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Free education (or subsidized education) is education that is provided at no cost to students. Although primary school and other comprehensive or compulsory education is free in many countries, the Nordic countries are all examples of countries where education is mostly free all the way up (but often not including books (from primary) and a number of administrative and sundry fees in university), including post-graduate studies. In Sweden and Finland, there is not even a fee for foreign students enrolling at a university (exchange or not), although they may not be eligible for the monthly study allowance and loan most nationals are. Answers to some of the frequently asked questions about studying in Sweden. Denmark also has universal free education, but on top of that the students get paid to study, when above 18 years of age a Danish student is entitled to a monthly payment called "Statens Uddannelsesstøtte" or "SU" (Government Education Support) .


Study in Europe

Where in Europe would you like to study? Find information on how to apply for university studies in Europe, admission requirements, application deadlines, tuition fees, grading systems, study visa, residence permit and accredited universities and colleges in Europe.


Five reasons to study in Europe

    • World-class higher education institutions
  • Over 4,000 institutions offering high quality study programs in an international environment
  • Moderate or no tuition fees
  • An unique combination between modernity and a rich historical heritage
  • You can study in English or other important languages like Spanish, German, French or Italian



Austria, located at the heart of Europe by the beautiful and impressive Alps, has greatly contributed to enrich the European culture with renowned thinkers such as Sigmund Freud, Ludwig Wittgensteign or Franz Kafka, or musicians such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Austrian cities like Vienna, Salzburg or Innsbruck are ideal places to meet Austria’s history, literature, philosophy and art.


In addition to its historical and cultural appeal, you would like to study in Austria because of the high quality of its universities and institutions of higher education, its low tuition fees or the possibility of learning one of the world’s most important languages: German.


Universities in Austria charge a small tuition fee on a per-semester basis depending on whether you are an EU student or you come to study in Austria from a country outside Europe.


Indian students will have to pay 726, 72€ per semester. In the event that you decide to take courses at more than one university, you will have to pay your tuition fee only once.



Would you like to study in Hungary? With over 1,000 years of history, Hungary, or Magyarország in Hungarian, is considered to be one of the oldest countries in Europe. Located in central Europe and with an estimated population of over 10 million people, Hungary is a member state of the European Union since 2004 and the Schengen Agreement, which affords students like you the opportunity to discover other parts of Europe while earning a higher education degree.


Hungary has greatly contributed to the science and culture of Europe. Although it is a small country, Hungary has the honor of being home to over 20 Nobel Prize laureates and important inventors such as Ányos Jedlik (first electric motor), Kálmán Tihanyi (plasma television), Dennis Gabor (holography), István Horváth (artificial blood) or Erno Rubik (Rubik's cube), just to mention some of them.


Every year, the Government of Hungary determines the number of students who can apply for higher education studies as "state-funded" students. "State-funded" students don't have to pay either tuition or registration fees, although they might be asked to partially contribute to their education for a small amount depending on the study program. In addition, institutions rank their applicants based on previous academic achievement. Those students with best academic records may fall under the "state-funded" student category.


Indian students have to pay tuition and registration fees. The tuition fees vary largely depending on the study program and institution, with courses starting at approximately 1,000 EUR per semester. Usually, registration fees range from 40 EUR to up to 800 EUR depending on the course. Please, be informed that registration fees may also vary within the same institution depending on the course you would like to enroll in.



In 2006, over 98,000 students from other EU countries decided to study in Denmark according to figures provided by EurostatEurostat. Why did so many students choose Denmark to study at university? Denmark, the first Nordic country that joined the EU in 1 January 1973, offers a large array of progressive study programs in an international environment, while students don't have to pay tuition fees.


Students from outside the European Union are charged tuition fees that vary depending on the study program. In general, you should count on a tuition fee of approximately 10,000€ per academic year.



Finland, member of the European Union since 1995, is also known by its highly developed information society, its large body of researchers, its egalitarian society, its passion for education and home to the popular mobile communications manufacturer Nokia


According to the Finland Universities Act that will come into force on 1 January 2010, EU/EEA students as well as other students with a permanent residence permit in Finland, are exempted from paying tuition fees at Finnish public universities and polytechnics. Students from outside the European Union may be charged tuition fees if the study program is conducted in a language other than Finnish or Swedish. However, higher education institutions shall provide a scholarship scheme to support students that fall within the previously mentioned category.



Germany, the largest economy in the European Union and third in the world, is home to some of the most renowned researchers of the history, like Albert Einstein, Max Planck or Alexander von Humboldt, just to mention a few of them. Germany is also a highly popular educational destination among students from other states of the European Union as well as from outside Europe. Whether you plan to study in Germany as an exchange student, free mover or a full degree student, you will benefit from low tuition fees and the world-known quality of the higher education in Germany. And, what's your reason to study in Germany?


Following a judgement of the Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht), students are charged registration and tuition fees at universities and colleges in Germany. However, there are some federal states (Länder) where universities still do not charge tuition fees. In general, tuition fees are approximately 500€ per semester and registration fees are about 50€ per semester.


Would you like to study in Norway? Norway, the country of the fiords, perpetual snows, northern lights, trolls and vikings, offers a unique combination to enjoy your time as a student. Whether it is the large array of international study programs and courses, the informal atmosphere that makes it very easy to approach teachers, free tuition or the opportunity to meet students from other parts of the world, many students like you decide to study in Norway each year. And what's your reason to study in Norway?


Students don´t have to pay tuition fees at public universities in Norway. However, they have to pay a small but compulsory fee of around 50€ per semester to the student union. Paying the student union fee will give you access to various benefits, like discounts in meals or public transportation system, as well as access to other services to help you while you study in Norway, like student counselling or assistance to find accommodation.


Sweden, the largest of the Scandinavian countries, is also considered a leader in innovation, ranking in the top 5 countries with most patent requests per capita. Whether you are just planning a short visit to study in Sweden as an exchange student, studying a master's program or fully study a degree, you will benefit from the Swedish open and informal atmosphere, the non-existence of tuition fees as well as the large array of progressive courses you can choose from.


There are no tuition fees at public universities in Sweden. However, you will have to pay a small but compulsary registration fee (kåravgift, in Swedish) to the student union of your university. In general, the student union fee is around 300 SEK or 30€ per semester. Upon your payment of the student union fee, you will receive a student card (studentkort) that entitles you to receive discounts at, for example, the public transportation system or stores, receive student support or participate in many acitivities to facilitate your social integration at your university in Sweden. Be advised that without your valid studentkort, you can't take any exams at university in Sweden.


Although you don't have to pay tuition fees at public universities in Sweden, you will have to pay for your textbooks, accommodation and living expenses.