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Study in Europe for free (or low tuition fees)

Europe offers plenty of affordable study options for international students. In many countries, education is free for European students. And there are even some places where non-European students can study for free. Read on and find out where you can study on the cheap – even if you do not receive a scholarship or a bank loan.

Overview: Where can you attend university for free?

With very few exceptions, these are the countries in Europe that offer free tuition at their public universities:

Country Tuition fee for International Students (per year)
Austria 1,500 EUR
Denmark 45,000-120,000 DKK (6,000-16,000 EUR)
Finland 5,000 – 20,000 EUR
France free
Germany free
Greece 1,500 EUR
Hungary 1,500 EUR
Norway free
Poland 2,000 EUR
Slovenia 5,000 EUR
Sweden 80,000 – 200,000 SEK (8,300 – 20,800 EUR)

 

Study Abroad

Slovenia

If you decide to study in Slovenia, you will enjoy its perfect location, with part of its territory by the Alps and part by the sea. Slovenia, member of the European Union since 2004, is also a member of the Schengen Area and the Eurozone. This situation makes Slovenia an ideal destination for international students who would like to attain a higher education degree while discovering the rest of Europe. In addition, students are exempted from paying tuition fees at full-time study programs at public institutions and enjoy affordable tuition fees at part-time studies and at private institutions.

Poland

Poland, with one of the best educational systems in the world according to the OCDE Pisa report, is also one of the largest countries of the European Union. With a long tradition in higher education, Poland hosts higher education institutions that date from the 14th century. Regardless you plan to study in Poland a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree, Polish institutions provide international students with a wide range of fields of study. And don’t be discouraged by the language. You may also study in Poland in English and other foreign languages.

France

France, known for its high quality of life, is also one of the founding countries of the European Union and a member of the Schengen Agreement. While the usual language of instruction in the majority of offered courses in French, France has become one of the most popular educational destinations in the world for international students from Europe and other regions in the world interested in study abroad programs. In fact, almost 250000 international students chose to study in France in 2009. That’s near 12% of all the student body in France.

Whether you would like to study in France your bachelor’s (“Licence”), master’s or PhD (“Doctorat”) degree, or enrol in a summer study abroad program, the French educational system is designed to provide students with a wide range of study opportunities. If you would like to receive a more theoretical education, universities might be the most appropriate type of institution for you. Or if you would like to earn your degree in France with a more vocational approach, Grandes Écoles or University Institutes of Technology might be your best choice.

Hungary

Would you like to study in Hungary? With over 1,000 years of history, Hungary, or Magyarország in Hungarian, is considered to be one of the oldest countries in Europe. Located in central Europe and with an estimated population of over 10 million people, Hungary is a member state of the European Union since 2004 and the Schengen Agreement, which affords students like you the opportunity to discover other parts of Europe while earning a higher education degree.

Lithuania

Lithuania, member of the European Union since 2004, is a great place to study with a very affordable cost of living compared to other countries in Europe. Whether you intend to study in Lithuania a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree, Lithuanian institutions provide international students with a wide range of study fields. And don’t be discouraged by the language. You may also study in Lithuania in English and other foreign languages.

Latvia

Latvia, member of the European Union since 2004 and member of the Eurozone since 2014, is a wonderful place to study with a very affordable cost of living compared to other countries in Europe. Whether you intend to study in Latvia a bachelor’s, master’s or PhD degree, Latvian institutions provide international students with a varied range of fields of study. And don’t be discouraged by the language. You may also study in Latvia in English and other foreign languages.

Estonia

Estonia, member of the European Union since May 2004, might be a small country, but it has the honour of being the first country in the world to use the Internet as a means to remotely cast votes in democratic elections. If you plan to study in Estonia, you will notice the Estonian creative way of using information technology as part of their daily lives as well as the astonishing combination between history and modernity, tradition and technology. In addition, the majority of higher education institutions offer study programs and courses taught in English and warmly welcome international students and researchers.

Spain

Spain, a country of an extraordinary beauty, is home to some of the most ancient universities in Europe and the cradle to one of the most important languages in the world: Spanish. Member of the European Union since 1986, Spain has become the most popular destination for students within the educational exchange program Erasmus and for summer study abroad programs. No matter you plan to study in Spain a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree, or enrol in a summer study abroad program, the Spanish educational system is designed to provide students with a wide range of subjects and study opportunities. While the usual language of instruction is Spanish, you will also find many degrees offered in English or any other foreign language.

Germany

Germany is a Western European country with a landscape of forests, rivers, mountain ranges and North Sea beaches.

Benefit from a high-quality educational system to help you advance in your career, learn a new language by making new friends and socializing with other students, and gain an amazing life experience to remember for years to come by studying and living as a foreign student in Germany.

There are hundreds of universities in Germany that have free or very low-fee tuition programs available for international students. Whether you want to study Engineering, Medicine, Architecture, or Business, Germany is the place to be.

Combining high-quality education with a unique cultural experience living in Germany is the main reason why young people from all around the world come to Germany.

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