The top European countries where International Students are welcomed in 2015

Studying abroad has become more accessible. In 2014, 4 million students chose to study abroad, 2 million more than back in 2000.

Yet, going on a study abroad program remains a risk: most international students will use of a loan or family money to pay the university fees and living costs- without a guarantee that he/she will be able to pay it off back.

Here is a list of what the top 5 European countries have to offer for international students in terms of visa, tuitions fees, work while studying and courses compared.

It is ordered from the cheapest to study at (fees + costs of living) to more expensive.

Studying in Germany by

1. Germany

Germany is actively looking to recruit International Students in the next years. Germany has lots to offer:

Germany has abolished tuition fees at public institutions: This means that will only have to pay for admin fees around €100 to €250 a semester  and living costs (this does not apply to private universities and for most Masters students expect if you have studied a bachelor in Germany before)

– A simple student visa process; and a no-visa policy for courses of less than 3 months for international students coming from Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Switzerland and the USA. 

– A two years maximum visa for international students taking on a German Language course in Germany.

– The right to work part-time while studying; and stay after graduation for 18 months on a post-study work visa, that allows work too.

– A welcoming job market for international students: the government created a website to help foreigners find jobs and has created specific initiatives to recruit foreign workers from Asia. For the record, a recent statistics quoted that 68% of International students found a job after graduation in Germany.

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2. France

France and its world known capital Paris is an attractive destination for International students speaking French or interested in learning French. However, you should know that French universities are quite picky about who they accept and expectations are high. Nevertheless you should consider studying in France because

– Education matters in France, so you are sure to get a quality and world class education while studying there.

– France excels in the following courses: Nuclear, Space and Aviation, Engineering, Teaching, Linguistics, Art, History, and Medicine.

– Annual tuitions fees are set by the French Government for Higher Education Universities: from €200 to €700 maximum depending on the course. Fees for private institutions—particularly schools of business and management—is generally higher, fluctuating between €3,000 to €10,000 a year.

– Finding a job in France is not easy because of high rates of unemployment and strict rules over employment contracts. This said, you can work while you study or look for work for a year after graduation if related to you course.

Masters’ and engineering students can apply for a further one year, non-renewable temporary residence permit, which allows to work in any job up to 60 percent of a normal working week.

If the work offers a salary of at least 1.5 times the minimum wage, students can change status from student to employee and work full-time.

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3. Italy

Italy’s your destination of choice if you are interested in History, Arts and living a unique millenary culture. Italy’s research and higher education system has good reputation for excellent standards.

– A knowledge of Italian is highly recommended to enjoy your stay but not compulsory to get the visa.

– Italy offers incredible diversity of courses in Fine Arts, Fashion and History – especially related to the period of the Renaissance.

– The average fees at University is in between 850 euro and 1,000 euro per year.

– There are many scholarships available to International Students and an extra efforts is made by the government to help students from poorer countries.

Working while studying is allowed up to 1,024 hours a year, and international students with a masters degree or abovs can stay for up to 12 months after graduation to look for a job.

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4. Spain

Spain became a hub for international students thanks to the successful Erasmus Program implementation there – European Union program to encourage EU students study abroad. Spain remains an attractive destination, especially for Latin American students who benefits from the common language and easier visa rules.

– Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world, and second most spoken in the Western world. Improving your spanish early might open to you many more doors tomorrow.

– Tuition starts at €5,500 per semester and can go up to €12,000 per semester.

– You can work part-time while studying or even full-time for less than three months if it does not conflict with your studies.

– Spain Higher Education holds great reputation for its Law courses and humanities. Studying those topics can open to you other European countries where these diplomas are recognised.


5. UK

UK remains the first destination for International Students in 2014. With an excellent Higher Education reputation and offer, UK Universities have it easy to sell themselves. However the recent changes in fees and visa rules might change UK’s leadership in the sector.

– UK has a clear advantage of being the country’s where English is from and spoken everyday. The Language commonly spoken in Business and the second most spoken language after Chinese.

– University tuitions fees are the highest of all European Countries. On average, International Students University fees starts at £10,500 and can go as high as £20,000 if you are aiming at specific courses in finance and management. There are plenty of scholarships available to check.

– Student Visa for the UK are hard to get. It requires to prove a good knowledge and practice of the English Language and that you can financially support yourself, along providing the right documents. Always ask an expert for visa guidance and advice if you have doubts.

– Working while studying is restricted to 20 hours a week . UK’s job market is quite flexible and vibrant so it is not too hard for International students to find a part-time job.

– However, work after graduation is difficult to find because of strict rules over post-study work visas. International Students to work after graduation will either need to find a job that can be sponsored by an employer; or an internship that pays the minimum wage; or start your own company.


Studying abroad can prove to be a fruitful investment if well thought through.

International students may want to think of the topic of study and the language in which they wish to study the course before looking for universities and tuitions fees.

Studying abroad is expensive make sure you make the most of the many scholarship available for international students in Europe.

92 thoughts on “The top European countries where International Students are welcomed in 2015”

    1. Hi Hashir,

      It really depends on what you want to study. I would suggest you figure out what you want to study and then have an idea of the budget you want to allocate for your studies. This will likely help you narrow down the places you can and want to study in Europe. Thereafter, you can have a look at the visa eligibility – so to make sure that you are eligible to come to the country 🙂

      We have created a community platform where you can ask questions to other people that have already made the move to Europe. You should ask them here

      Hope that helps,


  1. Hi Admin,
    First and foremost, I really appreciate this hardwork.
    I am a Nigerian and desire to study abroad. taking up a course on Project Management but the United States schools are f**cking expensive, what do you advise I do because I want a country where I can work as am schooling and also gain employment after my programme.


    1. Hi Tayo,
      Thank you for your nice words. German universities offer really interesting conditions of study for international students: the university fees are low and you can stay after graduation for 18 months to find a job. I would suggest you read these article to learn more about it:

      And if you have more questions thereafter, don’t hesitate to come back here to ask 🙂


  2. Hi ,
    Thank you so much for such a descriptive article.

    I have an admit form Plymouth University, UK for the course – MSc Robotics. I want to go for it but I have some doubts:

    1. I know about the work permit restrictions in UK but I want to know if there are good opportunities for this particular course in UK or not.
    2. Also I have heard that employers in UK are reluctant to employ an international student. What are the job prospects then for me?
    3. If not in UK, can I secure any employment outside UK ; may be Ireland or elsewhere in Europe or even outside Europe like USA.
    4. I might get a decent scholarship to fund my study otherwise I rely on the education loan. As you have also said I can cover my living expenses by working part-time.
    5. Finally what would you suggest me keeping in mind all of the above points.

    I need your kind advice. Please help!


  3. hii… I m Indian student I want to study in European country .. I know English language … I want to study automotive course soo could u tell me which country is gud for me


  4. hello, thank you for this helpful article. i recently got accepted in kiev national medical university in Ukraine, i know it does not compare to Germany, France and so on..but i am sort of on a very tight budget with minimum requirements….anyways i was wondering if you can answer a couple of my questions, you know if i have any chance of finding job opportunity in Ukraine OR in EU after it ?
    2.while in Ukraine, am i allowed to issue a tourist visa to countries like Hungary (few family members live there and i would LOVE to see them again)
    3.finally is it true that this university in Kiev is accredited all over Europe ?
    i know this is a bit off topic but i am really desperate for some answers and cant seem to find any online. i highly appreciate any help..thank you in advance 😀


    1. Hi Ramez,

      Where are you from and what you do you want to do after graduation? Medicine degrees are sought after in Europe so you should be finding it easier to find a job. Some EU countries have better, more flexible immigration rules for people with medical skills or degrees. Still, money and sufficient funds to maintain yourself independent financially in the EU is one requirement of EU visa applications that you will have to pass. If you are short on money, I would suggest to work hard while studying to save some for Europe. Visit and play with our visa assistant to get a sense of how much money you will need for each country to prove.

      Finally, we (migreat) have created a community website for questions like yours. Please visit (in ukrainian language) or in Russian language – and ask your questions to the community of Ukrainians or Russian in Germany (the closest country to you right now, and which is the most welcoming to foreigners with medical skills at the moment). Read more from our previous blog post:


    2. Dear Ramez,

      Did you go to Ukraine in the end?

      My name’s Sam, I am a researcher working for a consultancy called MTM.

      We are currently working on a project for Cambridge University, trying to understand why Indian students study medicine abroad. As part of this research I would like to speak with an Indian medical undergraduate. You look like a perfect match!

      If you are studying in Ukraine, then I’d love it if we could have a very quick phone call at some point over the next week.

      If that sounds good, then let me know a time that works for you and a phone number that I can call you on. You can reply to this message, or alternatively email me at

      Look forward to hearing from you! My company’s website is

      Best regards,



  5. Hi Josephine,

    You are doing an excellent job here. I have just concluded a student visa interview from Germany and am patiently waiting for an approval. I just want to urge you to keep up this good work of providing study and immigration information to people all over the world.

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    1. Yes, if you visit you will find more information on countries that offer a visa after graduation. Germany offers 18 months and France offers 12 months (two years for indian nationals). visit and you will find all this information.
      Here for Germany:
      Here for france:


  6. Hi,
    I’m an Telecommunication Engineering graduate from an UK University. After graduating I got PSW visa but unfortunately I couldn’t find a professional job. Now I’m back in my home country (Sri Lanka) and got some experience. To my knowledge only way to get back to UK is, a job offer with a sponsorship. What’s the best way to get a sponsorship? Do you provide support to get such a thing?


    1. Hi Shevy,

      Migreat does help you access the information on all things immigration related. We do help migrants that have found and been offered a job with the sponsorship by:

      (1) providing a free a guide to apply to the sponsorship licence

      (2) connecting you to an immigration expert to support you in your sponsorship licence application process.

      (3) letting you know about latest job opportunities for South Asians in London on our social network for migrants

      Go and explore 🙂


    1. If you are excepted by government funded university then your fees will be between €0 and €500, depending upon universities and fees include local transportation also.



  7. Hello
    My self fahad sheikh from India having master degree in chemistry subject and i want to do petroleum engineering course in lithuania, after completing this course, I want to live in Europe, Is it possible?


  8. Hi , I am from Nepal , but at present , I am in China, working as a lecturer and I would like to pursue a PhD Degree ( management) in France or Germany . suppose, If I study in France , can I go to Germany or Norway or other EU countries to work part time while I was studying in France( you know, for the PhD , we wont require to attend classes a lot . It’s all about research) … I would like to visit different European countries and feel the place myself .


    1. Hi David,

      Foreign students are subject to many restrictions when it comes to holding a job. Germany, for example, allow its foreign students to work up to 120 days a year (more info here). France is a bit more generous, allowing you to hold a part time job while on a student visa (more info here).

      Unfortunately, these visa schemes do not allow you to work outside of the country that granted you the visa. However, after graduating from your PhD, you can apply to a EU Blue Card that will give you the opportunity to work in any European country.

      The good news it that, a student visa allows you to travel within the Schengen area.


      1. Hi

        Thank you very much for your informative ideas .

        I would like to know more about following questions :
        1. can a dependent work full time and a child get free education in EU while I was in a student visa?

        2. obtaining Blue cards is very difficult for generalists . can I get some vocational training courses in EU( Germany, France, Norway ) in English ?
        3. which country in EU is the best to earn while you are a student( Norway, Finland, France , Germany, etc ) and after you graduate . and which country in EU has the easiest way to offer TR/ PR ?

        Thank you!



  9. Hi,
    I hope everyone is doing great! My path towards higher education has not been easy, in fact I’m faced with a very unconventional situation and dilemma.

    I lost both parents when I was young and at age 19 after completing my high-school I was courtesy my circumstances forced to work. Now at age 28yr with good 8yr of work experience I wanted to go back to studies.

    in 2013 while I was 26yr old I applied for and got accepted in Australia’s leading university Macquarie, but my visa was denied on basis of my few months of gap in work experience, as well as my family ties back home. Since, I don’t have parents and I being the only without any siblings had no family ties to show to my homeland i.e Pakistan.

    I thought not to give up and not judge the bureaucratic red-tape. So, I applied to York Canada and got in, and as the fate would have it I was denied visa this time again as mentioned in the refusal -family ties -purpose of visit ( funny that I had attached my acceptance as well as university’s letter to the immigration officer)

    Now, I’ve tested the waters and it turns out I’ve been solely discriminate based on my nationality since the current political and social atmosphere in my country is terrible, and also, since I don’t have family ties back home I’ve been judged as not a genuine applicant.

    My intent has been judged on my unfortunate life circumstance…
    What are my options ? I’ve got bad immigration history courtesy this rejections and though all I’m pursuing is education somehow that pursuit seems like my getaway plan to immigration officers.


  10. Hello mam, can you let me know the time period that a student get to search for a job after he has completed his graduations and masters as well from UK?


    1. Hi Shivam,

      At the end of you student visa, there’re are various options if you wish to remain in the UK, here’s an overview. Unfortunately, you do not get extra time to look for a job after graduating/your student visa expires.


  11. Hello
    Am a Camerronian who wishes to do a Masters program in English teaching Universities in Germany. my area of interest is either Gender studies or Human resource management in 2016. Can you please help me with a list of universities which offer either of the programs?


    1. Hi Agbor,

      These are indeed very interesting subject. There are various master’s programs you could apply to. Here’s a link that can help you boost your research. Also, if you need help to figure out the student visa application, use our visa finder.
      And feel free to reach out if you have more questions 🙂


  12. Hi,
    Thank you for such an interesting and significant article. I would like to have a Master on “Hotel and Hospitality Management” in Germany, that is why I’m interested in scholarship opportunities in Germany and in the best choice opportunities among universities. Could you tell me please what is the potential of Germany in tourism sector(and tourism education sphere) and which scholarships are available for students from Asia. And how can I get an information about how does other countries welcome international students? Thank you beforehand!


  13. Hey well i am pakistani and my question is that is ilets required and also for applying visa is bank statement required if yes then how much and also i have done F.Sc in 2013 after that dident took addmition will that make problm???


  14. Hi admin,
    Kindly inform me through my email that which european countries are best for finding a job ( any job including restaurant to IT sector) for an Indian. Send me list with rankings.


  15. I am a indian passport holder who recently graduated from Hertfordshire University UK.
    Is there any country which provides graduate visa for job hunt.
    Thank-you in advance.


    1. Hello Gurleen,

      Germany and France offer special post-study visa for international students from india. It allows you to stay and look for a job in both countries for two years. The condition is for you to have graduated from there – which does not seem to be your case.



      Anywho, you should look at german opportunities of work as the government is trying to help indian workers find job in Germany currently.

      More info:

      Hope that helps,

      PS: Find more info for you on migreat south asian community 🙂


  16. I need to know about Netherlands! How it be for an international student who wants to work part time while studying?!
    Thanks in Advance


  17. Hi I enjoyed reas Your articles so far. Anyways I have some questions and would like you to help I hoe you do not mind.

    1) is it possible for non eu citizen who graduated from eu outside Germany could apply for a work permit in Germany?

    2) is there any job sites postin about jobs in Germany that does not require German language at all?



      1. Hello Jose, thanks for your response and sorry for some typos for my last comment. Anyways, I come from Cambodia and I am studying in Hungary.


  18. Hi Admin, I am Phiriyakon. I was glad to here about this and I would like to know more which country is better in teaching and education major between France, German or UK? I am now taking education major and I would love to continue my master degree. Thank you.


  19. Hi,

    i want to do Msc in energy for smart cities but i need to know if i need ielts and toefl both ? how do i get scholarship and if i need to give gre too


  20. Hi)) im interestet Germany university.Do you know any easy scholarship program? master degree.i have not enought money thats why i need programs/from Azerbaijan


  21. I am Aditya from India. I have completed my graduate degree in business management and my undergrad degree was in Engineering Field. I want to settle permanently in Germany. Although, I do not know any European language but I am proficient in English Communication Skills. I do not have a Job from any German employer as I do not know German. How should I find a job in Germany from my home country? My purpose is to get a job and then settle permanently in Germany. Can you please guide?


    1. The best way to get a really good job and settle permanently is for you to come study here – study german language and then you will be able to switch onto a work visa from Germany. Knowing the language, the culture and having spend time in Germany will definitely help you find a job that fits you and settle down there.


    1. You will need to speak the language of the course. Either french, German, English, Italian or Spanish before you can apply for a programme. So unfortunately for you, if you do not speak another language to a minimum certified level, it will be not possible to be accepted at a university in Europe, and unlikely to get a visa


  22. Respected Concern, I have done Masters in Commerce and i am working as an Internal Auditor job in a multi national company.
    I want to get admission in Masters degree in International Audit Or second Priority is Commerce or Business administration in Germany/Austria/France or any recommended country. I expect immediate and kind response.


  23. Hi my name is gaurav.I have 13 year study gap.I have pass out my 12 in 2003 after that I was working in cloth age is 31 and I have not done graduation.I want to study in impossible that i can study german launage course in Germany or some other course my gap is acceptable.plz help and guide me dear.


  24. hi josephinegoube
    i am planning to study in france
    i wanted to confirm that after pursuing masters
    the post study work visa is 2 years or one year
    because so far campus france didn’t notified any such thing
    what reliable sources do we have to confirm it
    i will be doing masters in business relate field


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