Scholarships & Free Education

European countries offering free education


When comparing Italy to other European countries that offer medical courses in English, it becomes clear that the tuition fees in the Public Italian medical schools (400-4000€ /year) are nowhere near the 9000+€ that one would pay in eastern European (Hungary, Slovakia etc) or even more in UK / US medical schools . The University gets some degree of freedome to establish their fees but as a rule they are kept the same for European, Italian and non-European students. Those prices are possible because the public Universities are partially government founded. That makes Italy one of, if not the brightest example of financially accessible higher education for all.

Note: Living costs/Health insurance etc are not covered (You can still get scholarships based on availability but there is close to zero tuition fee!).


International students flock to Norway to study as they get a high-quality education at little to no cost. The Norwegian government finances education with taxpayers’ money so international students along with native students can enjoy a free ride at state universities. But the catch with studying in Norway is that living expenses can be high with NOK 8,900 (approx. 1,200 GBP) needed just for subsistence per month. This will cover room and board, clothing, healthcare, transport and miscellaneous expenses.


Up until 2010, Sweden had been one of the few European nations countries that had no tuition fees. It did not matter what your nationality was as Swedish taxpayers would foot the bill. But all good things come to an end, and in 2010, the Swedish parliament passed a law to charge tuition and application fees for non-EU/EEA students. At the same time, scholarship programs were offered.

Even though there are no tuition free universities in Sweden anymore, a large number of these institutions offer full scholarships (tuition waivers, etc. actually ) for international students.


German universities have only recently started charging tuition fees for undergraduate study programs. Right now, just 4 out of 16 Federal States – Baden-Wurttemberg, Bavaria, Hamburg, and Lower Saxony- charge tuition fees that are as little as 500 Euros per semester. All other federal states just request a small semester contribution of around 50 Euros with no tuition fees charged.

Tuition fees for Graduate Programs:
Tuition fees are charged for Master’s programs. Here the fees range from 650 Euros to 3,000 Euros per Semester. The estimated cost of studying and living in Germany is much less than


Most colleges in Denmark offer free education (for Citizens, EEU, people with certain visa types, Major Universities (which are one of the best in Europe) are the University of Copenhagen and University of Kiel. All Danish citizens are also offered tuition aid/scholarships.


Currently, there is no tuition fee for studying in Finland. From 2017 non-EU/EEA students will have to pay tuition fees (for courses offered in English). Each University will have its fee structure. The University of Helsinki and the University of Turku are top ranked universities of Finland. Students need to cover their living expenses.


Education in Austria is not tuition free, but tuition and fees is quite low! For EU/EEA nationals tuition is almost insignificant and for non European countries it’s <1000 Euro per semester. Some top ranked Universities are University of Vienna, Medical University of Vienna, University of Innsbruck, Vienna University of Technology. 


Education in Greece is also free for EEU nationals (for most programs), Even international tuition/fees is quite low as compared to many other countries (like US, Canada, UK and Australia). 


Education in France is not free but tuition fees is quite low. If you are from EU region or French national you will be paying few hundred euros for your tuition which is quite low! Even international student fees are quite low as compared to UK,US,Canada or Australia. For international students tuition fees (in public institution) will be around 3000-4000 Euros per year.

Norway and other Nordic countries. On average, German students spend roughly 800 Euros for accommodation, transport, food, and other necessities. Germany’s research driven programs are a top draw, and they have been the inspiration for today’s American graduate schools.