The American higher education system has many advantages – a flexible curriculum, a variety of courses, transfer choices, study abroad opportunities and more. But for some American and International students, the dream of studying in Europe is just as strong as their desire to obtain an American degree. Some students may wish to learn a foreign language and travel through Europe without compromising their university education. Others may wish to study in Europe but have not mastered the language requirements to do so at a European university. And some European students may just want to stay home while obtaining an American degree. For many, the solution is to attend an American university in Europe. Here is a list of universities that follow the American higher education system. Most of these universities offer academic degrees and are accredited by US commissions and local country authorities.
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Webster University Vienna
Webster University Vienna is one of the first universities in Austria to offer programs fully in English. It is accredited by the US Higher Learning Commission and the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Austria. Webster Vienna offers undergraduate and graduate programs including business school degrees.
Located in Brussels, Vesalius College offers undergraduate and graduate programs completely taught in English. Vesalius College has recently joined the Institute for European Studies – VUB Brussels to form the Brussels School of Governance.
American University in Bulgaria
The American University in Bulgaria is located in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. It has an enrollment of approximately 1,000 students from over 40 countries. Additionally, it is accredited by the U.S. New England Commission of Higher Education.
American Graduate School in Paris
Located in the center of Paris, the American Graduate School (AGS) specializes in international relations and diplomacy programs. AGS offers master’s and doctorate programs, and it is accredited by the French Ministry of Education and the U.S. Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
American University in Paris
Founded in 1962, the American University in Paris is one of the oldest American universities in Europe. It offers undergraduate and graduate programs completely in English, and it is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in the U.S.
Georgia Institute of Technology Lorraine
Located in Metz, France, the Georgia Institute of Technology Lorraine is a campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Known for its highly-ranked academic programs in science and technology, the institute offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering and technology.
Parsons School of Design, Paris
Established in 1921 as the first American art and design school in Paris, Parsons School of Design in Paris offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as summer programs.
Schiller International University Paris
Schiller International University offers international business, international relations, and tourism degrees on 4 campuses: Tampa, Paris, Madrid, and Heidelberg. Schiller is accredited in Europe and in the U.S. through the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.
Bard College Berlin
Founded in 1999, Bard College is a private liberal arts college in Berlin, Germany. Bard College offers four-year and one-year undergraduate degrees in fields such as politics, economics, humanities, etc. Students from all over the world attend Bard College, and those who graduate earn both a U.S. and a German bachelor’s degree in their field of study.
Jacobs University Bremen
Technically, Jacobs University is not an American university. It is a private German university, which is consistently ranked as one of the top private universities in Germany offering undergraduate and graduate degrees completely in English. Jacobs University has several study abroad partnerships with U.S. and international universities around the world.
Schiller International University Germany
Schiller International University offers international business, international relations, and tourism degrees in 4 campuses: Tampa, Paris, Madrid, and Heidelberg (Germany). Schiller is accredited in Europe and in the U.S. through the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.
Touro College Berlin – The American College in Berlin
Founded in 2003, Touro College is a small American college in Berlin offering bachelor’s degrees, an MBA, and an MA in Holocaust Tolerance and Communication. Touro College is accredited by the U.S. Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
American College of Greece
Founded in 1875, the American College of Greece is the oldest American institution of higher learning in Europe. The American College of Greece offers undergraduate and graduate programs completely in English, and its programs are accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.
American College of Thessaloniki
Located in Pylaia, Greece, the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) offers undergraduate and graduate programs (including an M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and an MBA) completely in English. It is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.
American University of Athens
The American University of Athens (AUA) offers over 95 undergraduate and graduate programs in fields such as humanities, sciences, social science, and engineering. AUA students come from over 90 different countries, and the university is accredited by Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC).
Hellenic American University
Hellenic American University is a non-profit university chartered in New Hampshire, USA in 2004. The Athens campus offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate degrees in English. Hellenic American University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.
McDaniel College Budapest
Known for its multicultural community, McDaniel College Budapest is the European campus of McDaniel College, a liberal arts and sciences college located in Westminster, Maryland. As a fully accredited college, McDaniel College Budapest offers 4-year undergraduate programs leading to an American bachelor’s degree.
American College Dublin
American College Dublin is a private liberal arts college accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Most of its students come from outside Ireland forming a small multicultural college community. American College Dublin offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in liberal arts, business, and performing arts.
The American University of Rome
Established in 1969, the American University of Rome is a fully accredited U.S. university offering undergraduate and graduate programs. Students come from all over the world to specialize in fields such as archeology, fine arts, art history, travel and tourism, international relations, global politics, and other fields.
John Cabot University in Rome
Founded in 1972, John Cabot University is an accredited four-year liberal arts university in Rome offering undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, and study abroad programs to English-speaking students from all over the world.
Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe
Located in Bologna, SAIS Europe offers fully accredited graduate programs (master’s and doctorate) in international relations, international affairs, public policy, global risk, and international studies.
St John’s University: Rome Campus
Located within walking distance of central Rome and Vatican City, St. John’s Rome Campus offers a fully accredited Master of Arts in Government and Politics. It also offers several study abroad programs for undergraduate students.
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Webster University in Leiden
Located within a short traveling distance from major cities like The Hague and Amsterdam, Webster Leiden offers accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees in business, psychology, international relations, and other arts and science fields.
American College of Norway
The American College of Norway is a private liberal arts college located in Moss, Norway. It offers study abroad programs for students interested in studying for a semester, a summer, or a year in Norway. Additionally, the American College of Norway offers Norwegian students the opportunity to study for a year, then transfer to a partner university to continue their undergraduate studies in the U.S.
Saint Louis University
As a private Jesuit research university in St. Louis, Missouri, Saint Louis University Madrid offers accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees that can be completed in Spain or combined with studies at the St. Louis campus.
Schiller International University Madrid
Located in the center of Madrid, Schiller University Madrid offers bachelor’s degrees in International Business and International Relations. It also offers an international MBA and a traditional MBA program. Schiller University is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
Suffolk University Madrid campus offers study abroad programs, as well as the opportunity to study in Madrid for the first two years, then transfer to Suffolk University in Boston. Students can also complete a bachelor’s in international relations in Madrid.
The American College in Spain
Located in Marbella (close to the beautiful beaches of Malaga), the American College in Spain offers associate’s degrees (2-year college degrees) granted by Broward College, a fully accredited college in Florida, USA. This allows students to complete 2 years in Spain, and then transfer to a U.S. university to complete their bachelor’s degrees.
AUS American University in Switzerland
American University in Switzerland offers undergraduate and graduate business degrees accredited by higher education, business, and European councils. Additionally, it offers specializations in Aviation Management, Data Analytics, Sports Management, Marketing, and other areas.
Franklin University in Switzerland
Located in Lugano, Franklin University offers undergraduate degrees in international economics, international relations, international management, psychology, and other fields. Their graduate programs include a Master in Arts Management and Cultural Heritage, and a Master of Science in International Management. Franklin University offers the opportunity to study and live in a different country for 2 weeks every semester. It is accredited in the United States by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
International University in Geneva – Business School
Ranked among the top business schools in Switzerland, the International University in Geneva offers undergraduate and graduate international business degrees. Its programs are accredited by international business education councils. Additionally, over 60 nationalities are represented on the Geneva campus adding to their multicultural environment.
Webster University in Geneva
Webster University Geneva is the Swiss campus of Webster University based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. It is accredited by the US Higher Learning Commission. Webster Geneva offers undergraduate and graduate programs including business and psychology degrees, as well as specializations in international economics and migration and refugee studies.
The United Kingdom
Hult International Business School
Located in London, Hult International Business School offers undergraduate and graduate programs in business administration, international business, and international marketing. Hult Business School is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, and international business schools councils.
Richmond, The American International University in London
Situated in Richmond and Kensington, Richmond American University London offers students
the opportunity to graduate with both a British and an American degree. Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Richmond offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in liberal arts, business, psychology, visual arts, digital media, film, and other fields.
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