Free Tuition Universities in Europe | Costs of Living | How to Apply

Free Tuition Universities in Europe | Costs of Living | How to Apply

Find out about costs of living in the above mentioned countries, an how to apply to their schools.

Countries in Europe are at the top of many foreign students’ study abroad lists, due to their free-tuition policies, their proven stellar education and the importance universities place on research and practical training. Top study abroad locations, like Finland, Germany, and Norway welcome thousands of international students each year.

Due to their educational transparency and providing each student free access to higher education, these three countries from Northern Europe are home to some of the best universities worldwide, that manage to always be present in the most reputed rankings.

That’s why it’s so important to distinguish the best tuition-free universities in Finland, Germany and Norway, and help you decide if they are the right choice for your international study adventure. 

Tuition fees in Finland

Who is Exempted?

Public universities in Finland are all tuition-free for students coming from EU/EEA countries. However, non-EU/EEA students enrolling in English-taught degrees will need to pay tuition fees.

The minimum tuition set by the Finnish government is around 1,500 EUR/year for Bachelor and Master programmes, but most programmes charge a tuition above this amount.

Tuition fees in public Finnish universities range from 10,000 to 25,000 EUR/year, with the University of Helsinki as the most expensive university. Private universities usually charge higher fees.

All international students who plan to pursue a degree taught in Finnish or Swedish are still not charged any tuition.

Cost of Living

The average costs are at least 800 – 1300 EUR/month. Of course, prices can be higher in Helsinki.

Tuition-free universities in Finland for EU/EEA students

  • University of Vaasa;
  • University of Helsinki;
  • University of Tampere;
  • University of Jyvaskyla;
  • Lappeenranta University of Technology.

Tuition fees in Germany

Who is Exempted?

Both undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered for free in public German universities. This is generally true for international students worldwide, inside or outside the EU/EEA zone.

Administrative fees are charged that cost around 100 – 200 EUR/year, and they are dedicated to student services, covering costs for bus tickets to the university, student cafeterias, and more.

However, according to new education policies, starting from Autumn 2017, non-EU/EEA students who want to study in a university in the Baden-Würrtemberg region will have to pay tuition fees.

Private universities in Germany charge tuition fees and these are between 2,000 and 20,000 EUR/year.

Cost of Living

Living expenses in Germany are around 850 – 1200 EUR/month but can be higher in larger cities like Frankfurt or Munchen.

Tuition-free Universities in Germany for EU/EEA students

  • Friedrich Schiller University Jena;
  • RWTH Aachen University;
  • University of Mannheim;
  • University of Cologne;
  • University of Stuttgart;
  • Darmstadt University of Technology.

Tuition fees in Norway

Who is Exempted?

Norway has 40 public higher education institutions that include universities, colleges and other institutions specialised in a certain field. Just like Germany, Norwegian universities are tuition-free for all international students, whether they come from the EU/EEA countries or not.

Students will just have to pay a semester fee for the student union, that’s between 32 and 65 EUR. The student union fee covers health and counselling services, sports and cultural activities, all held on campus.

In private universities, both national and international students will have to pay tuition fees. Compared to other European countries, private universities in Norway are cheaper, as they have fees between 7,000 and 10,000 EUR/year.

Cost of Living

Monthly living costs in Norway add up to 1000 – 1,600 EUR/month, but in Oslo it can go as high as 2,000 EUR/month.

Tuition-free universities in Norway for EU/EEA students

  • University of Bergen;
  • NHH Norwegian School of Business;
  • Nord University;
  • UIT The Arctic University of Norway;
  • Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences.

How To Apply

Germany (Use DAAD)

If you want to apply for admission into these free tuition Universities in Germany, I recommend that you make use of DAAD search portal.

With DAAD, you can search for any undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters or PhD) courses in these Universities. Don’t forget to look at the universities’ websites for their specific application requirements.

On the left side of the page, you can filter your search result by entering a keyword like “Business”, “Engineering” or any filed you are interested in so that the search returns only business or engineering-related courses.

Whatever the keyword you choose, you can further filter (under Degree/level) by choosing whether you are searching for a Bachelor, Master, PhD / Doctorate, Prep Course, Language Course or a Short Course. If you chose entered Engineering above and choose Master here, you will see Master’s courses in Engineering.

You can broadly choose the field of study by choosing one of the options under “Field of Study”. There are many options available but the most important here is the last one “More”. There you have “Tuition fee”, choose “none” so that you only courses in schools where tuition fees are not paid.

When you click on a particular course, you will see all the details there; course overview, admission requirements, language requirements, course curriculum and how to apply. Some require that you apply directly to the school while other ask you to apply through Uni-Assist.

The course page link is always included, click on it to read more details, especially the documents you need to submit. Since requirements and procedure vary slightly for every institution, read more details on the website of the institution you want to apply to.

Other Countries

You can contact the school of your choice to know their specific course  requirements and how to apply.

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