Best Study Abroad Cities for Students on a Budget

Best Study Abroad Cities for Students on a Budget

When searching for the best study abroad location, cost is generally one of the most important factors of your search.  It is also important to keep in mind when researching destinations that not all countries offer student housing, so you must consider the cost of housing and living expenses in addition to tuition fees. If you have your heart set on a particular destination, one option is to focus on cities with low tuition and low living costs.

We have compiled a list of the best study abroad cities for students seeking a quality education and an economical destination:



Warsaw, Poland

The Polish capital of Warsaw is becoming a very popular study abroad destination with international students.  Tuition fees are affordable starting at around $2,600, and day-to-day living costs are very low by European standards. The University of Warsaw offers numerous program taught in English and is listed as a top university in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Learn more about studying in Poland.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is another very popular study abroad destination with international students. Thousands of foreign students from all over the world pursue their studies at Budapest’s universities. Budapest offers students affordable tuition and low living costs, and numerous degree programs taught in English.  Two very popular universities with international students include: Central European University (CEU) and Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

Learn more about studying in Hungary.

Brittany, France

Brittany is situated in north-west France, with the English channel to the north, the Bay of Biscay to the south, and Rennes the capital. This region of France offers students beauty, culture, and some of the most charming villages the country has to offer.  Brittany is also home to the Universities of Western and Southern Brittany, both public universities offering students tuition starting at $220 per year. The cost of living is very reasonable in Brittany compared to other areas in the country.

Learn more about studying in France.

Brno, Czech Republic

Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic.  It is located in the easternmost area of the country known as Moravia and is wedged between Austria, Poland and Slovakia. Brno has six universities and around 90,000 students pursuing their degrees throughout the city. Mendel University offers 3 Bachelor’s programs and 7 Master’s programs taught entirely in English.  Tuition starts at around $1,700 per year and student housing costs are low and start at $125 per month.

Learn more about studying in the Czech Republic.

Dresden, Germany

Dresden is in eastern Germany and is the capital of Saxony Land. It is also the third largest city after Berlin and Leipzig in Germany. The heart of Dresden is a cluster of Baroque churches in the Rococo-style. There are currently seven colleges and universities in Dresden.  The Technical University of Dresden is a public institution and offers students free tuition.  Student housing in the area through Studentewerke is very affordable and starts at around $136 per month.

Learn more about studying in Germany.

Note: There may be other destinations that are more affordable than the ones listed above. We particularly chose these destinations because they offer students a quality education in addition to lower tuition and living costs.  They also offer students an enriching cultural experience, a high standard of living and world ranked universities.  


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