No one can deny the high standards and world recognition of a United Kingdom (UK) degree. For this reason, many students flock to the UK to study in one of the many Universities there. But the cost of gaining a certificate in the UK can be high. High tuition fees and high living expenses accompany would be student on his or her journey throughout the 3 to 5 years of learning. There is an incentive, of course. The possibility of a 2-year Post Study Work Visas (PSWV) make the investment in UK higher education worthwhile as graduates will be able to stay and search for work in the hope to start a new and possibly better life.
Like the UK, no one can deny the immense possibilities of studying in the European Union (EU). The Bologna Declaration of 19 June 1999 signed by the Minister of Education of all EU states aligned the education standards in all member states. This means that if you get a degree in any member state, it will be recognised by all member states.
If you do not know, not all EU member states have the same cost of living and this means that the cost of higher education in some member states will be much lower than the rest. But as the standards are aligned, a student can save greatly on tuition and living expenses by attending University studies in a member state with a lower cost of living. Lower cost of living does not mean lower standards of education. Remember, the standards have been aligned and rectified by the Ministers of Education of all EU member states.
Here are 4 Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL) in the EU which offer students, a pathway to a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree affordably (in alphabetical order).
Budapest Metropolitan University (METU), Hungary
The aim of the METU is to pursue a high level of education even compared to European Union standards in the fields of social sciences, economic studies, art and art mediation, communication and tourism in bachelor and master programmes, specific trainings, higher-level vocational training, tertiary-level vocational training and adult education.
The vision and mission of Budapest Metropolitan University can be summarised in the following statements.
Vision: Our University provides varied knowledge that is competitive in the domestic and international labour market as well. Our education is based on continuously renewing methods that are supported by educators having international experiences and an inspiring, innovative training and research environment.
Mission: The mission of the University is to make every participant find the way to fulfill their personal and professional potential in the inspiring and open community of METU. By developing creative thinking we prepare our students for the changing demands of the labour market.
The vision of the University is to be present in the Hungarian higher education medium as well as in the European higher education area as a professionally recognised institution in a good competitive position, educating professionals who possess useful theoretical and practical knowledge and competences that turns out to be beneficial both in the labour market and workshops. Our aim is to make our students be successful in their jobs, professions and creative processes by possessing skills and abilities. We prepare our students to be creative, think independently, to be committed to learning and development all their lives, and to feel responsibility to their community, as excellent professionals and artists. We encourage our students to gain as much experience abroad as possible.
Another goal is to expand internationally in an active way, to increase the number of international students from within the European Union and from third countries thus creating cultural diversity in our University.
Through our mission by taking the demands and requirements of the labour market into consideration, we undertake to educate business and communication professionals as well as artists who are highly prepared, having practical knowledge and competences, who become active and effective participants of the domestic and international labour market and business world after (and even during) their studies. We focus on life-long learning and therefore we provide educational programmes for every age group following their school-leaving exam.
Programmes on offer at METU includes Business Administration and Management, MBA, Tourism and Catering, Communications and Media, Graphic Design, Media Design, Animation, Motion Picture, Photography, Cinematography.
Domain Academy, Malta
Domain Academy of Higher Education is part of Domain Group – Domain Academy is a licensed Higher Education institution delivering Diplomas and Degree programmes in various disciplines in partnership with Pearson (UK) and the University of Derby. These qualifications are internationally recognised and accredited. Domain Academy welcomes students from all over the world. It also offers all logistic support, including accommodation, VISA processing, airport meet-and-greet and other related support services. Through its EU & Industry Relations Office, Domain Academy assists students in seeking jobs while studying (according to prevailing laws in Malta) and also after graduating. The same Office is also responsible for internships for international students offering placements at various industries throughout Malta.
Vision: Domain Academy is a leading Maltese Higher Education Institution licensed by the Malta Authority for Further and Higher Education. Since its establishment, it has been driven by excellence. Its purpose is to prepare local and international students to achieve their personal and social goals, by becoming exceptional professionals in their areas of study and research. Guided by Domain Academy’s personalized and student-centered ethos, the Institution commits itself to support the student from registration to graduation, and beyond!
Mission: Since its inception, Domain Academy has been collaborating with high quality partners including: educators, leading foreign education providers and Universities, as well as stakeholders from industry. Domain Academy aims to attract more students, and enhance the quality of their learning experience.
As outlined in its strategic plan for the period 2021-2026, Domain Academy:
- will continue to develop and accredit a portfolio of high-quality home-grown programmes;
- will extend the offering of its programmes from approved satellite institutions abroad;
- will continue to work with and consolidate its current foreign partners, Institutes and Universities, and seek to establish further collaborations;
- will pursue accreditation as a fully online Higher Education Institution.
Programmes on offer at Domain Academy includes Business and Management, Computer Science and IT, Tourism and Hospitality, Medical and Health and Sports.
Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia, Spain
The Universidad Católica San Antonio (“Saint Anthony Catholic University”), also known as the Universidad Católica de Murcia (UCAM), is a private university located in Murcia in south-eastern Spain. Founded in 1996 by José Luis Mendoza Pérez, a lay Catholic, with the permission of Bishop Javier Azagra Labiano of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cartagena, UCAM offers undergraduate and graduate academic programs taught by faculty and researchers engaged with the quality of the education provided.
The university is characterized by a firm commitment to Catholic orthodoxy and the moral and social doctrines of the Church. UCAM aims to contribute to the transmission of human knowledge and the development of research, from the critical, responsible and creative freedom of the person, according to gospel principles. UCAM developed a system of quality management applied to teaching, research and services to ensure the human relations among all members of the university community in order to make more effective educational work and research.
Programmes on offer at UCAM includes Dentistry, Pharmacy, Psychology, Physical Activities and Sports Science, Business Administration and the MBA.
Vincent Pol University (VPU), Poland
Vincent Pol University (VPU) is a private university, located in Lublin in eastern Poland. It is approved by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education to award Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees recognized across the European Union, and by extension these are recognized globally. The University was founded in 2000, and has grown rapidly in popularity, with a current student community of around 4500, including over 40% international students, studying also on our degree courses that are taught through the medium of English. Students come from over 57 different countries, and find a warm welcome in Lublin. Many of them enjoy the opportunity to travel to the other parts of Europe during their vacations. We are proud to welcome students from the Americas, Africa and Asia, as well as other European countries. We have a dedicated International Student Office that can help with applications, visas, and accommodation.
Programmes on offer at VPU include International Business Management, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Beauty Science, Nursing, Physiotherapy and Sport Science.
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