Today, International students can study at many colleges and universities for free or at very reduced costs.With the rise in technological advancements and the ease of access to new information, the world has become globalized and the vast network and innovation capabilities readily available to individuals have made it much easier to travel. Education and networking have benefited greatly as a result of this change in the past decades as students desire to migrate to find better opportunities to advance their own careers and lives.
It is unfortunate that brain drain occurs in developing and underdeveloped countries, but developing countries have offered various scholarships and opportunities to foster the growth of international students. While developing countries offer subsidized education and scholarships to the top international students showing most potential, European countries offer them something more. Education has been deemed free by schools within the European border to international students. Here are a few schools who offer this.
Germany undoubtedly is among the most powerful countries in Europe with very high standards where education is concerned. Universities in Germany are considered the best in the world for their state of the art facilities and high quality education and it has now been made free to all students regardless of race, nationality and level of degree. Some of the top universities include: Freie Universität, Berlin; Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin; Technische Universitat, Berlin; Technical University Munich; and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.
The PhD degree programme is also free to students irrespective of nationality in Sweden. Some of the top PhD universities which offer this are Lund University, Halmstad University, Stockholm University, Jonkoping University, Stockholm School of Economics, Uppsala University, Gothenburg University and University of Boras.
Also to add to the list of reasons to start packing to study in Germany, the average cost of living for a student is 500-800 euro inclusive of residence, food, clothing, transportation and other expenses that arise.
Another country offering free tuition to international students, both undergraduate and postgraduate) is Finland. Covered by the state, education is free for all students both local and international irrespective of nationality, just like Germany. Some Finland universities offering no tuition opportunities are University of Helsinki, Aalto University, Lappeenranta University of Technology, University of Oulu, Hanken School of Economics, University of Vaasa, University of Jyvaskyla, National Defense University, University of Lapland, Arcada University of Applied Sciences, University of Eastern Finland, Tampere University of Technology, Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Kajaani University of Applied Sciences among others.
The average cost of living is not very high in Finland, like Germany, students spend on average 500-800 euro per month to cover all expenses.
While Austria caters to students of the liberal arts, music and history, among other areas of study, the country offers free education to international students, especially from undeveloped and less developed countries. These universities offering free tuition include: University of Linz, University of Graz, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, University of Klagenfurt, Danube, Graz University of Technology, University of Salzburg, University Krems, University of Leoben, Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) and Leopold-Franzens -Universitat Innsbruck. While this offer already sounds attractive, like Finland and Germany, the average cost of living is at a low 500-800 euro which covers all expenses of a student.
Postgraduates and undergraduates can study for free in Norway, which is an offer many international students desiring higher education should not pass up. With only a small fee of 50-100 euro per semester, Norway is also considered for having the best universities in the world. Some of the universities include but are not limited to, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), University of Bergen, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB), University of Agder (UiA), The University of Oslo, Norwegian Business School, University of Tromso (UiT), University of Stavanger and more.
While the aforementioned countries have low cost of living for its international students, Norway is a bit more expensive, as students spend on average 1200-1500 euro per month to cover their expenses.
By Alexandra Daley