International Students in a smaller EU country: Advantages and Disadvantages
International Students in a smaller EU country
Pay no attention to lesser-known European countries like France or Germany that may not be as well-known. Histories crammed into the borders of countries like Vatican City, Luxembourg, Monaco, and Malta. Why visit a lesser-known European country? Here are the Top 8 Reasons for International Students to Study in a smaller EU country.
1. Don’t miss the opportunity to travel
Travel with a student visa, you can travel all over Europe. Culture Going abroad isn’t always about newfound freedom. It’s about stepping out of your comfort zone and meeting people and cultures you would never meet if you stayed home. When you decide to travel to smaller EU countries, forget about the European stereotypes you’ve learned from movies and books because the people will be different. Diverse isn’t a bad thing. Other simply means more open-minded.
Consider the French and Italians. The French are quiet but direct. Italians, on the other hand, are more curious and talkative. And Italians aren’t nosy; they’re just friendly! You can approach it from the perspective that the French are not necessarily rude; that’s just how society works.
Then you’d have a better outlook on your travels in Europe.
2. Living & other expenses
In Europe, there are many transportation options and hostels. Take a train, and you could be in another country. In a pandemic, be aware that each country has its own travel restrictions and health protocols. Read up on them, so you’re not overwhelmed when traveling between countries. The following are essential travel reminders:
- Your vaccination card should be brought with you.
- Before traveling to more significant countries, it’s a good idea to take a swab, especially if you’re flying.
- Bring your passport with you (your Indonesian KTP is insufficient).
- In your bag, keep a pen (in case you need to fill out any documents)
- In your bag, stay extra masks (in case you accidentally drop them)
- The day before and the day of your trip, double-check country entry rules.
3. Learn one of Europe’s most dynamic languages
Along with the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the country’s foreign language, you will also have the chance to meet and mingle with students from around the globe.
4. Part-time during the study
Students from countries other than the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland, will be subject to additional restrictions.
What you should remember if you fall into this category:
- Time limits. A year is limited to 120 full days or 240 half days.
- Local jobs. You cannot work for yourself or freelance.
- Permission. If you want to work longer hours, you must obtain permission from the local employment agency and the foreigners’ registration office.
- Language learners. International students can only work with permission from the Federal Employment Agency and the Immigration Office during recess.
Students who live in areas with low unemployment rates are often granted more work hours.
Note: Keep in mind that most international students who work as teaching assistants do not have time restrictions. They must still inform the foreigners’ office of their situation.
5. Full time after the study
You also have a grace period to find work in Europe, as a degree from an EU country is transferable to any other EU country, whether you studied there or not. But European customs vary by country. So you must check the countries’ websites.
6. Students from abroad
The opportunity to meet people from countries you may have never heard of. This is a great place to start teaching them about our beautiful country, Indonesia. The fact that they only know about Bali is not a reason to lose your patience.
7. Enjoy a low cost of living
In Europe, some countries have a reputation for being cheap (Bulgaria), but that does not apply to all of Europe. Surprisingly affordable and ideal for retirement, some East European countries include: Affordability, health care, safety, and entertainment are critical components of a digital nomad destination.
8. Tuition Fees in smaller EU countries
Many European countries still offer free tuition at public higher education institutions. However, most of these countries only provide free tuition to citizens of EU and EEA countries, though Germany and Norway are exceptions because they offer it to all students. Moreover, tuition and fees for non-EU students are typically much lower than in the US. With low living costs in many European countries, getting a degree abroad is simple.
Having said that, we hope this article has given you more confidence in advocating for studying in smaller EU countries. We look forward to seeing you in Europe soon, if not already!
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