Why Study in Europe?: Top Courses, Universities, Cost of Studying

Why Study in Europe?: Top Courses, Universities, Cost of Studying

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Anumika Bahukhandi
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Updated on Sep 29, 2023 23:08 IST

The sixth-largest continent in the world, Europe with its enthralling history, cultural divert, gothic architecture, and famous landmarks is a dream study destination for all history buffs and itinerants. For those wondering what's so great about Europe and whether it is a good choice for them, the article answers it all. Read through to learn about te reasons to study in Europe, top universities, cost of studying & living, etc.

Why Study in Europe

With an influential social and economic strength existing for decades, Europe has over 400 stunning UNESCO world heritage sites, adding sheen to its glorious existence. Millions of students from across the globe move to different parts of Europe, a premier destination, every year in order to obtain further studies. Around 35 of the world’s best universities or higher education institutes exist in Europe as per QS World University Rankings, 2024.

Countries in Europe offer a rewarding experience to overseas students relocating to them for higher education. Catering to a large international student community, European institutions offer a plethora of courses which are taught in English due to it being a common teaching denominator. This promotes student exchanges and cross-cultural communication between students of different regions, religions, and genders. Apart from these students who find it difficult to afford education abroad can study for free or at affordable rates in many European countries.

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International Students in Europe

In countries like France, an influx of overseas students has been observed over the years. In the year 2021-2022, 8% more students from across the world enrolled in French higher education institutions and now have crossed the 4 lakh mark. In over 15 years this has been the strongest growth observed because of the accelerating numbers of exchange students as well as European students. Western European nations which include France, Italy, and Germany have been trying to bring in more Indian student population to their universities.

Top Reasons to Study in Europe

Good Academic Reputation: As mentioned above, some of the world's top-ranking and prestigious higher accademic institutions exist in Europe, offering expert faculty, excellent placements, and academic excellence.

Multiple Study-Options: A large number of different study courses at different levels such as undergraduation, graduation, research, post-graduation, etc. are available at European universties and colleges. Students can opt for a course which aligns with their future goals and career path.

Multiple Languages: Althougu English is widely used as a medium of instruction in European institutes, over 200 languages are spoken in the continent. Students have a golden opportunity to enroll in some new language course or classes and pick up a new foreign language.

Financial Assistance: Grants, scholarships and other types of financial help are offered to international students at almost every university in the world, including the European institutes. This not only makes education affordable but also lets students focus on their academic and future career goals with peace of mind. 

Global Networking: With the presence of thousands of renowned MNCs and other organisations ruling the corporate market, students pursuing higher education in Europe have a good chance to build their network. The majority of the good universities have tie-ups with these companies for placement. 

Post-Study Work: Students are permitted to obtain practical experience in various European countries which offer post-study work permits.

Check out the complete guide to Studying in Europe here.

Top Universities in Europe

Although Europe owns a large proportion of the world's best universities and colleges, the table below features the top 20 best institutes in Europe as per the QS World University Rankings and THE World University Rankings, 2024.

University QS World University Rankings, 2024 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, 2024
University of Cambridge, UK #2 #5
University of Oxford, UK #3 #1

Imperial College London, UK

#6 #8
ETH Zurich, Switzerland #7 #11
UCL, UK #9 #22
The University of Edinburgh, UK #22 =30
Universite PSL, France #24 #40
The University of Manchester, UK #32 #51
EPFL, Switzerland #36 #33
Technical University of Munich, Germany #37 =30
Institut Ploytechnique de Paris, France =38 #71
King’s College London, UK #40 =38
The London School of Economics & Social Science (LSE) #45 #46
Delft University of Technology, Netherlands =47 #48
University of Amsterdam, Netherlands #53 #61
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany #54 =38
University of Bristol, UK #55 #81
Sorbonne University, France #59 #75
KU Leuven, Belgium #61 #45
The University of Warwick, UK #67 =106

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Top 10 Universities for MBA in Europe

The world's fourth best institute for MBA, HEC Paris, is also in Europe only and out of the top 10 MBA schools in the world, five are European institutes only. Please find below the top 10 MBA institutes in Europe along with their ranking and tuition fees.

University QS Global MBA Rankings, 2023 Tuition Fees
HEC Paris, France #1 €90,000 (INR 79,25,121)
London Business School, UK #2 €109,700 (INR 96,59,842)
IE Business School, Spain #3 €51,000 (INR 44,90,902)
INSEAD, France #4 €98,500 (INR 86,73,605)
IESE Business School, Spain #5 €105,000 (INR 92,45,974)
Cambridge (Judge), UK #6 €69,000 (INR 60,75,926)
Oxford (Said), UK #7 €78,510 (INR 69,13,347)
Esade Business School, Spain #8 €77,500 (INR 68,24,410)
Imperial College Business School, UK #9 €61,500 (INR 54,15,499)
SDA Bocconi, Italy #10 €65,000 (INR 57,23,699)

Read: Checklist before going to study in Europe

Top Courses in Europe: Country-Wise

Some of the top programmes which students from across the globe are pursuing at undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels are mentioned below country-wise.


Medicine & Dentistry Teaching Earth Science
Natural Sciences Psychology Computer Science
Architecture Law Industrial Engineering
Business & Economics Management Humanities
Public Health Fine & Applied Arts Data Analytics


MBA Psychology Fashion Designing
Data Analytics Computer Science Film Studies
Hospitality Supply Chain Management Medicine
Biological Sciences Philosophy Artificial Intelligence
Finance Luxury Brand Management Engineering


Law Computer Science Fashion Designing
Architecture Interior Designing International Business & Accounting
Physiotherapy Economics Medicine
Modern Languages & Linguistics Sports & Exercise Science Preclinical Medicine
Business Analytics    


Economics MBA Mathematics
Chemistry Law Logistics and Supply Chain
Data Science Technology Computer Science
Accounting & Finance Psychology Social Science
Architecture Brand Strategy Public Health

Cost of Studying in Europe

If you’re planning to pursue an undergraduate course in Europe it may cost you anywhere around $15,000 to $33,000 (INR 12,46,467 to INR 27,42,225) per annum. For master’s or PhD courses, students may have to pay around $20,000 to $37,000 (INR 16,61,955 to INR 30,74,617) per annum. The above amount is only an estimate. The actual cost of studying may differ at different European universities or colleges on the basis of programme and study level.

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