you in crowds.
Since safety is also a major concern for study abroad parents, our best advice there is to keep up to date with the news and register for the State Departments STEP program to get alerts from them as well.

Cell Phones

Your best bet for cell phones while you're in Europe -- especially if you're studying abroad for longer than 2 weeks -- is to come with an unlocked phone (most phones in the U.S. are unlocked for international usage or, if not, you can easily make this request to your phone carrier) and get a local SIM card and pay as you go plan.

Explore Study in Europe

  • Belgium
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Scotland
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland