Scholars Fund

Countries That provide a Higher Education for Free

Countries That provide a Higher Education for Free

Adapted for Scholars fund.org,inc.

 

Scholars fund is working towards having any student that wants a higher education to get it for free like the countries described below.

We hope students of every walk of life will help us meet this goal.

 

 

The monetary cost of attending a modern college, university, or other institute of higher learning can often be prohibitively high. Tuition fees in the United States, for example, averaged $10,000-$38,000 per year (US$) in 2021-22, with many private universities exceeding $50,000. Housing and living expenses add to that total. Grants and scholarships can help offset tuition costs, but typically fall short. As a result, many students—particularly minorities, who earn a disproportionately low income in many countries—cannot afford to attend college. Those students who do attend must often take out massive student loans, saddling themselves with significant debt that can take decades to repay.

To address these concerns, a number of countries have made college/university tuition free for their citizens. In these systems, higher education is available to most students at little to no cost (often requiring only a small administrative fee) regardless of limiting factors such as income level or social status. Most of these countries are developed nations and many are democratic socialist states in which the government also provides other essential services such as universal or single payer health care.

Countries that offer free college/university to international students

A number of countries further extend the offer of free (or minimal cost) tuition to international students as well. This enables students from the United States and other countries with high college tuition costs to study abroad while also obtaining their education with minimal cost. However, it should be noted that classes in many countries are taught in that country’s native language—universities in Greece, for instance, teach most classes in Greek rather than English—which could introduce a language barrier. Also, most of these countries are European, and may require extra fees from students from outside the European Union (EU) and/or European Economic Area (EEA). A full list of countries that offer free tuition to nationals and/or internationals can be seen below.

Countries With Free College 2022

 

 

Country  Tuition (Nationals) Tuition (Internationals) Details 2022 Population
Argentina Free Nominal fees Nominal fees 46,010,234
Austria Free EU-dependent Free for EU/EEA for two semesters. Nominal fees for non-Europeans 9,066,710
Belgium Free EU-dependent Minimal fees for EU/EEA. Nominal fees for non-Europeans 11,668,278
Brazil Free Language dependent Free, but must know Portuguese 215,353,593
Cuba Free Standard (med exepted) Full fees, but international medical students with Bachelor’s or equivalent may get scholarship 11,305,652
Czech Republic Free Language dependent Free for classes taught in Czech. Courses in English have fees 10,736,784
Denmark Free EU-dependent Free for EU/EEA & Switzerland. Notable fees for non-Euro undergrads. PhD programs free for all. Non-PhD classes may be in Danish 5,834,950
Egypt Free Standard Free for citizens, although system is in need of reform 106,156,692
Estonia Free Nominal fees Nominal fees for internationals. Scholarships available. PhD programs free. 150+ programs taught in English 1,321,910
Fiji Free Standard Full fees 909,466
Finland Free EU- & Lang-dep. Free for EU/EEA, Switzerland, & speakers of Finnish or Swedish. PhD programs free for all. Some classes only in Finnish or Swedish 5,554,960
France Free EU-dependent Free w minimal fees for EU/EEA. Fees for non-Euros rising, but scholarships available. Many courses only in French 65,584,518
Germany Free Free Free for undergrads from any country; may have small fee. Many courses in English, but some German-only 83,883,596
Greece Free EU-dependent Free for EU/EEA (most programs), nominal fees for non-Europeans. Must speak Greek 10,316,637
Iceland Free Free Free for all nationalities except for minor registration fee. Most undergrad classes taught in Icelandic 345,393
India Free Nominal fees Nominal fees for international students, but students are not allowed to work while attending 1,406,631,776
Iran Free Free w obligation Free, but grads must serve government for as many years as were needed to get degree 86,022,837
Italy Free EU-dependent Nominal fees (€900 and €4,000) for EU students 60,262,770
Kenya Free Free Free w high scores on on aptitude exams. Limited availability 56,215,221
Lebanon Free Nominal fees Nominal fees 6,684,849
Luxembourg Free Nominal fees Nominal fees. Most classes taught in English, German, or French 642,371
Malta Free EU-dependent Free for EU students and Maltese citizens, nominal fees for non-EU students 444,033
Mauritius Free Standard Full fees 1,274,727
Mexico Free Standard Full fees 131,562,772
Morocco Free Standard Full fees 37,772,756
New Zealand Free Standard Full fees. Slowly phasing in three years’ free instruction for New Zealanders as well as Australians with 3+ years residence 4,898,203
Norway Free Free Free w/ one year completed or strong placement test score. Minimal fees. Most undergrad courses taught in Norwegian 5,511,370
Panama Free Free Free to all. Spanish proficiency is helpful 4,446,964
Philippines Free Standard Free to Filipinos 112,508,994
Poland Free Nominal fees Free for EU/EAA students, nominal fees for internationals. Many programs in English 37,739,785
Russia Free Limited Free to Russians and Belarusians with adequate grades. International slots are limited (15,000). Classes taught in Russian 145,805,947
Slovenia Free EU-dependent Free for EU and many Eastern Europeans, nominal fees for internationals 2,078,034
Spain Free EU-dependent Free for EU, nominal fees for non-Europeans 46,719,142
Sri Lanka Free Standard Full fees. Free to nationals who score in top 15%-17% (approximate) on aptitude tests. 21,575,842
Sweden Free EU-dependent Free for EU/EEA and Switzerland. PhD programs free for all. Many scholarships available 10,218,971
Taiwan Free Nominal fees Nominal fees for internationals. Scholarships available. Classes may be in Mandarin 23,888,595
Trinidad And Tobago Free Standard Full fees 1,406,585
Turkey Free Nominal fees Nominal fees 85,561,976
Uruguay Free Standard Full fees 3,496,016

 

Scholars Fund is working towards the goal of free higher educationsuch as the countries listed and described below.

We hope the American student will join us in this challenge.

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