Top 10 Cheapest European Countries to Study Abroad

Driven by the undying desire to avoid the incessant ASUU strike and experience a stable academic calendar, where a scholar will know the exact date of graduation right from the matriculation day; studying abroad is the dream of many Nigerian students.

Besides 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 sciences, medicine and technology related courses. These universities offer knowledge and skills which are applicable and adaptable to situations requiring international interactions. This gives the students an edge over those that studied back home in the competitive Global Labour market.

However one thing that stands between Nigerians and this goal is the cost of studying abroad. But never worry, here are top 10 cheapest European countries to study abroad.

1. Germany

TUB-Hauptgebäude07.07.2010 Technische Universität Berlin | Photo Source: Wikipedia

Public universities in most part of Germany do not charge tuition fees for both local and international students, the few German regions that charge tuition fees like Munich has an average tuition fees as low as US$ 1000. Most German cities are more affordable to live in than other European cities like Paris and London.
Top German Universities for International Students: Technische Universität Berlin; Freie Universität Berlin; Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and Technical University, Munich.
Average Tuition Fees: EUR 1000 per academic year

2. Belgium

Vrije Universiteit Brussel        Vrije Universiteit Brussel | Photo Source: vub.ac.be

Brussels, the  capital of Belgium and indeed the entire country is affordable for international students, the average tuition fees is US$ 1000 per annum. The cost of living is relatively low and the quality of living is high.
Top Belgium Universities for International Students: University in Leuven, Belgium, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).
Average Tuition Fees: €1,500  per academic year

3. Hungary

University of Szeged University of Szeged | Photo Source: University of Szeged

The universities in Hungary offer low tuition fees for international students. 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. Therefore, Hungary is an affordable study destination for Nigerian students who want travel abroad for education.
Top Universities for International Students: University of Debrecen, University of Szeged, Corvinus University of Budapest, and Eötvös Loránd University.
Average Tuition Fees: €1,000  per academic year.

4. Italy

Uni-Florence Florence University of Arts | Photo Source: MSOE 

Many Italian Universities offer cheap tuition for international students. They also have diverse accommodation options at economical rate. Italy is noted for offering best education in such study areas as fashion, history, liberal arts and arts at low cost. It is indeed the best place to study arts.
Top Universities for International Students: University of Bologna, University of Rome La Sapienza, Polytechnic University of Milan, University of Rome Tor Vergata, etc.
Average Tuition Fees: €1,000 per academic year.

5. France

PicardyJulesVerne University of Picardy Jules-Verne | Photo Source: Scholarshipresource

France has a low tuition rate for both local and international students. Paris the French capital is the top overall QS Best Student Cities for 2 consecutive years. Other cities in France have the additional advantage of having a lower cost of living than Paris. The average tuition fees are US$1,000. French Universities offer diverse accommodation packages for international students at affordable rates.
Top Universities for International Students: University in Lyon, France, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon and Université Jean Moulin Lyon
Average Tuition Fees: US$1,000 per academic year.

6. Finland

University of Helsinki University of Helsinki | Photo Source: Wikipedia

Finland offers no tuition fee doctoral and bachelor’s degree program for both local and international students. Some master degree program has a tuition fee for non-EU/EEA international students. Though the Nordic region of Europe is reputed for high cost of living, however Helsinki is among the most affordable city in the region.
Top Universities for International Students in Finland: Aalto University and University of Helsinki.
According to StudyinFinland website; “No tuition fees charged in Finnish higher education degrees starting in autumn 2014, regardless of the level of studies and the nationality of the student.” This means that Finland University education is free for everyone including Nigerian students.

7. Austria

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA University of Vienna, Austria | Photo Source: Allcountries

Public universities in Austria have an average tuition fee of about 726.72 Euros and additional 17.50 Euros for insurance and Austrian student union fee per semester.
Citizens of least developed countries have tuition free education in Austrian public universities and just pay 17.50 Euros per semester. Cost of living in Austria for students compares favourably with other Europeans countries.
Top Universities for International Students in Austria: University of Vienna, Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, University of Graz, etc.
Average Tuition Fees: US$1,000 per academic year.

8. Norway

University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway | Photo Source: NTNU

The state universities and university colleges in Norway offer tuition free education for international students. The students just pay a token $50-$100 per semester.
This free education for international students extends from undergraduate program to masters degree studies and Ph.D. program. Private universities have tuition fees, however they are also affordable but cost of living in Norway is higher than in other European countries.
Top Universities for International Students in Norway: University of Oslo, University of Bergen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and University of Tromsø
Average Tuition Fees: FREE. Public education is free for both local and International students in Norway.

9. Sweden

Royal_institute_of_technology_Sweden       Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.| Photo Source: Wikipedia

International students from non-EU/EEA/Nordic country or Switzerland pay tuition fees. However a lot of Universities offer partial and full scholarship packaged as tuition waivers for international students. However PhD programs are tuition free for international students. Cost of living in Sweden is relatively high.
Top Swedish Universities for International Students: Lund University, Uppsala University, Karolinska Institute, Royal Institute of Technology and the Stockholm School of Economics.
Average Tuition Fees: SEK80, 000 per academic year.

10. Ukraine

kharkiv-national-medical-university Kharkiv National Medical University, Ukraine | Photo Source: Geanow

Universities in Ukraine offer 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 and no bank statement is needed, 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 summer holidays. Deserving students are assured of been granted students 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.

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Our Readers Comments

  1. Thanks for the wonderful job you doing. But going by the so called Nigerian factor where deceit and humongous lies are the order of things, I would want you to prove me wrong coz I am considering Germany..but do universities teach in English in Germany coz I know before going there a requisite is for you to learn the language. And what about Finland. Ae u sure it’s free for both international students? As in at masters level…it seem to suspicious to be true?

  2. I like to study in norway one of the public education.

  3. pls Goodmorning, I have intrras to study and work in Norway university. .

  4. Like to study in one those countries.hw can i apply for their free scholarship

  5. I will like to school in Finland/Germany.How can i apply?

  6. Am interested in studying Petroleum Engineering(undergraduate) in Finland, how do I get started, do you assist in getting admission ?

  7. please i need more information about this. thank you.

  8. Thanks for this piece,my fear for the countries you mentioned is language,anything like language barrier?

    • Hi Ilesanmi, I agree with you, However, some of the Universities offer and teach their courses in English.

  9. Very interestade, we wait to se for Asian top ten unvts. thks

  10. i want to apply for the university of hungary hope to hear form your urgent supply

  11. I will like to study in Architecture Ukraine University, please what’s the procedure, hope to hear back from you

  12. Please send me your mobile number and address…please send it to my mail

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  13. I would like to know if any of this universities study’s sports management, physical Education or Recreational studies! Thank you.

  14. Hi pls I prepare Finland and what are the steps to get an admission into the school

  15. I want to say thanks for the information,i am an OND holder in Cartography and G.i.s Kaduna polytechnic and i am interested in proceeding my studies in Norway University.
    Please i want to know criterial for visa requirement to Norway.
    Thanks.
    Dickson from Kaduna

  16. I want to say thanks for the information,i am an OND holder in Cartography and G.i.s Kaduna polytechnic and i am interested in proceeding my studies in Norway University.
    Please i want to know the criterial for visa requirement to Norway.
    Thanks.
    Dickson from Kaduna

  17. please how would i apply?

  18. How do i get the Admission into any University in Ukraine,,, am from Nigeria With OND result,,, wich level do i start from wit my Result, i studied Science Lab. Tech @ Auchi Polytechnic Edo State, Nigeria.

  19. I proposed to go for my first degree..please let me know the necesary requirements thanks

  20. Love to have top European universities on my mail and their news letter.

  21. Please, how can I register for master programme in Industrial relations in Norway?

  22. I will like to work/study in sweden because i don’t have someone to help me

    • I live in Italy and i can help you to get admission here.But being an honest person,it’s not easy the way people think back home.It involves Italian language and money to study undergraduate courses.In case you wanna study post graduate degree some courses are offered in English language …but also depend on the university.If you need help,you can count on me.

  23. Realy is a nice set and an organize place of learnin for youth like us. But prefare Noway.

    • Hello, even Norway you need Norwegian language for your undergraduate degree….except you are going for your post-graduate degree.At this,you may see some courses offere in English language.Norway is very expensive country…so get yourself prepared financially.Initially, dont think of scholarship until you get in.I wish you best of luck my brother.

  24. Thanks for this. I need Masters degree scholarship in cinematography in one of the European countries.(I have a first degree in mass communication)
    Please, do keep me abreast.

  25. nice piece there,,,
    but how do one begins is the most expensive deal in Nigeria.
    I need guidance on how to
    access travelling documents to
    those aforementioned colleges.
    Thank you OJO.

    • Hi Elmomazzy, Which of the countries will you like to visit?

  26. pls i want to study and in ukraine,pls i want a reply of what is going to cost

  27. i mean study and work

  28. Please,am willing to study master in Religious studies in University of Oslo ! I want to know if they run online free programme? Thanks.{my E-mail:Samueloludare558@gmail.com }.

  29. Willing to study masters in Christian Religious Education.l want to know if free online or distance learning programme is available in University of Oslo,Norway.

  30. I would lik 2 study in norway hw do i gt started

  31. Nice one Travel start, pls do me a favour by sending more update to my mail address, I need more update till i finish my degree here and might want to further in any of those countries. Thank you.

  32. i ll lik to study in sweden.. pls send mi d info.. thks

  33. Hi,pls am interested in art,and will like 2 know more about the schools that offer this,nd how 2 apply….pls info me on my email address,thank U

  34. I love to have scholarship in Hungary ..!! Pls reply me thnx

  35. I am interested in study and work in Ukraine more info pls.

  36. I want to study in Finland pls tell me what to do . let me know if they offer city I’ll engineering in university of Helsinki thanks

  37. I want 2 do masters in any public university at ukraine. Can it done on line. Pls reply!

  38. STUDYING IN FINLAND .HOW MUCH DOES IT COST AND DO YOU ALSO HELP IN GETTING ADMISSION.AND CAN I MAKE USE OF MY ND CERTIFICATE IN APPLYING FOR DIRECT ENTRY AS A SOFTWARE ENGINEER

  39. Unbelievable .

  40. I would like to study in Finland or germany. Please update me with method of apply and possibl cost. Pls study and work I mean. Thanks very much

  41. I graduated from ui ib .Pls I want to proceed my master in Finland or Germany or any sch in Europe DAT is very easy for study and work. Pls if u have d link for admission and visa processing get back to my email. Thanks for or coperation

  42. My name is bright I would like to study international relation in belgium please tell me the necessary procedures to process my admission and what is the cheapest university over there waiting for you reply thanks

  43. can u help me get admission in Germany with my NECO result

  44. Please i want to study masters in economics education in any of these 10 countries…please help me inquire and inbox me

  45. want to study masters in economics education….pls inbox me if u know of any

  46. Would like to do my masters in Hungary or Austria. please i want to know the cost and the procedure. And is it possible to work and study in any of those countries? Hope to hear from you soon.
    Thanks.

  47. Please,i wish to study my Bachelor in Finland or Germany,can you tell me the school fee and the process…thanks

  48. Diploma in Library and Information Science. I would like to study and work in Finland or Norway Please update me with method of apply.

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