Studying in Europe

Why Study Abroad?

It is widely agreed that a period of study in another country has many advantages for the individual including greater inter-cultural awareness; acquisition of language skills; enhanced sense of curiosity; personal development; greater independence and personal resilience. A period of learning mobility is viewed positively by prospective employers.

The Erasmus Impact Study, 2014, found:

  • Following a period of learning mobility More than 90% of the students reported an improvement in their soft skills, such as knowledge of other countries, their ability to interact and work with individuals from different cultures, adaptability, foreign language proficiency and communication skills
  • 92% of employers are looking for transversal skills, such as openness to and curiosity about new challenges, problem-solving and decision-making skills, confidence, tolerance towards other personal values and behaviours
  • 64% of employers consider an international experience as important for recruitment
  • On average, Erasmus students have better employability skills after a stay abroad than 70% of all students
  • More than 1 in 3 Erasmus students who did a job placement abroad were hired or offered a position by their host company
  • The unemployment rate of Erasmus students five year after graduation is 23% lower

Many courses are delivered through English in European Universities.

The fees in many European countries compare favourably with fees in Ireland. Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany, France and Austria offer a wide range of courses with free or very low tuition fees.

You may not wish to study abroad for the entire duration of your degree. You may however wish to spend a semester, or maybe a year abroad, as part of your course.

If so, you may be interested in an Erasmus+ placement.


If you are in higher education, see and consult the International Office in your institution

If you are in further education, see and consult the relevant staff in your institution


Erasmus+ Postgraduate Study

Erasmus+ offers an internationally recognized Joint Master’s Degree (JMD) in over thirty countries across the European Union.


Download this booklet for useful tips and websites about the many exciting opportunities available for studying in Europe.

Produced by Euroguidance and Eurodesk, with input from Clondalkin Youth Service and Youth Work Ireland, Roscommon.


The Euroguidance Ireland Centre ask to students to participate in a vlog to illustrate what it’s really like to study abroad- warts and all ! Two students, Claire and Seán travelled to Paderborn, Germany and Montpellier, France respectively, in order to study for a year as part of the undergraduate programmes in DCU, Dublin. From there they reported back to us on all aspects of studying abroad from homesickness, to meeting new friends and how precious Irish tea bags become!