The adventure abroad is part of the experience for many students. But with the decision to spend a semester abroad, a few essential questions arise: Which are the best places for a semester abroad? Where is the cost of living particularly low? And where do students really get their money’s worth abroad? We got to the bottom of it.
An ERASMUS study program is a great way to improve your career opportunities and enhance your intercultural skills. At the same time, a stay abroad for several months promises exciting impressions, new acquaintances and lots of travel fun. However, Europe has many student cities to offer, which makes the decision not easy.
Good study conditions, renowned universities and a wide range of offers for students: These are all important features to keep in mind when making your choice. You might even spend your ERASMUS semester in one of these European cities:
Business center, harbor flair and Dutch culture. All this is offered to you when you study in the Netherlands and in Rotterdam. The city is home to approximately 650,000 people – about 50,000 of whom are students, divided among several universities. Among the most important are Erasmus University Rotterdam and Rotterdam University of Applied Science. In Rotterdam, you can study almost anything and – as it should be – party hard in the evenings and on weekends. But not only the study conditions are good. From Rotterdam, you can explore the Netherlands perfectly, as our leisure tips for Rotterdam show. Find out more about student life in the city in our Rotterdam City Guide for Students. Are you convinced? Then secure your room now and check out our house Milestone Chapter Lucia.
Studying in Poland is a real insider tip and Wroclaw anyway. The city on the Oder is affectionately called the Venice of the East and the people who gave it its name are not exaggerating. Wroclaw, Polish for Breslau, is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It is characterized by its many water canals and extensive history, as our Wroclaw Student City Guide shows. The low cost of living and the high quality of the study programs should also not go unmentioned. As you can see, there’s so much to be said for studying abroad in Poland that the city should definitely not be missing from our list. You can find more inspiration for a semester abroad in Wroclaw here: Why Study in Wroclaw?
How about a glass of port wine in the evening or a round of surfing after class? A semester abroad in Porto means that you study where others go on vacation. Besides the many sights and the extensive wine culture, the pretty baroque city in the north of Portugal has a lot to offer, as our insider tips for Porto impressively prove. Find the perfect accommodation for your semester abroad at Milestone in Porto.
Portugal is generally an ideal tip for students who long for the big wide world. Because you can do something here at any time of the year. That’s why the country on the Atlantic coast is also suitable for a stay abroad during the winter semester. You can find proof of this in our article Portugal in Winter. And speaking of Portugal, Lisbon should not go unmentioned when it comes to a semester abroad. At Milestone you will live directly on the campus of the NOVA School of Business and Economics in Carcavelos, west of Lisbon. The town is famous for its wine of the same name. And after class, you’ll be on the beach in just a few minutes. If these are not great prospects for a semester abroad.
Bella Italia – that’s what the many foreign students who spend a semester in Italy or Bologna think. The beautiful terracotta roofs are the trademark of this historic city, but it is also famous for two other things: the oldest university in Europe, where Erasmus of Rotterdam and Dante are said to have studied, and the many local delicacies. And as we all know, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. What could be better than enjoying a good glass of wine and a serving of pasta in a romantic alley at the end of a long day of study?
The university city in the west of Germany enjoys an excellent reputation at home and abroad with its universities. So it’s no wonder that RWTH Aachen University and FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences are known far beyond its borders. So why not spend a semester abroad in Germany? Another advantage is that from Germany’s westernmost city, you can be in Belgium and the Netherlands in no time. Variety is guaranteed. What else awaits you in the student city, you can read in the Studying in Aachen Guide.
The alpine country is one of the most popular destinations for students and not without reason. Here, history meets modernity and tradition meets internationality. Vienna stands for quality of life and cosmopolitanism, which is why many students from abroad find their way to the former imperial city. Among the most important universities are the University of Vienna, the MedUni Vienna, but also the many universities with an artistic and musical focus. You can find more convincing arguments for an ERASMUS program in Vienna in our Study in Vienna Guide. In any case, you can be sure that you will find the right offer among the many study programs. Spiced up with a portion of Austrian coziness, you are in for an unforgettable time during a semester abroad in Vienna.