Study Abroad

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Resources and training for anyone helping & advising people to work or study abroad. Euroguidance is a network of careers guidance professionals. It is supported by the European Commission and has members throughout Europe. The network’s aim is to maximise the mobility and career opportunities for everyone throughout the European Union. Click here for the Euroguidance Network
Studying in the EU. Close enough to easily get home but far enough away to experience different cultures.

Information about the cost of tuition, cost of living courses taught in English etc. Register for more information – getting your degree abroad or studying abroad as part of your UK degree.

For EU apprenticeship schemes see Working in the EU. Continue below

Studying in the rest of the world. Information about visas, costs and the value of studying abroad.
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Why study abroad

There are many benefits to studying abroad. People from the UK have frequently travelled to study. People such as:

JK Rowling gained part of her literary degree in France, where she was awarded the Legion d’Honneur

Emma Watson (Harry Potter) bachelor’s degree in English literature from the prestigious Brown University in Rhode Island, USA.

Diana, Princess of Wales received a top-of-the class education in Switzerland where she attended Institut Alpin Videmanette.

You are not alone studying abroad.  20,064 UK students are spending time abroad for a period over three months and includes students outside the Erasmus countries.

Using data from Erasmus and data collected from 135 UK institutions, Joan Anton Carbonell produces an annual survey of outward mobility from the UK  (The latest report in Nov 2014 runs from 2007-8 to 2012-13).  These figures show the latest total of 20,064 UK students spending time abroad for a period over three months and includes students outside the Erasmus countries.

Many top ranked European universities are offering degree courses taught entirely in English – with zero or minimal tuition fees.

Note: the articles here are for full time study abroad. UK universities can offer opportunities to study abroad as part of the undergraduate degree. This can be visits, short term or year long exchange. Check the UK university website.



Making new friends / building confidence

Experience a different culture

More independence

Employers like it


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Note: the articles here are for full time study abroad. UK universities can offer opportunities to study abroad as part of the undergraduate degree. This can be visits, short term or year long exchange. Check the UK university website. ·         Length of course

·         Entry requirements

·         Style of teaching and learning

·         Application process

·         Costs and fees


    Comment: Want to study abroad? Not sure if you will like it? Do not want to be too far away. Consider Ireland as an option.
Where to study – issues to consider

·         Where to study will be influenced by the course you want.

·         What language is the course taught in?

·         Length of course

·         Entry requirements

·         Style of teaching and learning

·         Application process

·         Costs and fees

Other factors

·         Location – distance and travel time from your home location. How often do you want to go home?

·         Do you easily make friends?

·         Are you self sufficient?

·         Have you have health or other issues which require additional support or costs?

The cost of studying in the EU.

Use the following websites to check out the costs for different countries. there is a one month subscription offer.

Most EU countries encourage people from the UK to study in their country. Also check the country government website . Click the EU  flag for a link to EU countries.




The cost of studying in non EU countries.

Many of the websites listing the cost of studying in the EU also cover the cost of study in non EU countries.


Disclaimer: external websites are outside of our control for content, suitability or up to date, relevant content. Please use more than one site to check information and if possible contact the relevant organisation / institution for the most up to date, accurate information. More websites with information about costs, statistics, courses, etc.  
What to study

You can study:

undergraduate degree

post graduate degree or other higher degree.


The EU site for studying in the European Union is


The main website for finding courses is


Another good site is note Eunicas support your application to a EU university for a fee. While this can take the stress out of the application process you can do it yourself.

Fulbright Institute  The US-UK Fulbright Commission is a not-for-profit organisation, funded by both governments to promote educational exchange between the US and the UK. As part of the Education USA advising network, we are the only official source of US study information in the UK.


This EU site for studying in the European Union and may have useful information post Brexit.


  Studying abroad with a disability
This site has lots of information specific to the country which you need to be able to move abroad for study or work. Some of the countries also include information about studying abroad

Erasmus+ information about studying abroad support.
From the Guardian, University study abroad: good for the character and the bank balance

Study abroad for people with disabilities

This is a USA site as it is difficult to find this information in the UK.

  Global Graduates


  My Experience of Studying Abroad with a Disability


  Disability scholarships in the US and Canada – check the information is up to date.

Studying in Europe

Many degrees are recognised around the world and it does not matter where you study. Currently all countries in the EU recognise each other qualifications. Therefore, a UK citizen can study medicine in the EU and then work for the NHS. Post Brexit it is hoped a similar or new scheme will be in place. If a scheme is not in place, then a student studying in Europe potentially could be treated as an international applicant to a UK vacancy. It is unlikely this will happen but you do need to research the latest position re international qualifications with the relevant industry/sector professional body.


The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) is a translation tool that helps communication and comparison between qualifications systems in Europe. Its eight common European reference levels are described in terms of learning outcomes: knowledge, skills and competences. This allows any national qualifications systems, national qualifications frameworks (NQFs) and qualifications in Europe to relate to the EQF levels. Learners, graduates, providers and employers can use these levels to understand and compare qualifications awarded in different countries and by different education and training systems.

EQF – the European Qualification Framework

The EQF is a reference framework that links the qualifications of different countries together.  The EQF is a common framework for all EU countries. Eventually all qualifications issued in EU Member States will be referenced in some way to an appropriate EQF level. For example in the UK the EQF level will appear on the different qualification databases across the UK rather than on individual certificates.

However, it’s early days yet and not all countries have fully developed frameworks relating to EQF levels. At the moment the UK and 9 other countries have their national qualifications compared to the EQF.

How does EQF work? (hyperlink to the EQF page)

Study in a non EU country

Alternatively if money isn’t the issue you might want to look at studying even further afield, such as in the U.S.A. or Canada, or possibly even Australia, or New Zealand.

Before studying abroad

Research the country, customs and living costs. Visit the country before making your decision to study there. You can go on holiday or volunteer to get some experience of how life will be for you.

What to study

The choice of what to study is similar to guidance for UK studies. However, in countries such as the USA you can study a Major Subject  alongside a minor subject. Some will argue that this reduced the amount of time spent on the major subject. Others argue it can broaden the graduate’s employability skills. So, guidance should take into account future career ideas and will there be a need for post graduate specialist studies.


Application Costs Culture
UCAS has some listings for European universities.

Student Loans company leaflet about funding for study abroad.

From the Fulbright Commission


Study or work in USA Times Higher Ed Study abroad video


Funding for study in USA

Working in the EU.  Recent research from Moneycorp found 27 per cent of those between 16 and 24 are eager to move abroad, while data from MoveHub shows interest in relocating for those between 18 and 34 has increased 60 per cent. Older generations also have itchy feet, with companies that offer advice to those seeking to retire abroad reporting a 25 per cent increase in business.

Information includes EU apprenticeship schemes.

Working in non EU countries.  Every sovereign state has the right to decide who can enter the country for work, study or social activities.  Therefore, you must investigate the country you plan to go to thoroughly. Click here for more information


Self directed training – articles, links to training materials and videos. For you to use with your clients and further research.

Fact Sheets, quizzes, lesson plans

Will Brexit change the opportunities to work or study abroad? Keep up to date with the latest information as it affects the guidance we give.
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