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A Guide to Studying Law Enforcement and Firefighting in Europe

Did you know that, as an international student, you can get a degree in Law Enforcement and Firefighting 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.
Law Enforcement and Firefighting

What are my options?

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

About this area of study.

In general, people living in the West today have a far lesser risk of coming to serious physical harm than at any previous time. You're way more likely to be killed by too many cheeseburgers than crime, terrorism, accidents, and natural disasters combined.

Some reasons for this include stricter building codes, better technology (lightbulbs instead of candles, for instance), and improved laws. Arguably the bigger driver of this progress, however, is the professionalism and training of the men and women who become first responders. A law enforcement and firefighting degree can be your stepping stone into this important and gratifying career.

A bachelor's degree isn't necessary to become a cop or firefighter. Graduating from an academy course lasting about 6 months can get you a job, though some additional certification like a 2-year associate's degree is preferred. You do need a bachelor's if you want to join the FBI and certain other organizations, but almost any kind of degree will do. 

Taking law enforcement and firefighting will, however, provide you with specialized knowledge on topics like public safety and security, leadership, administration, criminology, law, and applied psychology. This makes you far more attractive to various employers and puts you on the fast track to promotion.

Obtaining your degree in Europe has the additional advantage of exposing you to a different perspective on law enforcement. Police in countries like Britain and Germany place a much larger emphasis on techniques for de-escalation, community relations, and crime prevention. If you've seen the news at all in the past five years, you'll know that these skills are sorely needed in many American police departments.

Careers options in this area of study.

The average remuneration for police officers of all ranks is $66,000 per year; for firefighters, the figure is $50,500. Salaries vary greatly between different locations and job titles, though - a bachelor's in law enforcement and firefighting may well enable you to find work in a more lucrative state or even country (if you have the language skills).

Police and fire departments are, of course, some employers you can consider. Others include private security and risk management companies, several government departments like Homeland Security, and in correctional services.

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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