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Five reasons you should study business in Europe in 2021

Geneva Business School

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Studying in Europe in 2021 will broaden your life experience, expand your network, and even help you learn a new language! A high-quality education in countries such as Switzerland or Spain will give you the advantage of living in a global business context, expose you to the networking opportunities you need to get ahead in your career, and allow you to meet international students from different backgrounds and cultures to increase your worldly perspective.

1. Europe is the epicenter for International Relations students

Finding an internship or job opportunity at an international organization can be tough. Geneva is home to the largest number of NGOs in one city. With over ​750 non-governmental organizations currently operating in so-called International Geneva, studying your degree in Switzerland can give
you a competitive advantage, and ​jobs are regularly offered to students​ with a high level of English and good grades. The NGOs in the city work mostly in the areas of peace, justice, and human rights, which is great if you are interested in studying a degree in ​International Relations​.

2. A global mindset comes from an international student body

Students in Europe get to meet people from all over the world. Many international universities and schools have large numbers of different nationalities and with that comes a wealth of local knowledge, insight, and diverse perspectives. Preparing for ​a career in International Management requires gaining exposure to these broad perspectives. Students in Europe enjoy studying in an international setting making this a natural fringe benefit of studying abroad.

3. Loan access and home fee status will be unavailable in the UK in 2021

If you are an EU citizen and were thinking about attending a British school in 2021, think again. As an EU citizen, you will no longer pay lower fees, and receive student loans whilst studying in the UK from August 2021.

In a statement by UK universities minister, Michelle Donelan​, she said that EU, European Economic Area, and Swiss students who wanted to commence their studies in the UK next year will no longer be eligible for home fee status from August 2021 “following our decision to leave the EU”. This makes studying on mainland Europe a far more attractive option for next year and beyond Brexit.

4. Executive development with networking options is the future for European employers

Studying a Master’s, MBA, or International Executive MBA is an important step to building world-class leadership skills and augmenting your education to move up in your career. Postgraduate programs with networking opportunities are fundamental to increasing your chances of moving up to the C-suite. According to a European study, rather than recruiting for new talent, upskilling existing executives​ is the number one priority for big companies wanting to future-proof their business in a post-COVID-19 world.

Making high-quality connections to help you find solutions to internal business challenges is fundamental to driving the results in the direction you want to go. Some business schools offer Leadership Development Weeks​ and the unique opportunity to develop their internal business plans with the assistance of a mentor and benefit from intensive weeks of networking with like-minded executives and problem-solving as a group.

5. Learning a new language while you study gives you an edge

The added bonus of living and studying in a new country is the immersive experience of learning the local language and culture. In Spain, you can learn Spanish, Catalan, Basque, or Gallego and discover the fascinating roots of the romance languages. Switzerland is a melting pot of French, Italian, Romansh, and German, making it a top destination if you want to develop your language skills across the main languages spoken in southern Europe. Employers are always looking for extra skills and abilities, and languages are a multiplying factor when it comes to standing out from the crowd.

Written by ​Vanya Maplestone.

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