Finishing high-school and deciding to do a Bachelor's abroad is an exciting decision. Many non-EU/ EEA student flirt with the idea of doing a Bachelor's in Europe. But many of them are discouraged by the thought of the costs that come with, as many EU universities have higher tuition fees for international students.
If your level of enthusiasm about a Bachelor's in Europe is dropping, we know the right remedies to bring it back up and a few ways in which you can actually pay less for your studies if you come from outside Europe.
1. Pick universities offering tuition-free Bachelors
The good news is that some universities in European countries offer Bachelor's programmes that are free of charge or very low cost for international students, regardless of their country of origin. These programmes are found in Nordic countries like Norway and Iceland, or continental countries like Germany and France. Some free or low tuition universities you can check out are:
- Nord University, in Bodø, Norway
- Annecy University Institute of Technology, in Annecy, France
- University of Heidelberg, in Heidelberg, Germany
- University of Iceland, in Reykjavík, Iceland
- London South Bank University, in London, United Kingdom
The fine print about studying in Nordic countries includes two possible downsides. First, you must be fit for handling more than a few months of cold. The average temperature during cold months is around -10 °C, but it can reach even 30 °C. Yeah, we're shivering and shaking already. Second, you should expect living costs that are way above average. To live in Iceland or Norway will cost you a minimum of 1,000 - 1,300 EUR/month.
Germany and France have more accessible living costs, with Germany being around 650 - 1,000 EUR/month, and France being at around 700 and 1,000 EUR/month.
2. Choose a low-tuition Bachelor's programme from diverse subjects
If your heart and mind are set on a European country which does not provide free of cost Bachelors to international students outside Europe, then you should look for low-tuition Bachelor's options in that country. Study programmes at low-tuition costs in several European countries are:
- Bachelors in Computer Science and IT
- Bachelors in Business and Management
- Bachelors in Engineering
- Bachelors in Social Sciences.
In this way, you can make ends meet. You neither give up your dream country or go bankrupt paying for your studies.
3. Look for European scholarships and grants
A typical way of studying in Europe without going broke as a non-EU/EEA student is to apply for scholarships and grants which can cover tuition fees and living costs. Scholarships are merit-based, awarded to students who excel academically, have a certain talent (like being a musician or an artist), or are very good at certain sports. Grants are need-based, they are offered to students who cannot support themselves during their Bachelor's studies.
Furthermore, some universities in European countries offer grants and scholarships that target students from specific countries outside the EU, so be sure to check that on the university website. Maybe your country is among them.
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4. Find countries with low living costs
The middle way to make your Bachelor's studies affordable is to look for countries that have both reasonable tuition fees and living costs. Some options that you should definitely look into are:
- Austria - International students outside EU/EEA pay about 1,500 EUR/year for studying at public universities. And the average cost of living for students is about 1,000 EUR / month;
- Greece - Most Greek public universities take no-tuition for Bachelor's degrees to international students. Public and private universities that do, only charge 1,500 EUR / year to non-EU/EEA students. The living expenses in Greece are estimated between 500 and 700 EUR/month;
- Spain - Tuition fees for international students in Spain start at 680 EUR/year and typically do no go over 1,400 EUR/year. Living there is also very affordable, costing you between 650 and 1,000 EUR / month;
- Poland - Poland has slightly higher tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students starting at 2,000 EUR/year, but these costs are softened by the fact that living costs are between 400 and 700 EUR/month.
We are confident that one of these four alternatives is the right way for you to pay less on a Bachelor's in Europe if you are a non-EU/EEA student. Once you get there you'll have a great international study experience which will expand your horizons beyond your expectations! Also, check out international Masters worldwide.