Will my degree be recognised?

You should have absolutely no problem with recognition of a science degree from a good university. If you are satisfied with the overall quality of the university and the reputation of its science department then it is unlikely that you will ever be at a disadvantage if you study science abroad. All degrees within the European Union should be viewed equally although it is always a good idea to investigate the reputation of your chosen university.

Does it make sense to study science abroad?

Science degrees abroad may offer you considerably different facilities and study opportunities. It is certainly worthwhile investigating international options bearing in mind that they may not suit you as well as degrees at UK universities.

Science degrees are not often offered in the English language in Europe although there are exceptions in physics, biology, chemistry and biochemistry.

What else should I bear in mind?

Science degrees at European universities tend to be more focussed on applied sciences (such as process and food science, environmental science) than theoretical science. If you are planning a career in research it is very important that you choose the right kind of undergraduate degree. If you are more concerned about employment prospects then an applied science degree could probably be the best choice for you.

Where should I look for science degrees abroad?

Science is not often taught in English in other countries, although this is changing. Right now, your options are broadest in English-speaking countries but we are aware of opportunities in Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Germany. For example, the University of Groningen in The Netherlands teaches all science subjects in English. Maastricht University, on the other hand, offers the "Maastricht Science Programme", a great option if you are unsure which science subject you want to specialise in for the first year at university.

Some thoughts from science students at overseas universities

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A Star Future provides information and guidance to British students looking to pursue their undergraduate studies abroad.

Through our presentations in schools and our websites we aim to ensure that British-educated students are well informed about their choices.