Whether you want to explore the hip corners of Berlin or study in a quaint town in the German countryside, you’ll find a place that suits your needs. The country’s higher education system has a strong reputation and, most importantly, tuition is FREE of charge.
All you have to pay is a fee of around €100 (£75) to €250 (£185) per semester, which covers administrational costs as well as the work of the student union.
Life in Germany is relatively cheap compared to other countries, too. The German Academic Exchange Service recommends a monthly budget of around €800 (£595) to cover expenses, which is enough to enjoy your stay without having to pinch pennies.
Finland is one of the cheapest options for people wanting to study in the Nordic countries. Finnish universities charge students no tuition fees for Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degrees, regardless of where they come from.
To obtain a residence permit, non-EU/EEA students need to prove they have at least €560 (£415) a month at their disposal, although average living expenses range between €700 (£520) and €900 (£670).
While students are allowed to work up to 25 hours a week during term time, it’s not recommended to rely on a part-time job to make ends meet as they can be hard to find, especially if you don’t speak Finnish or Swedish.
If you want to study for free in Norway, make sure you brush up on your Norwegian first. While international students don’t pay for tuition apart from a small registration fee of around NOK500 (£40), undergraduate degrees are usually taught in Norwegian and language proficiency is a must.
And while studying is very cheap, you shouldn’t ignore the country’s high cost of living. Factor in around NOK10,000 (£800) per month to cover basic expenses. And eating and drinking in restaurants can be quite expensive – a beer will set you back at least NOK75 (£6).
You might consider taking a part-time job, as non-EU/EEA students are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week alongside their studies.
Sweden is the birthplace of the Nobel Prize and its universities are highly regarded. When you study here, you’ll get a free education like Swedish nationals if you’re from the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland.
That said, if you’re from outside these areas you can expect to pay fees, which range from around SEK80,000 (£6,390) to SEK140,000 (£11,180) annually.
Like other Nordic countries, there is also a high cost of living in Sweden, and you should factor in at least SEK8,000 (£640) per month.
Home to many popular tourist destinations, Austria can be quite pricey. But thanks to free tuition, EU/EEA students can keep their expenses low as long as they finish their degree in the regular time frame.
When you study at a public university, all you need to pay is a contribution to the student union and student insurance of €18 (£13). But if you study longer than eight semesters for your Bachelor’s degree and longer than six for your Master’s, you’ll be charged €360 (£265) per semester.
The tuition fee for overseas students is also relatively reasonable, currently standing at around €725 (£535) per semester. Private universities set their own fees, starting at €1,000 (£740) per semester, and most of the Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen) charge students €360 (£265) per semester from the start.