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October 23, 2013


Europe: Boom in English-taught Masters

europe.pngThe PIE (Professionals in International Education) News reports on a big increase in the number of fully English-taught Masters programs in Europe.

The number of fully English-taught Masters in Europe has increased by 42% since 2011 – growing at a faster rate than the number of overall Master’s programs in Europe – due to increasing demand for an English medium higher education, according to a new briefing paper from the Institute of International Education (IIE).

The growth in competitive Masters programmes that are attractive to both European and international audiences could have a significant impact on mobility flow in and outside of Europe the report claims.

Based on data collected through– a search engine providing information on around 90% of Europe’s English- taught Masters programmes- the brief shows the Netherlands and Germany had the largest offering of English-taught Masters programs from December 2011 to June 2013, while Denmark and Sweden added the most number of courses each growing by 74% and 73% in the same period.

“Europe still has a lot of potential in growing the amount and level of the international students they attract in their programmes,” said Edwin van Rest, the report’s co-author and CEO of StudyPortals,’s parent company. “Many European countries offer unique quality-for-money.”

The number of Masters programmes taught entirely in English rose from 3,701 at the end of 2011 to 5,258 in June 2013, while programmes taught partially in English only grew from 963 to 1,149 over the same period, accounting for a 19% increase in total.

Read the full post on The PIE News.

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