Scandinavia or the Nordic countries are the nations located in Northern Europe. These countries are known for their high quality of life & stunning nature are also home to some of the reputed higher educational institutes in the world. And yes, it’s possible to study here for free! For free education in Germany and France, go here.
Popular destinations for free education here are Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. However, admission is guaranteed only after your profile fulfills their criteria.
In Norway, university study is available free of charge to all students, regardless of study level or nationality. The majority of undergraduate programs are taught only in Norwegian while masters and PhD level courses are taught in English & free tuition still applies. You can also find free education offered by most of the universities in Finland too.
However, Denmark and Sweden only offer free higher education perks to students from within the EU/EEA. So students from India cannot study here for free. But comparatively the tuition fees are low than that of US & UK. The colleges here are of higher repute. PhD programs in both countries are fully funded, offering exceptional PhD candidates the chance to gain their degree without paying fees and earn a salary too. In Denmark, university fees range from between US$6,550-$17,500 per year, while in Sweden it is US$9,400-$16,500.
But the living cost in almost all of the European nations is high. Popular student destinations are Stockholm, Helsinki and Copenhagen.
Other places in Europe for free education
There are a number of places in Europe which offer affordable and free universities. Remember these universities are of good reputation and you need not worry about sacrificing on quality education.
Although private universities in Italy can be known to charge up to €16,000 (US$17,360) a year, public universities in Italy are markedly cheaper, charging between €850 and €1,000 (US $920 – $1,080) per year for undergraduate programs. Living costs in Italy are also not as high as you might expect, at around €1,200 (US $1,300) a month.
International students, meanwhile, are able to study in Spain for a price of between €680 and €1,400 a year at public institutions. Fees are charged on a ‘per credit’ basis and can be higher at graduate level. To live in Spain you should expect to spend between €900 and €1,100 in living costs.
This is another student destination offering free or at a very low cost education. International students are required to pay a fee of around €730 per semester. Living costs would be around €850 to €1,000 per month.
While it’s just EU students who get to study for free here, fees are still very affordable for international students. The fee ranges from €1,900 to €3,850 per year. Living costs in Belgium are about €600-800 per month.
If you’d like to study for free here, you should be proficient in speaking Czech. Students who wish to study in English can also study fairly cheaply. The fee is about US$1,080 per semester. Living costs range between US$350 – $750 per month.
International students are eligible for low cost higher education in Greece. The fee is approximately €1,500 per year. Greece offers one of the lowest costs of living in the European Union.
Non European countries to study for free
Tuition fees in Taiwan are highly affordable, with the nation’s top universities offering affordable programs. The National Taiwan University which is the nation’s leading university is ranked 76th in the QS World University Rankings 2014 / 15 where the tuition fees are just about US $1,600 – $2,000 per year. This makes Taipei (Taiwan’s capital) the most affordable city for students in 2015!
International students wishing to study here should expect to pay a small nominal fee to enroll at public universities. This is substantially less and very low compared to universities in that of the USA and the UK. On the other hand, private universities can charge upwards of US $5,000 fee a year.