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Best Universities for Psychology in Europe 2024 (EU only!)

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Welcome to our guide where we introduce the top universities offering exceptional programs for psychology students across Europe. 

We did our best to provide comprehensive insights into the academic excellence, tuition fees and programs, to ensure that you're equipped with the knowledge to make right decisions about your educational journey. As per usual, we will focus on the courses which are available in English, so that all international students have a comprehensive overview of what programmes they can actually study.

Here is a concise list of universities in case you wanted to quickly jump to one of them:

 

1. University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam, Netherlands

2. KU Leuven - Leuven, Belgium

3. Utrecht University - Utrecht, Netherlands

4. University of Groningen - Groningen, Netherlands

5. Vrije University Amsterdam - Amsterdam, Netherlands

6. Tilburg University - Tilburg, Netherlands

7. Erasmus University Rotterdam - Rotterdam, Netherlands

8. University of Zurich - Zurich, Switzerland

9. Humboldt University Berlin - Berlin, Germany

10. Leiden University - Leiden, Netherlands

 

 

1. University of Amsterdam

 

The first university onn our list is the university located in the heart of Amsterdam, UvA, aka University of Amsterdam.

With over 30,000 students, UvA is one of the largest research universities in Europe. It is known for its strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research, encouraging collaboration between different fields of study. We recently published a detailed report on the University of Amsrterdam on our free Edunade Academy platfrom - check it out here!

Like in most European countries, the tuition fee you pay depends on your nationality and whether you are looking for a bachelor's or master's program. 

 

QS Ranking (Psychology) Tuition Fees Psychology Programs in English
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Bachelor:

  • EU: €2,168
  • Non-EU: €11,468

 

Master:

  • EU: €2,439
  • Non-EU: €17,850

Bachelor:

 

Master:

 

As per usual, first-hand knowledge is of highest importance for us. That's why we included some useful information about UvA and the city of Amsterdam from one of our mentors, Tamas, who did his whole Bachelor's degree there:

 

One of the buildings of UvA by Amsterdam's famous canals

 

"Studying at the University of Amsterdam has been a delightful journey. The range of courses provided a comprehensive exploration of potential paths for my future studies and career. The international community among my classmates enriched group assignments and discussions, making learning even more engaging. Amsterdam's compact size and bike-friendly infrastructure made navigating the city a breeze, further enhancing the overall experience of studying in this vibrant city. One thing you probably know though if you read a bit of Dutch news is that the landscape of higher education in the Netherlands may substantially change in the coming years, as it seems that the universities have become too international. That led to a decrease in Dutch language proficiency and a housing crisis, and because of that the English courses will have limited capacity in the future."

~ Tamas Vince - University of Amsterdam, BSc Business Administration

 

2. KU Leuven

 

Founded in 1425, KU Leuven is one of the oldest universities universities in Europe. It consistently ranks among the top universities globally for research output and innovation, which proves its teaching quality as a university. KU Leuven is renowned for its strong tradition of academic excellence and its contributions to various scientific and technological advancements. Similarly to the University of Amsterdam, tuition fees at KU Leuven depend on your nationality and program level (bachelor's or master's). 

 

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Master:

  • EU and Non-EU: €4,446

 

Tuition fees don't differ between EU and Non-EU.

Master:

 

 

3. Utrecht University

 

Situated in the historic city of Utrecht in the Netherlands, Utrecht University is highly renowned for its research-intensive programs and innovative teaching methods. Being the largest university in the Netherlands, it accommodates around 30,000-35,000 students from diverse backgrounds. Like to the universities mentioned earlier, tuition fees at Utrecht University vary depending on your nationality and program level.

QS Ranking (Psychology) Tuition Fees Psychology Programs in English
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Bachelor:

  • EU: €2,168
  • Non-EU: €11,468

 

Master:

  • EU: €2,439
  • Non-EU: €17,850

Bachelor:

 

Master:

 

Remember that these are estimated tuition fees for the current academic year and might be subject to change. Always refer to the university's official website for the latest updates.

 

 

4. University of Groningen

 

With a renowned focus on research on humanities, science and engineering, University of Groningen is a worthy member of this list. Founded in 1614, it is also one of the oldest research places in Europe. As it is understandable from the name, the campus of the university is located in the Groningen city of Netherlands. Similar to other Dutch universities, Groningen's tuition depends on your nationality and program level.

 

QS Ranking (Psychology) Tuition Fees Psychology Programs in English
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Bachelor:

  • EU: €2,314
  • Non-EU: €11,200

 

Master:

  • EU: €2,439
  • Non-EU: €17,800

Bachelor:

 

Master:

 

 

5. Vrije University

 

Established in 1880, Vrije University Amsterdam is known for its liberal arts and research-driven approach amongst other universities in Europe. Offering a pretty wide range of programs, VU Amsterdam particularly emphasizes interdisciplinary studies and internationalization. It is located on a campus known for its modern architecture and green spaces, which provides the students with a beautiful environment for learning and collaboration.

Tuition fees at VU Amsterdam depend on your nationality and program level. Here is a quick look for you:

 

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Bachelor:

  • EU: €2,168
  • Non-EU: €11,468

 

Master:

  • EU: €2,439
  • Non-EU: €17,850

Bachelor:

 

Master:

 

 

6. Tilburg University

 

Tilburg University is renowned for its expertise in social sciences, economics, and business studies. With a distinguished reputation for research excellence, particularly in fields like law, psychology, and public governance, it stands out as a compelling choice for those seeking a university renowned for psychology.

 

QS Ranking (Psychology) Tuition Fees Psychology Programs in English
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Bachelor:

  • EU: €2,314
  • Non-EU: €9,100

 

Master:

  • EU: €2,314
  • Non-EU: €15,100

Bachelor:

Master:

 

 

7. Erasmus University Rotterdam

 

Erasmus University Rotterdam is named after the famous Dutch philosopher Desiderius Erasmus and it is known for its strong emphasis on internationalization. The university is in the cosmopolitan city of Rotterdam, which is known for its modern architecture and bustling port.

University has different fee options for students from Europe and students from other countries:

 

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Bachelor:

  • EU: €2,530
  • Non-EU: €9,900

 

Master:

  • EU: €2,530
  • Non-EU: €18,800

Bachelor:

Master:

 

 

Finally, a few words from one of our co-founders who spent 4 years of his university education in at Eramus University:

"Studying at Erasmus was a truly unique experience. I especially enjoyed the block-like system in which you have some exams pretty much every month (either midterms or finals). Even though it was sometimes difficult to keep up, it forced us to stay on top of our classes at all times, which was great from the perspective of the entire knowledge gained throughout our studies. What was also amazing about Erasmus was its culture of student associations and societies. There is truly a place for everyone with hundreds of societies in the areas of sports, culture, entrepreneurship, and social events."

~ Mateusz Kostrz - Erasmus University, MSc Business Analytics

 

 

8. University of Zurich

 

The 8th university mentioned in this list is the University of Zurich from Switzerland. The university is one of the leading research universities in Switzerland and is ranked among the top universities globally. It offers a wide range of programs to its students and is known for its strong focus on both theoretical and applied research. However, unfortunately, still a lot of courses at this university requires German. That's why the list of courses mentioned below is slightly shorter, but if you do speak German then definitely check out their website!

Here is a quick review of its fees for students:

 

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Bachelor and Master: €1,550

 

Tuition fees don't differ between EU and Non-EU.

Master:

 

Maybe the winter time isn't the most pleasant in Zurich, but spring is known to be one of the best in the world!

 

9. Humboldt University Berlin 

 

Humboldt University Berlin, located in the heart of Germany's capital, is one of the oldest universities in the country, founded in 1810. Renowned for its distinguished faculty and alumni, it offers quality education in humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. With its historic surroundings and strong research reputation, it is a compelling choice for many students.

As for the tuition fees, Humboldt University Berlin has a different approach than the other universities mentioned in the list above, which is typical for German institutions.

 

QS Ranking (Psychology) Tuition Fees Psychology Programs in English
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Bachelor and Master: €580

 

Tuition fees don't differ between EU and Non-EU.

Master:

 

 

10. Leiden University

 

The oldest in Netherlands and number 10th university of our list is Leiden University from Leiden City. University was built in 1575 and since that time it keeps educating students from all around the world, making sure to give them the top-quality education. It is surrounded by buildings and architecture left from the medieval times, which might be interesting for some history-lovers out there.

Here is a quick breakdown of its fees for both students from EU and other countries. 

 

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Bachelor:

  • EU: €2,530
  • Non-EU: €13,400

 

Master:

  • EU: €2,530
  • Non-EU: €20,900

Bachelor:

Master:

 

Summary

 

In the article above we tried to give you a very comprehensive overview of the best universities to study Psychology in Europe. Once again, we only focused on the universities within the EU/EEA region, as studying in the UK has become impossible for a lot of students in the recent years due to Brexit. If you need more information regarding specific universities, or are looking for the best source of all information regarding studying abroad (including webinars, free courses, personal statements, and many more!), then check out our free platform - Edunade Academy!

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