Known for its warm Mediterranean climate, beaches, delicious food and wine, Portugal also has a long history of higher education institutions.
The University of Coimbra, founded in 1290, is the oldest university in Portugal as well as one of the oldest in continuous operation in the world. It didn’t make my list (courses taught in Portuguese) but it paved the way for other highly regarded universities throughout Portugal.
The list is a mix of public and private universities so the tuition rates will vary and are higher for international students versus EEA/EU students.
For most public universities, tuition rates for bachelor programs will range between 950 and 1,250 Euros/year. For private institutions, expect to pay between 3,000 and 8,000 Euros/year. Tuition rates fluctuate all the time so don’t be surprised if the tuition costs of some schools fall out side of these ranges.
Many Master’s/PhD level programs in Portugal are taught in English but the offerings for Bachelor programs are limited. So if you want to attend a university that’s not on this list then you will need at least a B1 level of proficiency in Portuguese.
The Bachelor programs taught in English range from arts & sciences to business and tech. Please contact the schools directly for specific information/requirements for each program.
According to studyabroad.com, more than 17,000 students study abroad in France each year, and international students now make up 10 percent of the country’s college student population.
That’s a pretty big number and I’m sure most of those students go over there with the intention of learning about French culture, food, art, try to speak the language, etc.
But what if you want to enjoy all that France has to offer as a student but can’t speak a lick of French? Well, there are several public universities that offer Bachelor Degree Programs taught completely in English!
Program costs are very affordable. Although tuition fees have increased for the 2019/2020 school year, the French government will cover 2/3 of your tuition costs. In some cases your fees could be reduced even further if you qualify for one of their special situations. Please review the updated tuition fee schedule for French public institutions.
Before I get started with the list, you need to be aware that the French equivalent of a Bachelor’s Degree in the U.S. is slightly different. It’s called a License, requires 180 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), and only takes 3 years to complete.
Some of the programs on this list are just for the last year of the License program (L3). So if you’ve completed at least 2 years of a Bachelor’s program in the states and your coursework is related to the License program, your credits may transfer and allow you to complete your degree. Related work experience may also help your case. Be sure to check with the schools directly for specific application requirements.
Even though these programs are taught in English, it’s expected that you attempt to learn the French language as part of your coursework. The French are very proud of their language and culture and want you to embrace it as part of your educational experience!
Moving across town is daunting enough, but moving to another country (yikes!!) is on a completely different level!
Before you move though, you have to decide which country will become your new home. Here are 7 things to consider (in no particular order) when making your decision.
1. Cost of Living
How much money do you need to live comfortably? Check the average cost for rent, food, utilities, health insurance, etc. Expect the costs to be higher the closer you are to major cities.
What kind of weather do you like? Singing in the rain in the UK, or getting 300 days of sunshine in Portugal? Weather may not be a deal breaker for you but if you have health issues affected by certain temperatures, then definitely do your research. This site gives you weather and climate information for nearly every country in the world.
If you want to live close to where the action is then you’ll probably use public transportation to get around. So look at countries with extensive transportation options such as trams, buses, trains, uber, etc.
If you prefer to live in a rural area then having your own vehicle is a must. Some people ship their vehicles overseas rather than purchase a new one so shop around for shipping providers to see if that may be an option for you.
This section is geared towards families with school age children. Every parent wants the best educational experience for his/her child, especially in a foreign environment so research is crucial. Should your child attend a local (public=free) or international (expensive) school? Is there a foreign language proficiency required or will classes be taught in English? Do the schools provide extra curricula activities such as sports, art, music?
Most schools have websites but some are difficult to navigate so don’t be afraid to contact the schools directly with your questions/concerns. Email is best if you don’t speak the local language (yay Google translate!).
Do you speak another language? Moving to a foreign country that speaks a language you already know will certainly make relocation easier. If you don’t then there are tons of apps and YouTube videos available to help you learn. Even if your accent and sentence structure are terrible, the local community will appreciate your attempts at communication!
Fluency will come over time so don’t worry about making mistakes. We expect foreigners to speak English in our country so return the favor. 🙂
6. Employment Opportunities
Getting a job as a foreigner in countries like Germany and France is very difficult but possible. One option is to work for a U.S. based company that offers international travel. Or find an international company that will sponsor your work visa/permit and have a skill set that’s in high demand. If you’re a college student, you can work part-time while studying and look for full-time work after you graduate.
7. Political Climate/Safety
When you move to a new environment, whether that’s a job, apartment, house, city, etc., you hope for things to be better. The same sentiment applies when moving to another country. You want to feel safe and not worry if the country is on the brink of civil war or has high crime rates. Is the country foreigner-friendly?
One way to find out about the political climate of a country you’re considering is to tune in to their local news stories for current issues. Learn about past political figures and historical events. Or look at the Global Peace Index for a ranking of the world’s most peaceful countries.
If possible, visit the country on a scouting trip and talk to the local residents to get their perspective.
The links mentioned in this post are provided as a courtesy. I am not affiliated with any of the websites mentioned nor receiving any compensation.
If you were born and raised in the U.S. over the last 50 years you probably heard some variation of this mantra from your parents – “go to school, get good grades, go to college, get a good job“.
What wasn’t equally stressed was how and who was going to pay for this wonderful education!
If you didn’t have enough of your own money, i.e., savings from mom and dad or scholarships then you had to get a loan to pay for school. … the dreaded student loan.
I feel lucky because most of my undergrad tuition, room and board was covered with an academic scholarship even though I had to take out a small loan during my senior year. Some of my college buddies funded their entire education with loans, leaving them with a nice graduation gift of $50k+ in debt!
Unfortunately, this is all too common in the United States. According to an article written by Zach Friedman, senior contributor with Forbes.com, there are over 44 million borrowers in the U.S. who owe 1.5 trillion dollars in student loan debt.
1.5 trillion dollars….. in 2018!
I don’t know about you, but starting life fresh out of college with a big fat bill is not my idea of living the American Dream!
The good news is that it is possible to get a quality college education that won’t break the your bank. You’ll need a passport and plane ticket though.
That’s right, affordable education is on the other side of the pond! Just to give you an example, there are some universities in France that cost a few hundred to a few thousand euros……per year! You can also find similar scenarios in Germany and other European countries.
Not only could you study without the stress of debt looming overhead, but you would be a simple train ride away from places like Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal just to name a few!
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