Study abroad for FREE: 5 countries where you can study for free or almost nothing!

Studying abroad can be very financially demanding especially if you do not have a scholarship to cover part or all of your costs. However you would be pleased to know that there are countries abroad where you can study for free! Want to learn about 5 countries that do not charge tuition fees or charge almost nothing? Keep reading.


Norway Photo credit: The Lexicon

Top of our list is Norway. Norway is often referred to as one of the most beautiful countries on earth with great natural attractions and a vibrant cultural life. Situated in Nothern Europe, Norway is one of the few countries where the state universities and university colleges offer international students ZERO tuition fees for both national and international students. Whether you intend to study an undergraduate degree or a masters degree or a PhD degree, you would not have to pay a tuition fee as an international student. However you would need to pay a semester fee of NOK300-600 (which is about 39$ – 78$ as of 2018) which gives you several benefits such as reduced transport fares, campus health services, counselling, access to sport facilities and cultural activities etc.
The next question probably running through your head is ‘Since tuition is free, are the universities in Norway good?’ We have done that research for you. In summary there are excellent universities in Norway. As a matter of fact the top 5 universities in Norway are in the world’s top 100 universities by most global rankings. Below is a list of the top 5 outstanding universities in Norway that offer free tuition fees:

University of Oslo
University of Bergen
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
UIT the Arctic University of Norway

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Centre of Berlin. Photo credit: CNN

Renowned for its hospitality and efficiency, Germany is a great country to study in. Known world wide for its excellent products, some of the best cars, kitchen utensils, leather and many more are all made in Germany! When it comes to education, Germany is no different and boasts of world class universities. And what’s more education is either free or at a very low cost. As of 2018, undergraduate study in all federal states in Germany (except Baden-Wurttemberg) has zero tuition fees for Germans, EU students and international students. This means that as an international student, you could study any undergraduate degree in Germany for free. You would however have to pay a small fee (typically about €100 – €300 depending on the university) for enrollment and administrative fees.

For masters degree, if you have obtained your undergraduate degree in Germany you would be able to continue your masters degree with no tuition fees charged. If however you have obtained your degree from elsewhere, most universities charge a relatively low tuition fee usually in the range of (€2,500 – €7000) for public universities. For PhD studies, tuition is once again free at most universities. In addition there are various scholarships in Germany to cover the costs of living. There is a catch though when it comes to studying in Germany. Most universities teach in German so you would have to learn German to be able to communicate and progress your education. Below is a list of top 5 universities in Germany to get started with:
LMU Munich

Technical University of Munich

RWTH Aachen University

Heidelberg University

Humboldt University of Berlin

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Austria Photo credit: SWAP

Third on our list is Austria. A beautiful country set in central Europe, Austria is home to some of the world’s best classical music composers (such as Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Liszt etc ) and inventors (such as Ferdinand Porsche who invented Porsche and Volkswagen). When it comes to education, Austria offers very reduced tuition fees for EU students and international students from outside the EU. In general, students from EU and EEA member countries would have 2 semesters of tolerance where they will pay no tuition fees. After this, a tuition fee of €363.36 per semester is payable. For international students from countries outside the EU, who have a title of “residence permit student”, €726.72 per semester for tuition fees is required. For all other international students from outside the EU who have a title other than “residence permit student”, a tuition fee of €363.36 is required after the tuition free period of 2 semesters.
In addition, students from least developed countries or participants of exchange programmes or university partnerships may be able to obtain an exemption from paying tuition fees. Students from other developing countries may also be able to get a partial or full refund for tuition fees depending on the rules of the university.
Thinking of studying in Austria? Start with the list of the top 5 universities in Austria below:

University of Vienna

TU Wien

University of Innsbruck

Johannes Kepler University Linz

Graz University of Technology

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Eiffel Tower, Paris

France is a popular destination for many international students. With its beautiful landscapes, breath-taking landmarks and artistic culture, France is a wonderful country to study in. When it comes to education, France has a very high standard of education and is home to some of the world’s best universities. In terms of tuition fees, most universities in France charge very affordable fees depending on the type of course you intend to study and the university you are studying in. In general, regardless of nationality, you would expect to pay the following:

  • For most public universities, an undergraduate degree would have a tuition fee of about €190 per year. For specialised programmes such as engineering this may go up to about €650 per year. For masters degrees, the average cost is about €250 per year and for PhD this is about €400 per year. The average tuition fees for Medicine is about €400 – €450 per year
  • For highly selective universities in France, usually referred to as ‘Grand Ecoles’, the tuition fees are significantly higher and may range from €500 – €10,000 depending on degree programme and course of study.
  • Private universities, as you would expect, also charge tuition fees that are much higher and may range from about €1500 – €20,000

To get you started, we have compiled a list of the most affordable universities in France:
University Lille Sciences et Technologies
Université de Lyon
Pierre and Marie Curie University
Grenoble INP Institute of Engineering Univ. Grenoble Alpes
Paris Descartes University

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Popular statue of Christ the Redeemer, Brazil

If you are looking for a cheap place to study outside Europe then you would want to consider Brazil. Brazil is one of the largest latin American countries popular for its soccer fields and vibrant culture, and is also a great place to further your education. Whether you are looking to study a bachelor’s degree, or a masters or a PhD, most federal and state universities in Brazil do not charge tuition fees for both national and international students alike. International students are however expected to a small fee for registration once they have been admitted to a course. In addition, the standard of living in Brazil is relatively moderate compared to other popular destinations. If you are interested in studying in Brazil then take a look at the top 5 universities below:

University of Sao Paulo

University of Campinas

Federal University of Minas Gerais

Sao Paulo State University

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

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