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Cynicism about the lower fees and entry requirements at overseas universities have disappeared over the last few years.

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It's been well reported that British students, facing tuition fees of £9,000 a year at home, are crossing the Atlantic to study at America's institutions, where brimming endowments can mean generous scholarships and bursaries to offset fees.

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US universities are embracing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to attract British students.

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Until recently, a UK student on a European campus could bank on modest celebrity status. They were a rare breed, and sightings at the library, lecture hall or bar caused quite a stir. But that's all changing.

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Get more study for your money inside the Eurozone

Lower fees, smaller classes and an international cohort are enticing Brits to the mainland, says Steve McCormack

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Teaching English as a foreign language can lead to a gap-year experience that lasts a lifetime

Forget about speed dating. Those looking for love could do worse than sign up for a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) course. "We're calling it the China love affair," jokes Vicky Cunningham, senior marketing officer for Bunac, a gap-year provider offering work, teaching and volunteering experiences abroad. "A guy and a girl have just come back from our six-month China programme, doing teaching internships. They met out there and fell head over heels. The girl has now decided to pursue a career in teaching, too, so she's found love and a career off the back of it."

UK students head abroad as fees rise to £9,000

The first concrete signs of a student flight to Europe as the massive UK hike in tuition fees approaches is emerging.



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"Sprechen sie Deutsch? Nein? No problem..."

Lucy Lee didn’t have grand globetrotting plans. At school, she assumed she would follow the usual route: GCSEs and A-levels at a local school, hopefully leading to a degree at a UK university. That’s pretty much how things panned out – until she set her heart on postgraduate study at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee (KHB) in Berlin.

The Netherlands: you could be on a course by this autumn

There are only a few easy hurdles to overcome to apply for a place on a course at a Dutch higher education institution.

Educational institutions in the Netherlands

A list of the major institutions in the Netherlands.

The Dutch Masters: a golden age of opportunity

Are you thinking about doing a Masters degree or PhD in a European country? There’s no need to learn a foreign language if the Netherlands is your choice.

The Netherlands: when the deal is this good, why are you still at home?

With bargain courses taught in English, Steve McCormack thinks students should be flocking to the Netherlands

The Netherlands: cash in on a double dose of Dutch hospitality

The cost of higher education in the Netherlands may be less than you think. Not only are fees lower than they are in the UK, but extra support is available to British students to help them pay the rent, buy their course equipment, and enjoy the social life their new country of residence has to offer.

The Netherlands: the hardest part is deciding what to study

Students planning to study for a Bachelors degree in the Netherlands have plenty of options. Despite the country’s diminutive size, it packs in 14 research universities, 39 universities of applied science and five university colleges, all of which combined to offer 1,095 degree programmes taught in English in the 2009-10 academic year, according to the Netherlands Organisation for International Co-operation in Higher Education (Nuffic).

The Netherlands: a relaxing way of life and learning

Ask some British students why they might be drawn to the Netherlands and you’ll elicit a knowing smirk, but there’s a lot to enjoy beyond the coffee shops. The region has a rich history and a liberal outlook while the Dutch accept visitors with open arms, which is particularly evident in its student bodies. According to the Netherlands Organisation for International Co-operation in Higher Education (Nuffic), there are currently 76,750 international students on roll.

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