As prices for university creep ever higher in the UK and the US. You should be looking elsewhere for good quality learning that won’t empty your bank account.
Mainland Europe is generally a good bet for cheap but reasonable quality education. Germany offers free tuition (all you need to pay is a relatively low administration fee) to international students, manageable living costs and some excellent universities like LMU of Munich and the Free University of Berlin.
Pros: Delicious German sausages, cities full of culture
Cons: You’ll probably need to learn German first
Home of delicious pastries and top educational opportunities, in Denmark you can study a variety of courses in English, and they’re completely free if you’re from the EU. Find out more.
Pros: Good quality of life, free tuition if you’re from the EU
Cons: High costs of living
Small and mighty Belgium offers a lot in the way of international education: it’s got four universities in the top 200 in the world. It also offers waffles, culture and stunning architecture. Oh and tuition fees are usually pretty low – especially if you’re part of the EU.
Pros: Waffles, seeing Bruges in real life
Cons: Limited amount you can study in English
Low tuition fees, english language programmes, delicious food and a fascinating history – it’s no wonder China is an inviting prospect for potential students. Plus the government also offers a range of scholarships to entice international students. The only tricky part might be working out exactly where to study – there’s a big range of institutions.
Pros: Low tuition, interesting culture
Cons: High cost of living in certain areas
5. The Internet
The one place you certainly can find education from the best universities all completely for free is on the internet. Online courses (or MOOCs) have really started to come into their own in the last few years. Now you’ll find social features built into courses – so you get far more of a ‘real’ student feel and you can even get academic credit from top universities.
Pros: Free, flexible, accessible
Cons: No freshers week.