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10 Countries Where You Can Study and Observe Great Architecture

10 Countries Where You Can Study and Observe Great Architecture

If  you are yearning to create something that will be around for generations to come, you may want to consider a degree in Architecture.  While a degree in Architecture can be very challenging, it will ultimately prepare you for a respected and lucrative profession doing meaningful work.  You will also find it to be a profession that will always be in demand.  

The study of Architecture is interesting and varied and combines practical skills with academic study.  In order to become an architect, it requires both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree.  In addition to the formal academic study, you will be required to undertake a certain amount of practical experience before qualifying as a licensed architect.

The study of architecture can be particularly interesting if you are studying in a grand city shaped by its buildings and surroundings.  

We have gathered a list of ten destinations that are worth considering:  

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BERLIN

Berlin is home to some of the world’s finest architecture.  The city is layered in history and definitely gets its wonderful atmosphere from its buildings.  If you have ever been to Berlin and have walked the city, you will notice that many buildings in Berlin are not just buildings; they are political statements as well.  In the 1920’s, Berlin was an area full of new and  radical ideas in Architecture.  Prominent architects such as Bauhaus, Alvar Aalto, and Le Corbusier all left their own distinct imprint on the city’s urban fabric.  After the city’s complete devastation from the ravages of World War II, competing ideologies in Germany ultimately resulted in a division of Germany and a bordering wall between East Berlin and West Berlin.  When the wall came down in the 1990’s, post-modernists such as Richard Rogers, Frank Gehry, and Aldo Rossi were invited to bring the city into the 21st century. 

Suggested Architecture program in Berlin: Universität der Künste Berlin


ROME, ITALY

Rome overflows with treasures for architectural buffs.  Over the centuries, the city has adapted to almost every architectural style including the Classical, Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance movements. In fact, Rome is one of the biggest centers of 17th-century Baroque architecture.  Perfect examples of this dramatic and opulent style include St. Peter’s Square, Santi Luca e Martina and the Trevi Fountain.  Roman architecture also abounds in this city as witnessed by the Colosseum, the Aqueducts, the Pantheon, Temple of Vesta, Vatican and Baths of Caracalla.

Suggested Architecture program Rome: Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”


ATHENS, GREECE

Athens is home to some of the world’s greatest cultural monuments, some dating back to 448 B.C. Some examples include the Parthenon, the Temple of Poseidon, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. When strolling through the city it is easy to feel like you have traveled back in time.  Athens has a lot to offer beyond the monuments as well.  There are many distinguished buildings scattered throughout the city and most of them were built before the 20th century in the neoclassical style.  The downtown area is full of great old buildings and churches. There are also many examples of Art Deco apartment buildings, and beautiful examples of Art Nouveau wrought iron. You may notice some amazing old buildings from the early part of the century that are in the process of being renovated.

Suggested Architecture program Athens: National Technical University of Athens


BARCELONA

Barcelona is an architectural wonder. In fact, many say that the architecture alone in Barcelona is an attraction in and of itself. The 19th century Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudi, wanted to create organic, urban spaces in the city he loved.  He is known for his multi-colored tile-style which is present at Park Güell and Casa Batlló. Additionally, the La Sagrada Familia was also designed by Gaudi, but he died before he could complete it. When you first encounter the La Sagrada Familia or his rooftop sculptures at La Pedrera, you’ll be astonished by the originality and eclectic quality of Gaudi’s works.  Even for those who are unfamiliar with architecture or Gaudí, once you have seen one of his buildings, you will intuitively be able to identify others as you walk throughout the city.   

Suggested Architecture program Barcelona: La Salle Campus Barcelona


PARIS, FRANCE

Paris, also known as the “City of Lights,” has some of the most interesting architecture in the world. Great examples include  the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Pyramid, La Grande Arche de la Defense, Center Georges Pomidou, the Arch de Triomphe and the Sacre Coeur Basilica. In addition, the Notre Dame Cathedral is a great example of French Gothic architecture.  A budding architect is bound to get lost in the city while enjoying the architectural delights.

Suggested Architecture program Paris: ECOLE SPÉCIALE ESA


ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA

The city of St. Petersburg, Russia is known for it’s colorful and eclectic style, ranging from Baroque style buildings to the Neoclassical. As the Rococo movement made its way across Europe, it was especially favored by female rulers, such as Catherine I and Empress Elizabeth in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Rocco elements include thick curves, pale colors and light hearted secular themes.

Suggested Architectural program St. Petersburg Russia: Saint Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering


BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Budapest’s unique blend of old and modern makes the city an architectural paradise. Many buildings in Budapest were commissioned to celebrate the Millennium, such as the Underground Railway, Heroes’ Square, Parliament Building, Liberty Bridge and the Museum of Fine.  An architectural buff will find many types of architectural throughout Budapest from Gothic, Turkish, Renaissance, Baroque & Neo-Baroque to Art Nouveau.  In fact, Art Nouveau was very popular in Budapest during the late 19th century to early 20th century. The city is one of the best places to see the Art Nouveau architectural style today. The Art Nouveau style is known for its curving forms, organic shapes, use of iron and glass, and colorful flourishes. Examples include the Gresham Palace, Hotel Gellért and spas, Museum of Applied Arts, and Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden.

Suggested Architectural program Budapest: Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Faculty of Architecture


OXFORD, ENGLAND

Oxford is well known for its architectural beauty and  the city’s center has an outstanding collection of world famous buildings.  There are many well preserved medieval gems, as well as many in the classical and modern types of architecture. Some of Oxford’s greatest buildings include St. George’s Tower, Christ Church Cathedral, New College, Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Radcliffe Camera, and the lovely Magdalen College to name a few. This compact city is home to some of the outstanding architecture in the world.

Suggested Architecture program Oxford: Oxford Brooks University, Department of Architecture


Czech Republic

Czech Republic architecture is well-known in the world today for its rich history and diversity. The country’s architecture has adapted to almost every architectural style, from the Gothic castles, bridges, and churches from the age of Emperor Charles IV in the 14th century; the Baroque palaces of the Habsburg Monarchy; the Art Nouveau and neo-historical styles of 19th-century townhouses; and the internationally renowned quality of Czech cubist and functionalist architecture of the 20th century. Prague, for example, has at one building or monument that was designed in almost every style of European architecture.

Suggested Architecture program Czech Republic: Czech Technical University Prague, Faculty of Architecture


FLORENCE, ITALY

Florence, much like Athens, is truly a city of the past.  Renaissance architecture was first developed in Florence in the 15th century. The buildings in Florence expressed a new sense of light, clarity, and spaciousness and served as an inspiration to architects throughout Italy and Western Europe. One of the most impressive pieces of architecture in Florence is the Florence Cathedral.  The cathedral is so big that it took over 140 years to complete.

Suggested Architecture program in Florence: Florence Institute of Design

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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.

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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.

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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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Study Abroad in France

Study Abroad in France

France is a very popular tourist destination. Over 30 million people visit the country’s beautiful beaches, snow covered mountains, rolling countryside and great cities like Paris, Marseilles, and Lyon every year. Therefore, it is not surprising that it also happens to be one of the most popular study abroad destinations of students. While the country is mostly known for it’s vibrancy of culture, museums and cuisine; France also has one of the best higher education systems in the world.

A student can expect to have a very enriching and multicultural experience while studying in the country as it draws students from many countries.

International Students Studying in France Will Benefit from Very Low Tuition Rates

One of the biggest benefits of International students is that the French government bears the cost of education. As a result, international students can expect to pay up under $1,000 USD or less annually in tuition at most public universities and institutions in France. While students are expected to cover their own living expenses, depending on where you study, France can be a very affordable study destination.

Annual Tuition Rates Public Universities

The rates for the 2017-18 academic year are listed by degree program:

  • $220 USD for Bachelor’s programs
  • $356 USD for Master’s programs
  • $464 USD for Doctoral/PHD programs

Additional fees may be assessed depending on the type of service.

Tuition Rates at Private Institutions in France

Tuition rates at private institutions and schools of Business and Management tend to range from $3593 to $12,000 annually or higher annually.

Application Requirements and Deadlines in France

Applying to a university in France students need to ensure they are applying in the correct location.

EU/EEA students can apply directly through the university of their choice.
Non-EU/EEA students need to apply through CampusFrance.org the French national agency promoting higher education and international students and mobility.

Semester System in France

Winter semester in France generally begins in October and ends in January.

Summer semester begins in February and ends in September.

Students Can Apply to a University Two Times a Year

The application period begins in February and generally ends sometime in May for International Students and June for EU/EEA students. (Verify official deadlines for each university on CampusFrance.org)

Application Period

The application period generally begins in September and ends in January. (Verify official deadlines for each university on CampusFrance.org.) All applications for undergraduate programs should be submitted through CampusFrance.org. Postgraduate applications can be submitted directly through the university website.

Financing Your Studies in France

Student’s have the following options for financing their study abroad experience in France:

Financial Aid

The U.S. Department of Education makes Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Graduate Plus Loans available to eligible student borrowers at participating institutions in France. Students may apply for a Direct Unsubsidized Loan up to $20,500 per academic year or a Graduate Plus loan (amounts vary).

The following institutions participate in the U.S. Government Federal William D. Ford Direct Loan Program:

Scholarships for International Students

The Campus Bourses website operated through CampusFrance.org offers a comprehensive list of scholarships available to international students from around the world.  You will find the tool to be very intuitive and easy to use. Select your country and start searching for scholarships today.

Loans

EU/EEA students: Some schools have partnered with the Banque Populaire Rives de Paris to offer loans to students of all nationalities up to a maximum amount of 21,500 Euros.

Student Jobs

Non-EU/EEA students and EU students are able to work up to 964 hours a year to help support themselves during their studies in France.  The students university must be enrolled in the national student health plan. Non-EU/EEA students must also have a valid residency permit.

There are many jobs to be found for international students in the tourist industry, such as at hotels, cafes, clubs and restaurants.

France Offers International Students Health Insurance

International students are required to have health insurance when attending a university in another country.  Some countries require students to enroll in an international health insurance plan to get visa approval.  France is different in that it offers students health insurance through its national student health care plan.

France has one of the most recognized health systems in the world.  Students benefit by not having to purchase expensive international health insurance.  Through France’s health plan, students receive preventative and wellness services for a nominal fee of around $242 a year. Thereby, students save a considerable amount of money in health insurance costs when studying in France.

Non-EU/EEA students are required to enroll in the plan.

EU/EEA students are exempted from participating in the plan if they have a European health insurance card (valid for one year) or can prove that they have private health insurance.

Visa Requirements

Students applying for Visa will have the following options depending on the duration of their program:

Short Stay Visa ((visa de court séjour)): Students studying in the country for 90 days or less, from the following countries, will not need to apply for a visa before entering the country:

Albania Andorra Antigua & Barbuda Argentina Australia Austria Bahamas Belgium Bosnia Brazil Bulgaria Canada Chile Costa Rica Croatia Denmark El Salvador Honduras Iceland Ireland Israel Italy Japan Lithuania Mexico Moldova  New Zealand Norway Poland Singapore Slovenia South Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland Taiwan United Kingdom United States Vatican City Venezuela

Temporary Long-Stay Visa (Visa long séjour temporaire de six mois):  This visa is valid for stays up to 6 months.

Long Stay Visa (visa de long séjour): If you are planning on staying for longer than 3 months, you will need a Long Stay Visa.  This visa is valid for stays from 3 to 12 months.  You need to apply for this visa in your home country before landing in France. Once you arrive in France, you will need to apply for a temporary stay permit.

How Students Can Find Accommodation in France

Student Housing

French universities offer student accommodation known as “Cités-U” and are run by CROUS the national student service agency.  There is a large demand for student housing, especially in Paris.  Therefore, housing is usually reserved for financial aid and scholarship recipients and exchange students.   You can find information regarding these housing agencies at the following websites:

Private Rentals

Private apartment rentals are also available for students at the following websites:

ADELE the Association for Economic Development provides a website with student housing around France.

Estudines  offers apartments in thirty different cities around France from $481 to $963.

CLEF the Center for Student Accommodation in France offers student housing located in several cities (Grenoble, Rouen, and Evreux)  in France with rents ranging from $240 to $361.


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France is a very popular study abroad destination with international students.  Students from all over the world venture to France to study for a semester, year or for their entire degree.  In fact, more than 287,000 international students are currently studying in France.

We have compiled a list of 10 reasons why you should consider studying in France:

 

1. Higher Education Subsidized by French Government

France is a very affordable study abroad destination for international students.  While education is not free it is very low compared to other countries in the EU. However, there are some administrative fees but they rarely exceed $200.

2. Numerous Bachelor’s and Master’s Programs Taught in English

There are nearly 1200 programs geared toward English speaking students listed on the CampusFrance.org program portal.

3. French Higher Education System Comprised of World Class Universities

The French higher education system is comprised of 77 public universities, more than 200 engineering schools, 220 business schools, and 1200 research universities.  The wide variety of institutions offers students excellent opportunities for learning and research in every subject and at every level.

4. French Universities are Highly Ranked

There are currently 31 French universities listed in the Times Higher Education World University rankings, of which six schools rank in the top 200 schools worldwide:

Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris

École Polytechnique

Pierre and Marie Curie University

Paris-Sud University

École Normale Supérieure de Lyon

Paris-Sorbonne University – Paris 4

5. Numerous Scholarships Available to International Students

CampusFrance.org has a very comprehensive scholarship portal listing all of the scholarships available for students by home country.  Students can also visit their local French Embassies to find scholarships available to them.

6. Housing Assistance Available to Non-EU Students

La Caisse des Allocations Familiales, or otherwise known as CAF, is rental assistance paid to any person who qualifies by the French government. Since most students in France generally have low incomes and high rent, depending on where they live, it is likely that you may qualify for a small stipend to help pay for rent.

7. More to France than just Paris

If you have travelled around France, you will quickly realize that the country is not represented purely by its most famous city.  The real jewels of France lie in its smaller less touristy destinations.  Cities like Lyon and Marseilles are two beautiful areas in France that are also great study destinations for students.

8. Fifth Largest Economy in the World and Gross Domestic Product 2nd in Europe.

The country’s infrastructure, investment opportunities, digital innovation, research and green strategy guarantee its position at the forefront of the global economic stage.

9. France 4th Most Popular Study Destination After the United Kingdom, United States, and Australia

For the second year in a row the QS Top Universities ranked Paris number one on its Best Student Cities list, based on the performance of universities and a student’s ability to find work after graduation.

10. Many Internship Opportunities Available

France is home to some of the largest corporations in the world, L’Oreal Group, Carrefour, Christian Dior, Hermes International, and Sodexo, to name a few. With the increasingly competitive international student market, France is one of the world’s major business hubs.  For students with an interest in Finance, Accounting, Management and Economics, France is a great graduate study destination.


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France is the fourth most popular study abroad destination of international students. In fact, over 310,000 international students are currently studying in the country. With 114 public institutions spread across the country and a high standard of education, the country continues to lure students.

France is also a very affordable destination for students when using financial aid, scholarships, students discounts and government supports.

Learn How to Finance Your Studies and Keep Costs Down While Studying in France

 

 1. Degrees Run for Shorter Periods of Time in France

An undergraduate degree generally runs for 3 years rather than 4 years like in the US.  The shorter program duration will help lower tuition fees overall for students.

2. Attend a French Public University

One of the many benefits of studying France is that tuition is subsidized by the government. Students can expect very low tuition fees at French public universities, compared to other countries in Europe.  For example, the cost of an undergraduate degree will average between $235 to $705 USD per year, while a postgraduate degree generally costs between $304 to $461 USD per year.

3. Incorporate Living Expenses Into Your Budget

A rule of thumb when planning where to study in France is to incorporate living expenses into your budget. Living expenses can often get away from students if they do not plan for them ahead of time. A good place to start researching expenses such as rent, utilities, food and much more is at Numbeo.com. Numbeo is a great resource when trying to decide if a city is reasonable or entirely out of your price range.

4. Focus on Smaller Less Expensive Cities

Since most students are on a tight budget, focusing on universities in cities with a lower cost of living can help keep finances manageable. Smaller cities, away from Paris, such as Metz, Montpellier, and Nice are much more affordable areas and will offer students a more authentic experience.

5. Live in Student Housing

Another way for students to keep costs down is to live in student housing available throughout France. Most French universities offer student accommodation known as “Cités-U” and are run by CROUS the national student service agency.  However, there is a large demand for student housing, especially in Paris.  Therefore, housing is usually reserved for financial aid, scholarship recipients and exchange students.  If you plan to live in student accommodation you should start planning when you receive your acceptance letter.  You can find information regarding these housing agencies at the following websites:

Private apartment rentals are also available for students at the following websites:

ADELE the Association for Economic Development provides a website with student housing around France.

Estudines  offers apartments in thirty different cities around France from $481 to $963.

CLEF the Center for Student Accommodation in France offers student housing located in several cities (Grenoble, Rouen, and Evreux)  in France with rents ranging from $240 to $361.

6. Apply for Housing Assistance

La Caisse des Allocations Familiales (CAF) is a type of rental assistance paid to any person living in France who qualifies, including international students. This benefit is offered by the french government and can help offset the cost of housing in France.  Students often qualify for this benefit since they generally have lower or no income and are living on a tight budget.

7. You May Be Able to Use Your Financial Aid at some Participating French Institutions

The U.S. Department of Education makes Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Graduate Plus Loans available to eligible student borrowers at participating institutions in France. Students may apply for a Direct Unsubsidized Loan up to $20,500 per academic year or a Graduate Plus loan (amounts vary).

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8. Apply for Grants

Grants for International students are awarded by the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs. If  awarded a grant, the Centre National des Oeuvres Universitaires et Scolaires (CNOUS) can help students with applications and with getting settled once they have landed in France.

Different Types of Grants

Depending on your goal, French embassies abroad might be able to offer you a specific type of grant:

  • Study grants are awarded to students enrolled in a degree program at a higher education institution in France.
  • Internship grants usually have an average duration of 3 to 12 months and are awarded to students involved in advanced courses or training related to their professional activities. Students may also be eligible for a short language course or teaching course for up to 3 months by the French Ministry of Education.
  • High-level scientific course grants are awarded as part of a cultural, scientific, technical or industrial research and exchange program. The duration generally runs for a period of 1 to 3 months.

9.  Apply for Scholarships

Many countries offer scholarships to their students who wish to pursue their studies abroad.

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers scholarships to foreign students taking part in specific programs.

Eiffel Scholarship Program

The Eiffel scholarship is specifically for international students studying for a Master’s degree at  a French university.

Eligibility for the scholarship includes the following:

  • Under 30 years old
  • Proof that you intend to complete your studies in France
  • Proof of non-french citizenship

The application period for the Eiffel Scholarship is from October to January and results are usually announced the third week of March.

EDHEC Scholarship

The EDHEC scholarship awards grants to international students and covers up to 40% of a student’s tuition. The application period begins in March and ends in June of each year.  More information is available at the EDHEC Scholarship website.

Scholarship Portal

The Campus Bourses website operated through CampusFrance.org offers a comprehensive list of scholarships available to international students from around the world.  You will find the tool to be very intuitive and easy to use. Select your country and start searching for scholarships today.

10. Apply for Student Loans

EU/EEA students: Some schools have partnered with the Banque Populaire Rives de Paris to offer loans to students of all nationalities up to a maximum amount of 21,500 Euros.

11. Work While You Study

Non-EU/EEA students and EU students are able to work up to 964 hours a year to help support themselves during their studies in France.  The student’s university must be enrolled in the national student health plan. Non-EU/EEA students must also have a valid residency permit.

In France there is a guaranteed minimum salary of $10.11 an hour.

There are many jobs to be found for international students in the tourist industry, such as at hotels, cafes, clubs and restaurants.  Students should begin their employment search with their university.

 


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We’ve compiled a list of the Top 20 Study Abroad Destinations of American Students based on research results from the Institute of International Education (IIE.org).  In addition to the list of top destinations, we have also included important information students may find useful when researching study locales. We’ve included general tuition ranges for each location in addition to estimated housing costs and popularity by number of students.

Tuition information was compiled from government education and university websites.  Housing information was collected from many sources, such as university housing and government education websites, and through Numbeo.com.  All of the information provided is an estimation.  It is recommended that students contact a university directly to get exact tuition rates and to find local housing information.

Keep reading to learn more about the most popular study abroad destinations of American students:

 

  1. South Korea

Number of Students: 3,481

Tuition Ranges: Public University $2,000 to $5,000 a year

Private University: $3,000 to $7,000 a year

Housing Costs: Dormitory – between $236 – $709 a semester

Goshiwan – $115 a month

Homestay – $260 a month

1 Bedroom Apt – around $920 a month

  1. Greece

Number of Students: 3,628

Tuition Range: Between $2000 to $3000 a year

Housing Costs: University dorm – $300 per month

Homestay – $350 per month

Private apartment – $200-500 per month

  1. Argentina

Number of Students: 3,708

Tuition Ranges: Public University FREE

Private University$5000 to $15,000 a year

Housing Costs: Shared Flat – starting $380 a month

Apartment – starting at $500 a month

Homestay – starting at $350 a month

 

17.Ecuador

Number of Students: 3,746

Tuition Range: Public University: FREE (all programs in Spanish)

Housing Costs: University dorm – $300 per month

Homestay – $350 per month

Private apartment – $200-500 per month

  1. Brazil

Number of Students: 3,836

Tuition Ranges: Public University: FREE

Private University: $2,000+ varies by institution

Housing Costs: Student Housing – Starting at $196 a month

Shared Flat – starting $250 a month

Apartment – up to $505+

Homestay – starting at $350 a month

  1. Denmark

Number of Students: 4,034

Tuition Range: Between $8,000 to $21,000

Housing Costs: Student Hall – Starts at $429

Shared Flat – Starts at $414

  1. Czech Republic

Number of Students: 4,093

Tuition Ranges: FREE for all degree seeking students who speak Czech

Between $4,000 to $15,000 at public universities

Housing Costs: Campus Housing – around $143 a month

Flat Share – beginning at $250 a month

1 bedroom flat – beginning at $500 a month

2 bedroom flat – beginning at $600 a month

  1. India

Number of Students: 4,438

Tuition Ranges: Public university up to $300 a year

Private university $300 to $6,000 a year

Housing Costs: 1 bedroom starting at $150.00

3 bedroom starting at $300.00

  1. Mexico

Number of Students: 4,712

Tuition Ranges:   Bachelor’s degree $378 to $16,353

Master’s degree $378 to $20,000

Housing Costs: Host Family starting at $250 a month

Student Housing $350 to 450 a month

  1. South Africa

Number of Students: 5,249

Tuition Ranges: Around $6,000 a year

Housing Costs: On Campus: around $1,982 a year

One bedroom starting at $434

Three bedroom starting at $864

  1. Japan

Number of Students: 6,053

Tuition Ranges: Bachelor’s degree $7,940 to $20,191

Master’s degree $7,940 to $14,308

Housing Costs: Dormitories: Starting $2,987 a year

Homestays: between $755 to $944 a month

One bedroom apartment starts at $1054

 

  1.   Australia

Number of Students: 8,810

Tuition Ranges: Bachelor’s degree – $11,750 to $25,800

Master’s degree – $15,650 to $28,900

Housing Costs: On campus housing $360+

Shared housing $340+

Rental – $660+

  1.  Costa Rica

Number of Students: 9,305

Tuition Ranges: Bachelor’s degree around $2,800

Master’s degree around $4,500

Housing Costs: Homestay: starting at $300 a month

Private Flat: starts at $302 a month

  1.  Ireland

Number of Students: 10,230

Tuition Ranges: Bachelor’s degree $11,524 to $27,186

Master’s degree $4,728 to $53,198

Housing Costs: On Campus – starts at $708 a month

Off Campus Student Housing – $1132 a month (e.g. based on Dublin rentals, other locations differ in pricing)

Flat Share – starts at $250 a month

Private Flat – starts at $1500 a month

  1.  Germany

Number of Students: 11,010

Tuition Ranges: FREE at various public universities

Bachelor’s degree $7,000 to $14,300

Master’s degree $9,500 to $23,640

Housing Costs: Residence Hall – $326 to $600

Flat Share/Single Room – $333+

  1.  China

Number of Students: 12,790

Tuition Ranges: Between $4,500 to $35,000

Housing Costs: On campus housing – $120+

Shared housing – $250+

Rental – $587+

  1.  France

Number of Students: 18,198

Tuition Ranges: Bachelor’s degree $220 to $14,500 (depending on public or private university)

Master’s degree $464 to $25,000 (depending on public or private university)

Housing Costs: Student Housing: starting at $250 a month

Flat Share: starting at $550 (e.g. based on Paris rentals, other location much cheaper) Private Flat: starting at $1050

  1.  Spain

Number of Students: 28,325

Tuition Ranges: Public University $801 to $1507

Private University $6479 to $21205

Housing Costs: Student Housing $413 to $767 a month

Home Stay: $826 to $945 a month

Flat Share: Starting at $475 a month

Private Flat: $976 to $1594 a month

  1.  Italy

Number of Students: 33,768

Tuition ranges: Bachelor’s degree $1,004 to $1,182

Master’s degree $1,498 to $2,092

Housing Costs: Student Housing: between $350 to $650 a month

Flat Share: starting at $550

Private Flat: starting $1100

 

  1.  United Kingdom

Number of Students: 38,189

Tuition Ranges: Bachelor’s $12,323 to $28,450

Master’s $11,540 to $39,996

Housing Costs: Student Housing: Starting at $320 a month

Flat Share: Starting at $200 a month

Private Flat: Starting at $500 (depending on location)


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Study Overseas for Free – Countries Offering Free or Low Tuition

There are many reasons why you should study abroad. You will learn more about yourself.  You will grow as a person and become more independent and self-reliant.  You will meet new people and make some lifelong friends.  You will learn a new language.  You will travel.  These are all great reasons. 

However, another good reason to study abroad is that you will save money on tuition fees.  Many people are unaware of the affordable college tuition rates in Europe and other countries.  In fact, in some countries international students can pursue a bachelor’s or graduate degree for free or for pennies on the dollar compared to a degree in the United States.  

If you would like to study overseas and save on tuition we have compiled a list of some countries offering FREE or low tuition fees to foreign students:

Germany

Tuition fees: For Non-EU students is free at most public universities in Germany, except for semester fees that cover administrative costs.

Private universities charge tuition fees ranging from $1500 to $12,000 (high end) USD a semester, plus administrative costs (depending on school and program of study.) However, these costs are still considerably more affordable than most bachelors or masters programs in the United States.  

Czech Republic

Tuition fees:  FREE  for Czech speakers

Do you speak Czech? A college education at a public or state institution in the Czech Republic is absolutely FREE for students of all nationalities if you speak Czech.  

Public Universities

Tuition fees for programs in English range from around $4,000 – $22,350 USD annually (depending on school and program of study.)

Private Universities

Private universities in the Czech Republic are able to set their own tuition fees.  Students can expect tuition to range from $10,000 or more per year at these institutions. 

Norway

Tuition fees: FREE for all students in EU/EEA, FREE for Non-EU/EEA international students at public and state universities

Norway is a popular destination for international students because of its quality education system. As a rule, Norwegian state universities and university colleges do not charge tuition fees to students from any country.  However, students will have to pay a semester fee of around $38 to $78 USD each semester. Students are also responsible for financing their living expenses which can be higher in Norway than in other countries.  In order to get approved for a residence permit, students are required to have around $12,000 in disposable income for the school year.  

Sweden

Tuition fees:  FREE for EU/EEA students, Low tuition for Non-EU/EEA students

Tuition fees vary depending on the university and program in Sweden.  The average fee for a master’s program is around 15,932 USD.  Bachelor’s programs are generally less expensive and vary depending upon the subject.  If you will be studying bachelor’s within the Humanities/Social Sciences/Law and the Sciences your tuition fees will range from $11,000 to $20,000 USD a year.  Students are also responsible for their own living and housing expenses.

France

Tuition fees: Very low tuition for EU/EEA and International Students

In France, the government bears most of the cost of public higher education. France was also ranked the third most popular country for study in Europe by UNESCO.  

Public universities in France charge both EU and Non-EU students between $350 and $750 USD per year depending on whether you pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree.  However, private universities charge annual fees ranging from $1500 and up per year, depending on school and program.  Students are also responsible for their own living and housing expenses.  Aside from Paris, affordable student housing is available to students.

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