Study Overseas for Free – Countries Offering Free or Low Tuition

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:


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. 


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.  


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.


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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