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Colleges In Europe
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I am looking into studying abroad in Europe, but I’m really interestd in the student life and social aspect of the colleges I go to. I didn’t notice any fraternities at the european colleges. Is that true? How would I get in touch with the social/party aspect of a European school?

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At most universities there are groups of foreign students who find each other out and socialise in their own circles. To fit in with the local citisen students you generally have speak the language and be very very social, or else get a citisen-girlfriend/boyfriend and then you will inherit their group of friends.

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So there wouldn’t be like a certain type of student organization that would be known for their parties? A particular club or something?

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I only know one country well – Denmark. Here, there are no such organisations, per se. This is a heavy-duty party country for young and old alike. The drinking infrastructure is in place. Danes don’t need to organise to have parties or get to the bars. They have many many close friends from an early age, many of whom they keep for life. The country is small. People are taught to be social in school, starting as soon as they hit nursery school.

I don’t know about other countries. My son studied in Nîmes and Paris. That drinking culture didn’t look organised, either.

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I’ve studied in Greece and England, and am familiar with university life in Scotland, France and Italy amongst others. I’m not aware of any such fraternities. I think it’s an American thing.

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I’m currently studying in Barcelona, and there are not really any student groups for people to join. There are erasmus parties, but those are mainly geared towards erasmus students (not many catalan students go).

I haven’t heard of any fraternity type groups, if they do exist, they dont cater towards foreigners.

If you go to a country where you are trying to learn their language, I recommend language exchanges. That way, you can meet people your own age, practice whatever language you might be learning, and they can clue you in as to where the cool spots to go out are.

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I am looking into studying abroad in Europe, but I’m really interestd in the student life and social aspect of the colleges I go to. I didn’t notice any fraternities at the european colleges. Is that true? How would I get in touch with the social/party aspect of a European school?

There are people even in the states who have a healthy party life without the need to join a greek organization. Wink

It also works the old fashioned way to just talk to people in your classes – and do your homework before you get there.

I’m going to be studying in Florence this summer, and I’ve found a really good website with a message board and a TON of Italians/Others as well.

How would you join a Fraternity for such a short time span anyways?