By Ethelbert Obinna Umeh
Going to higher institution can be an expensive yet rewarding adventure, especially if you are living in a developing or third world country. However, if you are zealous about studying abroad, then the following tips will surely help you.
There are some countries you can actually study for free or at a fraction of the cost. But due to want of time and space, I have decided to share only five with you. Hopefully, I will share more in future.
France is a very beautiful country, and is acclaimed as one of the most popular study destinations with over 400,000 international students flockingthere virtually from every part of the world on annual basis.
One amazing thing is that some public universities a registration fee ranging from €200 (£150) to €400 (£300) irrespective of the person’s nationality. However, the costs may increase if you want to study in any of the elite schools (grande ecoles) - in these schools, you can study specialized courses like Business, Engineering and Science. Generally, their tuition fees are within the brackets of €5,000 (£3,710) and €15,000 (£11,130) annually.
Note: If you really want to study here, then you must know how to speak French- most of the undergraduate and even postgraduate courses are taught in French. Enrol for a language course around your vicinity. You can locate where Alliance Francais is situated in your region and start the language course right now.
Studying in France can open door to a lot of opportunities for you; it will also make you more refined, smarter, happier, productive, creative and richer as the case maybe.
Germany has a strong academic reputation that spans decades. You will surely find a place or an academic institution that is suited for your needs. Amazingly, every student enjoys tuition free, but you will be required to pay €100 (£75) to €250 (£185) per semester- this covers all the administrative and student union fees.
The cost of living for foreign students is very cheap, especially compared to other countries in the world. The German Academic Exchange Service recommends that students should be paid around €800 (£595) to cover expenses monthly. In this way, the student doesn’t have to hustle for a living all through their period of studentship.
For those wishing to study in the Nordic countries, Finland appears to be the best option. Students both local and foreign don’t pay a dim for Bachelors, Masters and PhD Degrees, irrespective of the countries they are coming from.
Also, students are allowed to work up to 25 hours per week. To get a residence permit, they must prove that they have at least €560 (£415) a month. To access the limited work opportunities, intending students should learn how to speak Swedish or Finnish.
To access the academic opportunities in Norway, you must be versed in Norwegian. Students are not charged any tuition fees, but they will be required to pay a small registration fee of around NOK500 (£40).
To meet up with the high cost of living, students should look for menial jobs that so as to keep body and soul together. Non-EU/EEA students can access work opportunities for 20 hours every week. To save cost, learn how to cook at home, because eating and drinking in the restaurants or bars could be more expensive than you think.
Austria is a beautiful tourist destination in the world. Cost of living in Austria can be pricey. Local students can access academic opportunities for free. Students are always expected to finish their academic programme within the stipulated timeframe.
If you are studying in a public university, the only thing you need to pay is student insurance and student union fees of about €18 (£13). If you are not able to study within the stipulated timeframe, you will be charged €360 (£265) per semester. You can avoid this charge by not staying more than eight semesters for your Bachelors and six for your Masters.
International students pay a reasonable fee of €725 (£535) per semester. Private universities have their own fees; some of them are within the neighbourhood of €1,000 (£740) per semester.
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