Higher Study in Europe.

Low Tuition Fees or Free Education in 2020. 

Country

EU/EEA/Swiss students

Non-EU/EEA/Swiss students

Austria

Free study to European nationals. The only catch is that you’ll have to pay if don’t complete your programme within two semesters of the usual duration – in these cases you’ll be charged 363.63 EUR per term. Compulsory for all students union membership fee  and the student accident insurance fee is 20.20 EUR per semester.

Students have to pay tuition fees, at 726.72 EUR per semester. The student union membership fee "ÖH-Beitrag" and the student accident insurance fee is 20.20 EUR per semester and is compulsory for all students.

Belgium

Belgium charge different tuition fees, depending on each of the three main regions of Belgium, most of them not exceeding 835 EUR/year. From the Flemish community around 50 EUR/year, from the French community from 374 to 840 EUR/year depending on their income, from the German community tuition fees range from 100 to 600 EUR/year.

Tuition fees are usually not allowed to exceed five times the amount of the ordinary tuition fees (a total of 4,175 EUR/year). From the Flemish community from 40 to 1,500 EUR/year, from the French community from 890 to up to 4,175 EUR/year, from the German community tuition the majority of students pay an average fee of 425 EUR/year.

Bulgaria

European students can choose to study in Bulgaria in national language (Bulgarian) or in international language (English, French, and German) depending of the available programs. The European Union students who wish to make economy can choose to study in Bulgarian language and take benefit from Bulgarian scholarship. EU students in Bulgaria have 2 options on point of view of financing their university study:

  • Apply and study as every Bulgarian citizen, this mean the candidate will have to study in Bulgarian language, but to get place he/she has to go for competition entrance exams (ex. in Biology and Chemistry for medical study, maths for technical study, etc.) with all other candidates from Bulgaria and EU for the Government scholarship;

  • Apply and study as all foreign citizens as a self-paid student: then he must pay the full tuition fee.

Non-European Union students can apply to study in Bulgaria only as self-paid students. They must pay the full annually tuition fee, which is actually paid in 2 times per year: half before applying for visa and the remaining at beginning of second semester. Note that it is slightly cheaper to study in Bulgarian language than in international language.Approximate tuition fees:

  • Technical studies - 2,900 to 3,000 EUR/year;

  • Socio-economic studies - 3,000 to 3,900 EUR/year;

  • Medical studies - 5,000 to 8,000 EUR/year;

Croatia

Fees for all full-time students in the first year of the first and second cycles at public higher education institutions are fully covered by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports. In the following years of study, fees depend on criteria set by the individual higher education institutions. For some students, fees are paid by the government, some students pay a certain share of the fee, and some pay the full fee. Tuition fees may range from 270-1300 EUR, depending on the field of study.

The range of tuition fees for international undergraduate students varies depending on the higher education institution and field of study. Tuition fees for undergraduate degree programmes in the humanities and social sciences can range from  800 EUR to 2,200 EUR per year, tuition fees for technical sciences are approximately 3,000 EUR per year and tuition fees for sciences and medical study are around  3,600 EUR.

Czech Republic

By law, higher education in Czech language at public and state institutions is free of charge for citizens of all nationalities. A tuition fee is charged only if the student exceeds the standard length of study by more than one year. However, some fees might be requested: fees for administration of admission proceedings, fees for extending the duration of study beyond a set limit and fees for study in a foreign language.

Private institutions of higher education can fix their own fees. For courses taught in a foreign language, tuition fees usually start at ca. 1000 EUR per semester.

Denmark

Higher education in Denmark is free for students.  Similarly, if you are participating in an exchange programme, you can study in Denmark for free.

Higher education is also free for students who, at the time of application,

• have permanent residence
• have temporary residence with the possibility of obtaining permanent residence;
• have a residence permit in accordance  as the accompanying child of a foreign national who has a residence permit on the basis of employment etc.

All students must pay tuition fees:
USD 8,000-21,000 /
EUR 6,000-16,000

(DKK 45,000-120,000). For exact fees you should contact the institution in question.

Danish higher education institutions (universities only) receive a limited number of government scholarships each year to fund highly qualified full-degree students from non-EU/EEA countries and Switzerland.

Estonia

Tuition fees in different universities can vary considerably depending on the level of studies and the speciality in question. Generally, tuition fees vary from 1660 EUR to 7500 EUR per year for Bachelor and Master programmes (with a few more expensive exceptions such as the Medicine programme that costs 11 000 EUR per year). Some of the more expensive specialities are medicine, law, business administration and social sciences. Some higher education institutions may differentiate tuition fees for students from the European Union and from outside the European Union. In addition, some universities offer various Master and Bachelor programmes with no tuition fee at all. 

All doctoral studies in Estonia are without tuiton fee.

Finland

The fee is not charged from students who are equated with EU area citizens. The exemption also applies to those who have an EU blue card stated in the Aliens Act, continuous or permanent residence permit or a long-term resident’s EC residence permit.

Exchange students don't have to pay tuition fees

Starting from August 2017, non-EU/EEA students have to pay tuition fees for Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes taught in English, but Doctorate programmes (PhDs) are usually tuition-free.

Degree courses taught in Finnish or Swedish and PhDs remain tuition-free.

France

The tuition fees at public universities are set by the French government and are the same across the country.

  • 170 EUR per year for Bachelor’s (Licence) programmes;

  • 243 EUR per year for Master’s programmes;

  • 601 EUR per year in Engineering courses in at certain institutions;

  • 380 EUR per year for Doctorate (PhD) programmes.

The state will thus cover two thirds of the cost of your studying. 

The total registration fee for international students, starting September 2019, are:

  • 2,770 EUR per year for Bachelor’s (Licence) programmes;

  • 3,770 EUR per year for Master’s programmes;

  • 380 EUR per year for Doctorate (PhD) programmes - the same amount as for Europeans.

Germany

EU or non-EU citizens have not to pay tuition fees at German universities.

All international students have to pay an administration fee of 100 – 350 EUR/semester. This fee covers the public transportation ticket and other student services.

The only exception is the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg which introduced tuition fees of 3,000 EUR/academic year for non-EU students at the end of 2017.

If you need a visa to study in Germany, you’ll be asked to prove that you can afford your studies. From January 2020, you have to show you have funds of 10,236 EUR.

Greece

There are no tuition fees or registration costs for undergraduate studies in Greek universities. All undergraduate courses in Greek universities are taught in Greek.

 In general, non-EU students pay an average tuition fee of 1500 EUR per year, which also includes the course textbooks.

The process for applying for postgraduate studies in Greek universities is completely different from the undergraduate process, you will probably need to pay tuition fees between 1,500 EUR and 4,500 EUR per year.

Hungary

Students under the "State-funded" scheme don't have to pay tuition fees. Most higher education programmes in Hungary are taught in Hungarian language but you will find many taught in English, German and other languages. Tuition fees vary from around 500 to 6000 EUR per semester (a semester is half an academic year).

Tuition fees may differ depending on the field of study and the level of degree. It should also be noted that international students from EU and non-EU countries can be granted different scholarships. 

Iceland

There are no tuition fees charged in the Viking and Medieval Norse Studies programme. This applies equally to students of all nationalities. The University of Iceland charges an annual registration fee of ISK 75,000 (approximately 500 EUR or 530 USD depending on the exchange rate). Citizens of countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA)/The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) (exempting the Faroe Islands and Greenland) are required to pay a fee of 50 EUR for the handling and processing of their applications. The fee is charged as part of the online application process and is payable by credit card only, VISA or Mastercard. 

Ireland

Even if you are not required to pay tuition fees, you will likely have to pay a registration fee of around 3,000 EUR. If you are from anywhere else in the world, you will need to pay fees no matter what level of study you are taking and where you are studying. On average you should expect to pay between 5,000 EUR and 10,000 EUR per year.

To qualify for the Free Fees scheme you must meet the following criteria:

  • You have lived in the EU for at least three of the previous five years;

  • You are enrolling on your first undergraduate course;

  • Your course lasts at least two-years and is full-time.

Italy

Tuition fees are calculated based on the student's income. Therefore, fees can vary from 0 to over 2000 EUR per academic year. The average tuition fee for first cycle programs (bachelor's degrees) and second cycle programs (master's degrees) amounts to approximately 1500 EUR per academic year at a public university.  

If you are from the EU or EEA, you probably won’t pay more than Italian citizens. Other international students should expect higher course costs.

Latvia

The cost of studies depends on the institution and the programme being followed.

The range is from less than 1,600 EUR per year in certain bachelor’s degree programmes (3-4 years of studies) to 15,000 EUR per year for a degree in Dentistry (5 years) to 25,600 EUR for Executive MBA degree.

Liechtenstein

The country does have agreements in place with EU countries to make it possible to travel there without a visa. EU students would need to obtain a residency permit to be able to study in Liechtenstein for free.

Tuition fees in Liechtenstein vary depending on the course and institution, about 1,500 EUR -  6,000 EUR per year.

Lithuania

Tuition fees at Higher Education institutions in Lithuania vary depending on each university, specific study programme and the academic stage the student is at. On average, the studies in Lithuania cost:

  • from 1.300 EUR per year for Bachelor studies;

  • from 2.300 EUR per year for Master studies;

  • from 8.400 EUR per year for PhD studies.

Tuition fees do not apply to students on exchange programmes.

Luxembourg

Higher education courses in Luxembourg are taught in French, German and English.

On average, you should expect to pay between 400 EUR and 800 EUR per year. For business-related studies, tuition fees are more expensive, around 4,000 - 5,000 EUR per year.

Malta

Tuition costs for 8 credits for international students studying the Arts or Business courses is 1,080 EUR for undergraduate students and 1,360 EUR for Science career paths. Full-time undergraduate courses are free of charge to citizens of Malta and the EU. 

Tuition for academic programs in the fields of Arts and Business is USD 4,690 for students coming from outside EU. For Science-based programs students have to pay USD 6,030 per year. 

Norway

Norwegian public institutions do not charge tuition fees. This also applies to international students, no matter which country you come from.

Private institutions charge tuition fees for their degree programs, but the fees are usually significantly lower than those of comparable studies in most other countries. Also, international students are treated equally to the Norwegian students, and are not charged with higher fees.

Poland

Full-time studies (in the Polish language) at the state Higher Education Institutions are free for Polish students and for citizens of the EU/EEA and students who hold the Polish Charter (Karta Polaka). 

Doctoral colleges are a notable exception, as not only do they offer tuition-free education but also provide a scholarship for all doctoral candidates in a full-time programme. 

All other foreigners are required to pay tuition fees that on average are the following:

  • 2000 EUR per year for the first, second and long cycle studies;

  • 3000 EUR per year for postgraduate as well as scientific, arts, specialist and post-doctoral internships;

  • 2000 EUR per year for an annual preparatory Polish language course to commence studies in Polish.

Portugal

Full time students enrolled in Bachelor's and Master's programs are charged an average tuition fee of approximately 870  - 1250 EUR per academic year. For third cycle programs (PhD degrees), the average tuition fee amounts to approximately 2000 - 3000 EUR per academic year.

The tuition fee is fixed by the higher education institutions. Studying is comparatively more expensive than for EU students
 

Republic of Cyprus

Fees for Cypriot and EU undergraduate students total 1,709 EUR per semester (3,417 EUR per academic year) and are fully paid by the Government.

Postgraduate students for Master programmes range from 4,100 EUR to 10,250 EUR according to the programme.

Fees for PhD programmes range from 4,000 EUR to 6,500 EUR

International undergraduate students from out with the EU countries pay fees which range from 3,417 EUR to 6,834 EUR per academic year.

Postgraduate students for Master programmes range from 9,000 EUR to 10,000 EUR.

Fees for PhD programmes range from 7,000 EUR to 9,500 EUR 

Romania

Tuition fees vary from 400 Euro / year up to almost 9,000 Euro / year depending on the study domain. EU students pay the same fees as Romanian students, whilst non-EU students will normally have to pay a slightly higher fee.

Students who require a visa to study in Romania must pay their tuition fee in one instalment before they make their visa application for the first year (and before starting each academic year after that). 

Serbia

Prices depend on the choice of the desired faculty, but range from 2,100 euros per year to 10,000 euros per year at some of the most prestigious faculties in Serbia.

Also, Serbia has developed a program called “The World in Serbia” that offers students from non-aligned countries to come to Serbia, learn the Serbian language and enroll in the desired faculties, and this is completely FREE. Namely, students from these countries will be financed from the state budget for staying, studying and living during their studies in Serbia.

Slovakia

Full‑time study at the state and public higher education institutions is available free of charge for the citizens of the Slovak Republic. Citizens of the European Union can study under the same conditions as citizens of the Slovak Republic

For third country students the study‑related fees for study programmes of any level is determined by the higher education institution.

Fees for study in English or other foreign languages vary from 5 000 € to 8 000 € for one academic year.

The provisions are not applicable to foreign students with permanent residence at the territory of the Slovak Republic.

Slovenia

Slovenian universities make sure that they offer high quality of education against lower tuition fees to attract more and more international students. Here is a common break down of tuition fees:

  • from 2000 EUR to 5000 EUR for Bachelor’s degree per year

  • from 2500 EUR to 7500 EUR for Master’s degree per year

  • from 3000 EUR to 12000 EUR Doctorate/PhD. per year

Please do note to confirm tuition fees from your desired university as they may change with the passage of time without prior notice. Tuition fees could either be paid as one time payment or in installments (if the university agrees).

Spain

Tuition fees in Spain vary based on different factors, such as the type of higher education institution (private or public), the degree type, the number of credits, the region where you study, and your nationality. 

The tuition fees for Bachelor programmes range from 750 EUR to 2,500 EUR per year, and tuition fees for Master programmes are around 1,000 to 3,500 EUR per year.

Sweden

Most universities in Sweden are public and Bachelor's and Master's programmes are free for EU/EEA & Switzerland citizens. PhD programmes are free for all students.

Tuition costs vary depending on the university and discipline, between 7,500 – 25,500 EUR/year for a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme. ​PhD programmes

  are free for all international students. 

Switzerland

Some universities charge slightly higher tuition fees for international students than for Swiss students. For both public and private universities, fees are the same for EU and non-EU students. The average tuition fees:

  • Bachelor and Master programmes: 1,600 EUR per year;

  • PhD degrees: 100 – 200 EUR per year;

  • Certain disciplines may have higher fees, such as medicine, where students can be charged up to around 16,000 EUR/year.

The Netherlands

The tuition fee in the Netherlands for the European Union students is about 1800-4000 and EUR each year.

Universities in the Netherlands offer courses or programs in the English language.

EU students who are resident in the Netherlands throughout their studies are entitled to access Dutch tuition fee loans.

For students with other nationalities the average tuition fee for bachelor’s programmes is between 6,000 EUR and 15,000 EUR, and for a master’s programme between 8,000 EUR and 20,000 EUR.

The Republic of

North Macedonia

Most of the Goverment Universities don’t charge tuition fee,  some charge  500 EUR-1500 EUR per semester.

Private universities charge tuition fee from 7000 EUR – 10,000 EUR per year. Support visa delivery for international students in an accelerated regime. Lots of degrees are offered in English.

Turkey

At state universities, semester fees may be as little as around 300 USD, while at private universities tuition fees can reach thousands. Information about tuition fees is best sought directly from the institution to which you wish to apply. Private universities’ fees are more expensive than state institutions’ and postgraduate study is more expensive than undergraduate study.

Approximate annual tuition fees are as follows:
a) Universities where the medium of instruction is TURKISH:
Turkish nationals: 80 – 250 USD
Foreign nationals: 240 – 750 USD
b) Universities where the medium of instruction is ENGLISH:
Turkish nationals: USD 150 – 500 USD 
Foreign nationals: USD 450 – 1500 USD

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