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A Guide to Studying Liberal Arts in Europe

Did you know that, as an international student, you can get a degree in Liberal Arts 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.
Liberal Arts

What are my options?

188
European Bachelor's programs taught entirely in English.
European Master's programs taught entirely in English.

About this area of study.

Liberal arts: it is what you make of it. Despite this kind of degree getting a bad rap in some circles, it is far from useless. Employers are always looking for people who can: 

  • Think independently and flexibly, 
  • Write comprehensible emails and letters,
  • Evaluate new ideas on their own merits instead of by their own prejudices and emotions,
  • Formulate logical, persuasive arguments, and
  • Examine large amounts of information while assessing which facts are important and what they really mean.

These are some of the things a liberal arts education teaches you to do.

"Liberal arts" is a catch-all term that includes the humanities, arts, social sciences, hard sciences, and mathematics. A bachelor's degree with this title may specialize in any one of these or comprise an eclectic variety of courses from several fields. Psychology, statistics, biology, and history are all popular subjects.

This means that a liberal arts degree typically doesn't prepare you particularly well for any specific job. Instead, it provides you with knowledge and skills that are applicable to many jobs, including some that didn't even exist ten or twenty years ago. 

It's worth remembering that you can learn a programming language, business analytics, digital marketing, and many other technical skills online, by yourself, and at any time after graduation. A liberal arts degree from a university famous for this kind of training, like Oxford, Cambridge, or Heidelberg, always carries serious weight. Several Central European universities also offer liberal arts courses in English for a fraction of what one would cost in North America.

Careers options in this area of study.

By their nature, bachelor's degrees in liberal arts provide a well-rounded education rather than advanced vocational training. This means that graduates end up landing jobs in a very wide array of industries and positions.

There is, accordingly, no actual typical salary for someone with a liberal arts degree. The average is $39,500 per year but this may have little to do with what you are offered. You should know, however, that starting salaries for new liberal arts graduates are significantly lower than for people with technical or business qualifications. This is likely to change once you gain experience and a reputation for being effective at your job.

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.
3200+
English-taught bachelor's programs in our database.
8200+
English-taught master's programs in our database.
550
Beautiful European cities to choose from.
870
Top-tier universities accepting international students.
332,948
Typical savings against a private university in the US.
60,123
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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