How to Study Abroad for Free

On study free I mean not paying tuition and / or tuition concepts. You may not be able to access scholarships completely funded by universities, foundations or organizations (total or partial enrollment, maintenance, transfers) or the scholarship you have obtained is complementary (maintenance, transfers, support for materials among others), in this case I recommend you consider admission to universities that do not charge tuition or their rates are very low.
In this entry I will speak of four countries offering undergraduate, masters and even doctorate studies at no cost to international students: Germany, Austria, Norway and Finland.

Germany
As of 2014, most undergraduate studies at all universities are free of tuition costs for national and foreign students, in some institutions a half-yearly contribution of around 50 euros is requested for administrative expenses and student credential . In the case of master’s studies there are some exemptions that charge tuition, for example the Master of Public Management of the University of Potsdam, however, the study was even more economical than other programs and countries. Administrative costs and single rates per semester (varies between 50 and 300 euros) are used for various services and include public transport either local or regional.
In relation to doctorates, these are in principle free since students pay tuition once they finish the first 6 semesters of study (between 900 and 1,200 euros). During their studies they can work on a research project and receive remuneration or a scholarship.
The cost of living in Germany is relatively lower than in other European Union countries. According to the website of the Embassy of Germany in Mexico, to apply for a study visa you must check that there are supports or savings minimum of 720 euros per month or 8,640 euros per year, the German government considers that this amount is sufficient For living expenses.
Although most programs are in German language, it is possible to find masters and doctorates in other languages such as English. I recommend the program finder of the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD.
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The state of Baden – Wütternberg in south – west Germany will reintroduce tuition fees for non – EU international students in the fall of 2017, yet the costs of studies are not very high compared to countries such as England, the United States, Canada , among others.

Austria
Public universities in Austria charge between 400 and 800 euros per semester to international students outside the European Union and if you are a citizen from a less developed country than Austria then you can request exemption from tuition payment and only pay membership to the Society of Students and compulsory medical insurance.
Like Germany, the cost of living in Austria is between 700 and 900 euros per month for rent, food, pocket money, personal expenses.

Norway
The majority of undergraduate, master’s and doctorate degrees at public universities in this country are fully funded by your government, regardless of the nationality of the students. Higher education is very important in Norway and as a rule they do not charge tuition and / or tuition fees.norway2
You should consider that living costs in Norway are quite high (around but if you cover some pre – requisites you can also apply for child support during your stay (partial or total). According to Numbeo, the cost of living in Norway is 251.11% More expensive than in Mexico, and require about 1,200 euros per month of child support.
Universities charge between 30 and 70 euros a semester for administrative costs and this semester rate allows students to have access to sports activities and facilities, medical care on campus and student credential that provides benefits for discounts on public transport local.
It is possible that some programs charge tuition fees at some public universities but there are very few.

Finland
Beginning in autumn 2017, undergraduate and master’s degrees will have tuition fees for students outside the European Union but doctorates will be kept free of this cost.

There are exemptions for tuition fees such as: having started the program before the autumn of 2017, being a direct family member of a citizen of a member country of the European Union, that undergraduate or master’s studies are to be taught in Finnish or Swedish . You can also explore the possibilities of scholarships in: Study in Finland Tuition and Scholarships, in this same site you can find the cost of living, which is calculated between 700 and 800 euros for students.

I know that seeing the prices of the programs makes you scared and if we add the costs of living abroad, giving up might seem the solution. Remember that you can support yourself in managers, educational fairs, educational tourism agencies and consultants, a servant at your command of course, to find your best option.

For me your comments, suggestions and questions are always valuable.

Author: Brenda Coleman

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