Top European countries who offer free education to international students

Top European countries who offer free education to international students


Germany has an excellent higher education system and also it is at the top of the list when we talk about free higher education, because higher education is at very low or no cost. The public universities in Germany do not charge any tuition fee at all from european, national and international students, however university administration fee is approx 100-300 euro is charged, that is bearable.

In European countries, Germany has low study costs and combined with Germany’s strong economy and excellent higher education system, makes the prospect of undertaking study in Germany for free extremely appealing for both students and their parents worldwide. Indeed, in a recent HSBC report on ‘The Value of Education’, Germany is among the top five countries in the world in terms of perceived quality of education among surveyed parents.

At least 40 German universities are ranked as world’s leaders in the QS World University Rankings, highest place taken by Technische Universität München. If you’re successful in finding a university at which to study in Germany for free, you will of course still need to budget for living costs. If you need a German student visa, you’ll need to prove you have around 8,800 euro per year for living expenses. And you have to deposit in German bank before coming to Germany, also few courses and universities have country based requirements. Two of the top destinations for study in Germany, Munich and Berlin, were also ranked within the top 20 most affordable cities to study in the QS Best Student Cities 2017.


In Norway graduate, postgraduate and doctorate level programs are absolutely free of cost for both national and international students. But they do have one requirement – you should be proficient in Norwegian, as most undergraduate courses are taught in this language. Mind it, they do ask for proof of proficiency in the language. So in case you plan to apply, better start learning right away!


In Sweden universities do charge application and tuition fee from non-members of European union, EEA and Nordic countries for graduate and postgraduate programmes, they offer PhD positions and few master courses for no fee, even you will get some state scholarships if available, but PhD students get monthly salary. So, search and find best course to continue your students?


Austria charge very minimal fee from non EU/EEA students that is around 730-1000 euro per semester, which is bearable that you can earn more in such strong economy country from part time job. Studying at Austria is not bad at all by considering the quality of life, jobs, economy and beautiful country.


Sadly from 2017 Finland started charging tuition fee from non EU/EEA students for English-taught Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes. But still there are lot of free courses and top ranked universities those give tuition free education and scholarships to both national and international students. PhD programs are totally free even you will get monthly salary from university.

Czech Republic

Higher education is free for all nationalities and it is the law here of Czech Republic but to get admission you need to know the local language. Even if you don’t know the local language and you want to study in English, tution fee around 700-1000 euro will be charged.


Higher education in France is mostly free, except at some public universities. But then again, even that fee is pretty minimal. PhD courses are free or charge and also you will get scholarships. Living standards are high, strong economy, Eiffel Tower and Paris, who will not come here to live in this charming European country? 🙂


For EU students, as in France and Germany that border it, Belgium offers state-funded education with an additional annual registration fee for every year of study. European union students will pay up to €835, while internationals may be charged as much as 4,175 euro yearly. It’s important to note that the cost of tuition varies according to whereabouts in Belgium you study. Still a better place to live and continue study here due to his strong economy, living standards and highly paid jobs.


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. Sign me up!


Like other European countries, Spain too offers free university education to European union citizens only. But it too offers low cost education to students outside European union, and offers reasonable cost of living. But think about all the Spanish food you can gorge on there!


Estonia, a small but fast growing European country mostly in the field of IT, Estonia sometime prefix e that makes it e-Estonia because of involvement of technology in every sector. Skype was created by Estonians and also you can file your tax returns only in 3 minutes. PhD education is free for both national and international students and you will get 440 euro state scholarship. Few master courses are free of charge and remaining are paid but university charge very minimal tuition fee around 700-1300 euro per semester. So do you want to visit e-Estonia, skype office?


Public education in Italy is not free, but university is markedly cheaper than in the UK – averaging between 800-1500 euro per year in tuition fees.The country itself is obviously rich in history, and typically beautiful and famously excellent food. It is not the cheapest in terms of living costs, but the good news for international students is that they are eligible for the same scholarships and grants as local students and EU nationals.

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