Researching your options

Researching Course Options in European Universities

Researching your course options for study in Europe requires time. There are a number of websites which can help.

The European web portal on Learning Opportunities and Qualifications in Europe, PLOTEUS, was launched by the European Commission to provide information on learning opportunities in Europe.

This Portal will allow you to search for courses in your chosen area in any of the member states of the European Union at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

If you already know the country you would like to study in, then the Euroguidance National Studying in – websites provide an excellent source of information on study options and information on living in your host country. Click on the image below

Having listed courses of interest, your next step is to consult the website of the university. You should email any queries you have about your course to the university, using the contact details given on the website. You should also check the ranking of the university.

Another important aspect you need to consider when going abroad, is whether your qualification will be recognised when you return home.

In Europe,recognition of degrees and diplomas is arranged through a common credit system known as the European Credit Transfer System or ECTS. The certificates from overseas accepted as equivalent in Ireland can be checked by contacting NARIC Ireland at Quality and Qualifications Ireland  who provide advice on recognition of foreign qualifications in Ireland and on the recognition of Irish qualifications abroad. The EU has clear directives about the recognition of professional qualifications in practice. The professions falling under the directive are nurses, midwifes, doctors (general practitioners and specialists), dental practitioners, pharmacists, architects and veterinary surgeons. More information can be found on

You can also find useful information at Europass an initiative which aims to help you make your skills and qualifications clearly and easily understood in Europe and further afield.


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