Study Abroad For Free : Best 40 Available Options For You


As an international student with little budget, you might be searching for where to study abroad for free or how to study abroad for free and probably with a low cost of living.

Fortunately there are some countries and universities around the world that offer free undergraduate and post graduate education for international students.


This post is to answer frequently asked questions such as

How to study abroad for free

Study for free as an international students

Free tuition for international students

I want to study abroad but can’t afford it

Is there a way to study abroad for free

Although most countries that offer free university education to international students, there are a lot of criteria for international students to be able to benefit from such schemes. One of the major criteria is that to benefit from their free education program, you have to study using their language.

Also some countries do not offer free university education to international students but some universities in the country are tuition free.

So below is the list of options available for international students who want to study abroad for free

Countries that offer free education to international students

1.       Studying in Sweden

Public universities in Sweden offer tuition free education

Available for all international students, both EU nationals and non EU nationals

2.       Studying in Norway

Public universities in Norway offer tuition free education

Available to EU and non EU nationals

 

3.       Studying in France

Some public universities in France offer tuition free education

Available to EU and non EU nationals

 

4.       Studying in Belgium

Public universities in Belgium offers tuition free education

Available only to EU nationals. Non EU nationals have to pay tuition fees of about 1000 euros per year.

 

5.       Studying in Czech Republic

Public universities in Czech Republic offer tuition free education

Available to EU and non EU nationals

 

6.       Studying in Finland

All universities in Finland offer tuition free education

Available to only EU nationals, other international students have to pay tuition fees of about 1200 Euros per year.

 

7.       Studying in Poland

Public universities in Poland offer tuition free education

Available to only EU nationals, other international students are to pay tuition fees of about 1000 Euros per year.

 

8.       Studying in Germany

Some public universities in Germany offer tuition free education

Available to all international students

 

9.       Studying in Austria

Public universities offer tuition free education

Available only to EU nationals. Other nationalities have to pay tuition fees of about 1500 Euros per year

 

10.   Studying in Brazil

Public universities in Brazil offer tuition free education

Available to all international students

 

The United States does not offer tuition free education but there are some universities in USA where international students can study for free

 

11.   Berea College

Also gives a work study program

 

12.   Alice Lloyd College

Students can also work 10-20 hours per week

 

13.   Webb Institute

Students can take part in paid internships for extra money

 

14.   College of the Ozarks

International students have to work 15 hours a week to qualify for free tuition

 

15.   Curtis Institute of Music

The school only accepts 160 students per year

 

16.   City University of New York

Free tuition is offered to students who take part in their teacher academy

 

17.   University of Washington

 

18.   Washington State University

 

19.   Franklin Wolin College of Engineering

 

It offers merit full scholarship to all admitted students

 

20.   Deep Springs College

All military academies in the United States also offers free tuition to all enrolled students

21.   US Military Academy

22.   US Airforce Academy

23.   US Naval Academy

24.   US Coast Guard Academy’

25.   US Merchant Academy

 

If you are enrolled in any of the above institutes, then you won’t have to pay anything for tuition.

As mentioned earlier in this post, there are some countries that offer free tuition for university education to all students including international students, now we have listed out tuition free universities you can apply to directly in Europe.

Tuition free universities in Norway

26.   University of Bergen

27.   Nord University

28.   The artic university of Norway

29.   Norwegian school of Economics

30.   Oslo university College of applied Science

 

Tuition free universities in Germany

31.   Hamburg University of Technology

32.   University of Leipzig

33.   Ruhr University of Bochum

34.   University of Stuttgart

35.   Darmstadt University of Technology

 

Tuition free universities in Finland

36.   Aalto university

37.   University of Helsnki

38.   Metropolia University of applied science

39.   University of Jyvaskyla

40.   Lappeenrata University of Technology

 

These are the best options to choose from if you want to study abroad for free as an international student.

How to apply and study abroad in any tuition free university

Selecting Universities:

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.

In summary, apart from the options listed on studying abroad for free, you can also apply for full tuition scholarships from the government, private organizations or the universities of your choice.

Hope this post was helpful

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Study for free as an international students

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