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With the support of
the Erasmus Mundus
programme of the
European Union

Are you thinking of choosing Europe for your doctorate?

If so, you've come to the right place. Here you can find out about: 

Watch our film about doctoral studies in Europe!

The European Union is the top producer of peer-reviewed scientific publications in the world and awards 110,000 new doctorates each year, nearly twice as many as USA.

In our 2 minute film below, you can hear doctoral students from around the world talk about what it is like in Europe and why they chose to do their doctorate here. Or if you prefer, you can watch a 6 minute version of the film here


  • Getting my doctorate in Europe has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. The experience has exceeded my expectations in every way: socially, culturally, academically, and personally.

    My life and ideas have broadened in a way I hadn't expected, and I am constantly reminded how fortunate I am to live here.

  • The advantage of doing your doctorate in Europe is that most people speak English here.

    The social life is great, especially if you become a member of a club, like a sport, cultural or dance club.

    International doctoral students are wanted by Universities, so you could try to apply for a scholarship.

  • Getting my PhD has been a lifelong dream for me. I have learned a lot from being a member of this community as a woman, a mother and a scientist.

    Despite the occasional stress and lack of sleep (!) I feel very proud of what I have achieved getting my doctoral degree from Europe.

  • The ease of placement together with the closeness between cultures in Europe offer a great opportunity to exchange ideas and grow professionally and personally.

    Social, cultural, sporting and spiritual life are at hand to enrich your stay, as well as the warmth of the people.

  • The best thing for me about doing my doctorate in Europe is being able to breathe a different academic air, and benefit from the freedom to take the courses you want and focus on the subjects you are interested in.

    In addition, there are diverse cultures and people waiting for you to discover

  • Studying a doctorate in Europe let me explore different countries and cultures and gave me the chance to walk in the footsteps of so many of the world's most influential scientists.

  • The best thing about doing a PhD in Europe is that you get to work with respected scholars and academics who see you as a colleague, a fellow researcher, rather than a student.

    I did my joint masters degree in three universities in Europe and now I'm due to get my PhD here as well.

  • Katy Cook, from the USA
    Doctorate 'English Literature with a concentration in Psychoanalytic studies'
  • Karin Volkers, from the Netherlands
    Doctorate 'Physical activity on cognition and fitness in elderly with dementia'
  • Sana`a Al-Zyoud, from Jordan
    Doctorate 'Geothermal Investigations of the Cooling Potential of Prospective Shallow Geothermal Reservoirs in North East Jordan'
  • Mauricio David Pérez, from Argentina
    Doctorate 'Non-destructive electromagnetical characterization of multilayer dielectric materials at microwave frequencies'
  • Frederic Te-Ming Chao, from Taiwan
    Doctorate 'Public economics'
  • Dima Hassan Alkadri, from Syria
    Doctorate 'Fusarium species responsible for mycotoxin production in wheat crop; involvement in food safety'
  • Hendra Agustian, from Indonesia
    Doctorate 'Design and development of an optimal approach to internationalisation in secondary school curriculum'


EuropeVarious organisations in the EU Member States can assist you in finding a doctoral-level programme in Europe.

You can find the contact details of these organisations plus information on programmes, funding opportunities, living in Europe, associations of doctoral candidates and career prospects in the Study in the EU section of the website.

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Implemented by:
CampusFrance DAAD European Community
Nuffic British Council Eurodoc IIE