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What does an American need grade wise to get into European universities(nothing big like cambridge, ecole, or delft), I want to go into business(international business, management, etc.).
what would I need for AP scores, SAT/ACT, normal class credits, and languages? 

I am in my sophomore year, taking Algebra 2 and AP European History.

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Do you want to do a PhD or Master's? 

In general - to do a PhD you need to do a terminal Master's first. Then you'll do interviews for the PhD's as it is generlaly approached more like a job than as a student.

 

AP scores, SATs, nobody gives a shit about that (they don't exist here so schools don't evaluate them). Some schools may assess your GRE (but extremely rare) and generally, they will assess the level of ur undergrad institution, the courses you took, and your grades for assessing whether you're qualified for grad school. As you're paying tuition to them (and you're competing for a handful of tuition wavers, although some institutions have none) and on campus work is generally rare (often students are not allowed to work a lot on a student visa), you're generally not really an investment to the school but rather you bring money. Often you're also not taking up someone else's position - so I wouldn't worry too much about the competitive element.

For languages - this varies per school. Some offer all English programs. But be aware that if you would like to do an internship or smthing you will have a seriously big disadvantage if you do not speak the local language. Also research how internships are approached. In my country (Netherlands) it is extremely hard to get an internship AFTER graduation due to certain tax/insurance regulations which make enrolled students a lot more attractive as a candidate. Another thing to consider is visa opportunities in the country after you graduate. Do they have for example a 'search year visa' or do you need to find a job right out of grad school? How is the job market in that country (and also for students/part-time work/internships), etc.

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I would focus on what you want to study. From there you can figure out which languages are important and what the best/optimal universities are for your field. In your case, International business is dominated by English, however, knowing French and German will greatly help you. French is essentially the second langue franca for international organizations, while German will be useful in Europe due to the size and importance of the German economy and business environment. However, you could very easily replace German with Spanish or Chinese if you want to take a more international approach.

Another issue you need to pay attention to is Brexit, especially since you are only a sophomore. The next two years will be chaotic for Europe. At the moment, the UK is still part of the EU and functions as if nothing has occurred. Unfortunately, by the time you are ready to apply to programs, you may have to decide whether you want to study on the continent or the islands. Additionally, funding structures may change rapidly when you apply, which could make one part of Europe more attractive. In short, pay attention to the political news this year and next year because it may radically change your future.

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Sounds like the OP is still in high school and inquiring about undergraduate studies in Europe.  @tenconmar this is a graduate school forum.  This NY Times article is a good general introduction for what you're interested:  https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/06/education/edlife/a-guide-to-getting-a-bachelors-abroad.html

After you read the article you can google for more info on any particular place or program regarding a business major.  

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On 16/1/2018 at 5:34 PM, tenconmar said:

What does an American need grade wise to get into European universities(nothing big like cambridge, ecole, or delft), I want to go into business(international business, management, etc.).
what would I need for AP scores, SAT/ACT, normal class credits, and languages? 

It really depends on the country. France, Italy and Spain have most courses in the coutry's language, although you can find also programs in English. In countries like Italy you usually just enroll -don't need to have specific grades, only a valid diploma- (in statal universities), or you have to pass an entrance test (private universities). The quality between one or the other is usually not that different. I guess is more or less the same for Spain and France as well. Not sure about undergrad admissions for other countries though. 

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