marți, 1 septembrie 2015

Where to study abroad on a budget

Did you ever wonder how it would be like to experience a different educational system and manage to live on your own in a different part of the world? 
You wanted to test your abilities but you were always concerned about tuition fees, living expenses and basically having to sell a kidney in order to manage a learning experience abroad?

We are here to give you some info that will help you to put back on the table the whole idea of studying abroad, without saying goodbye to any of your organs. 

Where to study abroad on a budget

Even if university tuition fees continue to rise in many countries around the globe, managing to get a degree abroad on a budget is still very much possible. 
And that's because there are still plenty countries out there where you can study for free or for an affordable amount.

Here's a list of countries tuition free or low-cost fees:

1. Norway
University studies are available free of charge for all students, regardless their nationality or study level. The catch is that while for master's and PhD studies you can choose from a vast selection of English taught courses, most of the undergraduate programs are exclusively taught in Norwegian, for which you need to demonstrate proof of linguistic proficiency.

If you want to find out more: Study in Norway

2. In Denmark and Sweden studies are free of costs only for students within  EU/EEA and Switzerland, which means that students from outside these regions must pay tuition fees for undergraduate and master's programs. PhD programs on the other hand, are available for students worldwide on a fully funded basis.


3. Germany 
Germany is slowly but surely becoming a top choice for those that want to experience a different educational system, one of the reasons being the fact that there are no undergraduate tuition fees for public universities, both for local and international students, regardless of their nationality. 
You would only have to pay the administrative costs, around 150-250 €/year.

4. France
Although France is not known for affordable higher education, students, regardless their nationality, can still manage to study for free or on a budget. 
Most of the technical universities demand tuition amounting to 200€/year to cover administration fees. For more specialized programs such as medicine or engineering, costs can go higher, although not dramatically. If you want to study on a leeding grande école, however, fees can increase considerably.
Also, take into consideration that most of the programs are taught in the native language so you need to provide proof of French proficiency or attend a preparatory school to perfect your linguistic skills.

For more info: Studying-in-FranceCampus France 

5. Austria
In Austria, EU/ EEA students have the same rights as Austrian students and can study free of charge for up to two semesters at any degree level, followed by a fee of around 360 €/ semester.
International students from outside of the EU or EEA should expect slightly higher fees.

Find out more: Study in Austria

6. Switzerland
It’s worldwide known that the standard of living in Switzerland is expensive; however, much to everyone’s surprise, education isn’t. Tuition fees are relatively low, thanks to the high expenditure per capita on education for the Swiss. By this, they show their support in giving everyone (international students included) the equal right to pursue higher education.

Find out more: Study in Switzerland (updated 2019)

Here you have it. Read away and get ready to embark on your educational journey!

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