Cheapest European Countries to Study Abroad


There is one major spoke that comes in the way of Indian students wanting to study abroad and that is the cost of tuition fee. It's a myth that all foreign universities are expensive. There are many European nations that offer world class education at nominal fees. Don't believe that to be true? Read on.

The quest to study abroad is so gripping for some that they do not mind where they study, as long as it is some place abroad. Well, this is a comment I overheard recently at a social gathering. It got me thinking.

While we're familiar with Indian students wanting to move abroad for higher studies, but is the desperation so high, that they take admission in any and every university that has a foreign tag. I did a little research and to my surprise found that there are in fact many universities in Europe that have a high international ranking, offer quality education, but remain obscure, at least in this part of the globe.

Based on my research I've compiled a list of 10 European nations where education is inexpensive. You'll be surprised at the gamut of opportunities available in fields like medicine, technology and sciences in western universities. They provide knowledge and skills relevant to anywhere in the world. What's more, these universities are internationally recognized and offer accredited courses.

German Universities


Germany is a popular destination for higher education among the international student community, for more than one reason. Most public universities in the country don't charge tuition fees. This privilege is extended to both local and foreign students. The few universities that do charge a fee, cost as little as US$ 1,000. Most public universities in Munich charge tuition fees.

Cost of living in German cities as compared to other European cities is relatively low, making it convenient for students to dwell there comfortably.

If you're wondering which German universities to consider, here is a list of some of the most favoured by the international student community-
  • Freie Universität, Berlin
  • Technische Universität, Berlin
  • Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
  • Humboldt-Universität zu, Berlin
  • Technical University, Munich

Universities in Belgium


The cost of education in Belgium is very low, with the average tuition fee bordering around €1,500 annually. While the living standards and quality of life in the country are extremely good, the cost of living is not too high. That makes Belgium a great place for international students to obtain a degree of their choice.

Some universities where you can apply to as an international student are -
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
  • University in Leuven, Belgium
  • Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Hungarian Universities


The tuition fee in Hungarian universities is low for international students, coming to approximately €1,000 for an academic year. Apart from that students will find the accommodation to be reasonably priced as well, making it an ideal destination for pursuing higher studies. There are a number of scholarships that international students in Hungary are eligible for. Winning a scholarship can bring down the overall expenditure of studying abroad further.

The advantage with studying in Hungary is that it's a beautiful country, provides world-class opportunities at a fraction of the cost when compared to other European nations.

Here is a list of finest Hungarian universities for international students -
  • Eötvös Loránd University
  • University of Debrecen
  • Corvinus University of Budapest
  • University of Szeged

  • Italian Universities


    There are a number of universities in Italy, where international students will find tuition fees to be very low. The average fee at most Italian Universities is averages to around €1,000 every academic year. Accommodation and cost of living in major Italian cities is easy on the pocket.

    So, what are the best courses offered at Italian universities, you may wonder? Remember the nation has a rich cultural and historical heritage and is known for its fashion. The best courses to do are ones that focus on fashion, arts, history and similar subjects.

    The best universities in Italy to study these programmes are - Florence University of Arts
  • University of Bologna
  • Polytechnic University of Milan
  • University of Rome Tor Vergata
  • University of Rome La Sapienza

  • Study at French Universities


    The tuition fee in French universities is low for both local and foreign nationals. The average fee is around $1,000 for an academic year, which is a pittance as compared to what a student would pay at a US or UK university.

    Paris was rated as the Best Student City by QS for the second year running. Being the French capital and the hub of fashion, Paris is costlier than other French cities. But, is still cheaper than most of Europe and the United States.

    Universities worth considering include -
    • >University in Lyon
    • Université Jean Moulin Lyon
    • University of Picardy Jules, Verne
    • Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon

    Study in Finland


    Here is another opportunity for students looking to study abroad. Finland universities do not charge tuition fees for bachelor and Ph.D programmes. And, yes even international students do not pay tuition fees. International students belonging to non EU/EEA nations will have to pay tuition for certain PG programmes. But, again it's not as high as what you'd be expected to pay in say a UK university.

    Finland is an affordable country and it's easy for international students to survive here, on a tight budget.
    Take a look at some of the universities where you can find a course of your choice -
    • Aalto University and University of Helsinki

    Austrian Universities


    Education in public universities in Austria is extremely cheap with the average tuition fee being around 700 Euros. Students have to pay an extra sum of 17.5 Euros to pay for their insurance cover and as membership fee for the Austrian student union fee/semester.

    Students, belonging to under developed nations do not have to pay for their education in public run universities, in Austria. They pay for the insurance cover and the student union fee.

    The cost of living in the country is also very cheap and students can manage here well on a budget, without compromising on the quality of life.

    Universities that can be considered for higher education include -
    • Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck
    • University of Graz
    • University of Vienna


    Article by Juana
    Juana is a freelance writer publishing with Constant Content and sister sites of Techulator. She writes on a variety of subjects that interest her. She is a voracious reader and that helps her keep abreast with the latest in technology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Eng. Lit, is a mom, a wife, a homemaker and a qualified teacher.

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