There is much demand for graduates from European universities in business, economics and finance-related subjects, both within and outside Europe. Worldwide, the most sought-after programme of study is the Master of Business Administration (MBA).
It is no surprise then that courses in these fields at European universities attract a great number of international students each year.
Where to study?
You can study business, economics or finance in each of the 34 Erasmus+ countries and at most universities. So how to decide where to go? As the field of economics is theoretical as well as practical, the economy’s characteristics in the country you are studying can have an influence on the curriculum. For instance, Malta’s biggest sector is tourism, whereas in Poland industry is an important sector.
In all European countries, universities work together with business and society to provide case studies for their students. You can imagine that the case studies in Malta will be different than in Poland. Moreover, if you want to compliment your studies with an internship, you had best do some research on the various options you have in a particular country.
Public or private?
Many institutions throughout Europe offer programmes in finance and economics. Large generalist universities, like Sorbonne University (France), University of Turku (Finland) or University of Sofia (Bulgaria), have a special faculty for all programmes connected to economics, finance or business administration. Some universities have special ‘honours’ schools for the subject and are looking to attract the best and most talented students.
There are also universities and schools that focus exclusively on subjects related to business and economics. These business universities or business schools are popular with international students throughout Europe.
Because of the popularity of these subjects, both public and private institutions offer study programmes at bachelor's and master's level. Many private institutions also offer executive programmes for professionals with prior experience.
Both public and private institutions offer excellent programmes: where they differ is in the number of students per class, the number of contact hours and the fees for a study programme.
Pick what feels best
When deciding on where you want to study economics or business, be sure to look up where alumni of a certain programme are working and if the institution has a reputation in the field. This field of studies has a high employability rate, that is to say: many graduates from business-orientated programmes find a job. Some universities are more popular among employers than others.
But whatever you choose: studying economics or business in Europe, you will develop skills that are applicable worldwide. So in the end, pick the institution and programme that you feel best about and things will turn out great!
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