As you are preparing for your study, it’s important that you become familiar with the cost of study and living in the country you choose to study. Cost of study varies from country to country. In Germany for example, most schools are operating tuition free education, and so students are exempted from paying tuition fees. However, one that is studying in Germany will only be concerned with the living cost which is estimated at 670 Euro per month which will cover the cost of food accommodation, books, transportation etc. In today’s post, I will be talking about cost of study and living in three European countries namely; Austria, Finland and Germany. Please find below the cost of living and study in Austria, Finland and Germany.
Cost of living in Austria
The cost of living in Austria is estimated at €800 to €1000. This may vary a bit, depending on your study location – for example, accommodation and other living costs may be higher in Vienna and other larger cities than for example in Wr.Neustadt. And, of course, the amount of money you will need greatly depends on how economically you live. However, it’s hard to tell the exact amount of money a student in Austria needs per month.
Cost of study in Austria
EU students in Austria Public universities are exempted from paying tuition fees. However, you will be required to pay a small fee of approximately €18 per semester to the Student Union. Non EU or international students will have to pay tuition fees of €726.72 per semester plus a fee of €18 per semester to the Student Union. In the event that you decide to take courses at more than one university, you will have to pay your tuition fee only once. If you are not a degree-seeking student, you will have to pay EUR 363.36 per semester.
Cost of living in Finland
The estimated cost of living in Finland is put at €560 per month. However, when applying for a student residence permit, an international student (non-EU/EEA students) will need to show that he/she has at least 560€ per month (6720€ per year) at their disposal. This is the absolute minimum required by the immigration authorities.
Cost of study in Finland
Finland is operating tuition free education to all students. This means that there are 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. But please note that this does not completely rule out the possibility that the situation might change at some point in the future.
Cost of living in Germany
Compared with other European countries, Germany is not overly expensive. The price of food, accommodation, clothing, cultural activities, etc. is equivalent to the EU average. In fact, the cost of living is relatively low compared to Scandinavian countries.Be it the room in a dormitory, the pizza in a restaurant or the bottle of beer in a student club – everything costs money. On average a student needs aprox. €670 per month in Germany. Prices differ a lot not only in the big cities but all across Germany. While life and study in Munich is rather expensive, staying in Leipzig for example is much cheaper. Generally students can live on less money in smaller cities than in large cities. And, of course, the amount of money you will need greatly depends on how economically you live.
Cost of study in Germany
Most higher institutions in Germany are operating tuition free education. Some universities request approx. 500 Euros each semester from students who need three to four semesters longer than their fellow students to complete their programme. For graduate studies, students will need to pay tuition fees which may vary between 650 Euros and several thousand Euros per Semester depending on the school. Regardless of these tuition fees, each student has to pay a certain amount of money as a semester contribution to the university.