Friday, August 25, 2017

Study Abroad, for Free? 11 European Countries Where Masters Tuition is FREE (or Almost Free) in 2016-17
In the post-referendum / pre-Brexit limbo, lots of you considering studying abroad might be a bit concerned about how your tuition fees could be affected.

But worry not.

Firstly, Brexit is going to take at least 2 years – and the process hasn’t actually started yet. That leaves plenty of time for you to study a Masters degree in most European countries.

Secondly, lots of European countries offer free tuition regardless of your nationality. So, Brit or not, EU or not, you can still save yourself fees (or loan repayments). Win-win!

Please note: the information provided below regards public universities only. If you wish to study abroad at private institutions, it’s likely that fees will be charged.

Completely free

Believe it or not, some countries charge no tuition or administrative fees to postgraduates, effectively offering free Masters degrees. Neat!

Bear in mind, however, that there are other costs to consider when studying abroad. These could include processing visas and residence permits, paying for accommodation, health insurance, and other living costs.

Lots of funding opportunities are available from most countries though, so you won’t be left stranded. Find out more below.


Free for who: Everyone (EU, EEA and the rest of the world).

Admin fees: None.

Terms: Whether your studies are part-time or full-time, you won’t have to pay any fees. However, as education is free, maintenance scholarships at Masters level are harder to come by. International students can work part-time during their studies, but it may be difficult to find employment if you aren’t fluent in Finnish or Swedish.

For information on working, visas, and funding, check out our guide to Masters study in Finland.

Note that From Autumn 2017, fees will be introduced for non-EU/EEA students.


Free for who: Everyone (EU, EEA and the rest of the world).

Admin fees: None.

Terms: In Norway you can undertake a Masters degree whether you choose to study part-time or full-time. International postgraduates are treated as domestic students, and do not pay fees for Masters study. Some funding is available, but is primarily in place for PhD students. However, exceptional students on Masters courses can be considered. So if your grades are high, you should definitely consider applying for funding.

For information on funding and student visas, read our guide to Masters study in Norway.