01 September 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)

7. United Kingdom
The UK and its universities have an undisputed reputation for academic excellence and quality with thousands of courses available for students, as well as being an ideal destination for many decades for over a million international students from all over the world. The UK has countless high education institutions, and almost every single one of them has opportunities for international students to study there. You can choose from a variety of different undergraduate and graduate degrees, and combine your courses in order to make a degree program that suits your needs and interests. https://www.studying-in-uk.org

8. United States
Education in the United States is very similar to that in other countries. Primary education (called elementary school) and secondary education (middle and high school) are followed by optional tertiary education, which is referred to as post secondary education in the United States. There are a number of things that are considered part of post secondary education in the United States, including non-degree programs that lead to certificates and diplomas and associate, bachelor, first professional, master, advanced intermediate, and research doctorate degrees. 

9. Australia
Are you looking for a place that will get your academic career to a higher level? Australia has some of the best universities in the world thanks to their outstanding reputation and high-quality teaching. If you look at different worldwide university rankings the Australian universities are usually found at the top. In fact, out of 100 best universities in the world today, seven Australian universities are in there. Australian universities are also proud of having a fantastic academic staff, which counts in excellent professors. Such features are incredible indicators of the quality of education knowing that the country has only 23 million citizens. 

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