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A Guide to Studying Psychology in Europe

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

What are my options?

89
European Bachelor's programs taught entirely in English.
152
European Master's programs taught entirely in English.

About this area of study.

The ancient Greek maxim "Know thyself" is so old that nobody even remembers who first came up with it. Thousands of years later, we're still trying to figure ourselves out, with mixed results.

The first attempt to put the study of psychology on a scientific basis was made by Sigmund Freud in the 1890s. Today, his theories have largely been supplanted by many others, several of which contradict each other in some way. It seems like no single approach can really explain exactly what makes people tick, though several of them provide useful guidelines. 

Psychologists (and psychology students) therefore need to keep an open mind. Definite conclusions are rare in this profession. Instead of pretending to know everything, they use their experience and extensive training to try and advise their clients as best they can.

For this reason, becoming a professional psychologist (a licensed clinical therapist) takes a lot of work: you'll need a doctorate plus one or two years of supervised practice. A master's degree qualifies you for some less demanding roles, such as marriage or family therapist, school, or criminal psychologist.

Foreign degrees in this field are indeed recognized in the United States. This is good news if you don't want to be in debt up to your ears when you graduate, or you'd just like to see a little more of the world. 

There is bad news too, unfortunately: each state board has its own ideas on which qualifications qualify for licensing. A degree and internship done in Europe may well enable you to practise in one state but not another. Your best bet is to contact the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards and plan your education accordingly. 

Careers options in this area of study.

Even though an advanced degree is required to practise as a psychologist per se, psychology remains an enormously popular undergraduate major. There is plenty you can do with just a bachelor's degree, whether from a European university or one in the States. 

Psychology graduates work in a wide array of positions, including as:

  • counselors in prisons, 
  • human resources officers, 
  • career and life coaches, 
  • social services case managers, 
  • probation officers, 
  • business managers, 
  • advertising agents, 
  • sales reps, 
  • teachers, 
  • market researchers, 

and in many other roles.

If you're considering psychology as a major but don't necessarily intend to pursue postgraduate study, it's a good idea to make a list of your strengths and interests and try to match these to possible careers. In general, people with bachelor's degrees in psychology earn about $57,500 per year.

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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