For Future Applicants: New Study Programs in European Universities in 2022

Half of the 500 best universities in the world according to Ceoworld Magazine are European ones. A third of them are in countries with investment programs.

We are talking about new opportunities for education in the best universities in Europe, in countries where you can get a residence permit by investment. The information will be useful to those who plan to enroll in the 2022 and 2023 academic years.

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The UK: new postgraduate programs

The UK educational system is the best in the world in terms of curriculum quality and graduate prospects. Every year British universities are among the top 10 universities in the world.

The best universities in the UK are:

  1. University of Cambridge.
  2. University of Oxford.
  3. University College London, UCL.
  4. Imperial College London.
  5. University of Edinburgh.

The University of Cambridge and the King’s College London have announced new postgraduate programs.

The University of Cambridge announced the creation of the new Design Tripos master's program. The program will combine architecture, engineering and design to find new solutions to social and environmental problems. The training will take four years, and upon completion, students will be awarded a degree of the Master of Design. The university accepts applications for the 2024 academic year

The King’s College London offers a two-year program in Politics and Governance in Europe in partnership with the Free International University of Social Sciences in Rome (Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido, LUISS). Upon completion of the program, students will earn a Master's degree both from LUISS and the King's College. The university has already opened recruitment for 2022.

A residence permit in the UK can be obtained by investing in a business. An investor needs to buy shares of British companies in the amount of £ 2 million or more. After five years, the shares can be sold and the investment returned. It is important to preserve investments in order to be able to renew the status, and then obtain permanent residence and citizenship.

The investor can include children in the application for a residence permit. The children will be able to enter any educational institution in the country and won’t need to receive a separate student residence permit.

Education in Europe with a residence permit by investment
The University of Cambridge, the UK

Switzerland: neuroscience and information technology programs

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH Zurich) was ranked 10th in the rating of the top 500 universities in the world in 2020. Besides the ETH Zurich, the rating includes:

  • Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne;
  • University of Zurich;
  • University of Geneva;
  • University of Basel.

Since 2022, The ETH Zurich has been inviting applicants to enroll in a new program and obtain a Master's degree in Brain Science. Students will study biology, neuroscience, and clinical research methods.

The Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne is launching a new program that trains high school teachers in computer science. Upon completion, students will receive a master's degree in computer science, communications and data systems, as well as a teaching diploma with the right to conduct classes in high school. Training takes place in French.

The postgraduate program in Sustainable Management and Technology is another new one in Lausanne. The program was developed in cooperation with the Faculty of Business of the University of Lausanne (UNIL-HEC) and the International Institute for Management Development (IMD). Training takes place in English. The university is already accepting applications for the 2022 academic year.

A residence permit in Switzerland can be obtained by financially independent foreigners. You must select a canton to live in and sign an agreement to pay the annual lump-sum tax. The cost of obtaining a status is from ₣450,000 per year.

To obtain and renew a residence permit in Switzerland, you must reside in the country for at least 183 days a year.

Together with the investor, only a spouse and minor children can receive a residence permit. To study at the University of Switzerland, children over 18 years of age need to obtain a student residence permit.

Education in Europe with a residence permit by investment
The Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Austria: the Europe's first postgraduate program in High Performance Computing

Three universities in Vienna are recognized as the best Austrian universities, including medical and technical ones, as well as the University of Innsbruck.

In 2022, the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) is launching two new programs that will allow to get:

  1. Master's degree in Environmental Technology and International Relations. The program, which was created with the participation of the Vienna Diplomatic Academy and the University of Vienna, trains engineers, politicians and diplomats.
  2. Master's degree in High Performance Computing. It is the only program in Europe with such a specialization and is overseen by the University of Luxembourg.

A residence permit in Austria can be obtained by wealthy foreigners. To do this, you need to get into the quota of 400 applications, which the government annually allocates for financially independent persons, and to confirm your financial status. The costs of obtaining a residence permit start from €100,000.

The investor can only include minor children to the application.

The applicant and his family members over 13 years old need to know German at the basic level A1 and confirm it with a certificate from the Goethe-Institut, the Austrian Integration Fund or TELC GmbH.

Education in Europe with a residence permit by investment
TU Wien in Vienna, Austria

Greece: a Yale diploma for bachelors and masters of the University of Athens

The best universities in Greece are the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

The University of Athens and the Yale University signed an agreement that they will offer their students joint study programs. The programs are available for:

  • undergraduate students in environmental sciences and public health;
  • undergraduates in environmental health.

Graduates of the program will receive degrees from both universities. Classes are held in English.

A residence permit in Greece can be obtained for the purchase of residential or commercial real estate costing €250,000 or more.

It is necessary to own real estate for five years, after the expiration of this period the investment can be returned.

A residence permit card is issued for five years, then it can be extended for another five years. The investor and his family members can apply for citizenship after seven and 12 years, respectively.

The investor can add children under 21 years of age who are not married to the application for a residence permit.

Education in Europe with a residence permit by investment
The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Spain: a postgraduate program in Sustainable Development and an undergraduate program in Medicine

The leaders among Spanish universities are:

  1. University of Barcelona.
  2. Pompeu Fabra University.
  3. Autonomous University of Barcelona.
  4. University of Granada.
  5. Autonomous University of Madrid.

In 2021, the University of Barcelona launched a program for a master's degree in Global Challenges and Sustainable Development.

The Pompeu Fabra University is revamping its undergraduate program in Medicine with Hospital del Mar. Since 2022, training has been adapted to the changes that are taking place in medicine: the program includes new diagnostic methods and innovative treatment methods.

A residence permit in Spain can be obtained by an investor who buys real estate worth €500,000 or more. It will take two to three months to obtain the status.

The first time a residence permit is issued for a year, after that you can extend the status for two years, and then for another two. After five years of residence in the country, the investor can apply for permanent residence.

The investor can include minor children and children under 26 years of age in the application if they are dependent. To enter the university, you do not have to obtain a student residence permit.

Education in Europe with a residence permit by investment
The University of Granada, Spain

Cyprus: a new private university in Larnaca

A private university has opened in Cyprus - the American University of Cyprus (AUCY). The university has three faculties: business administration and economics, science and technology, art and humanities.

AUCY study programs are approved by the University of Massachusetts (UMASS) and the European Institute for Management Research (CASS) in France.

The university is located in Larnaca, but is currently building a second campus in Ayia Napa, which will begin accepting students from 2024.

Permanent residence in Cyprus can be obtained by investments in real estate in the amount of €300,000. An investor can choose a commercial property or residential property in a new building.

The investor can include children under 26 years of age in the application for permanent residence, if they are not married and depend on him financially.

Malta: updated postgraduate programs in Medicine 

The University of Malta has launched two new postgraduate programs in Medicine.

The program in Clinical Radiology follows the curricula of the European Society of Radiology. Students will explore modern radiological techniques, image interpretation, and how to apply knowledge in daily clinical practice.

The program of Surgical Skills was developed by two universities: the University of Malta and the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at Queen Mary University of London. The course is designed by trainee surgeons and those who have already completed a bachelor's or master's degree in medicine.

Permanent residence in Malta is obtained by investments in real estate: for this it is necessary to rent or buy housing in Malta. The minimum investment is €150,000. A permanent residence card is issued for five years.

The conditions of the program allow children under 26 years of age to be included in the application if they are financially dependent on the investor and are not married.

Education in Europe with a residence permit by investment
The University of Malta in Msida

Immigrant Invest is a licensed agent of the European residency and citizenship programs. If you want to educate your children in the best universities in Europe, seek advice from investment programs experts.

Autor: Ирина Клюева
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