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Subject: 16 year old moving to Europe to study.
Category: Reference, Education and News > Education
Asked by: jorgen-ga
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Posted: 01 May 2003 08:06 PDT
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Question ID: 197960
My niece who is 16 years old and lives in India and is interested in
moving to Europe to complete her studies.What are the standard
procedures for this? What universities/schools are there in Europe
that would accept him? What are the options he has[if any]in choosing
what she does as she wants to do something related with computers.What
would the cost of living be at the areas where these
schools/universities are situated.
Thank you,
Jorgen Olsson

Request for Question Clarification by jbf777-ga on 01 May 2003 08:26 PDT
Hi -

We're going to need a little more information.  What specifically does
your niece plan on studying -- e.g. programming, IT, graphics?  Where
in Europe does she plan on going?   What are her budget constraints?

Thank you,

GA Researcher

Clarification of Question by jorgen-ga on 01 May 2003 08:39 PDT
She plans on studying programming/IT.
She does not have any specific plans on where on Europe to go and that
is why i am looking for universities/schools which will accept her as
where she will go is based on that information.
There are no budget constraints as of now.
Thank you for your quick response,
Subject: Re: 16 year old moving to Europe to study.
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 01 May 2003 13:04 PDT
Ahhh, choosing a college.  Brings me back to my youth!

Your niece is very fortunate to have the opportunity to study abroad,
and to have a supportive relative like yourself to help her along the
path.  With her own ambitions, and some wise guidance from family and
friends, I expect she will find the college experience very rewarding.

At this stage of the game, the best that I (or anyone) can do, is to
provide a general overview of the opportunities for international
study in Europe, along with some of the factors that go into making a
final decision.

LET ME MAKE VERY CLEAR AT THE OUTSET that if you would like any
additional information after reading my answer, all you need do is ask
for a Request for Clarification.  I'll be happy to provide anything
else that would be of help -- information about a particular school,
country, costs, application processes, whatever you need.  I don't
consider my question answered until you, the customer, are satisfied
with the results.

At some point down the road, when your niece has narrowed her focus
somewhat in terms of where and what she wants to study, you may want
to consider posting a follow-up question with some more specifics
about her preliminary choices, and the researchers here may be able to
help you focus her options even more sharply.


Your niece's choice of schools in Europe, while not quite endless, is
nevertheless impressive.  There are many hundreds of colleges and
universities to choose from (I've included a list of the schools in
France accepting international students just to give you a feel for
the number of opportunities -- it's at the very end of this writeup).

You mentioned in your clarification that her choice on where to go
will ultimately depend on which colleges would accept her application.
 This is just about every student's dilemma -- balancing the "where do
I want to go?" question with the "where can I (realistically) go?"
question.  (They usually have to confront the "how much can I afford"
question as well, though your remarks indicate that budget is not a
constraint for the time being).

And again, the best I can do is offer general guidance.  Without a
detailed knowledge of your niece's academic background, performance,
scores, and interests, there is no way to meaningfully match up her
record with a particular school.

Fortunately, there are several terrific resources for students exactly
in your niece's situation that can assist her (and you) in gathering
all the necessary information, and making some informed choices.


One site that provides a good overview of academic requirements for
some European schools, however, can be found at -- of all places --
the education-india site at:

The site includes a description of academic requirements for
undergraduate study in the U.K. as well as details of the application


Ultimately, your niece's choice of a school for studying information
technology will boil down to a few key decisions:

--where would she like to study

--what language would she like to study in

--what schools are compatible with her academic background

A great resource for beginning to explore all of these questions is:

"Study provides free university and college advice for
students worldwide who are considering studying abroad for an
international education. Our Course & College search section contains
details of hundreds of colleges and universities that are currently
recruiting international students, together with a database of the
best articles that have appeared in the leading journals on
international education. Please feel free to explore..."

Their main page includes options for: 

--Course & College Search 

--Further information service to request brochures, prospectuses and
comprehensive advice on any course(s) or college(s)

--subject specific webzines that are updated monthly, [NOTE: 
including one specifically for Computer Sciences -- more on that

--Tips & Tricks -- devoted to helping you apply for a course or
college, regardless of where and what you want to study. This month we
focus on the all important application process and provide you with a
selection of sample application essays.

Note that the site also contains a link to their "CyberCafe" where you
or your niece can have on-line "chats" with other students and
prospective students to learn about their own experiences as
international students.  These sorts of chat rooms can be a great
resource for getting some no-holds-barred information about a
particular school -- what student life is like, how academically
rigorous it is, what the surrounding cities and towns have to offer,

"The Cyber Cafe Chat Room is here for all students worldwide who are
either considering studying abroad, or are currently doing so. Please
feel free to enter and discuss anything your fellow students might
find of interest."


A section of the StudyOverseas site is devoted specifically the study
in Europe:

and even includes a map of Europe where you or your niece can click on
any country of interest for more in-depth information:


Probably the most valuable segment of the site is their "Further
Information" form:

Of course, the main point of the form is to have schools send her more
detailed information about their programs.

But the process of filling out the form has its own value.  It will
help begin to narrow down some of her choices by asking your niece (or
perhaps, you) to specify the type of additional information you would
like to receive.

For instance, there are a variety of options for indicating an
interest in computers/information technology as an area of study. 
Your niece should indicate the field (or fields) most suitable to her
interests, such as:

Information Management

Computer Science

Information Technology

E-commerce, etc. 

On the form, she can specify "Europe" as her geographic area of
interest, and "India" as the country of origin.

There is also a "Financial Status" question that will return
information about costs, scholarships, work-study, and other forms of
financial assistance, if desired.

Once this process produces an initial set of information for you and
your niece to consider, she can always re-visit the site and go
through the process again, this time with a more narrow focus on, say,
a particular country or particular set of schools.


As I mentioned above, there is also an "Online Magazines" site, with
one publication devoted specifically to International study of
computers and information technology:

"Welcome to Computer Sciences Online, the virtual reference point for
international students who are considering a course in a computer or
technology based subject."

[Please take note that on the left hand side of the magazine page are
links to colleges around the world (including one section for colleges
in Europe) that are specifically looking for international students in
computers and information technology.]

Your niece should explore this information thoroughly, and consider
subscribing to free email delivery of the magazine.


Another site with a very similar set of tools and content is the
International Education Site at:

I did not see anything here dramatically different from the
StudyOverseas site, but I wanted to make sure you and your niece were
aware of its existence.


Lastly, there are lists and lists and lists of colleges in Europe. 
For instance, at the AllAboutCollege site there is this list of
colleges in France that accept international students -- as you can
see, there is no shortage of choices:

American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy 
American University of Paris
College des Ingenieurs 
ENPC Graduate School of International Business 
Ecole Centrale Paris (ECP) 
Ecole Centrale de Lyon 
Ecole Internationale des Sciences du Traitement de l'Information 
Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers de Paris 
Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Electronique et de Radioélectricité de
Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Informatique et de Mathématiques
Appliquées de Grenoble (ENSIMAG)
École Nationale Supérieure de Physique de Strasbourg 
École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris 
Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de St-Etienne 
École Nationale Supérieure des Telecommunications de Bretagne 
Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Electronique et de Radioelectricite de
Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Electronique, d'Electrotechnique,
d'Informatique et d'Hydraulique de Toulouse (ENSEEIHT)
Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Ingenieurs en Construction Aeronautique
Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications de Paris (ENST) 
École Normale Supérieure 
École Normale Supérieure de Cachan 
Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon 
École Polytechnique 
École Supérieure D'Électricité 
Ecole Supérieure en Sciences Informatiques 
Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris 
European Institute of Business Administration 
French Naval Academy 
Institut Francais de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer 
Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble 
Institut National de Physique Nucleaire et de Physique des Particules
Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon 
Institut National des Sciences Appliquees de Toulouse 
Institut National des Télécommunications 
Institut Supérieur d'Informatique et d'Automatique 
Institut Superieur de Gestion 
Institut Universitaire de Technologie de Sceaux 
Strasbourg University 
Université Charles-de-Gaulle - Lille 3 
Université Claude Bernard Lyon I 
Université Joseph Fourier 
Université Paris 8 
Université Paris IX Dauphine 
Université Pierre Mendès France 
Université d'Aix-Marseille III 
Université d'Angers 
Université de Caen 
Université de Franche-Comté 
Université de Nice - Sophia Antipolis 
Université de Perpignan 
Université de Provence 
Université de Technologie de Compiègne 
Université de la Méditerranée 
Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille 
Universite d'Orleans 
Universite de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour 
Universiti Paul Sabatier 
University of Picardie 
University of Rennes 


This information should enable you and your niece to get off to a
robust start in exploring the opportunities for attending school in

As I said earlier, if you would like any additional information at
all, just post a Request for Clarification and let me know how I can
assist you further.

And of course, best of luck.
Subject: Re: 16 year old moving to Europe to study.
From: traveldog-ga on 21 Aug 2003 03:19 PDT
Theres also a lot of information on living and studying in the UK at

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