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More UK postgrads choosing to study in Europe


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Many British students are being enticed abroad to pursue their further education careers by the affordable tuition fees or completely free education that many EU universities have to offer.

With relatively high and rising tuition fees - the Times Educational Supplement’s data shows a 7% increase in the average fee for UK Master’s degrees, between 2012/2013 to 2013/14 - many postgraduates are being tempted abroad by the cheaper higher-level qualification options that continental Europe has to offer.

British students, being EU citizens, have access to completely free or subsidised education at many European universities. This temporary education-based move abroad is increasingly believed to be a better financial alternative to further study in Britain, as shown by the Higher Education Statistics Agency’s data which shows a 5.6% decrease in UK students enrolling on Master’s courses in the UK during 2012/2013.

Universities in European countries such as Sweden, Germany, Norway, Austria and Finland boast great financial alternatives to British further education as they offer many courses taught in English.

Norwegian state universities, according to ‘’, don’t charge tuition fees to students of any level, this is the same in other Scandinavian countries, meaning that undergraduates could also benefit from cheaper study.

Germany offers free higher education too, having abolished its tuition fees in October 2014, in an attempt to make the education it offers accessible to all. German universities, 12 of which were featured in the recent Times Higher Education World University rankings, offer approximately 900 English-Language undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Universities in Finland also offer free postgraduate education, with Statistics Finland’s recent data showing that Finish higher education facilities are attracting increasing numbers of British students.

Studying at a University abroad not only boasts cheaper tuition fees (though sometimes higher costs of living) it also offers the possibility of acquiring and developing language and culture skills, though the differing culture and teaching styles may be hard for some students to adjust to.

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