Friday, June 23, 2017

Famous for carnival, dancing and football, Brazil is also a top destination for students wanting to spend as little money as possible on their studies. Public universities, which are more prestigious and offer a higher quality of teaching than their private counterparts, offer free tuition to international students and only charge a small registration fee at the beginning of the course.

In order to secure a place, students need to take a test, competing against thousands of Brazilian students. Knowledge of Portuguese is another requirement, which can be demonstrated by completing the CELPE-Bras – the only certificate for Portuguese that is recognised in Brazil.

If you do manage to be accepted, you are eligible for the same funding options available to Brazilian students.

2. Germany

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Whether you want to explore the hip corners of Berlin or study in a quaint town in the German countryside, you’ll find a place that suits your needs. The country’s higher education system has a strong reputation and, most importantly, tuition is FREE of charge.

All you have to pay is a fee of around €100 (£75) to €250 (£185) per semester, which covers administrational costs as well as the work of the student union.

Life in Germany is relatively cheap compared to other countries, too. The German Academic Exchange Service recommends a monthly budget of around €800 (£595) to cover expenses, which is enough to enjoy your stay without having to pinch pennies.

3. Finland

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Finland is one of the cheapest options for people wanting to study in the Nordic countries. Finnish universities charge students no tuition fees for Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degrees, regardless of where they come from.

To obtain a residence permit, non-EU/EEA students need to prove they have at least €560 (£415) a month at their disposal, although average living expenses range between €700 (£520) and €900 (£670).

While students are allowed to work up to 25 hours a week during term time, it’s not recommended to rely on a part-time job to make ends meet as they can be hard to find, especially if you don’t speak Finnish or Swedish.

4. France

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France is among the most popular study destinations in the world, with nearly 300,000 students flocking there every year. With its intellectual tradition and bustling student cities, this doesn’t really come as a surprise.

What’s even better is that most public universities only charge a registration fee ranging from €200 (£150) to €400 (£300) a year, regardless of a student’s nationality, so they’re great budget options.

But if you’d rather attend one of the grandes ├ęcoles (elite schools), which offer renowned programmes in science, engineering and business, then the costs increase. These universities are highly reputed and count many famous alumni among their ranks, so you’ll need to spend between €5,000 (£3,710) and €15,000 (£11,130) a year on tuition.

5. Scotland

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Studying in Scotland, you’ll be surrounded by historic castles and incredible scenery. Scottish nationals and students from other EU countries can have their tuition fees paid for by the Student Awards Agency of Scotland, so you could study completely free of charge.

If you’re from England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you’ll have to pay an annual tuition fee that’s set by your chosen university, but there are various bursaries and scholarships to help. Students from outside the EU also have to pay variable amounts.

6. Norway

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If you want to study for free in Norway, make sure you brush up on your Norwegian first. While international students don’t pay for tuition apart from a small registration fee of around NOK500 (£40), undergraduate degrees are usually taught in Norwegian and language proficiency is a must.

And while studying is very cheap, you shouldn’t ignore the country’s high cost of living. Factor in around NOK10,000 (£800) per month to cover basic expenses. And eating and drinking in restaurants can be quite expensive – a beer will set you back at least NOK75 (£6).

You might consider taking a part-time job, as non-EU/EEA students are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week alongside their studies.