Study Abroad for Free: 50+ Universities with NO Tuition Fee for International Students

Which universities are free for international students? It may surprise you to learn that there are over 50 universities around the world with 0 tuition for international students, no matter which country you are from.

All of the universities on this list have $0 tuition fee–no scholarship necessary. If you can get into these universities, you will automatically pay no tuition.

How can universities be free?

Universities around the world are able to offer $0 tuition for a variety of reasons. Some of them have government or private funding, such as socialized or subsidized universities. Others have $0 tuition for ethical, religious, or moral reasons, and some require students to work on campus in order to earn money and save costs on hiring outside workers.

…Is it all really free?

In all of the universities in this list, tuition costs are automatically FREE for international students.

You may have to pay addition fees, including…

  • Application fee
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Textbooks
  • Insurance
  • Semester fee

However, without the burden of tuition fees, the university experience is much more affordable. The other fees are usually quite manageable.

Can you still apply for scholarships at these schools?

Some of these universities may offer you the option to apply for additional scholarships or use outside scholarship money to cover additional costs like room and board. However, since you won’t have to pay tuition, you should not depend fully on the scholarships.

If you want to attend a university not on this list, then you have the options of applying for full-tuition scholarships. These scholarships are available for international students and they can fully pay for the tuition for you, but you have to earn them. It is not automatic.

There are also scholarships available that cover tuition, flights, accommodation, textbooks, etc. These scholarships are much more competitive. Check them out at this link:

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Study Abroad for Free: 50+ Universities with No Tuition

Free education for all international students, regardless of country of origin, can be found here:

Study Abroad for free in US and canada

Study Abroad for Free in North America

1. Barclay College (KS), United States

Students at this private Christian college in Kansas attend tuition-free if they live on campus.

2. Berea College (KY), United States

At Kentucky’s Berea College, no student pays tuition. The scholarship amounts to nearly $200,000 over four years. Students must work at least 10 hours per week on campus.

3. College of the Ozarks (MO), United States

Full-time students at the College of the Ozarks in Missouri pay no tuition, but part-time students shell out $310 per credit hour. For those attending full time, the tuition waiver requires they work 15 hours a week, plus two 40-hour weeks during the academic year.

4. Curtis Institute of Music (PA), United States

Prospective students must audition for enrollment into Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music, which has offered full-tuition scholarships to all of its undergraduate and graduate students since 1928.

5. NYU Grossman School of Medicine, New York, United States

NYU Grossman School of Medicine awards all students enrolled in the MD degree program Full-Tuition Scholarships as part of a tuition-free initiative, so that any student can pursue the dream of becoming a physician without the burden of overwhelming student debt. *It is only open to international students who have completed their undergrad in the USA.

 

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Study Abroad for Free in South/Central America

South America is one of the best destinations for free universities, as public universities are mostly free or very cheap for international students. The only downside is the courses are mostly offered in Spanish or Portuguese. If you want to attend a free university in this region, you will need to have some proficiency in one or both of these languages.

6. Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Brazil

Undergraduate courses are free and last from four to six years. It is worth remembering that most of USP activities are carried out in Portuguese.

7. Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil

There is no tuition fee for credit-awarding courses. There is tuition for Extension classes and pre-sessional Portuguese classes. The language of instruction is Portuguese.

8. Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil

9. Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil

10. Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) Brazil

UFSC offers free tuition to local and international students, but this university is very competitive to get into.

11. São Paulo State University (UNESP), Brazil

12. University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

13. Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP), Argentina

14. Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Argentina

15. Universidad Nacional de General San Martín, Argentina

16. Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá, Panama

17. Universidad de Panamá, Panama

18. Universidad Autonoma de Chiriqui, Panama

19. Universidad Especializada de Las Americas, Panama

 

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study abroad for free in europe

Study Abroad for Free in Europe

Europe is also a top destination for students to study abroad for free, as many universities are subsidized by the government. Students can study in English for free in Norway and Germany. EU and EEA students are generally able to get free tuition at any university in the EU, but only Norway and Germany offer free tuition for students from any country.

20. Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Foreign students are required to pay a semester fee of $68 every semester.

21. Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway

Foreign students are required to pay a semester fee of $55 every semester.

22. Nord University, Norway

Foreign students are required to pay a semester fee of $85 every semester.

23. Østfold University/College, Norway

Foreign students are required to pay a semester fee of $70 every semester.

24. University of Agder,  Norway

Foreign students are required to pay a semester fee of $83 every semester.

25. Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway

Foreign students are required to pay a semester fee of $83 every semester.

26. The Arctic University of Norway, Norway

Foreign students are required to pay a semester fee of $73 every semester.

27. University of Bergen, Norway

Foreign students are required to pay a semester fee of $65 every semester.

28. University of South-Eastern Norway, Norway

Foreign students are required to pay a semester fee of $65 every semester.

29. Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway

Foreign students are required to pay an annual fee of $1168.

30. University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), Norway

Foreign students are required to pay a semester fee of $125 every semester.

31. Gjøvik University/College, Norway (Branch of Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

32. Harstad University/College, Norway (a branch of The Arctic University of Norway)

33. Technical University of Munich, Germany

34. Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany

35. Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

36. University of Hamburg, Germany

37. Free University of Berlin, Germany

38. RWTH Aachen University, Germany

39. University of Mannheim, Germany

40. University of Cologne, Germany

41. University of Bonn, Germany

42. TU Darmstadt, Germany

43. FAU Erlangen Nurnberg, Germany

44. University of Munster, Germany

45. Hamburg University of Technology, Germany

46. SRH University of Heidelberg, Germany

47. University of Applied Sciences Wurzburg Schweinfurt, Germany

48. Leibniz Universitat Hannover, Germany

49. Háskóli Íslands (University of Iceland), Iceland

50. Háskólinn á Akureyri (University of Akureyri), Iceland

51. Bifröst University, Iceland

52. Iceland Academy of Arts, Iceland

53. Holar University College, Iceland

 

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Study Abroad for Free in Africa

Several countries in Africa, like Egypt and Morocco, offer tuition-free university to local students. There are no universities in Africa that are tuition-free for any international student regardless of country.

You can still apply to scholarships to study on the continent.

 

We are adding new universities to our platform every day. If you want to request to apply for a program at an African university, fill out this form.

 

Study Abroad for Free in Asia + Oceania + Middle East

Malaysia offers tuition-free university to its own citizens. There are very few universities in Asia/Oceania that are tuition-free for any international student regardless of country.

You can still apply to scholarships to study in Asia/Oceania.

54. SUSTech, China

This university offers full scholarship to any student who meets its high entry requirements.

55. The Yenching Academy of Peking University,  Beijing, China

56. Schwarzman Scholarship program of Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

57. Guangdong Technion – Israel Institute of Technology Graduate Studies (Shantou, China and Haifa, Israel)

 

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