3 Best Places to do a Free Master’s Degree in Europe

Are you thinking of been a postgraduate, but you are a bit worried about your budget? Today we will let you in on a little secret – you can do a master’s in Europe for free or a fraction of the cost!

3 Best Places to do a Free Master's Degree in Europe
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While many universities in Europe allow EU students to study for free, only a few let non-EU students join the party. We’ve listed them below some of the universities that allow to study for free.

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  • Germany

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Home to some of the top universities in Europe, Germany is a great place to study abroad. Its capital, Berlin, is one of the trendiest cities in Europe, so you certainly won’t struggle to come across some great bars and clubs for a fun night out. On top of that, you’ll be happy to hear that most German cities also have really cheap living costs.

    • Master’s tuition fees for UK and other non-EU students – Free (apart from universities in the state of Baden-Württemberg).
    • Best universities for overseas students – Technical University of Munich and Humboldt University of Berlin.
    • Financial support available to UK students – None, unless one of your parents has German citizenship, you have a German spouse or you’ve lived in Germany for five years. Check DAAD UK for postgraduate scholarships for study in Germany.
    • Proportion of the population that can speak English – 56% (but most people who live in the cities speak English).
    • Cost of a pint – £2.10 on average, £3.30 in Berlin.
    • Why choose Germany? – Germany has been cited as one of the most supportive countries for international students worldwide, and the prestigious universities combined with low living costs make it an ideal location for studying abroad.
    • What’s the catch? – Most students are required to pay an administration fee, or ‘Semesterbeitrag’, of €50 – €100 per semester, depending on the university. However, this often also covers a public transport ticket and entitles you to discounts.
  • Finland

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With a high standard of living, low crime rates and a fantastic education system, Finland is one of the best places to study in Europe for free. And even if you live in the city, it’s easy to take some weekend trips to soak up Finland’s stunning scenery. Those beautiful lakes and forests make for the perfect study break, don’t you think?

    • Master’s tuition fees for UK and other non-EU students – Free, but only for master’s degrees taught in Finnish or Swedish.
    • Best universities for overseas students – University of Helsinki.
    • Financial support available to UK students – Generally, you can’t get any financial support unless you’re a Finnish citizen. However, if you’ve been granted permanent residency, you may be eligible.
    • Proportion of the population that can speak English – 70% (in general, but this figure is higher in the cities).
    • Cost of a pint – Around £4.10 on average, but closer to £5.50 in Helsinki.
    • Why choose Finland? – Finland consistently ranks as one of the (if not the) happiest places to live in the world. And that comes as no surprise, looking at the top-notch healthcare, education and gorgeous scenery.
    • What’s the catch? – Unfortunately, degrees taught in English aren’t free for UK students. On top of that, Finland, like the rest of Scandinavia, isn’t cheap. However, salaries are relative to the living costs, so a part-time job should provide more than enough beer money if you can balance work with studying.

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  • Norway

houses near the water in norway

Crystal clear fjords, picturesque towns, and a chance to see the Northern Lights – Norway’s got it all. And, even better, it’s the only European country where everybody can get a master’s for free, no matter where you’re from.

    • Master’s tuition fees for UK and other non-EU students – Free.
    • Best universities for overseas students – The University of Oslo and the University of Bergen.
    • Financial support available to UK students – None, but you may be eligible for financial support (Lånekassen) if you have studied in Norway for three years prior to starting your master’s degree, or have a family member who is an EEA national living in Norway.
    • Proportion of the population that can speak English – 90%.
    • Cost of a pint – £6.00 on average, £7.50 in Oslo.
    • Why choose Norway? – Apart from offering completely free courses, Norway also has high living standards and very low crime rates. And since most people in Norway are fluent in English, you won’t have to level up your Norwegian language skills before moving.
    • What’s the catch? – Even though there are no tuition fees, students are required to pay a small semester students’ union fee, which usually costs between £25 – £55. On top of that, Norway is one of the most expensive countries in Europe. It’s a good idea to look into the many grants and scholarships available for international students to help with the costs.

Don’t forget to make a budget for the cost of travelling to and from your chosen destination each semester.

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