I have compiled all the information you need about studying in Germany, Finland and Norway FREE. Oh yes it’s absolutely free and you only need to budget for your living expenses which is estimated at €600 for Germany and Finland and €700 to €900 for Norway per month. This amount will cover the cost of accommodation, food, books etc for one month.
Tuition free study in Germany
Education in Germany is free for everybody both EU/non-EU and international. The only problem about studying in Germany is the medium of instruction as most of the universities teach in German language especially at the undergraduate level. But if you hope to study in Germany and do not have the German language certificate or understand the language, you could visit any German Embassy or consulate office in your home country and enroll for language classes.
Admission procedure for study in Germany
To study in Germany, a student should posses a higher education entrance qualification. This could be a secondary school-leaving certificate that corresponds to the German Abitur and entitle you to study.
Undergraduate study requirement
A school leaving certificate also known as university entrance qualification e.g High school diploma, matura, A-levels, Atestat or proof that you have passed the university entrance examination(if required in your home country)
Postgraduate study requirement
To study at the postgraduate level, a student should have a good bachelor’s degree which is recognized in Germany. Kindly contact the universities directly and find out the study requirements as different universities may have different entry requirements.
Visa requirements and how to apply
To study in Germany, you will need to obtain a visa from the German embassy in your home country. Note that EU nationals, citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland do not need visa to study in Germany.
What documents do you need to apply for a visa?
It’s best to inquire at the German embassy or Consulate in your country. You usually need to submit the following documents;
- Proof of financial resources: You must provide a proof of financial resources which verifies that you can support yourself financially for one year in Germany. Income or assets around 8000 euro are usually required per year( approx. 659 euro per month). Find out at the German embassy in your home country how you should provide this proof of financial resource. But on principle, several types of proof are possible and they include;
- Proof of parents income or assets
- Security on a blocked account
- Bank guaranty
- A sponsor’s letter from someone whose place of residence is in Germany.
- Visa application forms: This can be obtained at the German Embassy in your home country.
How to apply for admission
You can apply directly to the university or employ the services of.
List of top universities in Germany
- Aachen university of Technology
- Brandenberg Technical university of Cottbus
- Cologne Bussiness school
- Dortmund university
- Duisburg Technical university
- European management school, Leipzig
- European management school, Mainz
- Free university of Berlin
- Hamburg media school
- International university, Bremen
- Media university of Luebeck
- University of Augsburg
- University of Bamberg
- University of Bremen
- University of Essen
- University of Gottingen
Tuition free study in Finland
In Finland, education is funded by the government and students both EU/non EU and international are exempted from fee payment. As a student studying in Finland, you only need to budget for your living expenses which is estimated at €600 per month. This amount covers the cost of accommodation, food, books, clothes etc
Breakdown of Living Cost
Generally, the cost of living in Finland as a whole is estimated at 600 Euros every month, though it depends on ones spending habbits. Rent in the student dormitory is about 300 Euros a month. Launch at the unicafe student cafeterias costs between 2.30 and 4.30 Euros for undergraduate students and 4.25 and 6.20 for postgraduate students.
Undergraduate application procedure
All admission applications are done through the university admissions Finland’s my UAF service. This service is free, all you need do is create anwith them and start your admission application.
All undergraduate applicants will be expected to write an entrance examination on getting to Finland . Entrance examinations are the sole avenue to undergraduate programme at Finnish universities. This policy applies to all applicants both Finnish and foreign alike. Also note that this entrance examination is a written, subject related test with one or several books to read. The minimum point requirements are defined by the admissions board of the university.
Application period for undergraduate studies in Finland is usually between March and April. Note that the undergraduate studies are only available in Finnish or Swedish languages.
Admission period for postgraduate studies begins November and closes 31 January at 16.00 [GMT]. Please note that degree programmes have different deadlines, so you have to check deadlines from the university webpage to know when to send your application.
Fees and tuition
Like I said at the onset, universities in Finland have no tuition fees! Education is subsidized by the state through the ministry of education, and students are exempted from fee payment. This also applies to the international degree students and visiting students as well.
How to apply
All admissions into Finish universities are carried out by university admissions Finland’s my UAF service. You can create an account with them and manage your application
Top universities in Finland
- Helsinki University Of Technology
- Helsinki School Of Economics and Business Administration
- University of Helsinki
- University of Lapland
- University of Oulu
- University of Tampere
- University of Vaasa
- University of Kuopio
Tuition free study in Norway
Completing a university degree is often considered to be an expensive endeavour and tuition fees are usually making up the bulk part of the cost. Norwegian universities and state university colleges as a rule do not charge tuition fees for international students. However, you should take into consideration that living expenses in Norway are higher than in many other countries.
“Nothing is for free” is a saying that is true in many cases. But in Norway it is possible to get quality education without having to pay tuition fees. If certain prerequisites are met you could also be eligible for financial support that can pay for your living expenses. Through various fellowship programmes, scholarship schemes or student loans, international students can receive funding for a full degree or a limited number of semesters.
The majority of Norwegian institutions of higher education are publicly funded. And the Norwegian government considers access to higher education for all to be an important part of the Norwegian society. Thus, there are normally no tuition fees at state universities and university colleges in Norway. This also applies to foreign students, no matter which country you come from.
Generally, students at state universities and university colleges do not pay tuition fees. This is true for all levels, including undergraduate studies, Masters programmes and Ph.D. programmes. However, students will have to pay a semester fee of NOK 300-600 each semester. In order to take an exam this fee will have to be paid in full. But the fee also grants you membership in the local student welfare organisation, which in turn entitles you to several benefits. These benefits may include on campus health services, counselling, access to sports facilities and cultural activities.
Payment of the semester fee is also neccessary to get an official student card that, among other things, gives you reduced fares on most forms of public transport and lower ticket prices to various cultural events.
Cost of living in Norway
The cost of living in Norway for international students is estimated at 700 USD which covers the cost of accommodation, food, books etc. Note that this is just an estimation and may be higher or lower depending on the student’s spending habbit.
For the majority of study programs in Norway, there’s only one admission period.
Submit your application before 1st March for studies beginning in the fall semester (September). If you are a Nordic student, you can submit your application before 15th April.
List of universities in Norway
- Bergen University
- Alesund University
- Bedo Regional University
- Norway’s Information Technology University
- Norwegian School of Management
- Norwegian University of Science And Technology
- Oslo School of Architecture
- University of Oslo
- University of Stavanger
- University of Troms
- Vestfold College
- Volola college