Would you like to study in a country where you don’t have to pay a dime for your tuition? So many people want to study abroad for different reasons probably a dream to study abroad or a search for quality education and good life. Whatever the reason, students are usually faced with one major challenge and question “how do you do you fund your studies abroad”?
The standard of living and the caliber of schools and universities in so many countries has made it impossible for students without deep-pockets or proper sponsors to afford. Without a scholarship or grant, students often find it difficult to pay or continue paying for their education.
There are so many ways international students can sponsor their studies abroad especially in Canada, you can find out more about that here. One of the easiest ways to study abroad without spending much from your pocket is to find countries where education is free for everyone. You may not have heard, but there are so many countries that offer free education to international students from around the world.
The countries listed below are the top five in the world where students can study completely free and you don’t have to pay a dime. However, you will need to take care of other requirements such as paying for your accommodation, transportation, and feeding. Some countries will also require you to provide proof of funds in the form of a bank statement to ensure you have the proper finance to take care of other expenses except your tuition which is free.
Below are the top 10 countries where you can study for free. The problem you may encounter is getting a visa and traveling abroad when you don’t have the correct document or meet the eligibility requirement to move to the country. You can check out this free assessment calculator that tells you if you meet the necessary requirements to study abroad.
Top 10 Countries in the World to Study For Free
Germany is one of the top countries in Europe and in the world and it is home to some of the best and top-ranked universities. Studying in public schools or universities in Germany is completely free for all international and local students. You are only required to pay a small fee of about €100 (£75) to €250 (£185) per semester and for your accommodation, your budget should be between €800 (£595) to €1000 (£695) per year. This is a very small fee to pay when compared to other top countries in Europe and in the world.
Norway is one of the most beautiful countries in the world with lots of beautiful and quality universities offering international students tuition-free course programs for undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral levels. The Norwegian government uses money collected from taxes in the country to finance these studies. The downside to studying in Norway is that so many universities there offer their courses in the Norwegian language. Although there are still so many universities that offer courses in the English language. A better solution is to learn the Norway language within the first six months in the country.
Sweden also has some of the best universities in the world with beautiful and standard learning environments for all students. The only expensive thing about Sweden just like Norway is the cost of living. Education is completely free, however, the cost for feeding, accommodation, and general living expenses is quite high.
Non EU/EEA students will have to pay nominal tuition fee of around €730 per semester, which fares somewhere around ₹55,000. Not bad, considering the quality of life here. Such a beautiful country it is.
Currently, Finland does not charge any tuition fee for any level of education or any nationality. But come 2017, and it will start charging tuition fee from non EU/EEA students for English-taught Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes.
Higher education here is free for all nationalities. It’s the law here! But for that you need to know the local language. And even if you want to study in English.
Higher education in France is mostly free, except at some public universities. But then again, even that fee is pretty minimal. Add to that the perks of living in the country of Eiffel Tower and Paris! Tempting, isn’t it?
International students have to pay a minimal fee to study in Belgium, which doesn’t pinch at all because you get to experience a totally different culture.
The land of the Gods, Greece offers low cost higher education to international students along with minimal cost of living as well. Add to that some beautiful historical sights to behold.
Like other European countries, Spain too offers free university education to EU citizens only. But it too offers low cost education to students outside EU, and offers reasonable cost of living. But think about all the Spanish food you can gorge on there!
How Do You Afford Other Expenses since Tuition is Free
The countries mentioned above are completely tuition-free, but you still need to feed yourself and pay for your accommodation which can also be expensive. The best way to raise funds and meet the proof of funds requirement is to get a sponsor. A sponsor does not necessarily have to be a direct relative or parent, you can find sponsors in your community, religious groups, etc. To find out more on how to get sponsors to study abroad, read this article for the complete sponsorship guide.
Another way to afford your accommodation and other expenses while studying abroad is to find a job. So many of the countries listed here permit students to work while studying. This way, you can raise money for yourself and also be financially independent and free.