Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION - KAROLINE LAMB Chal­font St Gile

I won­der how many young peo­ple are aware that there is an al­ter­na­tive to ex­pen­sive UK uni­ver­si­ties.

All UK ci­ti­zens are able to study at any univer­sity in Europe, hope­fully for­ever.

My two grand­chil­dren had of­fers from UK uni­ver­si­ties but de­cided to study at Vi­enna uni­ver­si­ties. My grand­daugh­ter stud­ied lan­guages and was on an ex­change pro­gram to France and Italy. She man­aged to get a job straight away and will be start­ing her MBA in the au­tumn. My grand­son is study­ing engi­neer­ing and also spent three months at the Istanbul univer­sity.

Both my grand­chil­dren are hav­ing a fab­u­lous time in Vi­enna and can’t wait to get their Aus­trian cit­i­zen­ship and have at present no in­ten­tion of liv­ing again in the UK. They paid 128 Eu­ros per Se­mes­ter and funded all their stud­ies by work­ing and teach­ing English, mu­sic and ski­ing. They speak now, of course, per­fect Ger­man.

One great dif­fer­ence be­tween UK and some Con­ti­nen­tal uni­ver­si­ties is that if they can­not pass all the ex­ams in the 1 se­mes­ter they are out.

They both spent their gap year mostly in a Ger­man speak­ing coun­try and I think that would be ad­vis­able.

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