Are you thinking of studying abroad?, Do you know that since 2012, over 1.4 million students from Africa, Middle East, Asia, Pacific and America travel to European countries like Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Finland etc to study various Bachelor’s and Doctoral level programmes and the figure is fast increasing.
This post will be listing some countries that offer free education to international student and help explain some of the benefits, living cost, VISA application and rules for international students and admission deadline.
There are many advantages of studying in Europe, as an international student you get a high quality education at modest, affordable or no tuition fees, scholarships, research jobs and financial support, experience cultural diversity, study in English or various foreign languages of your choice such as Spanish, German, French, Italian or Russian and more.
New VISA Rules for Non EU (International) Students
Below are the benefits of the new VISA rules for NON EU nationals;
- Grants Non EU nationals permission to work at least 15 hours per week during the studies and to remain in Europe for at least nine months after their studies.
- Improves mobility within Europe for non-EU students and researchers.
- open up expanded post-study work and residency options for non-EU students in Europe
Tuition Free Universities and Colleges in Europe
Below are some of the tuition free universities in European countries such Sweden, Norway and Finland. Note that in recent times, there have been some changes in the tuition free policy for some European universities. This policy introduces tuition fees for non-European Union students.
Top Tuition Free Universities in Sweden
- Lund University
- Halmstad University
- Uppsala University
- Stockholm University
- Stockholm School of Economics
- Jonkoping University
- Uppsala University
Top 5 Tuition Free Universities in Norway
- Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU
- Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
- University of Nordland – formerly Bodø University College
- University of Bergen
- Bergen University College
Top 5 Tuition Free Universities in Finland (non-EU fees are not mandatory until 1 August 2017)
* Sadly, there will be no more free tuition in universities and colleges in Finland for non-EU/EEA/EFTA students as from Autumn 2017. This new policy was passed by the Finnish Parliament in January 2016.
However, when the new policy are implemented some these universities and colleges will still amongst the cheapest universities in Europe for international students
- Åbo Akademi University
- University of Helsinki
- University of Jyväskylä
- University of Eastern Finland
- University of Lapland
- University of Oulu: Students who are not citizens of an EU/EEA member states are liable to pay the tuition fee.
- University of Tampere
- University of Turku: Tuition fees are charged from non-EU/EEA citizens (7000 Euro/academic year).
- University of Vaasa
- Helsinki University of Technology
- Lappeenranta University of Technology
- Tampere University of Technology
- Hanken Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration