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A Guide to Studying Games and Interactive Media in Europe

Did you know that, as an international student, you can get a degree in Games and Interactive Media at a top-ranked European university? Best of all, it's taught entirely in English and costs less than 1 year of tuition at a US college.
Games and Interactive Media

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38
European Bachelor's programs taught entirely in English.
37
European Master's programs taught entirely in English.

About this area of study.

At a fundamental level, video games are created by programmers, often highly skilled ones. But coders wouldn't have much success without someone to design the levels, write the plot and dialogue, create the graphics, and define the game concepts and mechanics.

These non-programming tasks are what a degree in games and interactive media gives you the skills to do. The same principles can be applied to other kinds of games, such as those played on a board, as well as any media with a two-way flow of information, like many websites. 

Some programming courses may be included in the curriculum, but the focus is usually on interface and general design, using software graphics tools, understanding user behavior, storytelling, and so on.

Most people who study games and interactive media, naturally, are big fans of video games. Creative thinking and a proclivity for visual communication are also assets. The opportunities which may become available to you will often not be in your preferred field, so a willingness to become multi-skilled will take you far.

Careers options in this area of study.

The worldwide video gaming market is worth in excess of $60 billion dollars per year. Once you add in mobile and online games, board and card games, interactive novels, educational software, and other types of interactive media, the figure becomes truly stupendous. Positions are certainly available to the right candidates.

Working in this industry has a reputation of being fun and glamorous, though, so competition for jobs is fierce. Many who enter the workforce are also not games and interactive media graduates, but approach the profession from fields like graphic design or coding. As an indication of the kind of salary you can expect, the average multimedia artist earns $79,000 per year.

Extra skills, like web design or knowledge of software architecture, will increase your employability. A large number of development studios are located in Europe, too, so having some contacts there and experience of living on the continent (such as while studying) can also come in handy.

Admissions information.

The college admissions process in the US has become a race to the bottom as students compete with their peers for a single spot in a liberal arts college, convinced by parents and guidance counselors that their survival rests on playing a musical instrument or varsity sport. Many smart kids don’t do well on standardized tests. This doesn’t limit them as much when looking outside of the US, as many colleges in Europe do not require standardized tests. Many countries see entry into universities as a right, rather than a privilege, so admission standards are not as stringent.

How to study in Europe.

When you also factor in the many problems with US higher education, it is imprudent not to consider other possibilities. It is true there are many excellent schools in the United States—I don’t think anyone would argue that. There are some that have managed to look at applicants as people, and not just a checklist of achievements. Some even have reasonable tuition rates, and/or professors that actively teach and have highly engaged students. Despite this, I have yet to find a school in the United States that addresses all of these issues: allows students to opt out of the rat race the admissions process has become, have reasonable tuition, AND have positive results around the educational experience and post-graduation outcomes. Not every school in Europe provides all this either, but the schools listed in our database do.

How to find English-taught degrees.

Finding these programs is burdensome, difficult, and confusing, especially with institutional websites in foreign languages... We know that making the decision to study abroad can be difficult, so we want to make it easy for you. We scoured the continent for vetted programs and made them available to thousands of families looking to leave the US and find a better life in Europe. We found over 11,200 degrees, 870 universities, 550 cities, and 32 European countries to choose from. Europe offers an impressive range of educational opportunities!

We have gathered all of the information you need to know about studying in Europe – from the different types of schools available to how to get housing and everything in between. Our database helps you find these programs quickly and easily, helping you contextualize the many benefits and options around higher education in Europe.

You will be able to find programs and courses that suit your interests and needs, taught in English by experienced professors in state-of-the-art facilities. Search our database of English-taught European bachelor's and master's programs and get started on your journey to Europe today.

Travel the world while you get your degree.

Travel opportunities abound when attending college in Europe. For example, Lille, a city in northern France with multiple universities, is close to major cities such as Brussels, London, and Paris via high-speed rail. Air travel, especially with the rise of affordable airlines like Ryanair, EasyJet, and Transavia, can be comparable in price to rail travel, so many more destinations open up for short-term travel.

Find the college in Europe that fits you best.

Jump on the unique opportunity to find a degree from a top-ranking European university while still being able to study in English.

Beyond the States matches you with your ideal English-taught college in Europe.

Beyond the States provides access to 11,400+ European bachelor's and master's programs across 870 universities, 550 cities, and 212 areas of study, plus all the resources you need to get there. No sponsorships. No bias.
3400+
English-taught bachelor's programs in our database.
8000+
English-taught master's programs in our database.
550
Beautiful European cities to choose from.
870
Top-tier universities accepting international students.
€293,558
Typical savings against a private university in the US.
€55,098
Typical savings against in-state tuition in the US.
All inclusive of tuition, living, food, books, health insurance, travel expenses, as well as hidden fees. Compiled with data from students and the official websites from KU Leuven, UNC, and Duke.

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