A Guide to Tuition-Free Colleges and Universities for International Students


If you fail to qualify for fully-funded university scholarships, consider enrolling in universities that are tuition free or universities offering tuition fee scholarships.  Although not as many as before, there still are countries that offer free tuition for international students. scholars4dev.com has compiled information and provided links to tuition-free Colleges and Universities in these countries.

Tuition Free Universities in Finland »


studyinfinland.fi says:

There are currently no tuition fees charged in Finland, regardless of the nationality of the student.

Remember that even when there are no tuition fees, you still need to plan your finances – you are expected to independently cover all your everyday living expenses during your studies in Finland – please see www.studyinfinland.fi/costs

At the moment, scholarships are mainly available only for Doctoral level studies and research – please see www.studyinfinland.fi/scholarships

Cost of Studying in Finland: Estimated living expenses of a single student in Finland average around 700 Euros per month.

See the list of all Finnish institutions of higher education

Source: http://www.studyinfinland.fi/tuitionfees


Tuition Free Universities in Austria »


If you are an non-EU student, federal/public universities in Austria only charge about 726.72  Euros for tuition fees plus 17.50 Euros for the Austrian Student Union and insurance fee per semester.

If you are a citizen of a least developed country, you are exempted to pay tuition fees at public universities in Austria and only need to pay 17.50 Euros per semester for the student union fee and insurance.

Cost of Studying in Austria: The cost of living for students in Austria is approximately 800 Euros per month which covers accommodation, food, and personal expenses.

See the list of Universities in Austria

Also see the Austria Grants Database

Source: http://www.oead.at/welcome_to_austria/education_research/study_in_austria/universities/tuition_fees/EN/


Tuition Free Universities in Norway »


Studyinnorway.no says:

Norwegian state universities and state university colleges as a rule do not charge tuition fees for international students. However, students will need to pay a semester fee of NOK 300-600 ($50-100) each semester.

This is applicable for all levels, including undergraduate studies, Masters programmes and Ph.D. programmes. Note that some state universities and university colleges may have tuition fees for a few specialized programmes. Typically these programmes are at the Masters level.

Most private institutions have tuition fees for all their programmes and courses. But the fees are usually significantly lower than those of comparable studies in most other countries. Also, foreign students don’t pay higher tuition fees than Norwegian students.

Cost of Studying in Norway: You should take into consideration that living expenses in Norway are higher than in many other countries.  Living expenses would amount to 89.000 NOK ($15,000) per year.

See the list of Universities and Colleges in Norway

See also the list of  Scholarships in Norway for International Students

Source: http://www.studyinnorway.no/sn/Tuition-Scholarships


Tuition Free Universities in Germany »


For many years, higher institutions of education in Germany usually do not charge any tuition fees for undergraduate studies.   But after the Constitutional Court of Germany lifted the ban on tuition fees in January 2005, a number of Federal states now charge tuition fees for undergraduate students.  Postgraduate studies such as most Master’s or PhD charges tuition fees for some time now.

Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Programmes

Since the winter semester 2006/07, German universities are now allowed to charge tuition fees for undergraduate study programmes. As of October 2013,  only 1 out of 16 Federal states charge tuition fees of up to 500 Euros per semester. All other federal states only request a certain amount of money as a semester contribution (about 50 euros) but charges no tuition fees. You should check this page for updated information on tuition fees in different federal states in Germany.

Tuition fees for Graduate Programmes

In most cases, you need to pay tuition fee for Master’s programmes. The fees vary between 650 Euros and several thousand Euros per Semester. Aside from the tuition fee, each student has to pay a certain amount as a semester contribution to the university (about 50 Euros).

Cost of Studying in Germany: On average, German students spend about 500-800 Euros for accommodation, transport, food, and miscellaneous expenses.


See the list of all German Universities and Colleges.

Also see the list of Scholarships in Germany for International Students.

Source: http://www.internationale-studierende.de/en/prepare_your_studies/financing/cost_of_education/


Tuition Free Universities in Sweden »


Up until 2010, Sweden has been one of the few countries in Europe that has not charged any types of fees. All students—regardless of nationality—have been funded by Swedish taxpayers.  In 2010, the Swedish parliament has passed a law that charges tuition and application fees for students from non-EU/EEA countries starting  2011/2012 academic year, to be supplemented by scholarship programs.

Thus, application and tuition fees apply for students who are not citizens of an EU/EEA/Nordic country or Switzerland. The tuition fees apply only to bachelor’s and master’s programmes and courses, while PhD programmes are tuition-free. All students who are studying at the doctoral level in Sweden are not required to pay tuition fees.

A significant number of Universities still offer full and partial scholarships in the form of tuition waivers for international students.

Find the list of Universities in Sweden that offers scholarships/tuition waivers

See the list of Scholarships in Sweden for International Students

Source: http://www.studyinsweden.se/Home/News-archive/2010/Tuition-fees-from-2011/


Online Tuition-Free Universities »


Nowadays, you need not to leave your country to benefit from an international education.  All you need is a computer and internet connection.  Moreover, there are now a number of Universities offering online courses/degree for free.

The first such University is University of the People which is a tuition-free, non-profit, online academic institution dedicated to opening access to higher education globally.    University of the People offers online Associate Degree in Management and Computer Science.

This was followed by an initiative of MIT and Harvard called edX which is a learning platform that gives students from any country the opportunity to take free online courses offered by three premier Universities in the US – Harvard, MIT, and UC Berkeley.  Online learners can earn a certificate of completion after completing the course.

Following this trend, a social entrepreneurship company introduced Coursera which is an online learning platform that partners with the top universities in the world to offer online courses in many fields of study for anyone to take, for free.

See the list of Universities offering free online courses


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