University fees continue to rise in many parts of the world! And while some of you might be worried that getting a recognised degree abroad, is a difficult task without having to suffer a four- or five-figure student debt because of overpriced tuition fees. We are here to bring you some good news and show you some of the best choices for low tuition universities!
Where are the best low tuition universities?
We have selected four of the most common study abroad destinations for their rankings, education quality, reputation and of course, tuition fees. There are many countries worldwide where students are able to study abroad for free or for a very affordable amount. You just need to know where to look.
India is one of the first choices for low tuition studies
India is just fascinating. It’s a great choice for students who want to combine affordability with cultural diversity. English is often used as the language of instruction at Indian universities, especially at the postgraduate level. Living costs are incredibly affordable, for example; rental in Mumbai is 376.35% cheaper than in New York City.
Low tuition universities vary depending on your study level and university. But these are typically no higher than US$7,880 (€7041) a year, and you should be able to live comfortably on as little as US$4,600 (€4110) a year. Most top public universities in India have a strong focus on engineering. If you check out the QS World University Rankings for the top ten best universities in India, seven of the ten are technical universities.
The best university in India IITB (Indian Institute of Technology Bombay,) charges around 300000 Rupees, (€3843,00) per 2 semesters for foreign students. Of course for internationals, there are additional fees you need to be aware of. You can check them out.
Study in China
These are more common for the arts, humanities and several social science courses.
The higher the university is ranked in China’s league tables, the more expensive the application fee.
Meanwhile, these tuition fees might override certain expectations, it is worth knowing that Chinese degrees, the educational structure, blended with culture and tradition creates an amazing experience. If you are passionate to pursue your academia in one of China’s pricey courses, there are plenty of scholarship programmes out there.
European countries with low tuition
In this part, we will be speaking solely of EU/EEA countries. Starting out with the Nordic countries, they are relatively affordable study destinations for applicants from the European Union… that is, they are mostly known to give free tuition.
However, Norway stands out the most as it remains free for everyone! From both within and outside the EU, at public universities, with the exception of a few specialized programs. Europe’s Nordic countries are known for their high quality of life and stunning natural beauty, and Norway is no exception.
The availability of English-taught programs at all study levels is stunning. On top of that, a high number of locals’ proficiency in English is remarkable.
Be aware of living expenses in Norway!
However, as with the other Nordic countries, Norway comes with a high price tag in terms of living costs. In fact, Norway is regarded as highly expensive even for other Scandinavian countries. You’ll need around NOK 139,680 ($17,200) or (€15350) per year to be able to get around this northern country. And not to mention, the extra winter coat you will need to bring along for those chilly nights.
Known as ‘the land of ideas.’ Once again, tuition fees are either non-existent for EU citizens or very low. Germany is continuing to grow in popularity with international students as they are opening more and more English taught programmes.
On top of that, the country offers reputable universities and high quality of life. There are no tuition fees charged at undergraduate and PhD levels at all public universities, (excluding those in the state of Baden-Württemberg.) However, it is essential to speak German well for most of their course. A TestDaf or ÖSD on a C1 level is a common requirement
The case for Master’s students is different. There is a range of English-taught courses, particularly at the graduate level. Those who have not studied for their undergraduate degree in Germany and come outside of EU or EEA countries will have to pay around €20,000 ($23,450) per year.
Study in France
Students have to pay higher tuition fees if they are citizens of countries that are not part of the EEA, or Switzerland. It is sad to say, that the tuition fees for French public universities will sky-rocket this year. The cost of attending a French university for students from outside the EU is set to shoot up from €170 to €2,770 per year, a jump of 16 times the current fees, from autumn 2019.
- 2,770 euros per year for Bachelor’s (Licence) programmes,
- 3,770 euros per year for Master’s programmes,
Study in Central Europe
Austria, Hungary or Poland are affordable alternatives with modest tuition fees of 1,500 to 2,000 euros per year. Also, living expenses can be considered somewhat more affordable, especially in Poland and Hungary. But they are less common choices for people outside of the EU.
Study in Mexico
Full of interesting and unique cultures to explore. When people think of Mexico they either conjure up the image of ancient Mayan pyramids, or they think of sunning, surfing, siesta and salsa dips. Whichever image you’re chasing, Mexico will not disappoint the student experience or empty your wallets because of low tuition universities.
Mexico is one of Latin America’s most-visited nations and has lots to offer for international students from across the world. Tuition fees vary, with private universities charging more (as usual) and average around US$6,300 (€5607) per year for international undergraduate students in Mexico City.
Living expenses are also reasonably low in Mexico, with all living costs adding up to around US$9,250 (€8233) on a standard budget in Mexico City, or US$6,450 (€5741) elsewhere like Cuernavaca, Guadalajara, Cancun or Puebla. Although the main language of instruction is Spanish, Mexican universities are offering more English-taught courses to attract international students every year.
Are universities really worth it? If you want to find out how competitive your degree will be on the job market, based on universities credentials, you can check out our other article on the value of top universities.