Studying at a university usually comes at a cost. As an American citizen, you have the option to study wherever you want in the world but before you make that big decision, you need to ensure it’s the right one. While there are many criteria that can guide your thinking, your choice on which university might be the best for you according to your needs will largely depend on tuition fees.

Determining how much money your studies will cost you is critical information if you are seriously considering going to university. Since American colleges can be pricey, you could be looking at alternative choices outside the US that offer free education.

If you or someone you know is interested in studying abroad, first make sure you check out this list of countries that allow you to study free of charge:

1. Brazil

Federal and state institutions in Brazil are tuition-free. After the Brazilian Federal Constitution has given the right to universities to offer free public education from undergraduate to post-graduate level, most Brazilian institutions now only charge a small registration fee.

However, private or smaller institutions charge tuition fees that may range from $2,000 up to $10,000 depending on the field of your studies.

 

2. Finland

There currently aren’t any tuition fees in Finland for regular Finnish higher education degrees including Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorates, no matter where you come from.

This excludes some executive MBA degrees or other joint/double degrees that are being offered by Finnish universities in cooperation with foreign universities.

Despite the ‘no tuition fees’ policy, there have been some rumors that tuition fees will be introduced for students who come from non-EU countries.

Since April this year, the Finnish government included the fee issue into their suggestions which means it remains to be seen whether these changes will be applied or not.

3. Norway

State universities and state university colleges in Norway normally don’t charge tuition fees for international students, although some may charge a registration fee of up to $100 per semester.

While this means that you may have to pay a certain amount of money to be able to study, the price is still considerably much lower in contrast to other countries.

If you are interested in studying at a Master’s level, you should be aware that some specialized programs may charge tuition fees, so it’s probably worth checking into this in advance.

Some of the universities that offer free education are the Universities of Oslo, Bergen, Agder, and Nordland.

4. Germany

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Universities in Germany charged tuition fees at relatively low rates until the government decided that there will be none for both natives and foreigners.

The aim of this change was to allow young men and women to study with a high quality standard without having any barriers that prevented them from doing so, such as high tuition fees that apply to many other European countries and the US.

However, after the tuition fees ban was lifted in 2005, Federal states gained the right to charge students. Out of the sixteen, only two (Bavaria and Lower Saxony) continue to charge tuition fees of up to €500 and the rest only charge €50 as registration fees, which are not calculated as tuition fees.

5. Slovenia

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Studying at a public higher education institute in Slovenia is tuition-free for full-time EU and non-EU students whose countries have mutual agreements with Slovenia.

A registration fee is compulsory, but it’s only about €30 per year. If you are interested in part-time study or studying at a private university, you should know that you will have to pay for tuition fees.

While tuition fees may vary depending on your subject, they may start from €1,500 to €10,000.

Those countries which chose not to charge tuition fees to students realize how important higher education is to the younger population and society as a whole. Not only does this help to promote the equal opportunities agenda, it also benefits society as more educated citizens prepare to join the workforce.

Where would you rather study out of these five countries? Let us know in the comments section below…

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