Choosing the right destination to study abroad can be tricky, especially in 2021. There are many places worth visiting, but Europe packs an abundance of nations, cultures and climates into a relatively small area. When you study in Europe, you should take advantage of the opportunity to see more countries than just a single one. Due to a wealth of inexpensive airlines, rail and bus services, and comparatively fast travel times, this is also possible on a small student budget and with strict semester schedules. If you are a non-European citizen studying in the Schengen Region within the 26 Euro Countries, you can quickly acquire a student visa to visit other Schengen Area countries. Think about all of the incredible stories you will tell your friends! And even better, the stories will take place near your campus! Today, we present you 5 cities to study abroad in Europe in 2021:
1. Maastricht, the Netherlands
Maastricht is one of Holland’s oldest towns, as you’ll soon learn while strolling around the historic city centre. With a wide and varied variety of shops, churches, city walls, colossal merchant houses and vast squares blend seamlessly.
Maastricht is an amazing place to live in. In addition to cutting-edge architecture and industrial history, historic buildings are just the right scale, welcoming and stunning city center. The town is lively, not entirely because of the many students, but there are also plenty of things to do.
Over the last decades, Maastricht has transformed from a quiet regional capital to a thriving, international student city. More than 10% of the population are students, and about half of them are foreign. In total, almost 20% of the population of Maastricht (more than 122,000 inhabitants) engage in higher education in the region – Zuyd Hogeschool and Maastricht University – as students or employees.
Since the Maastricht Treaty (1992) the city has become recognized as the birthplace of the European Union and the ‘Schengen Treaty.’ It is an international city that opens up to people of all ages, to people of all cultures and religions, to students and to working people. Maastricht has more than 100 international institutions and organizations. And of course, a lot of visitors visit the city every year.
2. Prague, the Czech Republic
Prague is an outdoor museum, with a rich heritage of sculpture, architecture, music and culture. During one semester, students gain a true knowledge of Prague and its inhabitants, traditions and charms.
Prague’s enormous historic centre is totally listed in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List. Hundreds of rare and historically precious buildings dot the area, many of them lined with majestic golden spires. Thanks to this combination of artistic architecture styles, Prague has rightly gained a reputation as one of the most beautiful places to live across all of Europe.
Because of its parks and outdoor fields, Prague is world-renowned. The middle of the city is surrounded by large green areas that are great for cycling, playing sports, and relaxing with friends. Cross the picturesque bridges crossing the Vltava River for extra urban exploration. Prague, with outstanding trails just inside the city limits, is also well known for its many hiking opportunities.
Prague has one of Europe’s finest mass transit networks. Its tram, rail, bus and boat services (yes, boats!) make it one of Europe’s most navigable cities. A citizen of Prague can go almost anywhere in the area, at any time, without ever needing a car.
3. Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon incorporates everything!
As the capital of Portugal, Lisbon is filled with interesting cultural and historical places. It has a thriving arts and music scene, excellent cuisine, an outstanding nightlife, award-winning beaches and, above all, is ranked as one of the most accessible and safest cities in Europe.
Lisbon is popular for Bairro Alto and it’s an odd kind of fun. People meet at a location called the Erasmus Corner in Bairro. There you can find a number of small bars and pubs. You’re going to go inside, grab a beer and enjoy it outside while laughing and having fun with your friends. There’s only one thing to remember: parties start at midnight! If you go there before 12AM, you’re just going to see a few people there, so it’s easier to go to dinner and then return to Bairro like all the Portuguese people do. Now the fun part – all pubs are open until 2 a.m. and until 3 a.m. on the weekend.
Student discounts are not as frequent as other parts of Europe, but they are still present in Lisbon. Get a special public transit pass to make absolutely sure you get the discounted fares plus an Erasmus card if you stay longer (starting at 20 EUR). There is also a Foreign Student ID, which guarantees discounts when purchasing petrol, groceries and more.
4. Bucharest, Romania
Did someone say cheap? What makes Bucharest stand out as an up-and-coming tourist and student destination is the fact that it is very cheap relative to its peers in western Europe. Formerly regarded as the “Paris of the East,” all that remains of this past period are the magnificent French-style civic buildings found in the old town (Lipscani area). The majority of Bucharest is a true hodgepodge of the utilitarian blocs of the communist period.
Cool cafes, amazing bars and clubs, an exciting music scene, incredible street art, and creative cool people make Bucharest seriously worth taking into consideration.
Although the public transport network in Bucarest is comprehensive and also very good, we suggest remaining in the old town (or inner city districts). It makes the experience much simpler, since most of the big attractions are clustered in the downtown area.
If you want to be close to the town, but far enough away from the hustle and bustle, the upscale district of Cotroceni is your best choice.
5. Berlin, Germany
Living as a student in Berlin is perfect in several respects. Thousands of them come every year to the city to learn. And you’re not going to be alone! Berlin society promotes extended research, and you will find enthralled support. With a relaxed outlook towards life, Berlin’s tempo means that you can read, work and play without burning a candle at both ends. And after you have completed your goal and achieved your degree, the reputation of the German university system will be recognized in the world.
Top universities in Berlin include the Berlin University of Humbolt, the Berlin University of Technology and the Berlin University of Arts. Luckily, obtaining a student visa is simple, at least compared to other visa procedures. Your university should be in a position to direct you through the bureaucratic process.
You may have heard that public universities in Germany are free of charge. This has been valid since 2014, but it would be incorrect to believe that free implies no cost at all. While Berlin is a relatively cheap city, rich in arts, culture and intellectuals, it is becoming more expensive. Trends in student cost-of-living have been growing for many years.
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