Top 5 Countries Where You Can Study For Free


Do you have a dream to study abroad? Studying abroad is a great way to develop additional social and academic skills. Is it bothering how you can afford the education altogether with the living expenses? Well, it’s possible to study abroad for free. It is indeed heartening to note that there are countries in the world which provide education for free. Want to know these countries? Below you’ll find the selection of the best countries where you can study for free. Probably it’s the time to study abroad.

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1. Norway

In Norway, universities do not charge tuition fees to international students. From vocational subjects to postgraduate and doctorate level, there are ample chances for students to achieve their ambitions. The Norwegian higher education system is similar to the one in the United States. And many Norwegian universities offer programs taught in English for free.

You should take into consideration that as compared to other countries the cost of living expenses is higher in Norway. Living expenses would amount to 89,000 NOK ($15,000) per year.

2. Germany

Studying in Germany for free is a big opportunity for students from all over the world. German universities have a precisely good network all over the world with universities. About 900 undergraduate or graduate degrees, with courses ranging from engineering to social sciences, are offered in English. As of October 2014, students including international students will not be charged any tuition fees for undergraduate studies by Universities in Germany. However, in some Federal States, Universities will charge about 50 Euros as semester contribution/administration fees but not tuition fee.

In Germany, living expenses are not high. Students spend about 500-800 Euros for food, accommodation and transport which is much less than the other countries.

3. France

Another country, France is not quite widely known as Germany for affordable higher education, but surprisingly, international students regardless of their nationality can also study in France for free. However 180 Euros are charged as university fees to cover course administration; they’re a small fraction of those charged in most countries. The majority of the programs offering the chance to study for free are taught in French. However, particularly at a graduate level, there are the increasing numbers of opportunities to study in English.

Living expenses for France is high but Paris is considered as affordable destination by students.

4. Finland

As stated on “Study in Finland” page; tuition fee is not charged in Finland. But unfortunately, non-EU/EEA students will be charged tuition fees from autumn 2017 onwards. However, you can study Doctoral/Ph.D. level for free.

Even though there are currently no tuition fees charged, you need to cover your everyday living expenses like food, accommodation, travel etc. Though the cost of living depends greatly on individual spending habits, it is estimated at 700 – 900 Euros per month.

5. Sweden

This Scandinavian country is among the world’s wealthiest, most beautiful countries. Also, it offers some of the world’s most cost-efficient college degrees. Among the listed programs, more than 900 programs in 35 universities are taught in English. However, only Ph.D. programs are tuition-free.

According to “Study in Sweden”: Application and tuition fees are applicable to students who are not citizens of an EU/EEA/Nordic countries or Switzerland. Students, apart from these countries are charged for studies at the bachelor’s or master’s level.

However, do not lose hope as the Swedish Institute and a significant number of Universities offer scholarships for international students in the form of tuition waivers.

So these are the surprising and very cheap alternatives to expensive college degrees. Also check out our article on “Top 5 Ways To Save Your Money“.

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