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Wellbeing & Physical Activity

A Guide to Studying Wellbeing & Physical Activity in Europe

Did you know that, as an international student, you can get a degree in Wellbeing & Physical Activity 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.

What are my options?

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

About this area of study.

There's an ongoing argument in the United States over whether healthcare should become a public service or continue along the current lines. People get very emotional about this topic. Ad hominem arguments (smearing opponents) abound.

Despite all the hot air and Facebook posts wasted on this debate, one very reasonable assertion is always conspicuously missing. Healthcare will cost less for everyone if people could be convinced to get off their butts, move around a little, and eat a vegetable once in a while.

In fact, even the Centers for Disease Control claim that almost half of premature deaths in America can be prevented. Aside from reducing smoking and alcohol abuse, all that's needed is healthier eating and physical activity.

This is exactly what well-being and physical activity professionals promote. The concept is well understood in Europe in comparison to the U.S., so it makes sense to study this degree in the Old World. Graduates may work with individuals, at an institutional level in schools, companies, or non-profit organizations, or in a role where they can influence public policy. 

This degree is closely related to those in sports and physical education. The focus, however, is not on making kids run around a track or helping committed athletes to perform at their peak. Instead, well-being and physical activity students learn to encourage people to embrace a healthy lifestyle at all levels. 

This may, for instance, take the form of influencing companies to offer gym memberships as a benefit, organizing appropriate activities at residential care centers, or ensuring that local parks are designed to facilitate running, biking, and other kinds of exercise. Some of the subjects studied as part of an undergraduate degree are nutrition, physiology, public health policy, human development, practical psychology, and research methods. 

Changing people's behavior is notoriously hard, so a lot of effort goes into learning more about communication techniques. To be effective in a well-being and physical activity role, you have to be able to explain the science behind nutrition and exercise to people from all walks of life. If you can't motivate your clients to love (or at least tolerate) celery and cardio, you won't be helping them all that much. 

Careers options in this area of study.

Well-being and physical activity graduates can find work in the healthcare and fitness industry. Some choose to be personal trainers, coaches and consultants, wellness center and sports facility managers, or community organizers. Salaries for people with a bachelor's degree in this major tend to be between $40,000 and $60,000 per year.

With additional training, well-being and physical activity majors can also become nutritionists, academic researchers, or physiotherapists. Your own level of commitment will play a large role in how successful you are in any of these jobs. Well-being and physical activity degrees are typically very hands-on and offer numerous opportunities for internships and volunteer work. Taking full advantage of these is the best way to kickstart your career.

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.

Feeling overwhelmed?

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We get that choosing a program feels like committing to a major early on, but in reality it is more of a general direction. A Best Fit List gives you a unique list of 3 to 5 programs tailored to your needs, helping you take the headache – and heartache – out of choosing a program.

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English-taught bachelor's programs in our database.
English-taught master's programs in our database.
Beautiful European cities to choose from.
Top-tier universities accepting international students.
Typical savings against a private university in the US.
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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