Acquiring education abroad
European educational programmes enable cooperation between higher educational institutions in Europe and lifelong learning. Before applying to a foreign university, think through the nuances related to financing studies and the curriculum.
European education programmes – Socrates and Leonardo da Vinci – are intermediated by the Educational Cooperation Centre. The programmes support the development of lifelong learning, promote international cooperation in all fields of education, enabling international education migration for students and teachers. The Socrates sub-programme Erasmus has focused on cooperation between higher educational institutions in organizing exchanges of university students and teachers, organizing intensified programmes and participation in pan-European thematic cooperation networks.
What to consider before applying
Where to go?
Should you search on your own, ask for advice from your home university/vocational school’s external relations department or Erasmus coordinator.
How are studies organized?
Make sure whether the curriculum of the university you selected has been accredited by a competent body. It is also necessary to know what the educational system is in the foreign country and what privileges are conferred by the final diploma you aspire to obtain. Europe is striving for a harmonized higher educational system but currently there is an abundance of qualifications and systems.
What is required?
Contact the educational institution you selected and find out what documents are needed and when the deadlines are. What is the tuition? What are the language proficiency requirements? And what are the housing conditions?
How to finance your studies?
Determine the sources of financing – an Erasmus scholarship will not cover all of your costs related to studying. You will be bound to require additional financing. Source of financing are the following: tuition or student loan; Estonian and foreign state and private scholarships. Obtaining a scholarship is generally a long-term process – applications are accepted a couple times a year.
You should resolve all of the practical issues related to a stay in a foreign country: a visa (if you are not an EU citizen); residence permit; health insurance (check with the Health Insurance Fund) e.c.