Some of my students feel particularly adventurous and want to spread their wings high and wide. If that’s your student, consider an American bachelors degree in Europe! A European school is an option, but some American universities are US regionally accredited, non-profit, and operate on US academic credit systems, and participate in US Federal Financial Aid along with institutional aid. Students attending these institutions engage in global issues, experimental learning, travel, and cross-cultural exchange with an emphasis on global citizenship.
Here’s the list:
Bard Berlin / Germany
Bard College Berlin is an accredited German-American university offering rigorous, interdisciplinary four-year B.A. degrees in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought and in Economics, Politics, and Social Thought, as well as one-year-gap and study-abroad programs. Located on a residential campus in the former embassy quarter of East Berlin. The faculty-student ratio is 1:7. Currently, 210 students from 54 countries attend Bard Germany. An internship program provides opportunities to gain work experience in a wide range of fields, such as the arts, human rights, publishing, or technology start-ups. Students have access to a global study network, which includes institutions in New York, Budapest, Paris, Hong Kong, St. Petersburg and others.
Franklin University Switzerland / Switzerland
Franklin University Switzerland is located in Lugano, the principal city in southern Switzerland, close to Milan. An American liberal arts institution with an international campus environment, Franklin is fully accredited in the United States by the Middle States Association and in Switzerland by the Swiss University Conference. Franklin offers 20 different majors including International Relations, Banking & Finance, Communication and Media Studies, Environmental Studies, Art History, and Psychology. Each semester, students participate in a 3-credit Academic Travel course with a Franklin professor, which includes a 10-day travel period. Franklin offers Bachelors, Masters, Foundation and Summer Programs.
John Cabot University / Italy
John Cabot University, founded in 1972, is an independent, four-year liberal arts university offering undergraduate degrees and study abroad programs to English-speaking students from all over the world. Whether your student is pursuing a four-year degree or seeking to study abroad, you will do so in the heart of Rome surrounded by the extraordinarily rich offerings of a city of culture, history, art, creativity, business and international affairs. At JCU students learn in small classes from professors who encourage dialogue and use the city of Rome as a learning laboratory. Students also have opportunities for internships at multinational companies, international organizations, NGOs, consulates, government offices, and museums, as well as opportunities for study and travel beyond Italy’s borders to Africa, the Middle East, Asia and throughout Europe. Because of the global nature of the JCU degree, students also start careers at major multinational companies, financial institutions, foundations, cultural organizations and diplomatic organizations, including Bloomberg, Arab African International Bank, Crowne Plaza – Rome, Heidrick & Struggles, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Honda, IBM, J. Paul Getty Museum, the World Food Program, the World Bank and the League of Arab States.
Parsons Paris, The New School / France
A leader in art and design education since its founding in 1896, Parsons has cultivated outstanding artists, designers, scholars, businesspeople, and community leaders for more than a century. Parsons School of Design, The New School, is regularly ranked America’s top art and design school and one of the world’s top art and design institutions. Parsons Paris is located in the heart of central Paris, near the Louvre Museum and the Paris Opera. Parsons Paris, founded in 1921, is accredited by NASAD, National Association of the Schools of Art and Design, and by MSCHE, Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and is recognized by the French Ministry of Education as a Private Establishment of Higher Education (Etablissement d’Enseignement Supérieur Privé ) Diplomas are delivered by The New School. Students enrolled at Parsons Paris may spend part of their curriculum in the New York City campus of Parsons School of Design. Fun fact:The New School Alumni of Parsons include famous designers such as Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan and many others.
Richmond The American International University / United Kingdom
Richmond offers a liberal arts education, renowned for its flexibility and broad-based curriculum. Richmond has campuses in two of London’s premier areas – Richmond-upon-Thames and Kensington. Undergraduate degrees have dual accreditation in the UK and the USA, providing worldwide recognition to Richmond’s graduates. Richmond prides itself on providing a student-centered experience, with an average class size of 20 students. On-campus accommodation is guaranteed to all first year undergraduate students who apply and pay their deposit by July 1st preceding their year of entry. Richmond University gives all undergraduates the opportunity to study abroad at one of its many partner universities around the world. Richmond also offers a range of 1 year MA programs and an MBA. For all Richmond’s undergraduate and postgraduate students there are full-time internship opportunities available, which are an integral part of all programs. Graduate employment is vital and is supported by Career Services and an alumni network that spans the globe. Richmond is truly an international university, with a student population representing over 100 different countries.
Saint Louis University – Madrid Campus / Spain
Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University is a Jesuit institution with campuses in St. Louis, Missouri, and Madrid, Spain. SLU-Madrid, founded in 1967, offers fully accredited American degrees that can be completed in Spain or combined with studies in the United States. The student body is a multicultural community of approximately 750 students from over 65 different countries. The courses offered at SLU-Madrid fulfill degree requirements for the nearly 100 undergraduate majors available through Saint Louis University. Students may complete the following degrees on the campus in Madrid: Art History, Business Administration/Economics, Business Administration/International Business, Communication, Economics, English*, History*, International Studies, Political Science/International Relations, Psychology, Spanish. *One semester required at the St. Louis Campus. Students pursing other majors including engineering degrees and nursing can complete the first two years of study in Madrid before transferring to the St. Louis Campus to finish their degree. Since the Madrid Campus is home to students around the world, the language of instruction is English, although opportunities abound for students desiring immersion in Spanish language and culture.
Suffolk University / Spain
Suffolk’s branch in Madrid was originally established in 1995 and provides a unique opportunity for students to begin a bachelor’s degree in Spain following the American university program. Located in the university district, Suffolk Madrid’s location assures constant, direct contact with Spanish university life. Students from 15 countries make up the diverse student body of about 160 students. The Madrid campus offers a variety of courses which form the foundation for over 60 different degree programs. Small class size, which averages 16 students, allows close interaction between professors and students. For up to two years in Madrid, students complete the majority of their core courses and then seamlessly transfer to Suffolk’s main campus in the historic center of Boston, to complete their bachelor’s degree.
The American University of Paris / France
Chartered as a liberal arts college in 1962, The American University of Paris is today an urban, independent, international university located at the meeting point of France, Europe, and the world. The University provides an academic learning experience in the heart of Paris. Students choose from over 25 undergraduate majors and four core fields of graduate study, all taught in English. The University provides a curriculum that combines liberal arts inquiry, preparation for professional life, and student-centered, active learning in small classrooms. Professors lead study trips around the world to apply classroom learning to actual economies, social systems, governments and organizations.
The American University of Rome / Italy
AUR prepares students to live and work across cultures as skilled and knowledgeable citizens of an interconnected and ever-changing world through its practical interdisciplinary academic majors, opportunities for learning through travel and internships, and its multi-cultural student body, faculty, and staff. It is the perfect combination of academic attributes of higher education in the U.S. through American practical know-how, technological capability, and career preparation, with the European and Italian classical tradition of the humanities and liberal arts.
Webster University Geneva / Switzerland
Established in Geneva, Switzerland in 1978, Webster is an accredited American university that offers programs in English to students interested in a Bachelor, Master, or Doctoral (DBA) degree. At Webster University Geneva, more than 500 students from 90 countries come together in a community of learners engaged by a faculty representing 25 nations. Students studying at Webster, in Switzerland, benefit from a worldwide network of campuses that allows for exciting study abroad opportunities while offering a unified academic experience. As a private, non-profit university.
Webster University Leiden / Netherlands
Webster University the Netherlands is the only accredited American university in the Netherlands offering BA, BS, MA and MBA programs in the Netherlands. The Leiden campus is an urban residential campus offering academic excellence within a dynamic and international environment. The programs offered at Webster University the Netherlands are: BA in Management with the possibility of choosing an emphasis in International Business or Marketing, BA and BS in Psychology, BA in International Relations and BA in Media Communications. On the graduate level, Webster offers MA in Management & Leadership, MBA and One Year MBA, MS in Cybersecurity, MA in Psychology, with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology, MA in International Relations, and MA in New Media Production. Student accommodations are available in Webster’s Living and Learning Center located next to the main campus building in the heart of Leiden’s old city center. Classes are small (15-25) and classroom interaction I integral to the student experience. Additionally, Academic Advisors provide support and assistance for education planning.
Webster Vienna Private University / Austria
Webster Vienna Private University, located in the heart of Europe, is the only university in Austria that offers Bachelors and Masters degrees accredited both in the US and in Austria. Webster Vienna offers programs in the following areas: Business & Management, International Relations, Psychology, and Media Communications. Furthermore, the university’s Bachelor, Master, and MBA degrees in Business & Management are recognized by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP). All courses are taught in English. The university serves more than 500 students from over 70 different nationalities, while faculty and staff hail from over 30 countries. In August of 2014, Webster Vienna relocated to the historic Palais Wenkheim, located in Vienna’s city center. Students may stay in dorms located 15 minutes away by foot. Classes are limited to 25 students per course. Webster Vienna students have access to support services via the writing center, quantitative center, library help desk, career services center, and office hours with their professors. Students can take part in numerous student-led clubs (such as the business, German, martial arts, dance, health, and fitness clubs) and sports teams (Football, basketball, soccer, tennis etc). The Student Government Association (SGA) hosts fun events throughout the year and is led by students. Vienna is an ideal city for students with affordable restaurants and accommodation and great travel options!