European education:Myths and Facts

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International students are now choosing their study abroad destination judiciously. Apart from the quality of education, what matters to them is the cost also. The students are able to get a perception of the quality of the chosen educational institution via the international rankings of foreign universities which are available in print and on internet also.

Myth No 1:

European education is free of cost

Generally, in STEM(Science, technological, electrical, mechanical) backgrounds there are countries like Germany, Norway, Finland etc which are providing free education to international students. However, the process of selection of these students is quite tedious and we have seen that the requirements of the universities in these countries are rising exponentially with regard to the quality of students.

Case study

: Our student by the name Mihir Manhas who passed out mechanical engineering from VIT(Vellore institute of technology) in the year 2008 got admitted in Heidelberg university for masters in automotive engineering on 100% scholarship, whereas his percentage was 75% throughout his studies. Talking about another case, the same university denied admission to one of our students in the same stream with a score of  81% throughout and an IELTS score of 7.5 and a German language test score of A2 level in the year 2014.
Normally, scholarships are only provided for students with STEM background and other courses are not eligible for scholarships.  Generally non-STEM COURSES like MBA etc are run by private colleges and the approximate fees for Germany for such courses is in the range of 8-12 lakh rupees.

Still, the non-EU students are eligible for a number of scholarships in top universities here which lead to a significant reduction in costs. It’s also feasible to travel from one country to another in Europe except UK because a single visa is applicable in all the countries.

Myth No 2:

Visa is 100% guaranteed

Visa is not guaranteed if your documents are not genuine.

Myth No 3:

A huge show-money is to be shown as a security deposit for getting the visa.

Countries like France, Denmark and Norway etc require minimum 8 lakh rupees which should be in the account of sponsor for minimum period of 3 months. Supporting income documents and proofs for income and fund are also desired.

Countries like Germany require a block account in their national bank to the extent of 8,040 Euros which gets released back in a period of 1 year.

Denmark

Denmark also offers students some waiver in the course fees provided they have a parent working here. This waiver is only applicable for students who belong from a non-EU country. Otherwise, there is a tuition fee starting from 6000 Euros per year for a student in Denmark. Depending on the university and the course, the fees can vary from 12000 to 15000 Euros also.

The same treatment in terms of fees applies to both domestic and international students in Norway and Iceland. The international students have to pay registration fees but no tuition fees in public institutions. This is the reason why enrollment has risen tremendously between the years 2005 to 2012 in these countries.

Sweden

Sweden is also an advantageous study abroad destination for students. Although it has different tuition fees for international students as compared to domestic students, they are offering scholarships since 2011-2012. Germany has removed tuition fees for domestic as well as international students. The prominent scholarships that are applicable in Germany are Immanuel Kant-|| research grant(offering 1000-2000 Euros), Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) which provides a stipend of 1300 Euros per month and is applicable to PhD students for a period of 3 years.

Germany

Germany has become quite famous as a study destination and its technical degrees are recognized by the employers all over the world. Its no doubt that any German technical universities like University of Göttingen (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)are among the top universities in the world.

The cost for a student in Germany turns out to be 15,000 dollars which is equivalent to Rs 10,00,000 Indian rupees. These costs include the costs of living and 540 dollars (Rs 36250.20) for school fees. However, these costs can differ depending on the tenure of your study program.

Norway

The students can get subsidized education in Norway. The cost of living in Norway is high, but the cost of education is quite low. Its because Norwegian universities don’t charge students any kind of tuition fees. Since many of Norwegian universities have actually received accreditation from the US Department of Education, its quite beneficial to enroll in them. The students from developing countries are eligible to receive scholarships for their travel expenses.

A student can also benefit by working part-time during his course for duration of 20 hours.

Due to cheap education, there has been a huge rise in percentage of students enrolling themselves in tertiary education in this country.

Austria

Austria is home to many reputed and renowned universities such as the University of Vienna (153 in the QS world university rankings) and Universität Innsbruck (ranked 288th in the world university rankings.) When talking about the cost of study in this nation, the total cost of BBA is approximately equal to 34,000(Rs 25 lakhs) Euros at university of Vienna. But the tuition fees is not so much for public universities such as Universities of Art at 745 Euros per semester .As far as the cost of living is concerned, Vienna has higher rates for accommodation than other cities. On an average the cost of living is approximately 950 Euros which is equivalent to Rs 71,000 per month, although it might be higher in cities like Vienna.

Switzerland

Switzerland is an excellent study abroad destination for students. The students who opt to study here have to choose between two kinds of universities, Cantonal universities which is the name given to universities spread across 26 different cantons. The other kind of universities is the technological universities, which are ETH(Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule) located in Zurich and the renowned EPFL(École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) situated in Lausanne. On an average, the cost of education is 650 to 1000 pounds which comes out to 58,237 to 90,000 INR.

A student can also apply for scholarships in this country.
As far as accommodation in concerned, students can opt for residence at the university or get accommodation privately. Talking about the costs, the costs of residing at 1 bedroom apartment in the city and outside the city is approximately 1400-1000 frances(96000-68548INR)

 

Name of country Tuition fees Cost of living
Denmark 4,45,560-25,99,100 INR per year 750-900 euro per month

But the costs are 1200 euros per month in Copenhagen

Iceland Rs 4,00,500 per annum Rs 58740 per month
Austria Rs 25,00,000 per annum
Norway 2391-4782 INR per semester

A security deposit of Rs 35,000 is also required when talking a room on rent.

Rs 21,546 per month

 

Sweden Rs 5,51600 per year which is equivalent to 70,000 Swedish Krona Rs 55,160 per month

 

Germany Rs 26,862 per semester
Switzerland 58,237 to 90,000 INR per year at general public universities

A private university like University of Italian Switzerland charges 2600 pounds per year equivalent to 2,32,773 INR

 

Education loan is also acceptable in almost all the countries. We at Visa House assist you in searching the right vendor to assist you to source education loans at the cheapest possible interest rate.

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