Some of the most popular European countries for international students include Finland, Norway, and Germany. But why do students travel to these nations? They have free tuition programmes, excellent educational institutions and standards, and value research and practical training highly.
Finland, Norway, and Germany collectively list more than 500 Bachelor’s and 2,100 Master’s degrees. International rankings, which place institutions from Finland, Norway, and Germany among the top in the world, attest to the calibre of their study programmes.
Tuition fees for international students in Finland
- Who doesn’t
Regular universities and universities of applied sciences make up Finland’s public universities. For students from Switzerland and the EU/EEA, all of them are tuition-free. Tuition must be paid by non-EU/EEA students enrolling in English-taught degrees. However, all international students are able to enrol for free in study programmes that are taught in Finnish or Swedish.
For Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes, the minimum tuition established by the Finnish government is approximately 1,500 EUR/year; nevertheless, most study programmes charge tuition beyond this level. The University of Helsinki has the highest tuition costs for non-EU/EEA students attending public Finnish universities, ranging from 5,000 to 15,000 EUR/year. Fees at private universities are typically higher.
Make careful to include in the cost of living while attending school in Finland. The average monthly cost is 700–1,300 EUR, and it also depends on your purchasing patterns. Helsinki can, of course, have greater prices.
Tuition fees for international students in Germany
- Who doesn’t pay tuition fees in Germany?
In public German institutions, you can study abroad for free for undergraduate and graduate degree programmes. Whether they are studying in the EU/EEA region or elsewhere, this is often true for all international students.
Only “administrative fees,” which range in price from 100 to 350 EUR every semester and cover services like student cafeterias, bus tickets to the institution, and other things, are necessary.
The exception is the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg. It made the decision to impose tuition fees on non-citizens of the EU and EEA at the end of 2017. If you pursue a Master’s or PhD in a subject unrelated to your undergraduate studies, you will also be required to pay tuition at any public university in Germany. The annual tuition for private institutions in Germany is between 1,000 and 40,000 EUR.
Germany’s average monthly cost of living is between 750 and 1,100 EUR, while it can be more expensive in bigger areas like Frankfurt or München.
Universities that offer free Education- Germany
- 10% acceptance rate for RWTH Aachen University
- University of Mannheim
- University of Cologne
- Admissions to the University of Stuttgart are 70%.
- University of Hamburg
- The annual tuition for private institutions in Germany is between 1,000 and 40,000 EUR.
Tuition fees for international students in Norway
- Who doesn’t pay tuition fees in Norway?
Norway, like Germany, is one of the few nations that offers free education to all foreign students, regardless of whether they are citizens of EU/EEA nations. For the student union, students just need to pay a semester fee of between 30 and 60 euros. All on-campus athletic, counselling, and cultural events are covered by the student union charge.
National and international students will both be required to pay tuition at private universities. Private universities in Norway charge tuition rates between 7,000 to 19,000 EUR per year, which are less expensive than those in other European nations.
Norway’s cost of living is between 700 and 1,400 EUR a month. You will require about 2,000 EUR each month in Oslo.
Now that we have understood a general overview of universities which offer free education, we can now explore what opportunities there are for Indian students specifically.
Germany for Indian Students
Germany tops the list when it comes to top-notch higher education with little to no expense. The public universities in Germany do not impose any tuition fees; nevertheless, a minimal university administration fee of €150-250 (about $11,500–19,000) is imposed. This amount is not burdensome because it is the same as the annual fee we pay at a DU college.
Norway for Indian Students
No matter your country, graduate, postgraduate, and doctoral level studies in Norway are completely free. However, there is one prerequisite: you must be skilled in Norwegian, as that is the language used to teach the majority of undergraduate courses. Be aware that they do need documentation of language proficiency. Therefore, if you intend to apply, you’d better get learning right away!
Sweden for Indian Students
While institutions in Sweden do charge application and tuition fees for graduate and postgraduate programmes for non-members of the EU, EEA, and Nordic nations, they provide PhD jobs for no fee—in fact, you’ll get paid monthly!
Austria for Indian Students
The minimal tuition charge for non-EU/EEA students is around €730 each semester, or roughly $55,000. Not too bad, given the standard of living in this area.
Czech Republic for Indian Students
All nationalities are eligible for free higher education here. Here, it is the law! But to do that, you must be familiar with the local tongue. Even if you choose to study in English, the minimal tuition cost of roughly ₹70,000 won’t be an issue.
France for Indian Students
With the exception of a few public universities, higher education in France is free. However, even that charge is quite small.
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