Studying in Europe

Studying abroad is a real option and has many benefits that you may not have considered – it is a great way to see another country while gaining a qualification and meeting new people.


  • Many courses are taught through English
  • You can bring your SUSI Maintenance Grant with you (if you are eligible)
  • High quality education, aligned with Irish Qualification standards
  • Flexible entry requirements
  • The potential of free or lower fees. The fees in many European countries compare favourably with fees in Ireland. Many offer a wide range of courses with free or very low tuition fees.
  • A boost to your career when you show international experience
  • Enhanced skills (language, digital, communication, skills for employment etc.)
  • Greater awareness and appreciation of different cultures
  • Increased curiosity about the world
  • Personal development (more independence, resilience, confidence)
  • Fun and adventure

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Where Can I Study?

Anywhere in the EU!

Useful websites:

  • EU – European education portal with information about universities and English-taught study programmes
  • Icares– International Course Search engine, where you can search over 50,000 courses in over a 120 countries
  • Every country has a searchable database to see what courses are on offer e.g. Study in Finland
  • You can visit the College/ University website and make contact with them Top Universities – A list of of countries where you can study in in English in Europe and beyond
  • provides information and support for Irish students on how to apply to degree programmes, taught through English, in Universities across Europe

Erasmus+ for Students

Erasmus+ for Higher Education Students allows students to study at universities in the EU member states for for between 3 and 12 months in a participating university or college. You can:

  • Study in a course in a university as part of your Higher Education degree 
  • Do a traineeship/ work placement as part of your Higher Education degree 
  • Do a work placement as part of your PLC/College of Further Education

This can be a great opportunity for learning, both in college and in improving language skills, intercultural skills and in self reliance.

Contact the International Office of your university/ college to find out information on how to apply, deadlines and which universities and/ or countries your university is linked with, etc, More information.

university in Europe

You can choose to study at a university in Europe,

The languages you speak will determine the options you have available to you. However, there are also options for those who wish to study entirely through English.

See Studying outside Ireland to begin researching your options.
Be aware that fees will vary from place to place so it’s important
to do your research!

Application processes to universities across Europe differ
significantly. See University – Your Europe ( for
information about the application processes.

Financial Supports


Courses in many colleges or university are free or lower fees. For information regarding financial supports see Student Finance on the 
Higher Education Authority (

Check in with the higher education institution you hope to study at to see what Erasmus+ options they have on offer. Ask the universities and colleges themselves at open days. This resource will help.

 The key priorities for the new Erasmus+ Programme (2021-2027) are Inclusion, Digitisation, Green Erasmus, and Internationalisation. More information 

susi grant when studying abroad

The Maintenance Grant is the only funding available to eligible Undergraduate Students pursuing approved courses outside the Irish State. The fee grant is not available to students studying outside the State. The maintenance grant funding is available for undergraduate study only.  The only exception to this is for students attending postgraduate courses in four approved institutions in Northern Ireland. Further information

Financial Supports


Information on hundreds of potential scholarship and grants opportunities is available on Scholarship Portal. You can enter your home country and can search by country and discipline.

International Education Financial Aid offers a database of aid available for international students

Education UK is run by the British Council, and offers many grants, bursaries and scholarships to EU and non EU residents looking to study in the UK.

DAAD deal with scholarships/grants in Germany.

Disability supports

Financial and other supports are available to ensure access
for studying abroad. Speak to your college or university about
the supports that are available.

Additional financial support is available for students with
additional mental, physical or health-related needs.
More information

Learning the Language

Ideally, the best approach when moving to another country is to know the language well before you go. To improve your skills or learn a new language. You may consider:

But remember many Europeans have a good knowledge of English so you will be able communicate even without another language!

Understanding your Qualification

The 10-level National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) is aligned with the European Qualification Framework (EQF) and the Qualifications Framework of the European Higher Education Area (QFEHEA). Alignment with these two frameworks makes it easier for you to compare qualifications across Europe. More information.

Who can help?

To find out what your options are…

  • Ask your Guidance Counsellor
  • Ask universities or colleges directly
  • Ask your Youth Information Officer
  •  Ask your existing course provider


We encourage all learners to check out the Europass platform and create your own e-portfolio! This aims to be your one stop shop for everything you need to know about studying and working in Europe.

As a core element of the European Learning Model the Europass platform has information on qualifications and learning opportunities across Europe More information

Good to know: That holders of digital credentials for learning can safely receive and store digital credentials with the Europass platform.

New Initiatives to know about

European Student Card

This card helps to make mobility easier, more efficient, and greener – from the application stage to the issuing of your study credentials. It facilitates access to student services across Europe.

More information

European Universities

The European Universities Initiative offers opportunities for students across different university campuses, for mobility and learning in new and innovative ways. Irish Higher Education Institutions are part of this, providing students with access to mobility, courses and projects with Higher Education Institutes in other countries

The European Universities Factsheet contains further information. 

Ask your university, or those you are considering  applying to, about their involvement and how you can become involved.

Much of this information has been compiled as part of a booklet ‘Europe is Open to You!’ providing information on European opportunities for young people including studying, training, working and volunteering.

Studying in UK

Studying in the UK has a real option for many Irish students over the years. However, Brexit (Britain leaving the EU) has created a few changes with tuition fees and other costs. More information


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