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Study in Europe 2020 Message from the European Union
Ambassador to Singapore

We are delighted that our annual higher education fair, Study In Europe, returns for its 14th year on 26 September 2020 with a digital edition. With an all-time high participation of 20 European countries and over 140 universities, this first digital edition of the fair presents the many diverse study programmes and opportunities on offer throughout Europe on one digital platform.

The fair continues to be key in promoting bilateral ties with Singapore through education. At a strategic level, the Study in Europe fair, which is organised by EU Delegations around the world helps to reinforce the EU’s core values. The 14th edition of Study In Europe Fair takes place during an exceptional period in our history as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact everyone globally. Given this situation, we at the EU in Singapore stay committed to taking Study in Europe 2020 to a new era with the first digital edition. Moving the fair to a fully digital platform is not just the only option for this year, it also underscores the EU’s commitment to higher education in these unprecedented times.

Ensuring that this much-awaited initiative about education opportunities across Europe continues despite the current circumstances signals too the EU’s commitment to its relationship with Singapore.

20 European countries are represented at the fair. These are: Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Our highly anticipated fair connects undergraduate and post-grauduate students in Singapore with universities from these countries, providing them access to information about education institutions, the application process, student life, details of various bond-free scholarships and highlights the many universities where courses are conducted in English.

At this first digital edition of Study in Europe, students will be able to participate in live chats and webinar sessions with education counsellors from the participating European countries as well as university representatives to learn more about all the study options available to them in Europe. There will be over 20 live Webinar sessions conducted by education counsellors and university representatives covering topics such as living in Europe and adapting to European cultures, the university application process, acquiring global skills from a European perspective to an overview of specific university courses.

2020 also marks the 33rd year of Erasmus+, which enables university students to study or intern in another country.

Erasmus+ funding includes support for education and training of staff, youth workers, and partnerships between universities, colleges, schools, enterprises, and not-for-profit organizations. To date, more than 850,000 students benefited from Erasmus + and every year the number of people keeps increasing. Since 2004 when it was opened to non-Europeans, Erasmus has benefited students internationally providing them with the opportunity to study or work across Europe. This programme opens up more opportunities for youth to truly experience Europe. It offers a great chance for students to broaden their horizons while exploring new cultures and gaining new perspectives. 

Barbara PlinkertEuropean Union Ambassador to Singapore

About Study in Europe

Study in Europe aims at connecting international students to universities, research opportunities and scholarships offered across Europe. It encompasses the countries that participate in the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme, which marks its 33th anniversary this year. Erasmus+ enables students and professors all over the world to study and teach at European universities

About the European Union

The European Union (EU) is an economic and political union of 27 Member States. Together, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. In 2012, the EU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for advancing the causes of peace, reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe. The EU is the largest trade block in the world, as well as the world's main source and the top global destination of foreign direct investment.

The 27 EU Member States are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

About European Union Delegation to Singapore

Set up in December 2002, the EU Delegation to Singapore formally opened on June 30, 2004. Since then, the EU’s diplomatic representation has worked to promote closer ties between the EU and Singapore. The wide-ranging relationship has strengthened over the years. In close coordination with the diplomatic missions of the EU Member States, the Delegation ensures consistency and effectiveness of the EU’s external action in Singapore.

With 27 countries, more than 450 million people and the largest GDP in the world, the EU is of increasing importance to Singapore, especially since the entry into force of the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA) on 21st November 2019, as well as ASEAN.

The Delegation covers a range of issues such as trade, foreign policy, climate change, environment, transport, industrial policy, research, science, technology as well as education activities such as the Study In Europe fair and on the cultural front presents the annual European Film Festival (EUFF).