Top 6 countries with free education | How to study abroad for free!

Last Updated on October 23, 2020 by iSchoolConnect

Studying abroad can do wonders for your profile development but it can be an expensive affair. Therefore, we made a list of the countries where you can study abroad for free or at least, at a low-cost. Read along to know the top countries with free education for international students.

Education is not a commodity but sadly it has become one in most parts of the world. Quality higher education has particularly become out of reach for students with humble backgrounds in many countries. However, there is no need to spiral into despair and dejection. If you have great ambition, a good educational track record, and a competitive attitude, then there are plenty of options for you to study abroad for free. The best option? Apply to countries with free education systems. It is important to mention here that the free-of-cost nature of this education has no bearing on its quality.

In fact, the countries where education is free, many undergrad and post-grad programs are considered some of the best in the world. Without further delay, let’s look at countries with free education where you can pursue your degree in higher education.


A view of the Germany(Munich) skyline
The average cost of accommodation, living, travel, and food expenses can be €850

A list of countries with free education would be incomplete without a mention of Germany, one of the most industrious nations in the EU. Germany is considered one of the most welcoming places for international students who want to study abroad for free. German universities offer more than 1,000 programs in English, which shows their dedication to incoming students.  As of last year, there are some universities that have 100% fee waiver for international students; these include Heidelberg University, Technical University of Munich, Karlsruher Institute of Technology, Humboldt University of Berlin, Technical University of Berlin, etc.


The Oslo Skyline in Norway
Despite the free education in Norway, the average cost of living can be close to €1150

Norway is among the top countries with free colleges. In Norway, a majority of Norwegian universities and state university colleges are publicly funded. Because of this, you can enroll in public universities and study in Norway for free. The best part is, Norway believes in equal education for all and therefore, offers free education to students from both EU and non-EU countries. Nonetheless, some universities need students to deposit a certain amount of money (refundable) to ensure they can bear their living expenses. Some of the top free universities in Norway are Bergen university college, University of Nordland, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences.

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The panoramic view of Ireland
The average cost of living in Ireland can be approximately €500-€600 per month

Ireland is a part of Britain Isle and has a rich history of culture and literature. The country is usually funneling in more than 800 million Euros in the higher education landscape per annum. For that reason, higher education is absolutely free for all Irish and EU students. As for students who are not from the region, there are several scholarships available that entail 100% fee waivers. Any good consultant can guide you better in this regard. The University of Limerick, Cork Institute of Technology, and Dublin Business of School are some of the institutions where you may enroll for 100% free education.


A view of Stockholm, Sweden
The average costs of food, accommodation, travel, and utilities in Sweden is €800-€900

If you are a student bearing a passport from EU/EEA or Switzerland, then here is some good news: you can study in Sweden for free. If you’re a student from non-EU countries, you usually have to pay tuition fees for undergrad and post-grad programs. So, how can you study in Sweden for free? Well, if you study in universities that have partnered with Swedish universities and apply for exchange programs, you can receive free education. There are also a lot of scholarships available to international students such as the Lund University Global Scholarship Programme, Stockholm University Scholarship Scheme, Skovde University Scholarships, and more!

In addition, there are many Ph.D. programs offered by Swedish universities that are not only free for all students but also, offer a salary for these positions. Not only do they offer research in English, but many of them entail paid positions.


Aerial view of Denmark
The average cost of accommodation and utilities can range from €500-€800

Denmark is also one of those countries where education is free but only for EU/EAA students. However, international students can have their tuition fees waived if they can get an admission in a Danish university through an exchange program. If you’re a non-EU student, you can also apply to scholarships like Erasmus Mundus/Joint Master Degree, Nordplus, and many other easily offered Danish government scholarships. You can consult the university you apply to about the scholarships they offer and if you’re eligible for them.


Aerial view of Finland
The average cost of living in Finland can range from €700 – €900

Finland is another country that only offers free education to EU-based students. Up until 2017, Finland was one of those countries where education was free for all no matter what part of the world they belong to. However, Finland has excellent financial aid options so, you can still study for free in Finland on scholarships. Keep in mind that if you’re an international student (Non-EU), you can still study in Finland for free if you pursue programs that are taught in the Finnish or Swedish languages.

There you go folks! If you play your cards right, you can apply to universities in any of these countries and study abroad for free. If you need any help choosing the right country, university or program, you can always consult the experts at iSchoolConnect and get further guidance on this matter. Get FREE counselingperfect university recommendations, scholarship assistance, Essay and SOP writing assistance, and so much more!

You can also check out our related blogs such as Top 10 universities for masters in Ireland, How to apply for free education in Germany, Most affordable countries to study abroad, and many others. Check out these blogs and ask us your doubts in the comments or on our study abroad discussion page. Until then, happy studying!

Rashmi Kango

A writer by day and a reader by night, Rashmi is a quirky cog, in the wheel that is iSchoolConnect. She spends her days writing intriguing and informative articles about all things Higher-Ed.

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