Doing Masters or Doctorate from a top university is a dream of many students but some students find it difficult to fund their studies due to poor financial conditions. Though there are a lot of scholarships provided by universities but getting scholarships is not a very easy task.


For students who want to get a master's or Ph.D. from top universities have good news. There are few countries where there are no tuition fees for pursuing higher education. So let`s see which is the best country to do your higher education.

Germany is the best country to pursue your higher education because it has some of the best universities in the world. Universities in Germany are research-focused so you get better research facilities and a good environment for research. Also, Germany's low cost of living helps students to complete their studies at minimum cost. Also, Germany is the strongest and largest economy in Europe and ranked 4th in the World. Job opportunities are more in Germany in comparison to other European nations which also offers higher education at no tuition fees. 




Now. let`s see in detail about all the top 5 countries that do not charge any tuition fees for the masters and Ph.D. courses in their universities.


Germany





According to QS World University Ranking 2020, 10 German University has been ranked under 200 world Ranking. See the list of Universities below.




German Rank
University
World Rank
1
Technische Universität München
55
2
Ludwig-Maximilians – Universität München
63
3
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
66
4
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
=120
5
KIT, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
124
6
Freie Universität Berlin
=130
7
Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen)
138
8
Technische Universität Berlin
147
=9
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
=169
=9
Universität Freiburg
=169

World-class quality education with no tuition fees at German University makes it one of the most favorable destinations for pursuing higher education.

Most of the German University, semester fees of around 250 -300 Euros are taken from the student which also provides them free public transport and also subsidized food at the university.

Also, one of the very important reasons for Germany being the most favorable destination for pursuing higher education is the fact that Germany is relatively cheaper than other countries which also provides free higher education to students. The average cost of living in Germany is approx 500-1000 Euros depending upon the cities where the university is located.

The only disadvantage is the language barrier which you will notice at the time of getting placed in German Companies. So, it is essential to know the german language for getting a good job in Germany. As candidate proficient in the German Language is preferred over non- german speaking candidate in the companies.

So you can join courses from Goethe Institute and get an A1 certificate which will help you learn basic german language expression. You can go for the A1 Certificate before reaching Germany to join for your respective course. Also, it is advisable to get further certificates in the German Language if you are planning to get a job in Germany.


Norway





Like Germany, Norway also provides free higher education for students all over the world without any language discrimination. All local and international students are can do their masters or doctoral studies without paying any tuition fees.

However, students have to pay a semester fee of 300-600 NOK which is similar to Germany.

Some of the best university in Norway as per the QS World Top University Ranking 2021:




Let's have a comparison between Norway and Germany.



  • If we compare the cost of expenses in Germany and Norway, Germany is a relatively cheaper country to live while Norway is pretty expensive for students.
  • Norway also has a great digital infrastructure and better than Germany. 
  • People in Norway speak better English than the people in Germany.
  • Wages in Norway are greater than in Germany but also expenses are also on the higher side.
  • Norway has Oslo as the only city as most parts of Norway have a good natural landscape while Germany has a lot of cities and diverse places to visit. Also, Germany is at the center of Europe so it`s easy to travel to other European countries.



Finland





Universities in Finland provide free higher education to students from EU/EEA countries while students from other countries are charged fees for English taught courses. The annual tuition fee depends on the university and the degree program, varying between 4,000€ and 18,000€  approximately (2019/20). 

For study programs taught in Swedish/Finnish then International students are not charged any fees.

International Doctoral student is not charged any fees and also provided with grants and scholarships for research so it would be a good opportunity for students to get admission in the doctoral course in Finland.

Monthly living expenses for students (including food, accommodation, travel, insurance, etc.) are around €700 - €900, depending on where you live and your personal living habits. Living costs are typically higher in larger cities than in smaller ones. University students are required to pay an annual student union fee, which is approximately €80 - €100.

If we compare from Germany, getting higher education in Finland is relatively costlier due to the high cost of living and also international students have to pay tuition fees if the program is taught in English.


Though being a small country, Finland's education standards are high. According to QS World University Ranking, the University of Helsinki and Aalto University have secured 107 and 134 rank respectively. 8 other universities are in the top 500 World university rankings. See the list of top universities here.

Denmark and Sweden are already charging fees from the international student for Bachelors's and Masters's course still for a Ph.D. degree no fees are charged and the student gets a good grant and scholarship for doing research in university in these countries.



Iceland 





Iceland does not charge any fees for masters courses to the international students in their four public universities.

So four universities in Iceland which do not any tuition fees are:


However, you have to pay the registration fees of  75000 ISK ($743, Euro 605). Also, you have to keep in mind that Iceland does not have a market or economy as strong as Germany so the number of jobs will be higher in Germany.


Final Thoughts 



For pursuing your higher education degree with no tuition fees, I think Germany is the best choice as it has a good and supportive environment for students. It`s living cost is less in comparison to other countries discussed above and last but most important its economy is big in comparison to other European countries and a lot of job opportunities are available in Germany.

Do post your comments and some other options which you think is the better choice than Germany for pursuing higher education at no cost.

Top Countries Providing Higher Education with No Tuition Fees in 2020




Doing Masters or Doctorate from a top university is a dream of many students but some students find it difficult to fund their studies due to poor financial conditions. Though there are a lot of scholarships provided by universities but getting scholarships is not a very easy task.


For students who want to get a master's or Ph.D. from top universities have good news. There are few countries where there are no tuition fees for pursuing higher education. So let`s see which is the best country to do your higher education.

Germany is the best country to pursue your higher education because it has some of the best universities in the world. Universities in Germany are research-focused so you get better research facilities and a good environment for research. Also, Germany's low cost of living helps students to complete their studies at minimum cost. Also, Germany is the strongest and largest economy in Europe and ranked 4th in the World. Job opportunities are more in Germany in comparison to other European nations which also offers higher education at no tuition fees. 




Now. let`s see in detail about all the top 5 countries that do not charge any tuition fees for the masters and Ph.D. courses in their universities.


Germany





According to QS World University Ranking 2020, 10 German University has been ranked under 200 world Ranking. See the list of Universities below.




German Rank
University
World Rank
1
Technische Universität München
55
2
Ludwig-Maximilians – Universität München
63
3
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
66
4
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
=120
5
KIT, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
124
6
Freie Universität Berlin
=130
7
Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen)
138
8
Technische Universität Berlin
147
=9
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
=169
=9
Universität Freiburg
=169

World-class quality education with no tuition fees at German University makes it one of the most favorable destinations for pursuing higher education.

Most of the German University, semester fees of around 250 -300 Euros are taken from the student which also provides them free public transport and also subsidized food at the university.

Also, one of the very important reasons for Germany being the most favorable destination for pursuing higher education is the fact that Germany is relatively cheaper than other countries which also provides free higher education to students. The average cost of living in Germany is approx 500-1000 Euros depending upon the cities where the university is located.

The only disadvantage is the language barrier which you will notice at the time of getting placed in German Companies. So, it is essential to know the german language for getting a good job in Germany. As candidate proficient in the German Language is preferred over non- german speaking candidate in the companies.

So you can join courses from Goethe Institute and get an A1 certificate which will help you learn basic german language expression. You can go for the A1 Certificate before reaching Germany to join for your respective course. Also, it is advisable to get further certificates in the German Language if you are planning to get a job in Germany.


Norway





Like Germany, Norway also provides free higher education for students all over the world without any language discrimination. All local and international students are can do their masters or doctoral studies without paying any tuition fees.

However, students have to pay a semester fee of 300-600 NOK which is similar to Germany.

Some of the best university in Norway as per the QS World Top University Ranking 2021:




Let's have a comparison between Norway and Germany.



  • If we compare the cost of expenses in Germany and Norway, Germany is a relatively cheaper country to live while Norway is pretty expensive for students.
  • Norway also has a great digital infrastructure and better than Germany. 
  • People in Norway speak better English than the people in Germany.
  • Wages in Norway are greater than in Germany but also expenses are also on the higher side.
  • Norway has Oslo as the only city as most parts of Norway have a good natural landscape while Germany has a lot of cities and diverse places to visit. Also, Germany is at the center of Europe so it`s easy to travel to other European countries.



Finland





Universities in Finland provide free higher education to students from EU/EEA countries while students from other countries are charged fees for English taught courses. The annual tuition fee depends on the university and the degree program, varying between 4,000€ and 18,000€  approximately (2019/20). 

For study programs taught in Swedish/Finnish then International students are not charged any fees.

International Doctoral student is not charged any fees and also provided with grants and scholarships for research so it would be a good opportunity for students to get admission in the doctoral course in Finland.

Monthly living expenses for students (including food, accommodation, travel, insurance, etc.) are around €700 - €900, depending on where you live and your personal living habits. Living costs are typically higher in larger cities than in smaller ones. University students are required to pay an annual student union fee, which is approximately €80 - €100.

If we compare from Germany, getting higher education in Finland is relatively costlier due to the high cost of living and also international students have to pay tuition fees if the program is taught in English.


Though being a small country, Finland's education standards are high. According to QS World University Ranking, the University of Helsinki and Aalto University have secured 107 and 134 rank respectively. 8 other universities are in the top 500 World university rankings. See the list of top universities here.

Denmark and Sweden are already charging fees from the international student for Bachelors's and Masters's course still for a Ph.D. degree no fees are charged and the student gets a good grant and scholarship for doing research in university in these countries.



Iceland 





Iceland does not charge any fees for masters courses to the international students in their four public universities.

So four universities in Iceland which do not any tuition fees are:


However, you have to pay the registration fees of  75000 ISK ($743, Euro 605). Also, you have to keep in mind that Iceland does not have a market or economy as strong as Germany so the number of jobs will be higher in Germany.


Final Thoughts 



For pursuing your higher education degree with no tuition fees, I think Germany is the best choice as it has a good and supportive environment for students. It`s living cost is less in comparison to other countries discussed above and last but most important its economy is big in comparison to other European countries and a lot of job opportunities are available in Germany.

Do post your comments and some other options which you think is the better choice than Germany for pursuing higher education at no cost.

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