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Top European Countries where you can study at university for free

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Not all universities in Europe charge tuition fees for international students. In some countries in Europe university tuition is free or very low. Today on the Bucksmore Homelingua study tips blog, we will focus on Germany, Sweden, Finland, Austria and Norway as university study destinations for international students. To stay up-to-date with the latest study news and tips, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter.


Since 2014, studying on an undergraduate course in Germany is free for international students. There are some small administration charges each term. Germany is a great value location for accommodation and food, typically students need €500-800 per month for accommodation, food and transport. Master’s degrees are not free, however, the tuition fees are much cheaper than other countries in Europe.

For more information visit https://www.study-in.de/en/plan-your-studies/find-programme-and-university/



Universities in Sweden do charge tuition fees, however, they are great value for money compared to the UK, US and Australia. Students studying on a PhD are usually employed by the university and paid a salary, so you will not have to pay any fees and will receive a salary to help pay for living costs. There are many scholarships available for international students in Sweden.

For more information visit https://studyinsweden.se/



International students in Finland do not currently have to pay any tuition fees for undergraduate or master’s degrees. However, starting 2017, international students will need to pay to study on degrees taught in English. The cost of living in Finland is reasonable for students, we estimate it costs around €500-800 per month.

For more information visit http://www.studyinfinland.fi/


Public universities in Austria charge very low fees for international students, typically around €500 per month. There are many exemptions for international students and scholarships are also available.

For more information visit http://www.studyinaustria.at/



International students in Norway do not pay any tuition fees at any level of study, undergraduate, master’s or PhD. Private universities do sometimes charge tuition fees, however, they are very small compared to the UK, USA, Canada or Australia. Norway is an expensive country and the cost of living is high, you should budget around $10000 per year to pay for accommodation, food and transport.

For more information visit http://www.studyinnorway.no/


Bucksmore Homelingua has university preparation courses and exam preparation courses, like IELTS and TOEFL iBT for adults and juniors (10-17) to help you prepare for applying to international universities. If you need help and guidance, please contact your Bucksmore Homelingua course consultant.

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