Free Education In Europe

November 16, 2013
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Numerous Universities are providing partial and fully funded scholarships worldwide. These grants and financial aids somehow make the education free for the students, the relief could be full or partial but to some extent it lessen the financial burden of the students. These scholarships are offered to foreign students as well as local students for pursuing all degree levels i.e. undergraduate, master, PhD and postdoctoral.

Free education can be defined as education that is financed through open-handed organizations. It can also be said as sponsored education. In this changing world, a good number of European countries which are members of European Union (EU) are offering tuition free education that empowered international students to enjoy free quality education.

As an example, Germany usually does not charge any fees for undergraduate studies. In general European students have the same rights as they move to another European country. Therefore European citizens are naturally qualified to study in other European member states. There, they do not have to pay higher tuition fees and they will be able to receive a residence permit (in order to obtain financial sustain as any other national student). The same works normally for European Economic Area and Swiss students too, but some conditions regarding public student loans and residence permit might differ from non-European students.

For international students the terms are different. European High Education embraces non-European students in Europe: even though they have to pay tuition fees but almost everywhere they can apply for scholarships or financial aid.
Europe has generally low tuition fees as compared to other continents, while many European universities come in world’s top universities. So it can be said as quality education against reasonable costs. Therefore studying in Europe is very popular nowadays; every month there are more than 2 million visits from all over the world.

The average tuition fee for an international Master’s programme in Europe is around € 5.100 for students from within the European Economic Area, and € 10.170 for students from outside the European Economic Area. For international Bachelor programmes this is € 4.500 for EEA students and € 8.600 for non-EEA students. But many students don’t know that they can study for less than a thousand euro per year, or even for free, in many European countries. There are more than 3.000 Master programmes in Europe with a tuition fee less than one thousand euro.

In today’s scenario thousands of students immigrate to Europe each year. Prominent countries of Europe offer free education as well as partial funding for education to both European and non-European students. European countries that attract the international mass most are:

UK
Always included in the preferred study destinations of the international students, UK offers quality education at all study levels.  It is the land of remarkable universities as, University of Edinburgh , Newcastle University, Oxford University,etc. that need no introduction. There are about 200000 students who migrate annually for better education to UK.

Denmark
University education in Denmark is free for the students of European Economic Areas and Switzerland. For all other students tuition fees vary from about EUR 6,000 to EUR 16,000 Euro per year. Financial aid programs are available for both European and non-European students. Students may refer to the following prominent universities e.g. University of Copenhagen, University of Aarhus, Aalborg University, etc.

Finland
There are various fully funded scholarships for students pursuing Bachelor’s and Doctoral degrees, regardless their nationality. Master’s programme is free for students from European Economic Areas member countries but international students can also study the programmes for free in most of the cases.  Leading universities which provide beneficial knowledge to students are: University of Helsinki, Tampere University of Technology, University of Jyväskylä, etc.

Germany
Germany is one of the European countries that has top universities with very low tuition fees or no tuition fees. In the academic year 2013/2014 most of the universities have not charged any tuition fees. Students just have to pay an administration fee of about 50-200€ per semester that covers the public transport ticket and other student services.

In aggregate Europe offers almost 30,000 international study programmes that students can apply for. International students in Europe enjoy high standard of living. International students are involved in diverse social activities by universities and student organizations so that they can feel like home.

Europe is a magnificent place to experience miscellaneous cultures, traditions and languages which will be of great benefit. Studying in Europe helps students in personal as well as professional development. While studying here students can get ready for a globalised working environment. Students will get a chance to learn different types of languages like French or German and even be able to work on their degree in different countries.

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