Planning to study abroad? But worried about the expenses? Do not worry because it is definitely possible to study abroad on a budget. Some of the best places to study abroad are also where tuition fees are very low or non-existent. Read on further to find about the cheapest countries to study abroad.
Although all of the Nordic countries are relatively affordable, Norway remains our top pick as it is free for both residents and outsiders. Europe’s Nordic countries are known for high quality of life and its natural beauty, and Norway is no exception. Another reason to study here is the availability of English taught programs at all study levels.
Taiwan is another of the cheapest countries to study abroad. The country offers more than 120 courses taught in English, at over 40 universities, and Taiwan is also a popular destination in which to learn Mandarin. Taiwan also offers a good quality of life with relatively low living costs; accommodation costs as little as TW$88,000 (~US$2,900) per year.
Known as the ‘land of ideas’, Germany is continuing to grow in popularity with international students and the reasons are very obvious – it offers reputable universities, relatively low costs, and high quality of life. There are no tuition fees charged at all public universities with some exceptions. There are also a number of scholarships available. To cover living costs, you’ll need at least €10,200 (~US$11,950) per year, but possibly more, depending on your lifestyle, location, and spending habits. And there is a range of English-taught courses, particularly at the graduate level.
Full of fascinating and unique culture to explore, Mexico is one of Latin America’s most visited nations and has a lot to offer to international students. Tuition fees vary with private universities charging more. Living expenses are also reasonably low in Mexico, with all living costs adding up to around US$9,250 on a standard budget in the capital, or US$6,450 elsewhere. Although the main language of instruction is Spanish, Mexican universities are offering more English-taught courses to attract international students.
The second-largest country in South America, America boasts spectacular natural beauty, with a diverse geography that makes it ideal for students keen on outdoor adventure and exploration. Argentina is also considered one of the safest places and is also known for its rich culture. You can typically study for free at any state-funded university with more fees at private institutions. You’ll need around US$5,000 for living expenses, with rent costing as little as US$350 per month.
Another of the best places to study abroad on a budget is Poland, which also offers a high quality of education, along with plenty of fantastic culture and history to explore. You can even study for free if you can speak Polish, and if you take the same entrance exam as Polish students and study in Polish. However, there are also many English-taught programs available, costing around €2,000-3000 (~US$2,340-3,500) per year. Living costs are also on the low side, as you shouldn’t need more than €6,600 (~US$7,700) per year.
Malaysia is undoubtedly one of the cheapest countries to study abroad, particularly in terms of living costs. You will only need about MYR 14,400 (~US$3,550) per year to live comfortably in Malaysia. In terms of tuition fees, you’ll pay an average of US$4,000 per academic year, but some courses are even cheaper.
8. South Africa
At last on our list of best places to study abroad on a budget, South Africa is renowned for its natural beauty, cultural diversity, and turbulent history. Another great choice for students with a love of the outdoors, it’s also reasonably inexpensive, with low costs of living and tuition fees.