Ashish Rana Countries Where Even Non-EU Students Can Go For The Studies Without Paying A Single Penny June 13, 2015

Expensive tuition fees bring down the dreams of many of us to go abroad for studies and getting a scholarship is a big deal too. So, going to countries where you can get free education, can save you a lot of money. Also, the universities providing free education to everyone regardless of their nationality, always have a good reputation and excellent education system. For European (EU) students, it is easy to get free education almost all over the Europe but for non-European (non-EU), it’s a little big deal.

Let us find out where non-EU students can also get the free education. But note that, you still have to cover your living expenses which vary accordingly depending on the country you want to study in. Generally, public universities provide free education but exceptions are everywhere. Before making any decision check full details about the program and fee structure on the official university website, placement records, project insights and reputation that the university holds.


The country carries one of the best education system in the world with a high standard of teaching and educational services. According to Universitas 21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems 2015, Finland grabs 4th position highlighting its educational level. Finland provides about 500 programs in English to choose from, with no tuition fees. Living expenses are around 600 to 800 euros per month.

Helsinki University of Technology

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This beautiful country is famous of its northern lights, education, tranquillity and welfare system. Norway is at 12th spot in Universitas 21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems 2015, and almost every university do not charge tuition fees, yet students have to pay registration fees of NOK 300 to 600 per semester. Living expenses in Norway are 800 to 1000 euros per month being one of the most expensive countries in the world.

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim



With the booming economy and high employment rate, Germany is a hotspot with the fact that they provide free education to everyone. German education system is among the best in the world specialized in engineering courses. Students are not required to pay tuition fees, but they have to pay the registration charge and student union fees maximum up to 500 euros per semester and in some cases 1000 euros per semester. Germany holds the 14th position in Universitas 21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems 2015, and living expenses are around 500 to 650 euros per month.

University of Göttingen



Getting admission in German universities is more than a task, but Austria provides the exact same environment from language to the education system to students who love Germany but looking for an alternative. Austria is just one spot above to Germany in Universitas 21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems 2015 and living expenses are almost same with the same tuition fees system as of Germany.

University of Vienna



France offers 189 masters programs taught fully in English and tuition fee for 75 of them is around 250 to 800 euros per semester under National Tuition fees system. While France ranked at 17th position in Universitas 21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems 2015 but they are world leaders in business and management studies. Living expenses are around 700 to 850 euros per month.

University of Lyon



Estonian universities offer 66 programs taught in English and tuition fees is nil for 18 programs including one bachelor program as well. Estonia is now known to most of the learners and a rising destination in the field of quality education specializes in IT programs. Living costs are considerably low around 350 to 450 euros per month.

University of Tartu

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A Free Advice: Where there is no tuition fee, competition for getting admission is quite high. You need to plan your studies almost a year before the official deadline and the closer you submit your application, the less chance you have of getting admission over there. Most of the free universities offer admission on rolling basis so it’s always better to apply as early as possible.

Countries like Denmark and Sweden charge tuition fees for non-EU students but offer lots of scholarships. It is not that hard to get a scholarship especially for tuition fees, so I mean the chances are high in these two countries. There are many countries who charge very fewer tuition fees, all you need to search a bit more.

I will suggest going to Finland and Norway if you are looking for best education quality among mentioned countries. It is easier to get admission in tuition-free university in Finland and Norway if you compare them to Germany and Austria. If you are confident enough to tackle the tough competition then Germany is the best bet as job opportunities are at the zenith in the current economic boom. While Estonia and France are economies with many ups and downs, still they are a good choice for learners as they offer good and calm educational environment.

So, you have to choose the destination which fits best to you and the one you need.

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