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EU living abroad & schooling

Hi

I'd like to do a masters in Switzerland.
I have EU citizenship (Romania) but I've been living in Canada for the past 10 years - I hold a Canadian citizenship as well. Does this make me ineligible for the lower EU tuition fees at Swiss and/ or other EU schools?
Also, could I benefit in any way from my Canadian citizenship? I know for some schools an undergrad in English can replace the TEOFEL tests, but in general, and especially with respect to employment, residence, post-graduation, would it make it easier in any way to present myself as Canadian?

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Old 09.08.2010, 05:15
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I'd like to do a masters in Switzerland.
Have you visited www.crus.ch ?

http://www.crus.ch/index.php?id=1750&L=2

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I have EU citizenship (Romania) but I've been living in Canada for the past 10 years - I hold a Canadian citizenship as well. Does this make me ineligible for the lower EU tuition fees at Swiss and/ or other EU schools?
Visit www.crus.ch - it will explain the fee structure. Can't help you much about EU .. visit STUDERA for EU opportunities in Sweden for example. CH is not in the EU formally.

Some news from officialdom re: Romania

Visa info from officialdom re: Canada

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Old 09.08.2010, 06:19
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Hi

I'd like to do a masters in Switzerland.
I have EU citizenship (Romania) but I've been living in Canada for the past 10 years - I hold a Canadian citizenship as well. Does this make me ineligible for the lower EU tuition fees at Swiss and/ or other EU schools?
No, you need to have been ordinarily resident in an EU state or Switzerland for the previous 3 years. However, the fees in Switzerland are peanuts compared, to say, the UK.

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Also, could I benefit in any way from my Canadian citizenship? I know for some schools an undergrad in English can replace the TEOFEL tests, but in general, and especially with respect to employment, residence, post-graduation, would it make it easier in any way to present myself as Canadian?
No, just the opposite in fact although you have to wait until Q2 2011 before Romania gets full access.
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Re: EU living abroad & schooling

Not so great news, but appreciated.

I see now everyone's running their own policies in this matter. Most, if not all, British universities indeed require one to have been an 'ordinarily' resident for 3 years prior to registration.
From the link about swedish schools, again it says 'You are NOT required to pay tuition fees ..... if you're EU citizen', with no mention about any residency requirements. One dutch university is enforcing the 3 year rule as of September 2010, but another one says nothing about it.
Thanks jrspet, the link you gave me is pretty clear. It doesn't say anything about residency, but confirms that the fees I was seeing of under 2000 euros (for the two universities I'm interested in) do apply to me as well, and in fact anybody. As far as Switzerland goes, I think I'm alright

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There is no residency requirements to study in Sweden tuition free. I personally know of many students who were paid to do their Masters and higher levels, coming from Asia ( there are 2 semi government bodies that provide travel grants as well as monthly stipends up to 7,500 Kronors monthly - one is STINT and the other is the Swedish Institute - there could be more organisations ).

Until it becomes law ( it might - haven't checked since last year ), there are no tuition fees ( exception - private Unis, MBAs etc. ). Wiki link is here.
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I suggest you investigate www.thelocal.se, STUDERA, VHS etc. for updated information on tuition free studies for foreigners.

There are special funding opportunities / exchange programs for Canadian students bound for Sweden, as is the case for Americans. Google is your friend!
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Not so great news, but appreciated.

I see now everyone's running their own policies in this matter. Most, if not all, British universities indeed require one to have been an 'ordinarily' resident for 3 years prior to registration.
Scottish universities and English universities run under different regimes. British students who are not resident in Scotland must pay full (non-international) fees. EU students who are not British and are not resident in England get free tuition. Of course, they may still require you to have been resident in the EU or Switzerland for three years prior to application.
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Old 10.08.2010, 08:52
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I'd like to do a masters in Switzerland.
Does this make me ineligible for the lower EU tuition fees at Swiss and/ or other EU schools?
Actually the education in Switzerland is almost free.. Its like 600 USD per semester.. But the case is different if you are planning to do masters in private colleges (least recommended- cos not that much recognized). There the fees start from 15000 USD and up.

If you check the best colleges like Uni Zuich or ETH, they provide education for free (literally very less fee). But these are technical colleges and getting an admission is really difficult. As these colleges have very less fee, they really take the best students.. So the candidates with the best academics are in...

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Also, could I benefit in any way from my Canadian citizenship?
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I know for some schools an undergrad in English can replace the TEOFEL tests, but in general, and especially with respect to employment, residence, post-graduation, would it make it easier in any way to present myself as Canadian?
TOEFL is still required (or IELTS).. There is no course (at least technical) that offers the syllabus only in English..As per my knowledge, PHD is offered totally in english.. You WILL have to deal with some subjects in German as well. Basic German is really mandatory..
Employment after graduation for Non- EU is really a BIG HURDLE... But in case you get a work permit in Switzerland, then being a Canadian (also USA) you get a green card in 5 years..
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Old 10.08.2010, 16:25
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...you have to wait until Q2 2011 before Romania gets full access.
The 2011 date is valid for EU-8. Romania and Bulgaria will wait longer, in theory until 2016.
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