Education in the U.S. vs. Europe

If you are planning to take up your higher education and are trying to decide whether to attend an American University or a European one, this article should help. First and foremost, let’s start by saying that there are pros and cons in the education systems of both the continents.

Cost: Let’s talk about the cost of education first that makes a major part of the decision making process. The price of education when it comes to the US is notably high in comparison to its European counterparts. Though there is a hue and cry all across Europe to increase the cost of education for sustainability factors, it must be noted that the cost of education in the US would still be significantly higher, at least for some time. Going to the cheapest college in the US would still cost about a couple of thousand dollars, say about $26,000 to procure a BA degree wherein in the contrary, most of the education system in Europe is free or have minimal charges.

Set Up: Another notable difference is the set-up of the universities. Where most of the universities are known to have sprawling campuses, the European universities are known to be scattered all across an area. For example, the University of Barcelona doesn’t have any central campus. From an organizational standpoint, the European Universities seem pretty weak with no sports teams, no university level representations in other activities, etc.

Instruction Methodology: Also, experiential learning is the focus in the US which makes the teacher to student ratio much smaller. On the contrary, education in Europe is more of a lecture-style platform, unlike the US wherein the professors are more of mentors. The discretionary powers given to the professors in the US are also wider than the ones given to their European counterparts. It is also a fact that the education undertaken in the US is recognized by more countries all across the globe than the recognition of the degrees earned in the Europe.

Quality of Education: When it comes to the quality of education, Europe ranks higher than the counterparts in the US. According to a recent survey that was conducted, research in science, mathematics and engineering was higher in Europe than in the US. If the figures are to be believed, the UK represents just 0.9% of the global population, it accounts for 3.2% of research expenditure, 4.1% of researchers, 9.5% of downloads and 15.9% of the world’s most highly-cited articles. These figures certainly have a story to tell.

So, just don’t attend a university abroad for the sake of the experience or to save money alone. It is important to weigh the pros and cons against your career goals and how you plan to leverage your education in your chosen career.



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