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Applying to College in Europe? Do These 6 Things

Here are six other travel experiences connected to college in Europe that you’re probably not aware of yet (and don’t involve Finnish hipsters, organic food trucks or Massive Attack).
Jennifer Viemont on Oct 21, 2022
Applying to College in Europe? Do These 6 Things

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Someone close to you may think this “college in Europe” stuff is a pretty frivolous idea – that it’s all just an excuse for you to take selfies at the castles from Game of Thrones or to attend Europe’s best summer music festivals. Here are six other travel experiences connected to college in Europe that you’re probably not aware of yet (and don’t involve Finnish hipsters, organic food trucks or Massive Attack).

1. Start with amazing college visits.

Once you’ve decided on a school or narrowed your choices to a very short list, you’ll naturally start thinking of visits. The great news is that we’ve already visited a lot of these schools for you. Here’s an example of Jennifer’s visit to Copenhagen Business School. In addition, some schools have virtual tours on their websites. You can also find videos on YouTube, such as this one from Finnish student Whity. If an in-person visit is within your budget, we can help you plan the optimal trip and find your ideal schools and cities through our Best Fit List service.

2. Learn about internships and study abroad.

At some schools, internships and/or study abroad are mandatory elements of the program. For example, SciencesPo in France requires every student complete a study abroad year during their three year program. Internships can offer a huge aid in getting a job after college and are a key experiential aspect to completing many programs, such as business, engineering and communications.

3. Be a guest for the weekend.

International students are often housed together, why not try to wrangle an invitation to your Italian friend’s home for the weekend to experience another culture?

4. Take advantage of great travel deals.

Is your weekend suddenly free after a big academic crunch? Europe is so compact with extensive train networks that taking day or weekend trips is very doable. Lots of cheap flights are available, too, on airlines like RyanAir, Spirit and most recently Iceland’s WOW Air. Be wary, though, the cheap airfares may carry add on fees that make them less attractive.

5. Find extraordinary club trips.

Schools have many clubs to suit different interests. Many clubs organize trips for students as activities. For example, the Stockholm University Student Union traveled to Lapland, which is above the Arctic Circle. Activities on this trip included driving a sled dog team, visiting a famous ice hotel and learning about the Sami, the indigenous people of Northern Scandinavia. For a trip to St. Petersburg, Russia, they traveled in an overnight ferry between the cities. Students could have a refreshment, take a sauna or show their moves on the dance floor! The next morning students woke up in a new city ready to explore the next destination.

6. Embrace national holidays.

There are different national holidays in Europe than the US. For instance, in the Netherlands, the birthday of the king is a cause for celebration called King’s Day. Celebrated on April 27th, this event combines a nationwide flea market and many concerts and special events in public spaces, particularly in Amsterdam. Don’t forget to wear orange, if you want to fit in.

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