[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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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