As the UK left the Erasmus+ program on January 1st, other destinations are likely to impose themselves on students looking to learn the language of Shakespeare. L’Etudiant offers a non-exhaustive list of countries that can convince you.
If for some students the UK will continue to be the essential destination to learn English, know that European countries and members of Erasmus+ Program where classes are taught entirely in English can do so well. A brief overview.
The Republic of Ireland: the favorite
Geographical proximity, incredible landscapes, rich and mainly English-speaking culture… the Republic of Ireland as a potential country to replace mobility in the UK. Unlike its neighbour, Northern Ireland, which is leaving the European Union, the Republic of Ireland remains a member of the Erasmus+ programme. In addition, with Brexit, the number of French students betting on this country skyrockets (+1,100 mobility between 2017 and 2018 according to Stat ‘Erasmus+).
Germany: the serious competitor
For several years, Germany offers many university courses entirely in English. Thus, students can benefit from the quality of German education and institutions by choosing courses according to their level of English.
Netherlands: cosmopolitanism above all
Although Dutch remains the official language in the Netherlands, English is also spoken by almost all Dutch people. A cosmopolitan country, especially in its capital Amsterdam, also offers great professional opportunities internationally. Not even the rain should stop you…
The Nordic countries: academic excellence
Warning to nature and sport lovers, Nordic countries should please you! Recognized, among other things, for its academic excellence, Norway, Finland, Sweden, but also Iceland and Denmark are a good compromise. To know: contrary to what it seems, the cost of living in these countries is lower than in London or Paris (according to The cost of the expat).
Hungary: the student atmosphere
More in the center of Europe, Hungary increasingly attracts French students. The opportunity to live in a festive atmosphere in a country crossed by the Danube and where the cost of living is on average 38% lower than in Paris (depending on expat cost).
Poland: the dynamism of the East
Eighth most popular country for French Erasmus+ exchange students in 2018–2019, Poland has many assets in particular a very good command of English. Lively and dynamic, Poland is becoming more and more popular.
Austria: cultural wealth
Austria is also trying to diversify by offering more English courses. This is not surprising, as the country is, together with Poland, among the best in terms of mastery of Shakespeare’s language. Add to that a cultural wealth and extraordinary landscapes that will seduce the last skeptics.
Malta: English as official language
From one island to another there is only one step, or almost: it is not in the English Channel, but in the Mediterranean that you can put your bags. In Malta, English is one of the two official languages. It’s hard not to be tempted, but beware, places are expensive because the island only has one university.
The Baltic countries: the quality of research
Go to Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania! Especially for those who want to do research there. But the Baltic countries are also open to all students eager to discover a culture very different from France at affordable prices.
Belgium: the English language requirement
Sometimes there’s only one border to cross to find a shoe that fits. Academically demanding and excellent in EnglishBelgium can also offer many internship opportunities.
As a reminder, if you want to go to an English-speaking establishment, you must first pass a foreign language certification such as the TOEIC. Depending on the country, minimum levels are required.