Porto is the most affordable city for students in Europe

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European cities are home to countless tourist attractions, cultural sights and iconic landmarks that draw millions of tourists every year. At the same time, Europe is home to some of the best universities in the world that offer numerous opportunities to international students.

Studying abroad is widely regarded as one of the most beneficial experiences that a young person can have because it offers the ideal opportunity to learn new things with peers and lecturers from different cultural and other backgrounds. European cross-border cooperation has shaped a vibrant international academic community that brings a large number of foreign students to the continent every year. 

Numerous European nations are home to highly regarded higher education institutions that are world-famous. Worldwide, Europe is a tremendously sought-after location for students seeking higher education, although some countries attract a bigger number of international students than others. Germany, France, Spain, and Italy are the European nations with the biggest populations of international students, according to Study in Europe.

When deciding where to continue their education. many people tend to opt for European universities because of their long history, top-tier educators and research capacities. However, studying in Europe can often be very expensive, which is why the financial aspect is also frequently taken into account.

According to SchengenVisaInfo.com, Porto has been named the most affordable location for students in Europe. This conclusion was made after analyzing the StudentGoGlobal ranking for this year, which considered the affordability of 250 cities across the globe.

For international students looking to pursue a study abroad program in Europe, Portugal is a desirable and convenient location. Its system of higher education is divided between public and private institutions. Moreover, Portugal’s comparatively inexpensive cost of living and tuition costs benefit students studying there as well.

Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal after Lisbon. The city is generally considered very attractive for foreign students, and the universities’ offers include a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Additionally, the city is favored by international students due to its wonderful year-round weather.

The University of Porto (UP) was founded in the 18th century and initially offered instruction in the humanities, arts, and sciences before becoming a recognized university in 1911. According to Times Higher Education, UP has the largest student body of any university in Portugal, with a cohort of about 31,000 students, of which about 13% are international students representing 100 different nationalities. Moreover, the university has recently increased its partnerships with foreign universities and is now working on initiatives with universities in Brazil and many African nations.

The capital of the Czech Republic, Prague, is the second most affordable city in Europe for students, followed by Madrid, which is ranked third in this year’s StudentGoGlobal report. The Czech Republic remains a very popular choice for international students, according to the Czech National Agency for International Education and Research. Furthermore, a sizeable percentage of students who decide to study in the Czech Republic after graduation find jobs and stay in the country.

The ten European cities listed below, according to the research, are those where students may live most inexpensively:

  • Porto, Portugal
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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