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. I am a bsc holder and wish to have my masters abroad! How can u be of help. I wanted to. Process Finland with a friend but he said their school fees is pretty high for now due to so many Nigerians applying for it! He advised me to process the united state but the visa process and airfare is pretty much too expensive for me! Pls do u know of any good affordable country I can process and I would also like to work with my bsc over there too

    • I think its free for public universities, but when I asked the Finnish University they said I would have to take an entrance exam, I mean come to Finland and take an entrance exam, though this was for bachelors. Maybe same for Masters as well.

      Austria also the same case, but its test was online.

    • Canada is one the best and cheapest

  2. I like to do my masters in Norway or. Germany. How do I go about. Thank you

  3. I wish to get my Bachelors degree in Austria , how do i go about this , i need school where i can apply .Thanks

  4. Am a young graduate currently doing my nysc programme.am intrested in doing my masters abroad.please how will i go about it.seeing the information above,i will like to study in austria.do they have anything like full scholarships for international students?please help me with how to go about it.

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  9. am Samuel muwonge i would like to do master degree in Denmark what can i do?

    • i know,your struggling for your masters,but your working in a university aren’t,if yes why don’t,you enroll in the university that your working?

  10. I preferred austria (vienna), 4 my masters, I need a direct link for one of the affordable institute.

  11. how to get in a medical school at germany where to start from

  12. I am currently studying in 12th grade. I wanted to know cost for studying MBBS (Medicine) as a resident student.

  13. Visit the embassy of the country you want to apply for,

  14. good day sir,
    i want to study at norway university i need the procedure to go about it

    thank you

  15. pls i hav a 3rd class, and im looking for a university that offer pre masters program and that is also cheap and affordable

  16. i want to study in denmark at phd but how i can?

  17. I Miss Bankole Mariam Turayo, wish to apply for admission in your school. please i want to study any course under science laboratory technology,am a Nigeria and I leave in Nigeria,for the first time student how much percentage of money can i pay front first,before resuming,please advice

    • Turayo which country and university are you looking at

  18. i like to study in abord. i need to know cost of living & study in australia and uk

  19. hi, I Wii like to know the schools that offers masters program in medical imaging

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  20. I am a graduate and ICAN student at same time but seriously willing to have my MBA either in Canada or Sweden. Therefore, I will certainly appreciate your professional advice/assistance in getting what I want and where I desire it. Your prompt response shall be gratefully appreciated. Thanks for your cooperation.

  21. I hold a Masters Degree. And I would like to continue my Ph.D studies. Can you give me some help?

  22. I’m thankful, i just need to know about the cheapest medical uni to start from in ukraine, i mean from the scratch.

  23. Wish to study in Australia but don’t know how to go about it and their fee

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  25. I wish to study fashion design and interior design,where is the best possible place,school and at an affordable place to study,thanks.

  26. Please I want to study petroleum and gas engineering abroad nd i really need help bt I don’t know the
    particular and very cheap one to go as a Nigerian student

  27. Pls preferably Uni in Finland or Norway, etc……

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  30. i have done a btech program here in Nigeria but also considering a bsc program in engineering abroad i need a frre university where i can school and work and where the cost of living per month will be really below $1000

  31. Please i prefer Norway and Ukraine. And i want to know how to apply, so, as to travel as fast as possible. Thank you

  32. I am a Ghanaian student wishing to study any engineering course in europe;maybe finland or ukraine.i only have about $3000. IS it possible?

  33. Please leave your comment…please I’m a Nigerian I already had my NIGERIA CERTIFICATE IN EDUCATION(NCE) I wisht to study any course related to electrical electronics in any of the nice universities in Finland. how do I go about it please!…

  34. I will like to do my pgd in an affordable university in Ukraine

  35. i need a link to an affordable universties please…

  36. what are the requirement for Ukraine visa how cost

  37. Hell please i like to do my degree program in Switzerland or Belgium , im a nigeria citizen please how do it go about it ?

  38. Please leave your comment…i will want to study at canada to have my first degree

  39. Please l want to study accounting in italy but I want to know much it costs

  40. Dear Sirs,

    I am an Indian student studying in United Arab Emirates Indian curriculum CBSE XII, result will be expected end of this month my expectation 95% and I would like to study MBBS (bachelor of Medicine bachelor of Surgery) in Austria can u recommend me the best Medical school and how much it cost for me the entire study. Is there any financial assistant I can get, if there any entrance test required should I will able take it in the respected Embassy where I am living.
    I would appreciate your replay.

    Thank you,

  41. pls i need to more on how to study in Norway and Ukraine pls looking forward to ur reply

  42. I would like to study Civil Engineering (under graduat programme in one of these Countries Norway Finland and Denmark

  43. am a graduate of electrical/electronic engineering from Federal Poly, Bauchi but teaching physics in a government owned secondary school in Kogi state,however owing for my penchant ambitious to get quality and practicable education,i therefore seek your advice on my wish to either do my post graduate in Physics electronics or ICT or going for under graduate program in electrical/electronic engineering.all i want is to fulfil my ambition of becoming an authority in my chosing career which have eluded uptil now.

  44. Dear Sirs,
    I am from India, currently residing with my parents in United Arab Emirates, I am following Indian curriculum CBSE (12th Grade), I secured overall 92% and (chemistry, physics and biology (91.67%).
    I am a bright student with many achievements. I would like to enroll for Medicine in your country. I will be glad to know about the tuition and other expenses for my entire study of MBBS. (from 2015 onwards)
    I would highly appreciate if you could guide me on how I should proceed with my ambition.
    Thank you,
    Mohamed Naseer

  45. Thank you for posting such a use information in your blog. I have heard of European continents universities providing medical courses at cheap course fee in top university.Thanks once again.

  46. I want to school in Ukraine. What transactions or processes am I to take?

  47. Thanks for the clues above. i graduated in 2012 and since then i have been teaching in Thailand. i want to bounce back into studies. plz i need a country where i can study and work. which of the above mentioned best suit my desire?

  48. i finished my +12 and i need to find a medical college and my pass percentage is 92.8 can i get an admission in any college as an international student easily or should i write a exam to prove myself

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