2.5 million study in culture-related fields in the EU


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In 2018, more than 2.5 million students in the EU studied within culture-related fields of education, accounting for almost 15% of all tertiary students.

The share of students in culture-related fields was above the EU average in seven Member States: it peaked at 18.8% in Italy (2014 data), followed by Estonia (16.3%), Germany (16.1%), Greece (15.8%), France, Sweden (both 15.5%) and Ireland (15.4%).

At the other end of the scale, the lowest shares of tertiary students in culture-related fields were recorded in Latvia (9.4%), Bulgaria (9.6%) and Cyprus (9.9%).


Infographic: Tertiary students in culture-related fields of education

Source dataset: educ_uoe_enrt03

In 2018, humanities and languages were the most common fields of culture-related tertiary education in the EU, accounting for almost half of all tertiary students in culture-related fields of education. Around one-quarter of students in culture-related fields were enrolled in the arts, 10% were studying journalism and information while another 10% were studying architecture and town planning.

Arts were particularly popular in Ireland (61.5% of students in culture-related fields), Portugal (44.5%), Spain (41.8%), Estonia (41.4%), Latvia (41.2%), Belgium (40.0%) and the Netherlands (40.0%; 2014 data).

For more information, take a look at the Statistics Explained article on Culture statistics - culture-related education.


Note: The European Union (EU) includes 27 EU Member States. The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020. Further information is published here.


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