Covid-19 Update: Your Applications to Europe
Written on Sunday, 09 August 2020 09:48

Covid-19 Update: Your Applications to Europe

(updated 11 May)

Though all universities around Europe are currently closed, and admissions people are working from home, many will be opening soon. Generally, the 2019-2020 academic year will be finished on-line. However, many countries are still welcoming applications from international students. The next academic year (2020-2021) is due to start on a regular timetable, in most countries, though classes/lectures are likely to start on-line or through blended learning and many fresher's /orientation events will be severely curtailed.

In most countries (we are stilll waiting, for example, from a decision from Germany as to A-Levels), a Results Certificate published by the relevant examination's authority, in the same way as previous years, but showing grades arrived at through predicted or calculated grades, rather than written and/or oral examinations, will be accepted by universities, as long as your subjects/grades meet the minimum entry requirements. So 2020 candidates for A-Levels and IB should be able to enrol in their chosen progrmmes in Europe.


Below is a summary of the latest situation in key countries.

Above: From 01 June, you can once more have a coffee on the terraces of cafes in the Netherlands.

NETHERLANDS

Applications: Research universities have extended the application deadline for most of their programmes without a selection procedure until 01 June. Universities of Applied Sciences are taking applications for most programmes until 01 August (though there are important exceptions, and most UAS will prefer to receive your application by 01 June).

Academic Year: Still scheduled to start on 01 September. Classes likely to be offered, initially, through on-line and blended lerning. Indications that orientation/fresher's events will be largely moved to an online/blended footing.

ITALY

Applications: Deadlines for many programmes in Italy, are late in any event, so we are unlikely to need any extensions for applications to progrmmes there in Medicine, Dentistry, and many others. The med entry test (IMAT) is due to be sat on 10 September: no decision has yet been taken as to whether this will be on-line. One problem is that the entry requirement for several programmes, outside Health Sciences, requires SAT, an exam for which recent sittings have been cancelled. The universities are yet to advise as to what approach they will be taking in these circumstances.

Academic Year: Still scheduled to start in mid-October, though a decision is still be taken on the timing of the Italian Leaving Cert, which might push back the starting date)

POLAND

Applications: Most universities are still taking applications, including for medicine and veterinary medicine (but note application deadline has passed or is imminent for some of the leading med schools)

Academic Year: Still scheduled to start on 01 October, though because the Polish Leaving Cert has been delayed, the starting date might be pushed back.

DENMARK

Applications: Deadlines have passed in Denmark though there is a vacant places round on 30 July. Because it is expected that fewer international students will want to or are able to (Visa and English Language test problems) travel to study, it is expected that there will more places available than in previous years.

Academic Year: Still scheduled to start on 01 September. Indications are that not only do the universities expect to engage in classes with full physical interraction, but that freshers/orientatiion events will take place (though, with social distancing.

For those other 23 countries not covered above, contact EUNICAS for more information. www.eunicas.ie for situation as to Irish Leaving Certificate.


 
Brexit: Implications for UK Students
Written on Sunday, 09 August 2020 09:48

Clearly, the implications of Brexit, for both the UK and the EU, are deep, significant and far-reaching. Here, we are only attempting to summarise our current understanding at the implications for UK students, seeking to study full-time in Europe.

In discussion with European universities, EUNiCAS is certain of only one thing: there is currently high levels of uncertainty concerning these implications. UK students (and, indeed UK universities themselves) have acquired a raft of rights, through the UKs membership of the EU. Many of these are now threatened.

Uncertainty comes through both the timetable of the UKs formal withdrawal from the EU, and the negotiations incidental to that withdrawal, where some of the acquired rights of students may, or may not be protected. The UK is currently moving through a 21-month transition period, which started on 29th March 2019, despite the fact that UK had still not agreed, by that date (as originally envisaged) a formal withdrawal agreement. Even if the UK agrees a formal withdrawal deal before the extended deadline for agreeing one, of 30th October, the transition period has already begun and end on 31st December 2020 ......... there is a possibility that the transition period could be extended. Of course, if there is a no-deal Brexit, before that date, the transition period terminates then. During the transition period, at least, UK students continue to be EU citizens and hold onto their current rights acquired as EU citizens.

The above timetable will mean that students currently enrolling in EU universities are, if they are graduating in 2022 or 2023 (and possibly even later), will hold onto,though probably only for first year of their programme (or the duration of many Masters' programmes) - their rights to provisions such as payment of the EU rate of tuition fees or local student finance.

The following realities are starting to reveal themselves:

Tuition Fees

As EU citizens, UK students are currently able to avail of the same fees payable by students of the EU country, in which their chosen university was located. In public universities, these are invariably much lower than in the UK: free in Germany and the Scandinavian countries and only Eur 21433 pa in the Netherlands. When the UK leaves the EU, UK students will become international students. The country with the most UK students, and the highest number of programmes taught through English, is the Netherlands, where the tuition fees for international students areEur 8,000 - 10,000. Though the fees are free in Germany and low in Italy, even for international students, there is only a limited range of undergraduate programmes there, taught through English. Those students studying med and veterinary programmes, usually in Italy or Central Europe can be reassured that, usually, the same fees are charged to EU, as to international students.

Please note that some students (including students already studying there), though paying EU fees at the beginning of their programme (e.g. year one ) might find themselves in a situation where the UK formally leaves Europe and they are exposed to international fees in later years. In this situation, some universities are already discussing the possibility of introducing a waiver of international fees, in these circumstances. Though, be careful, nothing is agreed yet. This is by no means certain, as this could become a political issue, particularly in those countries, outside the EU, where a lot of students originate, and which countries might not welcome favourable treatment for UK students.

Note that current negotiations concerning the Common Travel Area, between Ireland and the UK, might ensure a continuation of the mutual agreement between those two countries, whereby students from one country pay the same fees, and have access to the same student finance, as students in the home country.

Visas

Currently, UK students have the right to freedom of movement within the EU and do not need to apply for Student Visas. They will probably need to engage in this process, in the event of the UK leaving the EU which, though it can be both troublesome and sometimes expensive, will probably not be major barrier (though might mean longer queues at airports!!).

Student Finance

UK Student Finance cannot be currently taken abroad, though there is a campaign to extend this. As EU citizens, UK students can currently avail of local student finance in some EU countries. Perhaps more significant than fees issues, UK citizens will not be able to avail of this finance, if the UK quits the EU. It is the national governments that decide this entitlement, so the universities are unlikely to have decision-making powers in this field.

Several countries have scholarships that are only open to International Students: these may prove relevant to UK students, in the future.

Student Jobs

EU citizens currently have the right to work in each other's countries (which was possibly one of the drivers of Brexit in the first place!). If the UK leaves the EU, the rights of UK students to take up part-time jobs in EU countries, to help fund their education, are likely to be curtailed, at best.

Health Insurance

Currently, as EU citizens, UK students are covered under the EHIC scheme. Obviously, if the UK withdraws from the EU, students can no longer benefit from this cover, and they will have to arrange their own private health cover.

Health Professions

Currently, UK students studying subjects such as Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science, in EU universities, benefit from EU treaty provisions mutually recognising professional qualifications obtained in fellow member states. The situation, should the UK withdraw from the EU, is far from clear. Organisations such as GMC, BDA and RCVS are yet to clarify their take on likely consequences here. The British Veterinary Association has recently declared:

In relation to the recognition of degrees, the RCVS explained that the UK could continue to opt into the existing EU Directive, as Iceland, Norway and Switzerland do, or the UK Government could negotiate an alternative form of mutual recognition. Opening a negotiation could provide an option for the RCVS to reject those with qualifications from EU veterinary schools that had not met certain standards.

In summary, no-one really knows what will happen. The UK could find a way to protect the rights of its students in the EU (though US, Australian, Arabian, Indian, Chinese and other Non-EU students will clearly have something to say about that!) or, the UK might never fully leave the EU, bogged down in the minutiae of negotiating rules and regulations required for a successful departure. Parliament might get in the way, or maybe even those calling for a second Referendum will get their way!

Which might just mean ............... our students' rights are protected????


 
Vacant Places 2020
Written on Sunday, 09 August 2020 09:48

Though the majority of applications windows are now closed for the popular Dutch Research Universities, some programmes are still open. Also note that the majority of the programmes in the Universities of Applied Sciences are accepting applications until 01 August.

Also, med and vet programmes in Poland are still receiving applications, as wel as programmes in medicine and dentistry in Italy.

More details of available programmes accross Europe to follow shortly



 
Vacant Places in Denmark 2018
Written on Sunday, 09 August 2020 09:48

 

As applicants to programmes in Danish universities have now received their acceptance letters to First Round Applications, these universities are now becoming aware of those undergraduate programmes, taught through English, where there might still be some vacant places.

Please note that, in some of these programmes, the number of available places is limited, so you should apply as soon as possible. For some of these programmes, the first application deadline is 5th- 8th August though, possibly, places will be available in later rounds.  Contact EUNICAS  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to find out what you need to do to apply to any of these programmes

The following vacant places have been announced:

Aarhus University

Economics and Business Administration
Global Management and Manufacturing

Aalborg University

Robotics
Applied Industrial Electronics 
Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
Manufacturing and Operations Engineering
Sustainable Biotechnology

Absalon University College

Biotechnology
Teaching

Business Academy Aarhus

Agricultural and Environmental Management (1.5 yr Top Up to a BSc)
Chemical and Biotechnical Sciences
Chemical and Biotechnical, Food or Process Technology (1.5 yr Top Up to a BSc)


Above: University of Aarhus

Copenhagen Business School

None

Dania Academy

Automotive Management
Hospitality & Tourism
Marketing Management

Roskilde University

Natural Sciences

University College Northern Denmark

Architecture Technology and Construction Management
Automation Engineering
Export & Technology Management
Software Development (1.5 yr Top Up to a BSc)   

University of Southern Denmark


Engineering Innovation and Business
Mechatronics 
Economics and Business Administration 
International Business Administration & Languages
European Studies
Electronics

VIA University College

Architecture Technology and Construction Management
Civil Engineering
Design & Business (1,5 yr Top Up to a BSc)
Materials Science & Product Design
Global Business Engineering
Information & Communication Technology
Marketing Management
Mechanical Engineering
Supply Engineering


 
Applications still open at Dutch Applied Universities
Written on Sunday, 09 August 2020 09:48

Applications Still Open For Most Programmes in Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences

 

Many of the degree programmes are still open for applications (for 2018) at the Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences. A selection of the programmes still accepting applications is listed below. (contact us if your preferred programme or university isn’t shown). The application deadline is in brackets after the name of the university.

Aeronautical Engineering
InHolland UAS (1st August)
Automotive Engineering
HAN UAS (15th August)
Business
Most UAS have an International Business programme
(Contact us for suggestions)
Chemistry
HZ UAS (15th August)
Civil Engineering
HZ UAS (15th August)
Communication
Fontys UAS (15th August)
HAN UAS (15th August)
Hanze UAS (15th August)
Electrical Engineering
Fontys UAS (15th August)
HAN UAS (15th August)
Hanze UAS (15th August)
Environmental Sciences
Avans UAS (1st August)
Fashion
Saxion UAS (1st July)
Game Design
Hanze UAS (15th August)
Saxion UAS (1st July)
Global Change Management
Windesheim UAS (15th June)
Hotel Management
Saxion UAS (1st July)
Stenden UAS (15th August)
Information Technology
InHolland UAS (1st August)
Stenden UAS (15th August)
Industrial Engineering
Avans UA (1st August)
Fontys UAS (15th August)
International Finance
Avans UAS (1st August)
Leisure Studies
Breda UAS (31st August)
Marketing
Hanze UAS (15th August)
Fontys UAS (15th August)
Mechatronics
Fontys UAS (15th August)
Mechanical Engineering
Hanze UAS (15th August)
Fontys UAS (15th August)
Media & Entertainment Management
Fontys UAS (15th August)
InHolland UAS (1st August)
Stenden UAS (15th August)
Music Management
InHolland UAS (1st August)
Teaching
Stenden UAS (15th August)
Tourism
Breda UAS (31st August
)

At most Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences, you have a Right To An Education provided you meet their minimum entry requirements (In Ireland, that is six passes at Leaving Cert, inc 2 x H4 and, in the UK, that is 2 A-Levels and 4 GCSEs) These universities suit some students more than the more traditional research universities. Though, of course, there is an academic component, the UAS tend to much more hands-on and practical, with a clear employment focus.

Contact us now so that we can assist you with programme choice, ensure that you apply correctly and can assist you in a range of areas, such as student finance and accommodation


 
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