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Studying abroad

In the European Union

As a citizen of the UK (or of a EU country), you are entitled to live, work or study in any of country in the EU. There may be some financial advantages as tuition fees in Europe tend to be less than in the UK. However, you should consider the additional challenges that living, working or studying in Europe could bring.

  • Will you need to learn a new language?
  • Some countries offer degrees in English, but you would need to look at the entry requirements, content and delivery style as you would for any degree.
  • Applications are normally made direct to the university at which you wish to study.
  • You would need to explore travel arrangements and associated costs.

There are also benefits of studying abroad:

  • gaining new language skills
  • developing an understanding of local cultures
  • widening your horizons
  • potential opportunities to develop careers within international companies.

Health, money and insurance

  • The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) gives you to access state-provided healthcare in European Economic Area (EEA) countries and Switzerland at reduced cost or free of charge.
  • Make copies of your passport, visas, insurance and tickets and leave a copy at home.
  • Let people know your travel schedule and ways to contact you if there is an emergency at home.
  • Plan your budget and give yourself a bit extra for emergencies.
  • While your bank card will work in many countries, it is a good idea to carry some cash, traveller's cheques, travel passports, and a credit card.
  • Keep your money, traveller’s cheques and passport in a money bag out of view.
  • Don’t hitchhike. It it's not safe anywhere – even if you’re with a friend, you’re still taking a risk.
  • You should find out where the British Embassy or Consulate is in the country you are visiting. If you lose your passport, run into problems with the police or have any other trouble, they will be able to help you.

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Outside the European Union

If you decide to study beyond Europe, many of the points about studing in the EU will apply. However, you will also need to think about:

  • Visas are normally required to enable you to study in a non-EU country. They must be applied for in advance and processes vary between different countries.  The university you want to study at should be able to give you information about visa requirements, but you should also seek advice from the Foreign and Commenwealth Office. Information about each country can also be found at the relevant embassy or consulate.
  • Financial costs of studying outside the EU may be more expensive than studying in the UK. Although some universities may offer scholarships, depending of the subject being studieds, competition for these would be fierce. Tuition fees may be higher and there is the additional cost of international travel. You would also be expected to have medical and other insurance policies as there would be no automatic entitlement to services.
  • Find out about the country you are visiting - is it safe to travel to? Check out the Foreign and Commenwealth Office travel checklists.


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