Where oh where shall I go? Help, please!

How do you like my map? Ha! This is a map I roughly made of the countries I’m interested in studying here in Europe. There are other continents I’d also love to include like Australia and North America, but it’s definitely much cheaper to go to school here. I’ve mentioned what I’d like to study in my most recent life tip and my interview with The Veda House, but I’ve not really filled you in. My entire life I thought everyone went to university immediately after high school; as a kid I didn’t know it was an option not to. Long story short, I’ve yet to go to school with a rollercoaster of ups-and-downs of wondering whether I really wanted to attend university and, if I did, what course and country. I’ve wanted to study creative writing since I was a child, but now I know I’d also like to attend a course on animal conservation or something in that area. Finding a school here in Europe that has a combination of those two courses and is in English is the difficult part.

I’d absolutely love to study in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Stockholm (these being my top three choices), Paris, Vienna, etc., but I’m going to be open minded about college now. Too many excuses have put me back and, at this point, I would just love to find a school anywhere in Europe as long as it’s English and has the courses I’m looking for.

So! I’m asking each and every one of you for help. If you live in any of the countries I’ve highlighted, I’d love to know if there are any universities you know of that offer courses in English. Even if I didn’t list the country and you know of others in Europe that have a university that might suit my needs, please let me know! After waiting for so long, I’m definitely open for any and all ideas. If you don’t live in Europe, that’s okay because I’d love to hear from you anyway. Have any of you by any chance studied a English Literature/Writing course of some kind? How about Biology/Zoology/Animal Conservation? Or even Environmental Science/Studies? Etc! If you have, could you summaries what you learned in that course, how you liked it, how necessary it was, and what job you have now? Any information you could give me I would more than appreciate. I can use all the help I can get!

You’re all so helpful and caring, I’m really hoping this helps out on my journey to where I want to be in life. If you read this, please please please leave a comment or email me!


Brandi {not your average ordinary}
12 February 2011 - 4:25 am

I can’t help too much because I’m from the US, and the only suggestion I can really make is go where the food you love is. If you love the food, you’ll find a program and learn to speak the language for sure.

12 February 2011 - 10:39 am

Oh, how exciting…I live in Belgium and went to college in Antwerp, I studied art and was really dissapointed in the programs and I wasn’t the only one, none of the people I know that studied art and are good at it really learned anything in school…

That’s the only one I have advice on…but if you want to know more, I can look around…

Love, Jules

12 February 2011 - 2:22 pm

Hello! I was directed here from slewinca at livejournal! : )

I’m currently studying at University in England. I live there too. I can’t really speak in too much detail about other Uni’s here apart from the one I attend, but English Literature and Language are pretty much taught at the majority of Universities. I’m doing a degree in Film Studies and I’ve done one or two English/creative writing based modules during my degree, and they’ve all been really interesting, solid courses. You said you’d like to wind animal conservation in there too ~ that’s an unusual combination but I don’t see why it wouldn’t be possible to study both areas, there are a lot of Uni’s with good access to countryside for practical work and all that.

I hope that was of some help, and good luck!

12 February 2011 - 5:05 pm


(Slewinca from LJ pointed me in this direction. I hope I can be of some help ^^)

I’m a student at Stockholm University and I’m currently attending a course in creative writing in English. The course started recently and it’s really fun. The teacher is great and we have interesting and intense discussions about writing and literature in general. Most of the courses offered by the department of English are in English. You can read more about their courses here: http://www.english.su.se/
SU has a department for zoology as well. It’s apparently one of the oldest departments in SU and they offer courses in English, like this one: http://www.zoologi.su.se/education/courseweb/amce/index.php
I’m not entirely sure if SU offers any courses in Environmental Science/Studies. I have a friend that studies that in Malmö and he plans to work as a consultant for companies once he has graduated. Uppsala Uni might have courses in that field of study: http://www.uu.se/en/
I know that they have courses in Environmental Law, Environmental Toxicology, Environment: Geology and Health and Global Environmental History.
Uppsala is approximately 30 minutes away from Stockholm (by train) so you could take courses in English literature and creative writing in SU and other courses in Uppsala if all the courses you want aren’t available in Stockholm. (You might want to talk to a student counsellor about that, just in case.)
In SU there is also a mentor programme where exchange students get a mentor they can ask for help when they need it (like how to get around in the city, where to go for cheap food, where to go for parties, what to do if you need to go to the hospital, how to get a Swedish subscription for your cellphone etc.)

Good luck! ^^

~ Nikki

12 February 2011 - 7:45 pm

Brandi – Thank you for the advice! Somehow I’ve never heard that. Will definitely need to figure out where the kind of food I love is served then, ha!

Jules – Thank you for filling me in! I’d been thinking about just attending an animal conservation course, but that pull for creative writing is still there. I think, if anything, it’d be fun or would completely discourage me.

Ginger – The main reason I’m not limiting my search to just England is because the country as a whole (or at least all of the universities I looked up) don’t allow a combination like that. They need to be related in some way and they’d be Joint Honours courses rather than full BA Honours courses. On the other hand, I’ve only seen animal conservation courses available in the UK plus, of course, everything is in English. Thank you for checking out my post and leaving a comment, though. Any help is good help even if it just gets my wheels turning. Thank you for the luck, as you see, I need it!

Nikki – I’d actually been suggested SU by someone else in Stockholm and I was super excited because Stockholm is high up on my list of places I’d love to study/live. After checking out the site, though, I realized that the zoology courses are all masters and I don’t have any prior education in that field to continue studying masters. I just checked and only masters courses are available in English at Uppsala. Thank you for writing out all of this for me, though! I’ll need to look into more Swedish schools.

Thank you all so much for taking the time to respond to this post. I appreciate it so so much!

13 February 2011 - 4:45 am

Unfortunately I’m not much help because I know nothing about schools in Europe, (let alone English ones) but I vote Paris. Because then I could visit you in June! 🙂 Honestly though I think any of the countries you highlighted would be amazing. Copenhagen especially sounds intriguing to me.

13 February 2011 - 11:35 pm

Haylee – Thanks for reading this and commenting! I wish it were that easy to choose just on what place I like best, that would make this sooo much easier. I don’t think France has any English schools; I noticed when I was in Paris that there wasn’t very much English anywhere. I’ll keep you all updated via my blog, though, of course!

P.S. You’re going to Paris in June? That’s awesome!! I cannot wait to go back!

girl in oslo
10 March 2011 - 5:47 pm


11 March 2011 - 5:28 am

I’m really no help since I didn’t study abroad. However, based on our earlier conversation about your inability to find kale in Switzerland, I think you should choose the country that produces the most kale. And based on this article, I’d say Germany looks promising. Surely there’s a community somewhere in Germany that has a university that teaches some or all of the courses you’re interested in (in English) AND has an annual Kale Festival and crowns a Kale King! That would be the one I’d choose. 🙂

I’m just curious if you’ve ever had a chance to visit Findhorn in Scotland?

11 March 2011 - 11:36 am

girl in oslo – I wish!

Laloofah – Wow, that festival in Germany sounds awesome! How fun would that be.. not to mention tasty?! That page on kale makes me miss it that much more!
I’ve unfortunately never been in Scotland. Another place on the go-to-list. : ) Findhorn looks great! I’m going to browse the site now. Have you been there, is that why you ask?

12 March 2011 - 9:25 pm

Hi, Eva!

Doesn’t it? I’d love to go to a kale festival! We just ate steamed organic kale for lunch – wish I could email you some! While it was steaming I was telling BW about how you haven’t been able to find any kale in Switzerland, and he didn’t miss a beat. He said, “Well of course she can’t, the Swiss Chard Conglomerate won’t allow kale in the country!” LOL! Now why didn’t we think of that? 🙂

I have been to Scotland, but not to Findhorn. I’d love to go sometime, though, and it seemed like somewhere you’d really enjoy! We loved Scotland (and England too!) The only place on the continent we’ve been is The Netherlands. So much to see in this world, I’m so glad you’ve been able to see so much of it with much more to come!

13 March 2011 - 11:09 pm

Laloofah – Haha… there is quite a bunch of Swiss Chard available here. Different colors and very big (if I’m not mistaken)! We’ve only tried it once and we’re too found of it. Must be doing something wrong.

Now I’m jealous that you’ve been to The Netherlands, ha! That’s super high on my go-to list (and possibly study)!

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