If you don’t qualify for fully-funded university scholarships, you might want to explore enrolling in universities that either offer low tuition fees or tuition fee waivers. Several countries, including Norway, Austria, Germany, Finland, and Sweden, have various schemes that provide opportunities for international students to study affordably. Here’s a breakdown of these options:
Tuition-Free Universities in Norway:
As claimed by Studyinnorway.no:
According to Studyinnorway.no, most Norwegian state universities and university colleges do not charge tuition fees for all students, including international ones. However, there might be a nominal semester fee of NOK 300-600. Some specialized Master’s programs at certain institutions may have tuition fees, but these are typically lower than in many other countries. Additionally, international students are not subjected to higher tuition fees than Norwegian students. It’s essential to consider that living expenses in Norway are relatively high, ranging from NOK 90,000-100,000 per year.
Tuition-Free Universities in Austria:
As claimed by studyinaustria.at
As per studyinaustria.at, non-EU/EEA students at federal/public universities in Austria usually pay around 726.72 Euros per semester for tuition fees, along with 20.20 Euros for student union membership and accident insurance. However, exemptions or refunds for tuition fees are possible in specific cases, such as scholarship holders or participants in exchange programs. The average cost of living for students in Austria is approximately 800 Euros per month, covering accommodation, food, and personal expenses.
Tuition-Free Universities in Germany:
Starting from October 2014, all universities in Germany, except those in Baden-Württemberg, do not charge tuition fees for bachelor’s and consecutive master’s degree programs, even for international students. Some federal states may require a semester contribution of about 50 euros and/or administration fees. Doctoral studies in Germany are generally free, with tuition fees applicable only after completing the first six semesters, along with a semester contribution of approximately 150-200 euros. On average, German students spend about 500-800 Euros monthly on accommodation, transport, food, and miscellaneous expenses.
Tuition Fees and Scholarships in Finland:
As claimed by studyinfinland.fi
While tuition fees were introduced for non-EU/EEA students in English-taught Bachelor’s and Master’s programs in Finland starting from autumn 2017, Doctoral level studies remain tuition-free. Finnish universities and UAS’s offer scholarships for gifted non-EU/EEA students in fee-charging Bachelor’s and Master’s programs. EDUFI Fellowships are also available to cover living expenses for Doctoral studies for up to one academic year. The estimated living expenses for a single student in Finland range from 700-900 Euros per month.
Tuition Scholarships in Swedish Universities:
As claimed by studyinsweden.se:
In Sweden, application and tuition fees apply to non-EU/EEA/Nordic country or Swiss students studying at the bachelor’s or master’s level, as per studyinsweden.se. However, the Swedish Institute and many universities offer full and partial scholarships in the form of tuition waivers for international students. PhD positions in Sweden are typically offered as paid positions, including a monthly salary and exemption from fees.
These options can provide cost-effective ways to pursue higher education abroad, depending on your specific circumstances and preferences.