Low-tuition universities offer an escape route for international students with limited funds.
The best though, are universities who don’t collect tuition from international students. The flip side is, students still have to consider the cost of living and other expenses.
However, on balance, low or no tuition universities offer the best alternative for study abroad students with limited funds. This is more so if these students are not on any scholarship.
Below is a list of some top universities around the world where international students pay very low or no tuition compared to other top universities around the world.
1. University of Vienna, Vienna
Generally, government-sponsored universities in Austria charge very low tuition whether the student is from the EU or not.
The University of Vienna ranked 155 in the world by QS rankings of top universities in the world, charge about $800 per semester for international students.
Though most courses are taught in German, there are some master’s and bachelor’s programs offered in English.
2. Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris
In France, just like in Austria, international students and domestic students pay roughly the same tuition fee.
At the 141st ranked Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, France, students pay a maximum of about $700 per year depending on the program.
The fees paid by medical students are a little higher though. An additional fee of about $240 per year is charged for medical insurance for students with no student medical insurance.
Most of the courses are taught in French, though there are a few courses taught in English at the master’s level.
3. Heidelberg University, Germany
Germany is renowned for charging no tuition in public universities even if one is an international student. Instead, students are required to pay semester fees.
Heidelberg University is a highly ranked University (72 in the world) in Germany that charges around $160 every semester.
Though most courses are taught in German, there are also several English-taught programs at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
4. University of Oslo, Norway
In Norway, students in public universities, including foreign students don’t pay tuition fees.
The world-class University of Oslo, which is the best in Norway and 133rd in the world, charge semester fees of about $75.
Programs at the University are taught in Norwegian. However, some master’s level programs are taught in English.
It should be noted though that the low fees charged can be offset by the high cost of living in Oslo.
5. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
If you are thinking of studying science and technology in the middle east, this university would be an excellent choice.
The university is ranked 5th in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and instead of tuition, offers financial support to all students. This covers tuition, housing, and medical bills.
However, only graduate students are admitted to this privately funded University.
6. University of Bologna, Italy
All students, whether domestic or foreign, are charged the same tuition at this 208th ranked Italian University.
International students can take advantage of the many English-taught courses here for between $1,900 to $4,400 per year depending on the course of study
Most of the English-taught courses are postgraduate programs though.
7. University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
The best University in Slovenia charges tuition of between $2,700 and $3,400 per year for international students.
The majority of the programs taught in English are master’s level programs. But there are also are few programs taught in English for bachelor’s level students.
8. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea
KAIST is the second best university in South Korea and the 46th best in the world. For this technology-centric university, brains are all that matters.
Intelligent international students who can maintain a minimum GPA of 2.7 on a 4.3 scale would be offered a scholarship to cover tuition and other expenses.
Most programs here are taught in English.
9. University of Helsinki, Finland
International students who are able to study in in Swedish or the Finnish languages would be charged no tuition.
Ranked 91st in the world and the top University in the country, master’s level students coming here would have to pay tuition for English-taught programs