University is not the same in every country. There is a huge variety in education models, cost and finance opportunities, the complexity of the application process, the types of institutions and even the topics taught within a subject.
You can explore different countries from this page, the key details about them and members can access e-tutorials and guides on them.
If you're not sure where to start, we've included filters to help you find countries that offer what you are looking for.
Below are the different types of education models that universities use across the world.
The study of one area such as Economics, where all, or almost all classes are taken within the same department
The study of two academic areas in equal proportions
The study of two or more academic areas where there is a greater concentration of classes in one area (major) and a smaller concentration in another area (minor). The minor is normally in a different academic discipline to the major
Major / Minor Model
The study of multiple academic disciplines from within the same department or faculty. e.g Natural Sciences, or Faculty of Arts. It is common for degrees with this initial model to then become major/minor or single or joint honours by the end of the degree
Faculty / Department Focused
The study of multiple academic disciplines normally encompassing both the arts and sciences. These degrees have some element of Core or General Education requirements that need to be completed by all students. Within and arts and sciences degrees, you study one or more majors, one or more minors and electives alongside the 'core' curriculum
Liberal Arts & Sciences
Degrees that do not sit within one traditional academic department or subject. They study concepts that are wider than one subject like 'Big Questions' or 'Global Challenges', through the lenses of a variety of different subjects.
Interdisciplinary / Thematic
The study of two different bachelors degrees simultaneously. This could be in one institution, or you could earn a degree from two different institutions through spending time in both. These degrees are typically 4 or 5 years long
Applications differ in their complexity and the time needed to complete them well.
Based on the complexity of the application form(s), additional writing, interviews and time needed, we have given a complexity rating for each country
5 - Very Complex
4 - Fairly Complex
3 - Moderate Complexity
2 - A little effort needed
1 - Simple and straightforward
We have looked at the average or most common systems in each country. Be aware, that some individual institutions or courses can be more complex than others. Equally, using the Concourse platform can simplify the process for you in some countries.
Cost & Funding
The cost of tuition fees and living costs vary greatly between courses and institutions.
Science and technology degrees are more expensive than humanities degrees
State / Public universities are less expensive than private institutions, but also less likely to offer scholarships or bursaires
'Home' or 'Domestic' Students (as defined by nationality and residency) pay lower tuition than 'international' students
Home students are able to access financial support from the government and/or a loan scheme
If you are an EU student you are classed as a 'home' student in all EU countries
We have classified each country in terms of average international fees and scholarship availability, but as every course and institution varies, you need to include this in your research if cost is important to you