Why study in Europe?

With 111,000 new doctorates awarded each year, the European Union produces nearly twice as many doctorates as the USA.

Why is Europe so popular as a destination for doctoral studies?

Here are 10 advantages that Europe offers to you:

  1. High quality academic programmes
  2. Cutting-edge laboratories and facilities
  3. Innovative research
  4. Internationally-recognised degrees
  5. Improved career prospects
  6. Good value for money
  7. Scholarships and funding opportunites
  8. Support services for international doctoral candidates
  9. The chance to learn a new language or study in English
  10. A great choice of cultural and leisure opportunities 

Watch our film about doctoral studies in Europe!

In our 6 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. 

Thanks to the doctoral students who took part and the following universities and institutes: INRIA, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Università di Bologna, University College London, Université Paris 1 and VU University Amsterdam.

If you prefer, you can watch a 2 minute version of this 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'



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