Living and studying in Europe: Myths vs. reality

Europe is a popular destination for those wishing to live and study abroad. However, you have probably heard several myths that may deter you from taking advantage of this opportunity. Below, we will debunk five of the most common myths that people often believe when thinking about studying in Europe, to give you a clearer and more accurate picture.

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1. "Studying in Europe is very expensive".

I'm sure you've heard this at least once. It is true that some European cities, such as London, Paris or Zurich, have a high cost of living. However, Europe also offers in many cities and countries an affordable cost of living for students, for example: Spain, Portugal, Poland and Hungary offer high quality education at reasonable prices and a much lower cost of living compared to other Western countries; in addition, some European countries offer free higher education or scholarships and financial aid for international students. Countries such as Germany, Norway and Finland stand out for their low tuition fees, even for foreigners.

2. "It is difficult to obtain a student visa".

Although the process may seem complicated, many European countries make it easy to obtain student visas for those who have been accepted to an educational institution. While the process may vary from country to country, many European countries have clear and accessible procedures for international students. You just need to make sure you meet the requirements and present the proper documentation when requested. In addition, many countries offer post-study work visas for graduates to stay and work, so you will not only have the opportunity to enhance your academic opportunities but also your employment opportunities.

3. "It is difficult to find accommodation".

Finding accommodation can be a challenge anywhere in the world, but fortunately for international students many European universities offer reasonably priced student residences. There are also numerous private accommodation options, from shared apartments to homestays. In addition, there are many platforms and services dedicated to helping international students find safe and affordable accommodation.

4. Limited social life?

Europe is incredibly diverse, and its cultural richness means there is something for everyone. Europeans are generally welcoming and accustomed to the presence of international students, and as European universities often welcome students from all over the world, it is much easier than you might think to form a wide social network. They offer a wide range of extracurricular activities, from sports clubs to cultural and academic societies that help students integrate and make friends, so your social life will be more active than ever.

5. "Only big cities are good for studying.

Many of the best European universities are located in small and medium-sized cities that offer a quiet and concentrated study environment. For example, Heidelberg University is located in a small German town, but is ranked as one of the most prestigious universities in the world. These small cities are usually more affordable economically and offer an excellent quality of life, since they are designed and used as university cities and have a large youth population.

Are you ready to expand your academic world?

Living and studying in Europe can be an incredibly rewarding and transformative experience that offers you numerous advantages and opportunities both academically and professionally. After reading this article, we hope that you will be encouraged to explore the numerous opportunities that this diverse and exciting continent has to offer, don't let someone else tell you what it is like to study in Europe, take the risk to experience it, because with proper planning and an open mind studying in Europe is possible.