Study in Europe
Germany is a federal parliamentary republic in western-central Europe consisting of 16 constituent states. Its capital city and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 square kilometers (137,847 sq mi) and has a largely temperate seasonal climate. With 80.6 million inhabitants, it is the most populous member state in the European Union. Germany is a major economic and political power of the European continent and a historic leader in many cultural, theoretical and technical fields.
Germany is a federal country. German higher education sector is regulated partly at federal, but predominantly at state level.
In Germany, higher education is offered at three types of Higher Education Institutions.
- Universities (Universitäten)
These institutions offer the whole range of academic disciplines. In the German tradition, universities focus in particular on basic research so that advanced stages of study have mainly theoretical orientation and research-oriented components.
- Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen)
These institutions concentrate their study programmer in engineering and other technical disciplines, business-related studies, social work, and design areas. The common mission of applied research and development implies a distinct application-oriented focus and professional character of studies, which include integrated and supervised work assignments in industry, enterprises or other relevant institutions.
- Universities of Art/Music (Kunst- und Musikhochschulen)
These institutions offer studies for artistic careers in fine arts, performing arts and music; in such fields as directing, production, writing in theater, film, and other media; and in a variety of design areas, architecture, media and communication.
The institutions of higher education are to be made more efficient by according them further autonomy, allowing them to build an individual profile in a particular area and encouraging more competition. Further reforms concerning the staff structure and recruitment requirements for professors were introduced through the Act's amendment in 2002. An alternative to institutions of higher education is provided by Berufsakademien. These professional academies have taken the principle of the dual system of vocational education and training and applied it to the tertiary sector.
Two dates you should mark red in your calendar: January 15th and July 15th. If you wish to begin your studies in the winter semester (October) the submission period is from the beginning of June to 15th July. If you rather prefer to start your studies in the summer semester (April) the submission period is from the beginning of December to 15th January.
Admission to programmes in Germany is granted on the basis of previous academic record. However, for some management courses a GMAT is required, and some engineering programmers require a GRE score. You will need to check the requirements of the university you are applying to.
The TOEFL is a standard test required for programmers’ that have English as a medium of instruction.
Admission to Undergraduate Studies
Students applying for an undergraduate course in Germany have to undertake a one - year bridge program. This is to compensate for 13 years of school education in Germany compared to 12 years in India. In order to be eligible for this bridging course, students from India are required to have an excellent academic record up to Senior Secondary Level (10 + 2), and must have basic knowledge of the German language (G III Level of Max Mueller Bhavans).
After completion of the bridge program, Indian students are required to pass an assessment test in order to get admission into a German institution for the equivalent of the Bachelors degree. Students who have cleared the IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) will be exempted from the assessment test.
Students who have successfully completed two years of undergraduate studies are also exempted from the assessment test. However, they have to prove their proficiency in the German language.
Admission to Postgraduate Courses
German universities have recently introduced international courses leading to a Master's degree. Some courses begin with English as a medium of instruction. Students need an Indian undergraduate degree to qualify.Some universities also accept the three years Indian Bachelors degree.
Admission to PhD Courses
Like in many other countries international students must have a Master's Degree, and must have identified a professor in Germany who is willing to act as their doctoral guide.
- Free University of Berlin
- Humbolt University of Berlin
- Technical University Munich
- Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
- Heidelberg University
- Schiller International University
- Hochschule Furtwangen University
- University of Freiburg
- University of Dresden
- University of Bremen
Education and living costsTuition Fees:
Both national and international students at public universities in Germany will get free tuition, and will only need to pay a small sum towards administration and other costs per semester (there are two per year).
These low charges certainly help to make Germany attractive as a study destination, with recent figures showing it to be the fourth most popular country for international students (after the US, UK and Australia). The amount it costs to study in Germany depends on variables such as your level of study and how long your course lasts, whether your university is private or public, and which German state you will study inLiving Cost:
Though Germany enjoys one of the highest standards of living, still the expenses are comparable to countries in Western Europe. Living expenditure depends largely on the lifestyle, city and type of accommodation however this could vary depending on individual lifestyle. This cost covers basic expenses like : accommodation, Food and basic Travel within city or campus.
The German Academic Exchange Service provides support for German and international students to study abroad, in the form of scholarships for German and international students, academics and researchers. These are available for all levels of study, and you can search based on keywords, study level, country of origin and subject. Another useful resource comes from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung) which hosts a site dedicated to scholarships in Germany.
Students have to fulfill the following requirements before being granted a student visa.Submit the following documents:
- Completed Visa Application Form
- Visa Application Fee
- Evidence of Admission
- Proof of Adequate Financial Resources
- Health Certificate
The visa is issued when the student is assessed to be a genuine student, who intends to undertake further studies in Germany, abide by visa conditions, and depart on completion of the course. The student should convince the visa officer that his German language skills are adequate for the course he/she is undertaking. That the course is relevant to his/her current academic/ professional status. That he/she will comply with visa conditions and leave Germany after completion of the course. Processing of the visa can take up to eight weeks.
A student can try for admission in Germany twice a year in the month of March/April and September/October.
It is not necessary to learn German language as universities in Germany also provide education in English. However, if the course is completely in German, then proof of proficiency in German Language (German as a Foreign Language Test -TestDaF) or German Language Test for the Admission of Foreign study applicants (DSH) is required.
If the course is in English, then proof of proficiency in English – TOEFL (550 and higher (PBT), 213 and higher (CBT), 79 and higher (IBT) or IELTS 6.0 is needed.
Foreign students in Germany are allowed to stay for a year after graduation in order to look for a job and are also allowed to work 90 full days or 180 half days during their course of study.
Education in Germany is one of the most economical options for a student. With German Federal Government funding primary to university education, there is no tuition fee in some states.
Denmark is located in northern Europe and is part of Scandinavia. An island kingdom, it consists of the Jutland peninsula, the larger islands of Zealand, Funen, Lolland and some 480 other islands between the North and Baltic seas. A modern infrastructure and an effective welfare system allow citizens high standards of living.
A clean environment is important to the Danes. As a result, most prefer to ride their bike. Almost everyone has one and uses it daily. In cities, small towns and the country-side, it is easy enough for people cycle to work or school as there are special cycle paths in all urban areas. Owing to its location and geography, Denmark has a relatively mild climate and outdoor activities are possible most of the year.
While Danish is the official language of Denmark, most Danes speak excellent English and many understand German. Nevertheless, being able to speak some Danish will benefit you both socially and if you want to look for a job. As an employee or student in Denmark, you have the opportunity to take Danish language lessons free of cost.
Danish higher education institutions offer a range of opportunities for international students. All programmes are internationally recognized and of the highest quality. More than 500 degrees programmes and 1000 courses are taught in English. As an international student you can choose between several types of programmes taught entirely in English and an effective welfare system allow citizens high standards of living.
- Degree programmes;
- Exchange programmes;
- Short-term programmes and summer schools;
You can also choose between three types of Danish educational institutions: Universities, University Colleges (Professionshøjskoler) and Academies of Professional Higher Education (Erhvervsakademier).
Higher education in Denmark is free for students from the EU/EEA and Switzerland. Similarly, if you are participating in an exchange programme your studies in Denmark are free. Annual tuition fees for full-time degree students range from €6,000 to €16,000.
Danish higher education institutions receive a limited number of government scholarships each year to fund highly qualified full-degree students from non-EU/EEA countries and Switzerland. As these scholarships are administered by the individual higher education institution, further details can be obtained from the institution of your choice. The Danish government scholarship is however not applicable for those seeking admission to a university level institution of arts, design and architecture.
Sweden is located on the east side of the Scandinavian Peninsula in northern Europe. It has nine million inhabitants of which almost two million live in and around the capital, Stockholm. The official language is Swedish. Sweden has been a constitutional monarchy since 1809, and has had a parliamentary system of government since 1719. Despite its natural riches, Sweden is a country built on people. Today, knowledge is Sweden’s prime asset, with education kept in the public domain and developed to a standard that ranks consistently among the highest in OECD statistics.
The Swedish higher education system includes traditional university studies and professional training. There are a total of 61 universities, university colleges and Since taking part in the Bologna Process, a Europe-wide cooperation to harmonize all higher education, there have been major changes in the Swedish university system. A three-level degree structure was introduced in 2007:
- Undergraduate studies - The Högskoleexamen (diploma) is awarded after a completion of at least 120 credits. The Kandidatexamen (bachelor’s degree) is conferred after the completion of at least 180 credits, equivalent to three years of full-time study. Professional degrees in medicine, pharmaceutical studies, psychology, dentistry, architecture, civil engineering and law could last between four to six years;
- Master’s studies - There are two kinds of masters’ courses leading to two different degrees. The Magisteraxamen lasts for one year and the Masterexamen lasts for two years. Apart from these academic degrees, there are some 60 professional degrees (Yrkesexamen), which vary in length depending on their field of study;
- Doctoral studies - Doctoral studies (Licentiat/Doktor) usually last four years. They combine taught course work and research for a thesis.
All foreign students should apply directly to the higher education institutions for each course and programme. Foreign student counsellors and the admissions offices can provide the necessary information and forms.
Although tuition, in almost all cases, is free, students should take into account living costs in Sweden. Scholarships are primarily managed by the Swedish Institute (Svenska Institutet), which administers over 500 scholarships for students and researchers coming to Sweden. However, SI scholarships for students applying to English language programmes in Sweden are for Master’s level studies or advanced/research studies only.
Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain is a sovereign state located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. Its mainland is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranea Sea except for a small land boundary with Gibraltar; to the north and northeast by France, Andorra, and the Bay of Biscay; and to the west and northwest by Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean. Along with France and Morocco, it is one of only three countries to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. Spain's 1,214 km (754 mi) border with Portugal is the longest uninterrupted border within the European Union.
Modern Spain is a democracy organized in the form of a parliamentary government under a constitutional monarchy. It is a developed country with the 13th largest economy in the world.
Spain offering international students from a wide variety of academic and national backgrounds both outstanding higher education and exchange opportunities and excellent facilities for LEARNING SPANISH culture and language. There are more than 70 universities throughout Spain, more that 50 are public and the rest, more than 20, are private universities.
They are distributed throughout the country but the biggest and most important cities have the highest number of universities, in Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia.
University studies in Spain according are divided into three different stages, Grade degrees (Undergraduate studies), University Master degrees (Graduate studies) and DOCTORAL DEGREES (Postgraduate studies).Undergraduate studies, leading to Grade degrees, are taught in the following fields and sub-fields:
- Arts and Humanities, Sciences, Health Sciences, Social Sciences and Law, Engineering and Architecture. These studies require a total of 240 credits, to earn a Grade degree, consisting normally of three to four academic year programs.
- Graduate studies, leading to University MASTER DEGREE: These studies require 60 to 120 credits, to earn a University Master degree, consisting normally of one to two academic year programs, and the public defense of a thesis is required also, that will entail 6 to 30 credits.
- Postgraduate studies, leading to a DOCTORAL DEGREE: Earning a Doctoral degree requires the previous possession of a University Master degree. The postgraduate studies are divided into two cycles, one of study that requires 60 credits, and another of research. The public defense of a doctoral thesis, an original work of research in any field, is required. There is no time limit for DOCTORAL PROGRAMS, but they typically require three to four years of study and research.
Although application deadlines may vary depending on the institution, there are usually 3 intakes for studies at Spanish UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES:
- First week of June: for studies beginning in the fall semester (October).
- First week of September: late applications for studies beginning in the fall semester (October).
- First week of December: for studies beginning in the spring semester (February).
RequirementsUndergraduate studies (first cycle)
If you have successfully completed upper secondary studies in one of the signatory countries of the Lisbon Convention, are in possession of a valid school leaving certificate and qualify for higher education studies in your home country, you may also qualify for higher education studies in Spain. However, you are requested to prove your level of English and/or Spanish. In some cases, you are also requested to take additional qualifying courses.Master's studies (second cycle)
If you are applying for a master's program at university in Spain, you are required to be in possession of a relevant Bachelor's or equivalent degree diploma.PhD studies (third cycle)
In the event you are applying for doctoral studies at university in Spain, you are required to be in possession of a relevant diploma or master's degree program.
- Universidad Complutense de Madrid
- Universitat de Barcelona
- Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
- Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
- Universidad de Sevilla
- Universitat de València
- Universidad de Granada
- Universidad del País Vasco
- Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona
- Universidad de Zaragoza
Education and living costsTuition Fees:
Spanish course fees are among the lowest in Europe for residents and EU nationals. Being relatively inexpensive, it is also a popular study destination for international students.This means that you are not required to pay higher course fees than Spanish students and that you are entitled to apply for any grants available to help with tuition fees.The tuition fee for studying at a public university in Spain is approx. 1,000 EUR per year.
Students have to pay registration and tuition fees at public universities in Spain. The total amount paid varies depending on the course and its credit worth. Enrollment fees for Bachelors degrees (180 credits or 60 credits per year) at public universities in Spain vary between 500 EUR and 1,120 EUR per academic year. The fees for official masters and doctoral degrees at public and private universities are regulated by the government. A master program is usually worth 90-120 credits, except a Master of Science which is worth 240 credits, also 60 credits per year. As an example, a masters course comprising 60 ECTS credits may cost between 960 EUR and 1800 EUR.Living Costs:
Studies have estimated that students and researchers in Spain spend an average of 900 and 1100€ per month on living expenses, depending on the city. The differences are due mainly to the cost OF ACCOMMODATION (renting a flat, living in a university residence, etc.) which tends to be higher in the larger cities. On the other hand, food prices and the cost of other services tend to be quite similar all over Spain.
When seeking a grant to study in Spain, remember that there are a wide variety of institutions that offer FINANCIAL assistance for studying. As a foreign student, you are entitled to apply for certain kinds of grants to study in Spain.
A good option if you're planning to come and study in Spain is to look into the MAEC-AECID grants for foreigners offered by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (a part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation).
These are awarded annually and are generally aimed at postgraduate students.
All applications must be submitted at least one month before the proposed date of travel with complete documentation.The following documents are essential for a complete visa application:
- Application Form: Application for National Visa.
- Passport of the applicant which should be valid for at least the duration of stay for which the visa is being applied. Photocopy of all the pages of the previous (if any) and present passport must be submitted.
- Two photocopies of the application form along with two recent photographs (35-45 mm) of the applicant with white background.
- Original letter from the educational centre with the contact details of the centre, date of commencement and date of completion of the course, programme of studies to be followed.
- Photocopy of previous academic qualifications.
- Proof of economic means to undertake studies in Spain and to support the entire duration of stay in Spain
- Proof of accommodation during the stay in Spain.
- Proof of travel insurance (for the entire duration of stay in Spain).
- Police Clearance Certificate issued by the competent authorities of the country.
Some Spanish consulates do not require you to schedule an appointment to apply for your visa. Check the website of the consulate you will visit to determine if you need to schedule an appointment ahead of time.
In order to study in Spain for longer than 90 days, you are required to obtain a student visa using the National Visa application.
At this time, all Spanish Consulates allow for STUDY ABROAD advisers, parents, and/or custodians to apply on behalf of the student as long as certain requirements are met. Each consulate may have its own requirements for this process so students are encouraged to check their consulate's website for specific information. In addition, the consulate may deny the request for someone else to apply in the student's behalf. Therefore, the possibility of a personal appearance by the student at any consulate may still be required.
The consulates require a police background check to verify that you have no arrest record. The background check must be issued by your STATE POLICE, not local police. Procedures vary from state to state, so contact your state’s police department for specific procedures. You should request a "certified" or "notarized" background check. Once that document is notarized, you must have an Apostille affixed on it.
Although you may be staying in Spain for longer than 180 days, the visa you will be issued is valid for 90 days. That is normal, so don’t worry. Once you are in Spain, we will help you with the next step in the process in order to get a student residency card. We will go as a group to submit the materials with the local authorities in Spain.
Austria, officially the Republic of Austria is a federal republic and a landlocked country of roughly 8.5 million people in Central Europe. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Germany to the north, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west.
The capital and largest city, with a population exceeding 1.7 million, is Vienna. Austria is one of the richest countries in the world. The country has developed a high standard of living and was ranked 19th in the world for its Human Development Index. Austria also signed the Schengen Agreement in 1995, and adopted the European currency, the euro, in 1999.
Higher education is provided by universities and universities of applied sciences (introduced in 1994). There are also Academies (e.g. Teacher Training Colleges). The universities remain State institutions and the State continues to finance them. Universities are fully autonomous to handle their internal affairs and formulate their statutes. At private universities, study programmes can be offered either in accordance with state programmes and degrees, or without reference to them.
Austria combines a long tradition in higher education with state-of-the-art research. The Austrian higher education institutions offer an ever-growing number of degree programmes: you can choose between first-class research-based courses at the Austrian universities, world-famous education at the universities of the arts, high-quality practice-oriented degree courses at the universities of applied sciences, sound, up-to-date teacher education and innovative courses at private universities. International students are of special concern to all Austrian higher education institutions. In addition to its historical and cultural appeal, you would like to study in Austria because of the high quality of its universities and institutions of higher education, its low tuition fees or the possibility of learning one of the world's most important languages: German. No wonder Austria is one of Europe's most popular study destinations.
Requirements:Undergraduate studies (first cycle)
If you have successfully completed upper secondary studies in one of the signatory countries of the Lisbon, are in possession of a valid school leaving certificate and qualify for higher education studies in your home country, you also qualify for higher education studies in Austria. However, you are requested to prove your level of English and German. In some cases, you are also required to take additional qualifying courses.Master's studies (second cycle)
If you are applying for a master's program at university in Austria, you are required to be in possession of a relevant bachelor's or equivalent degree diploma.Doctoral studies (third cycle)
In the event you are applying for doctoral studies at university in Austria, you are required to be in possession of a relevant diploma or master's degree diploma.
Since the language of instruction at Austrian universities is German, you are required to prove your level of command of the German language. You may do so by presenting the results you received at school examinations if you studied German as part of your study program or by presenting German language courses diplomas, such as the Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache für ausländische Studienbewerber– TestDaF.
In general, most institutions require a minimum level of command corresponding to the B1/B2 level according to the European language passport. Please, note that the German language requirement usually applies to studies at the first cycle (undergraduate). Master's and research programs may not require any knowledge of German if they are designed for international students.English
If the language of instruction of your course is English, you will require to prove your level of command of English. Please, note that in general, schools require a minimum level of command of a language corresponding to the B1/B2 level according to the European language passport in order for you to successfully pass your courses.
The academic year in Austria, as a rule, begins on October 1st and ends on September 30th of the following year.It consists of two semesters:
- Winter semester (October 1st to January 30th)
- Summer semester (March 1st to September 30th)
- Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna
- Burgenland University of Applied Science Campus 02
- University of Applied Sciences
- Carinthia University of Applied Sciences
- Graz University of Technology
- IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems
- Johannes Kepler University Linz
- Medical University of Graz
- Medical University of Innsbruck
- Medical University of Vienna
Austria offers a variety of scholarships. Applicants are recommended to make use of scholarships specifically designed for their studies. Simultaneous applications for different scholarships are possible. Only applications from eligible applicants sufficiently documented and submitted in time will be considered. Applications are ranked according to qualification of applicants, reasoning for studying in Austria, usefulness for applicant’s current studies, availability of research facilities in Austria. Scholarships are limited to available funds and are granted eliminating legal proceedings. Scholarships are available for pursuing undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate students to pursue master or diploma and doctoral programme at an Austrian university.
Austrian universities provides various types of scholarships designed for international and Austrian students in different educational disciplines.These scholarships will help students to study either in Austria or abroad.
Education and Living Costs:
- Many Austrians and citizens of EU/EEA countries are not required to pay tuition fees. Average monthly expenses for students residing at a student hall of residence are approximately €800.
- Students from non EU/EEA countries and from the new EU member countries (exceptions: Malta and Cyprus) are only allowed to work in Austria for a limited period of time and may do so only if in possession of a work permit.
If you are not an EU student you will have to pay EUR 726.72 per semester plus a fee of ca. EUR 18 per semester to the Student Union. In the event that you decide to take courses at more than one university, you will have to pay your tuition fee only once.
If you are not a degree-seeking student, you will have to pay EUR 363.36 per semester.
Italy, officially the Italian Republic is a unitary parliamentary republic in Southern Europe. To the north, Italy borders France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia. To the south, it consists of the entirety of the Italian Peninsula and the two biggest Mediterranean islands of Sicily and Sardinia.
Italy is considered to be both a major regional power and a leading middle power with membership in prominent institutions such as the UN, the EU, the NATO, the OECD, the OSCE, the DAC, the WTO, the G4, G6, G7, G8, G10, G20, the Union for the Mediterranean, the Latin Union, the Council of Europe, the Central European Initiative and the Uniting for Consensus. Italy currently maintains the world's tenth-largest nominal defence budget and is a participant in the NATO nuclear sharing policy. On 1 July 2014, Italy replaced Greece as the seat of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Italy has played an important role in European higher education: it is one of the four countries that first engaged to create the so-called "European Area of Higher Education", thus starting that type of higher education reform which, known as "Bologna Process" (Bologna Declaration, June 1999) is being implemented all over Europe.
The education system in Italy is organised according to the subsidiary principle and autonomy of schools. The State has exclusive competence on general issues on education, on minimum standards to be guaranteed throughout the country and on the fundamental principles that Regions should comply with within their competences.Italian higher education is structured in a binary system, consisting of two main articulations:
- The university sector
- The non-university sector.
- 58 State universities
- 17 non-State universities (legally recognized by the State)
- 2 universities for foreigners
- 6 higher schools specialized in postgraduate university studies
- 6 telematic universities.
The academic year in Italy is made up of two semesters. The first semester starts in September/October and ends in January/February. The second semester starts in February and ends in July. The actual start and finish dates will vary in the different universities but each semester lasts around 20 weeks and is made up of a teaching period lasting around 14 weeks and an exam period lasting around 6 weeks.
The Italian Master's Degree should not be confused with Italian "Masters" (Magistrale specialistica) that are one-year specialist courses which offer a more practical education, notably in professional areas such as law, engineering, education or architecture) but do not give access to further levels of studies (they can be considered similar to Postgraduate diplomas). A bachelor (or an international equivalent) is required to undertake a Masters degree.
- University of Bologna
- University of Milan
- University of Pavia
- University of Genoa
- University of Siena
- University of Pisa
- University of Torino
- University of Trento
- University of Bari
- University of Rome- Sapienza
Education and Living Costs:Tuition Fees:
Universities and other Higher Education Institutes establish their own fees but in the case of university education there is a legal minimum fee for enrollment and maximum level for student contributions to costs and services, which cannot exceed 20% of state funding.
The average fees a student has to pay is somewhere between 850 euro and 1,000 euro per year since this varies from one university to another and also depends on the chosen course of study. Private universities are clearly much more expensive.
Admission to “master universitari” and other specialisation courses also have much higher fees. Doctoral students who receive a grant from the university do not pay fees, but non- grant holders are required to pay the fees, which will vary again according to the university chosen.Living Costs
The cost of living in Italy varies considerably depending on which part of Italy the student will live in. Almost all of the main cities and tourist places, especially the ones located in the north of Italy are comparatively more expensive than other cities and smaller towns of the country.
All international students are entitled to the same student assistance services as Italian students, on basis of the same requisites of financial means and/or merit. This applies to scholarships, student loans, housing assistance, refectory meal tickets and fee waivers.
These services are managed by the DSU office (Diritto allo studio universitario).
Alongside scholarship and financial aid information, DSU offices will also provide other services such as counselling and information on extracurricular activities, sport, transport and other practical matters.You should contact the office at the university where you plan to study to find out what services are available to you.
- Two recent passport size photograph;
- One application form duly completed and signed at the Consulate;
- Passport valid three months over planned stay in Italy
- Copy of the passport page containing holder’s data and those mentioning an extension of validity.
- A letter of acceptance from school or University in Italy indicating place, duration of the course and dates of attendance
- A letter addressed to this Italian Consulate, stating that you own private means of support. If you are a recipient of financial aid, please submit a statement;
- A letter from your bank indicating your account number, financial status, and balance. The letter must be signed by a bank official
- Flight reservations (round trip).
Yes you do. Any student intending to study in Italy needs to procure passport from one’s governmental authorities in time and will need to obtain a student visa for the intended period of study in Italy.
The Italian laws permit a student to work 4 hours a day
The paper works that are involved in coming to Italy are:
- Translation of your educational documents into Italian and attestation of the same by the Italian authority in the territory.
- Obtaining statement of equal value for the translated educational documents from the embassy and Visa obtaining works.
France officially the French Republic, is a sovereign country in Western Europe that includes several overseas regions and territories. Metropolitan France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of only three countries (with Morocco and Spain) to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. Due to its shape, it is often referred to in French as “The Hexagon".
France remains a great power with significant cultural, economic, military, and political influence in Europe and around the world. It has the world's fifth-largest military budget, third-largest stockpile of nuclear weapons, and second-largest diplomatic corps. Due to its overseas regions and territories throughout the world, France has the second-largest exclusive economic zone in the world. France is a developed country and has the world's fifth-largest economy by nominal GDP and seventh-largest by purchasing power parity. In terms of total household wealth, France is the wealthiest nation in Europe and fourth in the world.
The quality of the French higher education system is recognized around the world. Its wide variety of institutions offers excellent opportunities for teaching and research in every subject and at every level. After the USA and England, France is the country that attracts the largest number of international students in the world. International students make up more than 15 percent of the students at French universities and more than 25 percent of France’s prestigious Grandes Écoles'. The French system of higher education is distinguished by a diversity of institutions, courses, organisational arrangements and admission requirements.
Over 3500 different institutions offer higher education studies to over 2 million students. There are three main categories of higher education institutions in France: the public universities, the grandes écoles (which include France’s prestigious schools of business and engineering) and schools of art and architecture.
In France, the academic year begins on 1st October and ends on 30 June, and it is divided into two semesters:
- First semester: runs from early October through late January
- Second semester: runs from early February through late May
At the end of each semester, students are called to take their exams.If you would like to study in France, you should initiate the application process already in January.
Students seeking to study first cycle (undergraduate) degrees at universities and institutes of technology in France must hold a French baccalauréat or equivalent and have passed the university entrance exam in their home country. In addition, if you are applying for a study program at an institute of technology, you should be ready to undertake a personal interview.Master's studies:
If you are applying for a master's program at university in France, you are required to be in possession of a relevant bachelor's or equivalent degree diploma.Doctoral studies:
In the event you are applying for doctoral studies at university in France, you are required to be in possession of a relevant master's degree diploma.
- Ecole Normale Superieure de Paris
- Ecole Centrale, Paris
- American University of Paris
- Universite Pierre et Marie Curie
- Louis Pasteur University Strasbourg I
- Universite d'Angers
- Strasbourg University
- Universite de Caen
- Universite de Provence
- Universite de Savoie
Education and Living Costs:Tuition Fees:
One major benefit which students studying in France will enjoy is the country’s fee system. For the majority of courses at most universities you will have to pay only 181 Euros a year for a bachelors degree (there are exceptions engineering courses tend to cost more), 250 Euros per year for a masters course and 380 Euros per year for a PhD.
However, a number of universities have decided to add associated costs related to specific services (e.g. for diplomas related to continuing learning and training). With these additional costs, in some public universities the tuition fees can reach as far as EUR 2.000 per year.Living Cost:
Accommodation expenses in towns, specially private lodgings, vary from 300 to 600 Euros per month. In the university residence halls, the expenses vary from 100 to 150 Euros per month. Food, transportation and pocket money would amount to between 350 to 500 Euros per month. Many discounts are available to students in some shops, restaurants, cafés, theaters, cinemas, hairdressers, etc.
Students studying in France benefit from a state support for living, estimated to 500 euros per month, regardless of nationality.
The French government is keen to welcome Indian students in a wide range of fields like engineering, management, and design. The benefits of scholarships include a monthly stipend to cover daily expenses, free student visa, medical insurance coverage and assistance in finding affordable accommodation in France.
Every year, the French Embassy in India along with French companies award scholarships to tallying up to 7.1 crore Indian rupees to more than 300 meritorious young Indian graduates who wish to pursue their higher education in France.
Students going for short courses, long courses, exchange programs, language courses, internship etc. can apply for a student visa.You will need to furnish the original and one copy of:
- A proof of studies (letter from the school or university)
- A letter of admission from the school which the applicant plans to attend to in France
- Financial guarantee such as a notarized statement certifying that the applicant will be provided with a monthly allowance of $600.00 for the duration of his/her stay in France, or a proof of personal income along with a letter from school stating that room, board, and
- Tuition Fee are fully prepaid (+ 1 copy). If the host provides the student with a letter attesting that the lodging will be free of charges, and
- A copy of his/her pictured I.D., an allowance of $400.00 will be accepted. (Be sure to check on these money minimums, as they can change)
No, French Universities are now using English as the language of instruction especially in areas like Management, engineering, Political science etc, to attract more international students. It is advisable to learn some French in order to compete with French Students.
The academic year in France begins in the month of September/October and ends in the month of June/July. Students who have completed their 10+2 can enroll for admission in France.
There are colleges in France which provide distance and online education offering various courses like Business Management, French, and many more. If you don’t have the budget to visit the country you can still have a degree from a university of France in your kitty. For admission requirements you need to contact the particular college offering distance education. Also, always check with AICTE if a university is authentic or not.
France being open and warm to all cultures can be as snug as home. Students can start working here during their study also. International students are entitled to work part time up to 20 hours a week off campus. The minimum guaranteed salary in France as per the government legislation is €8.71 per hour.
France has a temperate climate with average temperatures of between 0°C and 8°C (32°F and 46°F) in winter and between 16°C and 24°C (60°F and 75°F) in summer.
Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a federal parliamentary republic consisting of 26 cantons, with Bern as the seat of the federal authorities, the so-called "federal city". The country is situated in Western and Central Europe where it is bordered by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east.
Switzerland has the highest nominal wealth per adult (financial and non-financial assets) in the world. However, Switzerland is also the most expensive country in the world to live in, as measured by the price level index. Zürich and Geneva have each been ranked among the top cities with the highest quality of life in the world.
Higher education in Switzerland comprises academic studies at the 10 cantonal Universities and the 2 Federal Institutes of Technology, at the more professionally-oriented Universities of applied sciences and at the Universities of teacher education. A few more University-level institutions are considered public institutions of higher education.
University continuing education is firmly established in Switzerland. It is regulated under university legislation and in the Bologna Recommendations of the Rectors' Conference of the Swiss Universities (CRUS) and has its own, clearly defined place in the Qualifications Framework for the Swiss Higher Education Area alongside Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral qualifications.
Swiss universities and universities of applied sciences use the same terms for continuing education programmes, but the admission requirements and general focus of the programmes are usually different. Universities are normally more academic and require a Master’s degree and professional experience as the conditions of admission, while universities of applied sciences tend to be more practically oriented and generally require a Bachelor’s degree plus professional experience. This is connected with the fact that the normal final degree from a university of applied sciences is the Bachelor’s degree, while students at universities normally graduate with a Master’s degree.
In Switzerland as well as in other countries in Europe, the academic year is divided into two semesters
- Fall semester: runs from September through December
- Spring semester: runs from February through June
Although application deadlines for studies in Switzerland vary depending on the study program and the university or college, students are usually required to submit their applications in the Spring semester for studies beginning the following academic year.
Requirements:For Bachelor's ProgramThe decision concerning admission to a course of studies rests with the individual institution. The basic admission requirement is a Swiss secondary high-school-leaving certificate or a foreign secondary high-school-leaving certificate considered equivalent. Students not holding fully recognized certificates qualifying for university entrance may be required to take a university entrance exam. For Master's Program
The prerequisite for access to a Master's programme is a successfully completed Bachelor's level programme. Each university makes its own decisions as to whether a foreign Bachelor's degree can give the holder access to Master's programmes, and what are the conditions, if any (entrance examinations, further requirements).
An increasing number of study programmes at Master's level are offered in English, thus a solid knowledge of English language is advisable for all prospective students.
- University of Basel
- University of Bern
- University of Fribourg
- University of Geneva
- University of Lausanne
- University of Lucerne
- University of Neuchâtel
- University of St.Gallen
- University of Zurich
- Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
Education and Living Costs:Tuition Fees:
If you hold a foreign or international secondary or higher education degree, you will have to pay registration and tuition fees at public universities and colleges in Switzerland. In general, foreign students must pay registration fees of approximately EUR 50 - 80. Tuition fees for foreign students range from ca. EUR 750 to EUR 3000 per semester depending on the school.Living Costs:
The cost of life in Switzerland is similar to that of big European cities. In most areas of Switzerland, cost of life is cheaper than Paris or London, although some items, such as food, are on average more expensive than elsewhere in Europe.
The Swiss Government offers scholarships to foreign students and artists on the basis of reciprocity or within the framework of a scholarship pool to several countries. Scholarships are granted to postgraduate candidates or researchers from both industrial and development countries. Most Swiss universities are publicly funded, making international study relatively affordable. The Swiss government, and some universities, also offer scholarships to international students. However, you must ensure you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your studies.
Once you're in Switzerland, as an international student, you can also work up to 15 hours per week
We advise you to start the student visa application procedure immediately after you have been accepted into the program to allow ample time for the Embassy or Consulate to process your student visa application, Please note that a period of at least 8 weeks is required for the issue of your student visa. Following documents are required,
- Schengen Visa application form
- 4 passport-size photographs with a white background
- Passport with a validity of at least 12 months
- Acceptance documents / Proof of admission (provided by the school)
- Sponsorship documents / Proof of financial means
- Medical certificate / Proof of good health
- Medical insurance with international coverage
Additional documentation and official translations in German may be required by the Embassy or Consulate.
Yes, International students holding a B student permit are allowed to work up to 15 hours a week.
German, French, Italian and Romantsch. However, official documents and declarations on goods have to be provided in German, French and Italian only.
As a general rule, if you receive support from a Swiss University for further studies, or from a private business for working in Switzerland, you are eligible for extending your stay in Switzerland.
In some Swiss cities there is a strong presence of Indian nationals, and in higher education institutions it would be exceptional if you don’t stumble on one of your compatriots. Swiss Universities are a favorite destination of international students, and offer a multicultural environment.
There is no monsoon regime in Switzerland. The climate is relatively cold in winter (from December to February), with temperatures that can go below zero degrees Celsius; and pleasantly hot in the Summer season (from June to September) with daily temperatures ranging between 20 and 35 degrees.
The university academic year begins on 1 October and finishes on 30 September of the following calendar year. Most universities apply a system of semesters, which means that the academic year is divided into two separate teaching periods or semesters. The first semester comprises first 13 weeks of educational and study activities, concluded with 2 weeks of autumn vacation. Then there is 1 week of individual study and 3 weeks of examinations, followed by 1 week of vacation. The second semester comprises also 13 weeks of educational and study activities, but is interrupted by 2 weeks of Easter holiday. The 13 weeks are followed by 2 weeks of individual study, 3 weeks of examinations and 1 week of deliberations. The summer break of 6 weeks is followed by the second examination period, which consists of 3 weeks of examinations. Some courses need 4 weeks of examinations; in that case the summer break takes only 5 weeks. The examinations are followed by 1 week of deliberations. Between the end of the deliberations and the beginning of the new first semester one free week remains.
Foreign students (from outside of the European Union) who wish to study in Belgium must in principle file a student visa application with the Belgian the country of origin. Information may be obtained from the said representation or from the Foreigners Office in Belgium.
New procedure for students from the P.R. ChinaFrom the academic year 2007-2008 onwards all students from the P.R. China will have to obtain a certificate of academic screening issued by the Academic Evaluation Centre(APS) at the German Embassy in Beijing before being allowed to enroll at any higher education institution, language course or other preparatory course in the French-speaking Community of Belgium. The APS certificate is also required for obtaining a student visa to Belgium. Students planning to study in the French-speaking Community of Belgium in 2007-2008 are advised to contact the Academic Evaluation Centre in Beijing, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible in order to make the necessary appointments and this before applying for a visa at the Belgian Embassy.
Students from a European Union Member State must carry a national identity card in order to come to Belgium. Within eight days following their arrival in Belgium, students (including those from the European Union) must register with the local administration of their place of residence in Belgium.
Degrees2nd AND 3rd CYCLES
Students who hold a foreign higher degree and who wish to sign up for a master must file a request with the establishment in which they want to register. They will eventually valorise credits acquired after the first cycle abroad and so reduce the duration of their master programme.
Students who hold a foreign degree and who wish to sign up at a university for an advanced master or postgraduate studies (doctorate) must either obtain a valuation for their degree of at least 300 credits from the university panel or full equivalence of their degree with a master or advanced master from the Ministry of the French Community.1st CYCLE
Foreign students wishing to register for an initial cycle of higher education in an Institute of Higher Education or College of the Arts or for one of the years of the 1st cycle of studies organised by the Universities or Higher Institutes of Architecture must obtain a certificate of equivalence for their secondary education qualifications versus the corresponding qualifications issued in the French Community of Belgium.For certain areas of studies, foreign students must, in the same way as Belgian students, pass an entrance examination (art college, engineering sciences) or an examination on completion of their first year of studies (medicine and dentistry studies). Furthermore, access to certain 1st cycle programmes of study is subject to quotas for foreign students not resident in Belgium.
- M.Sc. Toegepaste Economische
- M.Sc. Toegepaste Economische
- M.Sc. Organisatie en Management
- M.Sc. Toegepaste Economische
- M.Sc. Applied Economic Sciences
- M.Sc. Cultuurmanagement
- M.A. Literatuur van de moderniteit
- M.A. Taalkunde
- M.A. Theater- en Filmwetenschap
- M.A. Linguistics and Literature
- M.A. Archivistiek: erfgoed- en
- M.A. Taal- en Letterkunde
- LL.M. Fiscaal recht
- Grad.Cert. International and European
- LL.M. Ondernemingsrecht
- M.Sc. Veiligheidswetenschappen
- LL.M. Rechten
- M.Sc. Jeugdgezondheidszorg
- M.Sc. Huisartsgeneeskunde
- M.A. Specialistische geneeskunde
- M.Sc. Geneeskunde
- M.Sc. Arbeidsgeneeskunde
- M.Sc. Molecular Biology
- M.Sc. Biomedical Sciences
- M.Sc. Biomedical Sciences
- M.Sc. Industriële farmacie
- M.Sc. Klinische biologie
- M.Sc. Farmaceutische Zorg
- M.Sc. Biomedical Sciences
- M.Sc. Politieke Communicatie
- M.Sc. Filmstudies en de Visuele
- M.Sc. Vergelijkende en Europese
- M.Sc. Internationale betrekkingen en...
- M.Sc. Biology - Biodiversity
- M.Sc. Marine and Lacustrine Science
- M.Sc. Wiskunde
- M.Sc. Computer Science
- M.Sc. Development Evaluation and...
- M.Sc. Globalisation and Development
- M.Sc. Governance and Development
Norway officially the Kingdom of Norway is Scandinavian unitary constitutional monarchy whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula, Jan Mayen, the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, and the sub-Antarctic Bouvet Island. Peter I Island is a dependent territory and thus not considered part of the Kingdom. Norway also lays claim to a section of Antarctica known as Queen Maud Land. Norway has a total area of 385,252 square kilometres (148,747 sq mi) and a population of 5,109,059 people (2014). The country shares a long eastern border with Sweden (1,619 km or 1,006 mi long). Norway is bordered by Finland and Russia to the north-east, and the Skagerrak Strait to the south, with Denmark on the other side. Norway has an extensive coastline, facing the North Atlantic Ocean and the Barents Sea.
The country has the fourth-highest per capita income in the world on the World Bank and IMF lists, as well as ninth-highest on a more comprehensive CIA list. On a per-capita basis, it is the world's largest producer of oil and natural gas outside the Middle East.
The Norwegian system of higher education comprises all the institutions and/or programmes that are accredited. With the exception of some private university colleges, all higher education institutions are state-run. In general, tuition is not required for study at Norwegian higher education institutions, although fees may be imposed for certain professional education programmes, further and special education programmes and studies at private institutions.
In addition to their teaching activities, all the higher learning institutions, and particularly the universities, are responsible for conducting basic research as well as researcher training, primarily by means of graduate-level studies and doctoral degree programmes.
Student mobility and international cooperation are key objectives for the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. Currently, over 12 000 foreign students are studying in Norway and we look forward to welcoming many more.
Norway is one of the leading countries conforming to the guidelines from the Bologna Process in European higher education. The degree system based on the Bachelor's, Masters and Ph.D. structure has been successfully implemented, together with the ECTS credits system. By adapting to the European standard in higher education it is easy for students at Norwegian institutions to obtain recognition of their qualifications in other countries.
The internationalization of higher education has been a key factor for the development of programmes where the language of instruction is English in Norway. For the school year 2007/2008 more than 200 Masters programmes taught in English are available to students, covering a variety of subject areas. Some of the institutions are also offering English-taught programmes at the Bachelor’s level.Norway has seven accredited universities, nine accredited specialized university institutions, 22 accredited university colleges, two accredited national colleges of the arts and several private institutions of higher education with either institutional- or programme accreditation..
For the majority of study programs in Norway, there's only one admission period.
In general the application deadline for foreign students is between December 1 to March 15 for courses starting the following autumn (August).
Students usually apply for degree programmes that serve as a continuation of their studies in their home country. Most of the programmes offered are at Master’s or PhD level, but also offers certain Bachelor’s study programmes.All candidates should typically have the following basic qualifications:
- Secondary school certificates
- Minimum two years of higher education from their home country
- Some exceptions apply for certain professional educational courses at Bachelor’s level.
Most of the study programmes are taught in English. Applicants who are not native English speakers therefore must document their proficiency in English. Requirements may differ between institutions and various study programmes.
- University of Oslo
- University of Bergen
- Norwegian University of Science And Technology
- University of Tromso
- University of Agder (UiA)
- University of Stavanger
- University of Nordland
- Norwegian University of Life Sciences
- Buskerud University College
- Vestfold University College
Education and living costs:Tuition Fees:
Norwegian universities and state university colleges as a rule do not charge tuition fees for international students. In Norway it is possible to get quality education without having to pay tuition fees. If certain prerequisites are met you could also be eligible for financial support that can pay for your living expenses.Living Cost:
Living expenses in Norway are considered to be higher than in other countries. You should expect to have NOK 8 900,- per month for subsistence. Requirements for subsistence are also determined by regulations concerning the Student Residence Permit.
There are national programmes that offer scholarships and other types of funding for international students wishing to study in Norway. Certain restrictions and prerequisites apply for all these programmes. In addition, there are various stipends available offered by private and non-profit organisations. Several scholarships and financial schemes are available for foreign students. Eligibility depends on your current country of residency and level of completed education.
In order to be granted a student visa for Norway, you must have been admitted to a field of study at a college or university. When you hand in your student residence permit application form, you must also provide your passport, along with other necessary documentation. You’ll need to submit:
- A completed application form
- Receipt of having paid the application fee
- A valid travel document (passport)
- A recent photograph
- Evidence of admittance to an approved full-time education program
- Evidence of sufficient financial funds for the entire period of study, including funds to support any accompanying family (it can be difficult to open an account in a Norwegian bank without a Norwegian personal number, so you can usually deposit the required amount into an account established by your educational institution)
- Evidence that you have somewhere to live (such as a house, apartment, bedsit or room in a hall of residence)
- Evidence that you will leave Norway when your residence permit expires (usually in the form of a return ticket)
Yes, students may be allowed to work up to 20 hours per week. Certain restrictions do apply.
You can send additional documentation for the English language certification up until 1 March.
No. All classes are taught in English and your classmates will be fluent in English as well. The staff are all fluent English speakers, as are most people in Norway. This makes getting around and living in Norway very easy. Knowing a little Norwegian can make the experience even more fun!
A Visa is a permit that allows you to stay in Norway or Schengen (depending on the type of Visa) for a short specified period of time with a maximum validity of 90 days. A Residence Permit is required from anyone who intends to stay in Norway for more than 90 days and is usually only granted to applicants with a valid reason for long term stay, ie. Studies, work or family.
Ireland also commonly referred to as the Republic of Ireland is a sovereign state in Europe occupying about five-sixths of the island of Ireland. The capital and largest city is Dublin, located in the eastern part of the island, whose metropolitan area is home to around a quarter of the country's 4.6 million inhabitants. The state shares its only land border with Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom. It is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the Celtic Sea to the south, Saint George's Channel to the south east, and the Irish Sea to the east. It is a unitary, parliamentary republic with an elected president serving as head of state. The head of government, the Taoiseach, is nominated by the lower house of parliament.
Ireland today ranks amongst the wealthiest countries in the world in terms of GDP per capita and in 2012 was ranked the seventh most developed nation in the world by the United Nations' Human Development Index. A period of rapid economic expansion from 1995 onwards became known as the Celtic Tiger period, was brought to an end in 2008 with an unprecedented financial crisis and an economic depression in 2009.
The levels of education in Ireland are primary, secondary and higher (often known as "third-level") education. In recent years further education has grown immensely. Growth in the economy since the 1960's has driven much of the change in the education system. Education in Ireland is free at all levels, including college (university).
The Department of Education and Skills, under the control of the Minister for Education and Skills, is in overall control of policy, funding and direction, whilst other important organizations are the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland, the Higher Education Authority, and on a local level the Education and Training Boards are the only comprehensive system of government organization. There are many other statutory and non-statutory bodies which have a function in the education system.
Ireland offers a vast range of bachelor degree programs for students. Each of the courses is carefully designed to ensure that students develop strong foundation knowledge in their desired chosen subjects. Each department is managed by a team of competent teachers, so that students can expect the best out of their selected courses. All the universities in Ireland have a vibrant and active community that gives students a chance to gel with students from other countries. The bachelor degree programs are not only focused on academics. The universities also give students opportunities to take up voluntary services and encourage them to take part in cultural activities as well.
The entry requirements for postgraduate study differ from university to university, course to course. However, most courses require an undergraduate degree, usually a minimum of a 2:2, in a related discipline.
- MSc Computer Science (Networks and Distributed Systems)
- MSc Applied Science (Software Design and Development)
- MSc Software Engineering & Database Technologies
- MSc Software Design & Development
- MEng Computer and Communications Systems
- Meng Signal Processing Engineering
- Meng Engineering Computation
- MSc Electronics and Communications Engineering
- MengSci Mechanical Engineering (Manufacturing Process & Automation Systems)
Intakes in Ireland
The main intake offered by Universities and Colleges in Ireland is September. Few Institutions also offer a February start.
The admission requirements for entry to graduate programmes are a matter for each university. Generally, however, a first degree of at least a second class honours standard or the equivalent is required. If you are unsure of the equivalency of your qualification to that required, please consult the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland’s qualifications recognition section.
All Irish universities require a minimum competency in the English language that allows a student to undertake their studies. Universities use IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or other appropriate resources to determine an applicant’s suitability for a course of study through English. Please see the university contact details provided on this site for further details on admission requirements and procedures.
For applying to a master’s program at an Irish university, it is mandatory to possess a relevant honors bachelor’s degree, or an equivalent degree diploma.
- Certain years of work experience is a strict requirement for some courses, such as MBA.
- Students are required to submit official transcripts of the subjects studied and examinations taken at the undergraduate level to prove their eligibility. Most Irish universities refuse to accept photocopies; thus, obtain official duplicate transcripts from the previous university.
- Academic references are another important requirement while applying for a master’s degree in Ireland. Approach and ask a trusted person to provide details on your achievements at the academic level.
- A state of interest should also be submitted to indicate your proposed studies and professional/personal goals linked with the studies to the undertaken.
- Detailed curriculum vitae with relevant professional and extra-curricular experience should be submitted with the application.
- Evidence of English competency should be provided through tests scores of TOEFL or IELTS.
- Courses like MBA have special entry requirements, such as a Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), which should be qualified with minimum eligible score.
- A copy of birth certificate
- Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin
- University College Dublin
- University College Cork
- Dublin City University
- University of Limerick
- National University of Ireland, Galway
- National University of Ireland, Maynooth
- Dublin Institute of Technology
- Cork Institute of Technology
- Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
Education and living costsTuition Fees
The cost of studying in Ireland largely depends upon the university you are seeking admission in and the study program you have taken up. Pursuing a postgraduate degree program from an Irish university can cost you between €8900 and €37,000. The tuition fees segregated according to the course are listed here:
- Medicine and related: €12,035 - €37,000
- Engineering: €9150 - €18,000
- Science & Technology: €9150 - €18,000
- Arts & Humanities: €8900 - €20,000
- Business: €9150 - €18,800
|Rent (per week)||€127.00|
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|Food (per week)||€46.00|
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Government of Ireland Scholarships for Indian students are available on one year taught Masters at participating Universities that include University of Limerick, NUI Maynooth, NUI Galway, Dublin City University, University College Cork, and University College Dublin (info. updated as on June 2013).
Individual University Scholarships in Ireland are also available. Several Institutes of Technologies offer merit-based scholarships to Indian students based on their academic percentage. If you need information on scholarships in Ireland, please get in touch with us.
- Visa Application form
- Original Passport valid for at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from Ireland following visits. A full copy of all pages of this passport should be submitted.
- One recent passport sized photograph not more than 6 months old. Please see www.embassyofireland.in for details of photograph requirements. If the submitted photograph does not meet these requirements it will delay processing on your application.
- You should submit all previous passports along with a photocopy of each page of all the passport(s) submitted. If you have been refused a visa for any other country, details of this, preferably the original letter issued to you by the authorities of that country, should be submitted. Concealment of other visa refusals will result in your Irish visa application being refused
- The required visa fee in the form of DD in favor of “Embassy of Ireland, New Delhi”. DD’s can be obtained from all VFS Application centers.
- An up to date Police Clearance Certificate or Observation in your passport is required from each applicant.
- Acceptance Letter & Confirmation of fees paid -- this is not necessary for those courses listed for “Approval In Principal”.
- Details of family members residing in Ireland or another EU country.
- Statement of Purpose.
- Brief CV.
- Certificate of Educational Qualifications.
- Evidence of adequate level of English e.g. TOEFL, IELTS (Where the Course being pursued is through English). A guideline of the scores required is as follows:-
- IELTS: A MINIMUM SCORE OF 5 IELTS IS REQUIRED FROM INDIAN STUDENTS WHO WISH TO APPLY FOR A STUDY VISA FOR IRELAND.
- TOEFL: A MINIMUM SCORE OF 173 IS REQUIRED FROM INDIAN STUDENTS WHO WISH TO APPLY FOR A STUDY VISA FOR IRELAND.
Students from EU member states who are in possession of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are entitled to public health services in Ireland. This card is available from health authorities in your home country. Further information to your rights on healthcare while here can be obtained on the European Health Insurance Card website.
For students from non-EU countries, you will be required to have medical insurance in place in order to be granted a visa.
If you are from a non-EU country, you must complete a minimum of 15 hours scheduled contact time per week in order to be eligible to be eligible for a visa to study in Ireland. Please see the following Department of Justice web site for more information. If you are an English language study wishing to study for less than 90 days in Ireland and combine learning with other tourist pursuits, you will be classed as an educational tourist and subject to visit/holiday visa rules.
Ireland's climate can be summed up as being mild, moist and changeable with abundant rainfall and a lack of temperature extremes. Because the island is hugged all year round by the warm influence of the Gulf Stream, Ireland is much warmer than other countries that share its latitude. The Gulf Stream also ensures that the Irish coastline remains ice-free throughout winter. Extreme winters are rare but they do happen on the odd occasion when Ireland's temperatures plummet.
In order to open a bank account, you will need two forms of identification. Irish banks are obliged to establish your identity and verify your address. You cannot use the same document as proof of both your identity and your address. These are minimum requirements and it is at the discretion of the bank to look for further information.
Since April 2001, non-EU students who are approved to study in Ireland with higher education institutions listed on the Internationalization. Register, can avail of casual work to help support themselves while in Ireland. Students are allowed to work part-time (up to 20 hours a week) or full-time
Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a Nordic country situated in the Fennoscandian region of Northern Europe. It is bordered by Sweden to the west, Norway to the north, Russia to the east, and Estonia to the south across the Gulf of Finland.
Finland was a relative latecomer to industrialization, remaining a largely agrarian country until the 1950's. Thereafter, it rapidly developed an advanced economy while building an extensive Nordic-style welfare state, resulting in widespread prosperity and one of the highest per capita incomes in the world. Subsequently, Finland is a top performer in numerous metrics of national performance, including education, economic competitiveness, civil liberties, quality of life, and human development. Finland is one of the best country in the world. Finland is also a member of the United Nations, the Council of Europe and the World Trade Organization.
Higher education has a significant role in Finnish society and the national innovation system: higher education is crucial when working towards a world-class knowledge society.Finnish higher education consists of two parts:
- Universities provide academic education based on research. All 14 universities offer Bachelor’s, Master's, licentiate and doctoral degrees (3 + 2 + 4 years).
- Universities of Applied Sciences (polytechnics) provide vocational education on a higher level and promote applied research. Polytechnics confer Bachelor’s (from 3.5 up to 4 years) and Master’s (1 – 1.5 years) degrees. A student is eligible for polytechnic/UAS Master’s level studies after accomplishing a Bachelor’s degree, and having acquired at least three years of relevant work experience after that.
All studies are quantified as credits (ECTS, European Credit Transfer System). One year of full-time study corresponds to 60 credits.
The academic year in Finland is divided into two terms: Autumn term (from August/September to December) and Spring term (from January to the end of May)
Most degree programmes only accept new degree students at the beginning of the academic year. So, usually your application will concern studies that start in the autumn term (August/September). In some cases, however, it may be possible to apply for studies that start in the spring term (January).
During the so-called summer term (June-August) it may be possible for already registered students to complete some individual course modules, but generally speaking it is "holiday time" and there is no separate summer term intake for degree studies.
Requirements:Applying to Bachelor’s programmes
- Hold educational certificates that make you eligible to apply for higher education in your home country
- Fulfill the English language skills requirements (and other possible programme-specific requirements) as set by the receiving institution
- Successfully pass an entrance examination
Note that the Finnish higher education system does not include "certificate" or "diploma/advanced diploma" level degrees. If you currently hold a one-year or two-year certificate or diploma degree, and are applying to an undergraduate programme in Finland, it is likely that your application would be based on your upper secondary school certificates rather than your certificate/diploma degree. See our FAQ on the subject!
If you are admitted, it may be possible for you to receive some credit point compensation based on your previous higher education studies, but this you should negotiate with the Finnish higher education institution after you've been admitted. It is up to the policies and decisions of the individual higher education institutions whether such credit point compensation can be awarded.Applying to Master’s / Doctoral programmes
If you already hold a higher education qualification from your home country, and are applying to a Master’s or Doctoral level programme in Finland, then your eligibility is decided based on
- The extent and quality of your earlier academic qualifications - usually a three-year Bachelor's is the minimum
- Your language skills and other possible faculty-specific requirements
Note that Master’s level programmes at polytechnics (UAS) additionally require that applicants hold a Bachelor’s degree followed by three (3) years of relevant work experience. The UAS Master's programmes are primarily targeted fro those already in the working life. The Master's programmes offered by the universities, as opposed to the polytechnic/UAS Master's, do not usually have any work experience requirements, unless otherwise specified in the entry criteria of the university Master's programme in question.
- Aalto University
- Tampere University of Technology
- University of Helsinki
- University of Eastern Finland
- University of Lapland
- University of Oulu
- University of Tampere
- University of Turku
- University of Vaasa
- University of the Arts Helsinki
Education and living costsTuition Fee:
In Finland, education is funded by the government and students both EU/non EU and international are exempted from fee payment. Universities in Finland have no tuition fees! Education is subsidized by the state through the ministry of education, and students are exempted from fee payment. This also applies to the international degree students and visiting students as well.Living Cost
The average monthly living expenses for a student may vary a bit, depending on your study location in Finland – for example, accommodation and other living costs may be higher in the Helsinki metropolitan area and other larger cities. As a student you can get discounts in student restaurants and cafeterias, public transport, etc.
The Finnish Government has offered the Scholarships for postgraduate studies or research (after Master’s level but no for post-Doctoral and research) and that priority will be given to doctoral studies.
- University scholarships:
- Finish higher education institutions may offer a small number of scholarships. For example,University of Helsinki, Hanken School of Economics and Aalto University
- Joint-Masters and Erasmus Mundus. A list of Erasmus Mundus programmes involving Finish universities is available here
- The Council on International Educational Exchange have grants available for American students to study abroad:
- Global Access Initiative (GAIN).
- Ping scholarships.
- Fund for Education Abroad.
A person intending to stay in Finland for a period of over 90 days is required to have a visa.Documents needed for entry to Finland:-
When arriving in Finland you may also be expected to show, in addition to your visa and a valid travel document, insurance document for the duration of your stay and other documents related to your stay in Finland. You must prove that you have sufficient funds (EUR 40 per day or a scholarship or a training placement) for your stay and for your return journey or further travel.
If you would ordinarily need a visa but have a residence permit valid in one of the Schengen countries, you do not need a visa to enter another Schengen country if the intended duration of your stay is no more than 90 days.Formalities:-
If you are a foreign national requiring a visa, you must always have one when entering the Schengen area. A Schengen visa is applied for from the embassy or consulate of the destination country. So when coming to Finland, you are requested to apply for it either from a Finnish embassy or consulate or from a mission of a Schengen country that represents Finland. For admission of visa one is always required to have valid travel insurance together with other documents.
Upon submitting the application candidates are also required to submit a copy of their passport. Original passports would only be required for authentication. The embassy has the reserve right for asking any other authentication. Incomplete applications would not be accepted .All regulations consular fees or services are subject to change without any prior notice.
While it is usually possible to apply to more than one study programme, there may be a limit to how many alternatives you can choose. Please check the details on the admission sites.
Generally speaking it is usually a good idea to concentrate on applying to a few programmes that you are really interested in, rather than sending in as many applications as possible just for the sake of getting “any study placement whatsoever”.
This depends on the programme you are applying to, but most degree programmes require that you prove your English language proficiency by means of an internationally accepted test (TOEFL/IELTS etc). Please check this and other detailed requirements in the admissions instructions of the institution you are applying to. If your native language is English, or if you can prove that your previous education has been completed in English, you may be exempt from the language test requirement.
Yes. Finnish universities and polytechnics offer a wide selection of degree options taught in English.
If you apply to an English-language programme, it is not usually compulsory to study Finnish, but it is strongly recommended since it would help you a lot in your everyday life to know at least the basics of our language. Furthermore, Finnish language skills may be an important asset in finding part-time work during your studies, or employment in Finland after your graduation.
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