University is pretty expensive these days.. if you looking at a few destinations with FREE, or really damn cheap, tuition, then we can help you decide.
There’s some incredible universities in here too!
The public universities in Germany have been free since around 2005 and many universities in now charge no more than €1,00 a year!
Many universities also offer their degrees in English, making the idea of studying there very attractive indeed.
There’s basically a free university in every major city.
Fees (If any): €150-250 a semester.
Average Cost of Rent: €400-600pm (Berlin).
Potential Monthly Spend: Up to €1,000 in a big city, but as low as €500 in a university town.
#2. The Netherlands
Okay, so it’s not actually free but university in The Netherlands is pretty cheap by any international standards. However, a range of student grants are also available.
The country is of course frighteningly efficient for anybody wanting to commute, with cycling almost mandatory.
Sport is also an integral part of uni life in a nation with an incredibly high level of English.
Fees (If any): €1,700-2,000 a year.
Average Cost of Rent: €350-600 a month. (Depending on location and city)
Potential Monthly Spend: Expect to spend about €800-1,100 a month, if you’re not very careful.
In a similar vein to Germany, lots of Poland’s public universities are either extremely cheap or totally free if you enroll full time, with a ‘Polish Charter’, as a Pole would.
International students can also apply for scholarships but the cost of living is reasonably low, even in the capital, so any fees of €2,000-4,000 can easily be offset by that.
Surprisingly, a lot of courses are also offered in English even at major universities, rather than specialist ones.
Fees (If any): Free, or €2,000-4,000 a year, depending on the status of the degree.
Average Cost of Rent: €180-500pm. A single room can be extremely cheap, even in Warsaw.
Potential Monthly Spend: There’s a great blog post about this here. But expect to pay about €400 a month.
Again, I’m cheating, Italy costs about €850-1,000 a year in fees but is still much cheaper than many other options, with bursaries available of course.
Most of the major cities, especially Rome or Milan, have these low fees.
When you consider that many of Italy’s universities are ancient and the cost of living is at least lower than many Nordic countries (who also offer low tuition), Italy is a pretty attractive option.
Fees (If any): €850-1,000 at certain universities, private charge much more.
Average Cost of Rent: €300-400, but rising from there.
Potential Monthly Spend: €500 a month, if you’re being frugal.
Fees in Spain are usually very low in the public universities, which are plentiful in most major cities.
Application fees alone are under €50 and both Barcelona and Madrid contains some of the best universities in Europe.
Fees (If any): Between €680-1,400 a month.
Average Cost of Rent: €200-600. Single student rooms are much cheaper, but rent can rise drastically, like in any large capital.
Potential Monthly Spend: €900 and €1,100, although as a student this can be tactically reduced.
And, now for the rest…
Other countries also give the option to study abroad:
Austria – It’s just €360 a semester for EU/EEA and Austrian students alike.
Belgium – International students pay around €1,900 to €3,850 a year, whilst it’s €610-830 for EU students.
The Nordic Countries – Mostly free, but knocked off the list due tot he astronomical cost of living.
Greece – All courses at public uni, including some master’s courses, are free. Even your textbooks are paid for! It missed the list due to the quality of some of the institutions.
Czech Republic – Costs for English speaking courses are about €1,000 a year and the cost of living is reasonably low.
France – Many universities are cheap, or maybe free in France, but the high cost of living often damages the issue.
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