Interested in living and learning in mainland Europe? Well, you’re not alone, as swathes of overseas students head to the continent’s wealth of prestigious universities located in some of the world’s cultural hotspots. It’s clear why - 21 of the top 100 positions in the QS World University Rankings for 2015-2016 are now taken up by institutions in mainland Europe.
Courses are increasingly being taught in English and with fees often cheaper than elsewhere, European study has become an affordable and attractive alternative. Quality of life is also a huge factor, and Europe truly has something for everyone, from historic capital cities to rural idylls and sun-drenched beaches to snowy mountain tops.
But with a sprawling great continent to choose from, it can seem a little daunting to choose even a country to head to, nevermind a university at which to study. To help you decide, we’ve prepared a little guide to some of Europe’s primary attractions.