Cheapest Countries to Study Abroad

[Updated December 2019]

Do you have an undying desire to avoid the incessant ASUU strike and experience a stable academic calendar? Would you prefer to know the exact date of graduation right from the matriculation day? Studying abroad is the dream of many Nigerian students! Then you should definitely check out the cheapest countries to study abroad.

Besides a regular academic calendar, Nigerians have a strong passion to further their studies abroad because of the advanced knowledge and expertise in top western universities especially in such fields of study like science, medicine and technology-related courses. These universities offer knowledge and skills which are applicable and adaptable to situations requiring international interactions.

However, one thing that stands between Nigerians and this goal is the cost of studying abroad. But don’t worry, here are the top 10 cheapest countries to study abroad in Europe.

1. Germany

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International students can enjoy access to tuition-free universities in most parts of Germany. The few German regions that charge tuition fees like Munich have average tuition fees as low as EUR260 (₦105,523). An additional mandatory fee of EUR32-64 (₦12,847-25,694) is required per semester for the student union. Most German cities are more affordable to live in than other European cities like Paris and London.

Top German universities for international students include Technical University Berlin; the Free University of Berlin; Humboldt University of Berlin; the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the Technical University, Munich.

Average tuition fees are EUR 200-700 (₦80,200-280,706) per academic year.

2. Belgium

University in Brussels Cheapest Countries to Study Abroad

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The capital of Belgium, Brussels, and indeed the entire nation can be considered the cheapest country to study. The cost of living is relatively low and the quality of living is high.

Top Belgium universities for international students include The Catholic University in Leuven, Belgium, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Average tuition fees are EUR1,500 -5,000 (₦601,513-2,005,042) per academic year.

3. Hungary

University in Hungary cheapest countries to study aborad

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Hungary offers some of the cheapest universities in the world. The accommodation charges are equally affordable. Hungarian universities also have various scholarship packages for international students. The overall cost of living in Hungarian cities is inexpensive compared to other European cities, making the destination one of the cheapest countries to study abroad. Therefore, Hungary is an affordable study destination for Nigerian students who want to travel abroad for education.

Top universities for international students include the University of Debrecen, University of Szeged, Corvinus University of Budapest, and Eötvös Loránd University.

Average tuition fees are EUR1,000 (₦401,008) per academic year.

4. Italy

University of Florence cheapest countries to study abroad

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Italy offers many of the cheapest universities in the world. They also have diverse accommodation options at economical rates. Italy is noted for offering the best education in such study areas as fashion, history, liberal arts and arts at low cost. It is indeed the best place to study the arts.

Top universities for international students include the University of Bologna, University of Rome La Sapienza, Polytechnic University of Milan, University of Rome Tor Vergata.

Average tuition fees are EUR1,500 (₦601,513) per academic year.

5. France

Study abroad in France

France has a low tuition rate for both local and international students. Paris, the French capital, ranks as one of the leading QS Best Student Cities in 2019 (QS World University Rankings, an annual publication of university rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds). Other cities in France have the additional advantage of having a lower cost of living than Paris. French universities offer diverse accommodation packages for international students at affordable rates, making the destination one of the cheapest countries to study abroad.

Top universities for international students include University in Lyon, France, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon and Université Jean Moulin Lyon

Average tuition fees are EUR170-650 (₦68,171-260,655) per academic year.

6. Luxembourg

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One of the cheapest countries to study in Europe is Luxembourg. With its modern, multilingual and multicultural society, it will be one of the most charming places you’ll ever visit! It’s also among the safest destinations in Europe, making it perfect for an international student.

Top universities for international students in Luxembourg include the University of Luxembourg and European Business University.

Average tuition fees are EUR400-800 (₦160,672-321,344)) per year, for business-related studies, it is EUR4,000-5,000 (₦1,606,720-2,008,400) per year.

7. Austria

University in Austria cheapest countries to study abrod

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Public universities in Austria have an average tuition fee of about 727 Euros and an additional 20 Euros for insurance and Austrian student union membership per semester.

Cost of living in Austria for students compares favourably with other Europeans countries.

Top universities for international students in Austria include University of Vienna, Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, University of Graz, etc.

Average tuition fees are EUR1,452 (₦582,954) per academic year.

8. Norway

University of Oslo cheapest countries to study abroad

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The state universities and university colleges in Norway offer tuition-free education for international students. The students just pay a token EUR32-64 (₦12,847-25,694) per semester for student union membership.

This free education for international students extends from an undergraduate program to masters degree studies and PhD programs. Private universities have tuition fees, however, they are also affordable but the cost of living in Norway is higher than in other European countries. The cities with the lowest living costs are Volda, Sogndal, Porsgrunn and Narvik.

Top universities for international students in Norway include the University of Oslo, University of Bergen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and University of Tromsø

9. Sweden

University of Sweden cheapest countries to study abroad

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International students from non-EU/EEA/Nordic country or Switzerland pay tuition fees. However, many universities offer partial and full scholarships packaged as tuition waivers for international students. If you are enrolled in a school that is a partner university to universities in Sweden, you can take part in their study abroad exchange programs. PhD programs are free however, for international students. The cost of living in Sweden is relatively high.

Top Swedish universities for international students are Lund University, Uppsala University, Karolinska Institute, Royal Institute of Technology and the Stockholm School of Economics.

Average tuition fees are EUR7,600 (₦3,051,768) per academic year.

10. Ukraine

University in Ukraine cheapest places to study abroad

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Ukraine is one of the cheapest countries to study abroad in Europe, with its universities offering one of the cheapest engineering and medical education compared to other European countries. The admission requirements are simple as TOEFL and ILETS are not required, all payments are made on arrival.

The cost of living in Ukraine is low yet the standard of living compares favourably with other European countries. There are also job opportunities during the summer holidays. Deserving students are assured of receiving a  student visa.

Top universities for international students in Ukraine: Kharkiv National Medical University, Dnipropetrovsk State Medical Academy, Ukrainian Medical Stomatological Academy, Crimea State Medical University, Odessa State Medical University.

Average tuition fees are EUR4,514 (₦1,813,573) per academic year.


So, now you know about the top cheapest countries to study abroad! Where do you plan to study first?

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230 thoughts on “Cheapest Countries to Study Abroad

  1. What??? Lithuania is the cheapest! High quality, international studies with internationally acknowledged diploma, English language spoken by most people, studies are in English in many Universities, all the Erasmus opportunities to go to other EU countries! Lithuania is perfect 😉

    • Good day to you Ms E. I’d like some more light shed on your thread. Thanks.

    • eva,thanks for the info.can u please give more more info about universities in lithuania that give preference for foreign students.
      my mail is anthonyadeleke3@gmail.com

  2. contact me with more information , thank you

  3. STOP ASKING OTHER PEOPLE TO SEND YOU LINKS. Do some research yourself. If you’re really wanting to do a three year course at one of these places you’re going to have to work HARD for three years, so start NOW!

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  4. Pls which university accept work and part time program among DS 10 listed universities, Cos I have av PGD in Quantity survey and has been a working class since 6years ago in Nigeria here… I Have wife and children already ,there s no way I can apply for full time program without no work….pls inbox me ur opinion….

  5. please I am an art student and need to study undergraduate in the least tuition paid university in Europe….
    please anyone here to help?

  6. i want to study mbbs in europe i completed my high school and higher secondary with above 60% mark and i have alots of doubt about completing my degree in europe.if studied mbbs in europe in which countries can i work with out exam and fee structure,can i get loans to complete my mbbs degree

  7. hello and thanks for any help you could offer in advance.
    we are a british family living in saudi arabia for 30 years , my son just finished his high school and want to start universities. my money situation is not helping me so i can not afford to send him to study abroad. i asked in england and told me we are considerd international students and have to pay the same as those who come from abroad,
    could you help me in guiding me where to get help and to which university to send him where cost is reasonable and help available.

    regards

    aboujameel

  8. Nice one
    .I really satisfy thank u.

  9. Good Morning.
    Thank you for this post.
    I am a Nigeria, looking to study in Europe to get my Masters’ Degree.
    Would you happen to know the requirements to study in Ukraine or Finland?
    This will be helpful.
    Thank you.

    • Mr Mark,

      The general requirements for Master study in Ukraine or Finland are as follows: WAEC/NECO certificate, Test of English, B.sc certificates, Motivational Letter, Resume and any other educational requirement as specified/requested by the Institution of your chosen, for detailed info check with the university.
      Best Regards
      TravellersHub

  10. Please i will like to know the requarement for studing in germeny for a student of mechanical egn degree prg

  11. I am a Tanzania , looking to study in Europe to get my PHD.My area of interest is early childhood education programme offered in UK/CHINA/GERMANY.
    Would you happen to know the requirements IF AT ALL I HAVE DEVELOPED A CONCEPT NOTE?
    will you lead me to secure a scholarship .
    Thank you in advance.

    • Did u know any university in tanzania that offer any medical course

  12. Hello,
    Please do you know countries that offers partially funded PHD scholarships in Europe and schools where the tuition fees are not that expensive and also an opportunity where i can work and live if possible getting a resident permit would not be difficult.
    Thank you..

  13. Greetings dear,
    I’m an Ethiopian undergrad student who will graduate from a Korean university in two moths of time. I was wondering if you by any chance happen to know European universities that don’t require any of the English proficiency exams in order to enroll at their grad school programs.
    I’m interested in majors related to Peace and security studies, gender studies, peace and conflict resolution, diplomacy and/or human rights.

    Many thanks for your help.

    • Did they offer medical courses at your school?

  14. am a NIGERIAN I want to know more about helsinki

  15. Please am a Nigerian and i will like to know what and what is needed for me to study in finland and how much it will cost to get there please…..and thank you

    • Hi there, thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid we do not specialise with visa related queries. For this, you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required. ~ Aminat

  16. Hello, I would like to know if Ukrain Universities have Statistics programs or courses for Bachelor’s Degree and Masters Degree. Thank you

    • Hi there, thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid we do not specialise with visa related queries. For this, you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required. ~ Aminat

  17. I am looking up universities in Europe that would be affordable and either accept the student based on high school marks or have entrance exams that are held in UAE… Any help would be really appreciated.

  18. I have completed my mastery , so I want to do PhD from Sweden or Norway . which is best to do PhD in library and information science and free .

    • Hi there, thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid we do not specialise with visa related queries. For this, you will need to contact the Embassy direct or your institution. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required. ~ Aminat

  19. pl tell me the cost for m tec in civil engineering in germany

    • Hi there, thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid we do not specialise with visa related queries. For this, you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required. ~ Aminat

  20. Please which are the top universities to study engineering in ukraine or does medical institutions offer engineering course too cause twasnt mentioned

    • Hi there, thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid we do not specialise with visa related queries. For this, you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required. ~ Aminat

  21. Hi i am from India,Me and Hubby want to settle in Europe so which country will most preferable for us please guide us.

    • Hi there, thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid we do not specialise with visa related queries. For this, you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required. ~ Aminat

  22. pls can you give me a brake down on any cheap school in europe country were i can do a master program with HND certificate??

    • Hi there, thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid we do not specialise with visa related queries. For this, you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required. ~ Aminat

  23. can u suggest European country with study n Business related course

  24. I have pass 10+2 since 2016 with commerce steam

  25. Thanks for the great work indeed. I am Awe Ayodeji lucky i graduated this year having 9 distinctions(A’s and B’s) i am looking for any available fully funded undergraduate scholarship to study in any non english speaking countries(europe), to study medicine or medicine like courses.The scholarship must not required TOEFL or any International exams and it must cover everything. Thanks
    09038627681

    • Hi there, thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid we do not specialise with visa related queries. For this, you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required. ~ Aminat

  26. Hi, I am from Jamaica. My grades are about 70%, but will be better for this year. I would like to study in any country, medicine on a full scholarship in English. Can you please help me find one

    • Hi there, thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid we do not specialise with visa related queries. For this, you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required. ~ Aminat

  27. Good Morning.
    I am a nepali now studying in Russia 2th year when i have finished bachelor, but now i looking to study in Europe Austria to get my Masters’ Degree.
    which and what types of documents i need to prepared could you tell me some information!

    • Hi there, thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid we do not specialise with visa related queries. For this, you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required. ~ Aminat

  28. hy,,i am a kenyan and i currently finished my high school level and managed to score an A-,second to the maximum points you can score.I have a fearful premonition of doom that my study will be distracted by my single mother’s poverty.I would like to study aeronautical engineering.Can you please attach me to any scholarships offered by the institutions.

    • Hi David, I’m sorry we don’t have much information on your request. You can please contact the institutions of your choice directly to know more about any scholarships offered. -Innocent

  29. I had a degree in geology 2013/2014 and i wish to do master in petroleum economics in europe, i do not know how to go about it due to lack of finance, can i be able to have student loan and work while schooling?

    • Hi there, thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid we do not specialise with visa related queries. For this, you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required. ~ Aminat

  30. Ii am a cameroonian

  31. Thanks for the good work. Please can you kindly tell me the requirements for getting admitted into an undergraduate MBBS full time program at Ukraine. How much does it cost per session and for how long is the course. I am making enquires so as to apply for it at Crimea State Medical University this year. Thanks and reply

  32. Thank you for pointing us towards the right direction, the rest is for us to check out all the institutions and proceed with applications. God Bless

  33. good morning I’m ken I only v my weac result do I need to write any international exam before I can get admission into university of Ukraine thanks

    • Hi Ken,thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid we do not specialise with visa related queries. For this, you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required. ~ Aminat

  34. hai..
    i have completed b-tech in india
    i want to study ms in europen countries
    plzz let me know the best place to study ms in european countries.
    and somebody said to me Italy is best place and another one said Austria is best place to study and surviving
    and mani thing is i known only english
    which is the best place to me
    please suggest me….

    • Hi Rajireddy,thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid we do not specialise with visa related queries. For this, you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required. ~ Aminat

  35. Wha the fuck? This is the most expensive countries

  36. Please leave your comment…
    please which institution in Europe offers pharmacy or petrochemical engineering? and I need a low or tuition free university with a low cost of living and a good environment, thanks!! I’d really appreciate if I can be provided with helpful information cos I have searched the web and Google endlessly. Thanks and God bless!!!

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  38. Hey .i want to do some diploma course in european country and do not have good budget so please suggest any thin that i can do , i have around 5 years of working experience as well.

    • Even though most universities in Europe are free, you have to be dedicated in order to study because most universities require you to dedicate 40 hours per week to study and allow a maximum of 20 working hours per week

  39. This is indeed a great compilation guide for students to make good choice of their study abroad country.
    Thank You.

    • Yes Francis, Travelstart is the place to be when it comes to study abroad informations

  40. This is really fantastic article. I would love to know more about the study visa to Hungary.
    Admin

  41. Hi there, i wish to send my boys for foundation and undergrat education in Ukraine, but, someone told me that politial conditions in Ukraine and are not stable and they are in was with Russia. Is it true. I am bit confused in taking decision.

  42. This is Amazing, Good to know the best country out there to study in, really helpful..

  43. The information about Ukraine is correct. Ukraine is truly one of the most affordable destinations to study medicical and technical courses, in Europe. Tuition, however, will depend on the course and language of study. Courses taught in English are typically more expensive than those taught in the local Ukrainian or Russian language.
    You can find current tuition and admission information from here: https://tostudyinukraine.org

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