If you are planning to study in Europe, you will likely need a Schengen Visa in order to further your education in any of its member states. American citizens can currently travel to the Schengen Zone for short-term stays without a visa. There is a total of 26 European nations and microstates in the Schengen Zone. However, living and studying in Europe does require a visa. You should bear in mind that the UK, Ireland, Bulgaria, Romania, Cyprus, and Romania are not part of the Schengen Agreement, therefore their entry regulations differ from those of other states in the region.
In order to study in Europe means you must meet the necessary requirements set by the Schengen Agreement and the university or institution you wish to attend. If you are not thinking about long-term studies, but wish to participate in a course, workshops, conferences under three months you will not need a visa for Europe. In fact, you can travel to the 26 member states in the Schengen Zone freely, as long as you don’t overstay and return home after the 90-day period granted upon your entry.
At the moment, any U.S. citizen can travel to the Schengen Area for short-term stays with a valid passport. This is going to change once the ETIAS visa program is launched in 2021. The EU has been discussing the implementation of the travel authorization program for a long time. The ETIAS permit is simply an electronic authorization that will be made available to non-EU citizens from visa exempt countries who want to travel to Europe. American nationals will have to apply online and complete a form to obtain the ETIAS visa waiver in order to enter any of the countries in the Schengen Area.
Why Study in Europe
Why study in Europe? There are many incredible and respected schools all over the EU. The main higher qualifications offered across Europe include a Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s degree, and a Doctorate/ Ph.D. In terms of subjects, the list is extensive, those interested in higher education in Europe will find programmes in Astrophysics, Biotechnology, Business, Chemical Engineering, Geography, History Languages, Sociology, Medicine, Tourism, and many others. A great number of education programs have a modular structure allowing its students to create a personalized programme.
Education in Europe is exemplary and several universities rank high in the lists of best universities in the world. Sweden, for instance, is one of the most advanced countries in the world for gender equality, distribution of wealth, and LGBT rights. The Lund University offers a wide range of opportunities and programmes. Other great institutions in the Schengen Area include:
- Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
- ENS Paris, France
- The University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- The University of Copenhagen, Denmark
- The Technical University of Munich, Germany
The EU has several schools that offer film, design and art programmes. In terms of the language, even though that there are 24 official languages in the European Union, most countries offer study programmes in English and other languages. The academic year tends to begin in September across the Schengen Area, some countries might offer programmes that start in January or February. The cost of studying in Europe will vary vastly, as not only do university costs should be at play, but living costs should be considered too. However, there are scholarships offered by most countries.
Some institutions offer short-term courses, that you might be able to follow without applying for the Schengen visa. It is advisable to always check all the requisites established by a university and by the country. Remember that as of 2021, US citizens will need to travel with an approved ETIAS visa waiver for Europe. The travel authorization will be obtainable by completing the ETIAS online application with your personal details and passport information. The travel authorization for the Schengen Zone will carry a cost and will be valid for three consecutive years.