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7 Most Affordable Countries to Study Abroad

Updated: Jul 7

Studying abroad is the most effective approach to diversify the perspectives we possess regarding the world. It aids in the broadening of our viewpoints following the cultural exchange obtained from people all around the world. 

 A multitude of students apply abroad for their higher studies in quest of a brighter future. This raises the concern of expenses, as countries like the USA, UK or Australia are costly and banking on scholarships can be extremely precarious. 

Thus, we strongly propose the top 7 affordable countries that yield an A grade education :

  1.  Norway  Public Universities in Norway impart premium education at no cost, regardless of your country of origin. Norway has earned the title of  “highly appreciated study destination in Europe” by the International Student Study Satisfaction forum. Four universities are a part of QS world university ranking top 500. The highest ranked is the University of Oslo, which is ranked 135th. Followed by the University of Bergen that is ranked 171st. As they are committed to an equitable education system at a low cost, the charges are: Tuition Fees : FREE - Minor fee per semester for access to health, sports facilities : NOK 300-600 (INR 2,500-5,000) Living Cost : NOK 116,370 (approximately INR 10 Lacs) per year.   

  2. Germany  Germany is renowned for its excellent education and is one of the most affordable countries to study abroad. Tuition payments for undergrad and postgrad degrees in Germany's public universities are waived for all students, regardless of their nationality. They do, however, charge a nominal fee for master’s courses that are not aligned to the same field as your undergrad. Germany has a lower cost of living compared to numerous countries. Tuition Fees : EUR 125- 1,500 per semester ( Approx INR 20,000- 2 Lacs per year) Living Cost : EUR 650- 800 per month (Approx INR 6.5 – 8 Lacs per year)   

  3.  Netherlands Netherlands is considered to be one of the best study abroad countries for Indian students. The provision of obtaining knowledge beyond academics by providing practical experience with relatively inexpensive tuition fees grants an edge over other countries. Depending on the university and the degree, students can expect to pay anywhere from EUR 1900 to EUR 15,000 every year.  In terms of living costs (which include housing and other essential living expenditures), students can expect to pay between EUR 800 and 1200 per month on average, depending on the student and the region. Tuition Fees: EUR 1900 to 15,000 (Approx INR 1,66,540- 13,14,810) every year Living Cost: EUR 800 and 1200 (Approx INR 70,123 - 105184) per month   

  4. Turkey An introduction to new cultures from both East and West, resulting in a perfect blend of European and Oriental influences. Turkey's public institutions offer incredibly low-cost education. Cankaya University, Hacettepe University, Sabanci University, and Bikent University are some of the best universities in Turkey. In most cases, international students must pay between 100 and 4000 EUR per academic year.  Tuition Fees : 100- 4000 EUR  (Approx INR 8,700- 36,000) per academic year Living Cost : 400-650 EUR per month. (INR 35,000- 53,000)   

  5. Spain  Spain is considered to possess the most affordable tuition costs in Europe. Popularly, known for imparting excellent education at a low cost, making it a popular choice among Indian students. University of Barcelona, Pompeu Fabra University, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Complutense University of Madrid, and others are some of the most well-known universities in the city.   Tuition Fees: EUR 680- 18,000 (Approx INR 50,000-3.6 Lacs) per year Living Expense: EUR 900-1200 (Approx INR 78,888- 1,05,184) per month  

  6. Austria Home to beautiful scenery and world’s finest institutions. Austrian universities offer a high academic standard as well as student-centred classrooms and teaching methods, all at a very affordable tuition fee. At public universities, non-EU/EEA students will have to pay on average 726.72 plus 20 EUR per semester for tuition fees. Students from developing nations are exempted from paying tuition fees at several public universities. To check if your country is on the list, explore the information on the official university page. Students at private universities can expect to pay anywhere from 3,000 to 23,000 EUR per year.  Tuition Fees: EUR 730 - 23,000 (Approx INR 70,123 - 20,16,042) per year Living Cost: EUR 950 (Approx INR 84,553) per month   

  7.  Czech Republic Public universities are free for all students regardless of nationality if the mode of teaching is in Czech. However, if you choose a program taught in English there is going to be minimal fees. The cost of your education will vary substantially based on the university you attend and the major you pursue. The few top universities are Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Masaryk University, University of Pardubice, University of Finance and Administration.  Tuition Fees: EUR 0 - 18,500 (Approx INR 0 - 16,21,599) per year Living Cost: EUR 300-650 ( Approx INR 26,296 - 56,975) per month


We are here to make sure that you do not miss out on the opportunity to study abroad. Proper research and guidance can assist you in determining the ideal countries for education within your budget. For additional information on the countries that are smoothly accessible, get in touch with the Jitin Chawla's Centre for Career Development.


Sources and Useful Links

  1. Ray, Tanmoy, et al. “Best Cheapest Countries to Study Abroad for Indian Students.” Stoodnt, 13 June 2021,

  2. Rao, Pareeshti. “Which Is The Cheapest Country To Study Abroad For Indian Students?” UniAcco, 29 June 2021,

  3. “Cost of MS in Germany for Indian Students - Get Insights Here!” ForeignAdmits, 29 June 2021,

  4. “How to Apply to a University in Turkey in 2021.” How to Apply to a University in Turkey in 2021 -,

  5. “Tuition Fees in the Czech Republic - Live & Study - Czech Universities.”,  

Written by: Ruhika Drohi


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