Top 10 Tuition Free Universities in the World

Are you looking for where you can study abroad for free? Search no more, you are at the right place, take your time and explore the list of top 10 tuition free universities in the world. Countries like Germany, Finland, Norway etc offer free tuition education.

If education is a ticket to a better life, it sometimes makes very little sense to jump into a pool of education loans, and lifelong debts, to gain your right to knowledge. Though it may be justified in the instance of a professional course, like an MBA degree, where the gains of a well founded business degree reaps immediate benefits, it does bring out a moral debate on why should an investment, like knowledge, be chargeable to its seekers.

1 Technical University of Munich, Germany

There are no general tuition fees at Heidelberg University for undergraduate study programmes, nor for consecutive master’s programmes or PhD programmes. Continuing-education master’s programmes may charge special tuition fees.

Scholarships; There are a few scholarships available through the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Aus-tauschdienst – DAAD) and other institutions for highly-qualified candidates.

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2 Heidelberg University, Germany

There are no general tuition fees at Heidelberg University for undergraduate study programmes, nor for consecutive master’s programmes or PhD programmes. Continuing-education master’s programmes may charge special tuition fees.

Scholarships; There are a few scholarships available through the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Aus-tauschdienst – DAAD) and other institutions for highly-qualified candidates.

3 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany

Students don’t have to pay tuition fees for most programs. There are tuition fees for summer programs and some English-taught Master programs, so you should check the individual course for details. However, all students are required to pay a fee of €114,50 for student services (€52) and the basic “semester ticket” (€62,50). (You can also get a top-up card called IsarCard Semester 24/7 for €146.50 per semester that gives you unlimited travel). 

Scholarships; International students are eligible for limited scholarships and funding opportunities throughout the State of Bavaria and Germany.

4 University of Helsinki, Finland

In Finland, annual tuition fees will be introduced to foreign-language Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes starting on August 1, 2017 or later. At the University of Helsinki, this in practice refers to Master’s programmes in English. Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries, who do not have a permanent residence status in the area, are liable to these fees.

Scholarships; The University of Helsinki will give about 50 start-up grants to qualified degree students who are accepted to study in an International Master’s Degree Programme. The amount of each grant will be 1000-1500 euro. The grants are not meant to cover living expenses, but the little extra money helps new students to settle in Helsinki.

5 Freie Universita

Except for some graduate or postgraduate programs, the Freie Unive tuition fees; students are merely responsible for paying certain fees and charges each semester. Scholarships; The Freie Universität Berlin does not award any grants or scholarships.

6 Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany 

There are NO tuition fees at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin! Neither for German and EU students, nor for international students from other countries. However, the total amount of € 307.09 in the summer semester (€ 257.09 for exchange students) has to be paid.

Scholarships; HU in general, do not award scholarships

7 University of Oslo, Norway

Since the University of Oslo is a state university and therefore publicly funded, the students here do not pay tuition fees. Most students must pay a small semester registration fee of NOK 550 (approx. 70 euro). This fee gives you the benefit of the services of the Foundation for Student Life (SiO).

Scholarships; There are no scholarships available for students on bachelor’s degree programmes. Scholarships are available under programmes such as Erasmus, Nordplus and the EEA Grants/Norway Grants programme.

8 Aalto University, Finland; For the intake of 2016 no tuition fees will be charged. Tuition fees will be introduced for non-EU/EEA students in Finland from August 2017 onwards.

Scholarships; Aalto University does not offer any scholarships for the intake of 2016.

9 RWTH Aachen University, Germany

There are no tuition fees at RWTH Aachen University – this applies for international students as well! All students are, however, subject to a student body and social contribution fee of €239.75 Semester.

Scholarships; Offers a variety of scholarships.

10 University of Bergen, Norway

The University of Bergen is a public institution and therefore does not charge tuition fees. This applies both to Norwegian and international students. The only fee to be paid at the University of Bergen is the semester fee to the Student Welfare Organisation (SiB), currently NOK 590. Students on exchange programmes do not have to pay the semester fee.

Scholarships; The University of Bergen itself does not offer any scholarships for international students interested in studying at the university.

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