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Top 5 cheapest countries to study abroad for Indian students

Last Updated on February 26, 2021 by iSchoolConnect

Studying abroad is an adventure that every student should embark upon. However, the high cost involved in education abroad stops many from doing so. We say don’t let finances hold you back. Take a look at this list of the cheapest countries to study abroad for Indian students.

For many students on a limited budget, this may be hard to believe but getting quality education abroad is possible. Plenty of international countries believe in offering equal opportunities to everyone, which includes international students as well. Due to their student-friendly policies and good educational standards, they are the best countries to study and work abroad. In this article, we discuss five of the cheapest countries to study abroad for Indian students.


Northern Lights in Norway
Student housing in Norway is subsidized by their government. Therefore, the accommodation here is very affordable and high standard.

Norway is renowned for its stunning natural beauty and high quality of life. While most Scandinavian countries are affordable study destinations, Norway claims the top position. The country is home to some of the best and affordable universities for international students.

Norway’s public universities offer free education except for some specialized programs. The best thing is that this opportunity does not exclude students outside the European Union.

While the cost of living in Norway might be slightly high, at approximately 140,000 NOK per year for all your expenses, the absence or reduced educational expenses make up for it.

Most of the educational programs in Norway are in English. Moreover, many of the locals there are proficient in English. Therefore, you wouldn’t have problems interacting with them daily and the language barrier would be minimal.


Sunset view of National Chengchi University clicked by international students in Taiwan
Taiwan’s high-quality education in the fields of science and technology draws students from around the globe.

When it comes to studying in Asia, Taiwan is one of the cheapest countries to study for international students.

Taiwan is not only affordable but also, stands as a leading center for high-quality education. For instance, the nation’s leading university – National Taiwan University ranks among the Top 100 best universities in the world.

The fees for undergraduate programs at the university start at  TW$ 100,920, which amounts to 3,265 USD. Even the liberal arts programs at the university cost around TW$ 124,200 or 4020 USD per year making Taiwan one of the cheapest countries to study abroad.

More than 120 courses in 40 universities in Taiwan are taught in English. International students can also use the opportunity of interacting with the locals and learning about their culture and language.

Additionally, students can gain access to a decent quality of living at low accommodation costs. The annual cost of living in Taiwan amounts to TW$ 90,000, which is 2910 USD.


Frankfurt skyline. Study in Germany
Over 400 universities in Germany offer a wide range of postgraduate courses to international students.

Known as the “land of ideas,” Germany is one of the best places to study abroad for international students. It is one of the biggest centers of education in the world. It is also home to several reputable universities.

Students at the undergraduate and Ph.D. levels are not required to pay tuition fees for their studies. This facility is available in all public universities except the  Baden-Württemberg University.

On the other hand, a master’s student without an undergraduate degree in Germany will have to pay a fee for their program. Masters’ candidates have to pay around €20,000 (22,400 USD) each year.

The cost of living in Germany is at least €10,000 (11,200 USD), but it can vary according to your lifestyle, spending habits, and location.


Paris  is one of the cheapest countries to study abroad for Indian students
The average cost of living in Paris is around 1,200 to 1,800 euros a month

France is an amazing place to study abroad, with 10 of its universities ranked the world’s top 300. Not only does it have incredible universities, the cities that you can travel to during your time there are absolutely fantastic.

In regards to tuition fees, the cost of bachelor programs is around 170 euros per year. For engineering degrees, there are higher fees which are around 620 euros per year.

The cost of studying in Europe, at the most affordable universities in Europe, are the University of Orleans (170-601 euros a year), and the University of Strasbourg (184-610 euros a year). 


Denmark is one of the cheapest countries to study abroad for Indian students
Denmark colleges are famous for courses in engineering, life sciences, social sciences, and IT

One of the most demanding study destinations in Europe, Denmark is filled with idyllic landscapes, thriving cities, and a society that is ranked the happiest in the world.

Moreover, the country is highly reputed for its quality education, which focuses on helping students use what they have learned to design innovative solutions.

Higher education in Denmark is free for students who are from EU/EEA or Switzerland! Even exchange students do not have to pay any tuition fees while they’re studying in Denmark.

If, however, you do not fall into any of these categories, you would have to pay anywhere between 6000 and 16,000 euros per annum.

Apart from this, you would also have to consider your cost of living, which will include accommodation, food, transport, and other miscellaneous expenses. This amounts to anywhere between 900 and 1650 euros per month, depending on your choice of accommodation and other factors.

So, which country should I choose?

Well, the first thing you need to do is choose a course. Do you want to do pursue MS or MBA? Are you interested in studying Culinary Arts or would you prefer taking up a STEM course?

Once you’ve chosen, see which of these countries have universities that offer the course of your interest. At the same time, check if you are eligible to apply to these institutions. For example, some German universities might not accept students who don’t know German.

After this, you can look at factors like quality of life, post-study visa policies, cost of living, and other important factors, which will help you decide which among this list of cheapest countries to study abroad for Indian students is the perfect fit for you.

In case you get stuck or have any doubts, or if you want to know more about any of these countries, feel free to reach out to us. Or…drop a comment!

You know we’d be very happy to help.

Happy shortlisting!

Malavika Issar

A die-hard marketeer, blogger and an education industry enthusiast. Malavika loves traveling, meeting new people and is a full-time dog whisperer

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