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A Guide to Studying Nanoscience & Nanotechnology in Europe

Did you know that, as an international student, you can get a degree in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology 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.
Nanoscience & Nanotechnology

What are my options?

3
European Bachelor's programs taught entirely in English.
47
European Master's programs taught entirely in English.

About this area of study.

Earning a bachelor's or advanced degree in nanoscience and nanotechnology allows you to introduce yourself at parties as a really smart guy who's at the forefront of technical development. You will also earn a fair amount of money: nanotechnology engineers earn an average of about $92,000 per year. 

Remember that averages can be deceiving, though: Usain Bolt and I can run a hundred meters with an average time of under 30 seconds. Entry-level salaries for nanoscience and nanotechnology graduates are significantly lower, while industry superstars earn obscene amounts.

Careers options in this area of study.

"There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom" was the title of the article that got the nanoscience and nanotechnology ball rolling. Today, sixty years later, there are more opportunities in this field than ever.

Nanoscientists use a variety of highly sensitive instruments to explore and shape a kind of Alice-in-Wonderland world. At that scale, physics often just doesn't work as our intuition tells us it should, since electromagnetic forces we can normally ignore start to play a huge role.

In order to understand what's going on at the atomic level, nanoengineers require a thorough grounding in mathematics, biology, chemistry, and physics. Much of the coursework therefore resembles a general science degree, though materials science, nanometric manufacturing, and similar subjects are thoroughly explored in later semesters.

Nanotechnology has already found applications in optics, electronics, clean energy, chemical engineering, medicine, manufacturing, and in producing better materials. It's very likely that we'll see even more amazing nanoscale technologies developed within our lifetime, including some we can't even imagine at the moment. This is an excellent time to get in on the ground floor.

With so much material to cover at an undergraduate level, including practical laboratory work and experimental techniques, nanoscience and nanotechnology students generally specialize in a particular subfield only when doing a master's degree or once they're employed. Some specializations include bionanotechnology, optics, semiconductors, energy storage, and innovation management in the nanotechnology field.

Globally, Chinese and American universities tend to take the top spots in terms of nanotechnology teaching and research. In Europe, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, and the Netherlands lead the pack, though there are some excellent undergraduate courses available in several other E.U. countries.

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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