Cheapest places to study abroad and free education

Cheapest places to study abroad and free education


We received so many questions from students asking if there are any free education and cheap studying abroad destinations. And the answer is YES! By finding a tuition-free university and following tips for cheap studying abroad, students can get new experiences at no charge. Comparing ranking of the universities and prices for studying, Europe stands as the top destination for studies. Here, students can find plenty low-cost university programs and even get a free education. Therefore, Hellouni and TopUniversities present you cheapest places to study abroad.


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Nordic countries have free education


  • Finland

For EU/ EEA citizens, education in Finland is tuition-free. However, if you are a student from outside EU/EEA, note that different conditions and fees will apply to you. For abroad students (outside EU) who want to get a degree in Finland taught in English, studies will cost a minimum of 1,500 euros a year. According to MastersPortal, average tuition fees in Finland may range from 10,000 to 25,000 euros a year.

Note: if you are international students from outside EU/EEA and want to study a course in Finland taught in Finnish, you will not pay any tuition fees!

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  • Sweden

Similarly to Finland, education in Sweden is free for EU/EEA citizens. Moreover, same terms apply to students from outside EU, which mean they have to pay tuition fees. However, Sweden is offering studies for a bit cheaper price. Here, average tuition fees for abroad students range from 8,000 to 14,000 euros for a full study year.

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  • Norway

If you are a student that lives outside EU but wants to study in Nordic countries, Norway might be the best decision for you! It is because here education is free for all students.

Note: all students must pay semester administration fee which varies from 30 to 65 euros. MastersPortal states that this amount of money will cover health services and sports/cultural activities.

Nevertheless, in Norway, most courses are taught in Norwegian, therefore it might be hard to find a suitable course in English.

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Germany has free education

Students from all around the world are benefiting from completely free education in Germany! TopUniversities claims that universities in Germany are only charging a small administrative fee which ranges from 150 to 250 euros a year. This charge will cover student’s expenses for bus tickets to the university, student cafes, and more.

Note: According to MastersPortal, if a student is planning to study in the state of Baden-Württemberg in Germany, they have to pay tuition. It will be approximately 1,500 euros per semester.


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France has free education (almost)

Comparing UK’s tuition fee for studies which is £9,000 (10,160 euros), French universities are only charging €184 per year! Most importantly, the same fee applies to both home (EU) and international students. Moreover, according to TopUniversities, Paris was ranked as the second best student city in the world!

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As you can see from now, studying abroad can be cheaper than you think! You just need to know where to look. It can even be free if you will find yourself a suitable tuition-free university and make sure that either scholarship or part-time job will cover the rest of your expenses.

Read more about tips for cheap studying abroad here

Moreover, if you want to ask more questions about studying abroad, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.

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Cheap studying abroad tips

Cheap studying abroad tips

Studying abroad price is one of the main barriers that is stopping students to explore the world and gain experiences. However, it does not have to be this way. Hellouni is providing few tips for cheap studying abroad that could allow more students to experience this unforgettable journey.

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  • Most of the international students are usually surprised when they find out how many international scholarships exist in the world. Wherever students are planning to study abroad there is always a possibility for them to receive extra funding. @Hellouni strongly recommends abroad students to visit TopUniversities website and find out how much money they can receive from each scholarship.

Find your nationality below and click the link to find out more information about scholarship that might be perfect for you:

Source: TopUniversities

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Affordable study program, university, and country

Overall expenses of studying abroad always depend on which place the student is choosing. `Also, which program attracts student the most. For example, in the United Kingdom, all public universities have one fare, which is £9,000 a year (just for studies). Whereas in different countries it may depend on the university itself and the fares that it charges for studies. Nevertheless, students have to realize that the prices of studies are not the only indicator of how much money they will spend. It is also about the choice of the country. Different countries, different prices of living.

Click here for more information about cheapest places to study abroad- and countries who offer free education for international students (post is coming soon)




Part-time job

If a student is planning to study abroad for a year or even become a full-time international student, Hellouni always suggests considering a job possibility.  It is popular among abroad students to get a part-time job, which usually means around 20 hours of work (per week). However, it is not easy to get a job if a student has visa restrictions or intensive course in university. On the other hand, at least 5 hours of weekly working might help the student to cover his food expenses and some bills.

Note: in order to get a better job opportunity, Hellouni recommends students to arrive at their study abroad destination a bit earlier. Which means arriving at least 2 weeks earlier than the University begins. By doing this, international students can apply for jobs earlier, go to interviews and receive an offer before everyone else does. Also, if you are giving away paper CV’s, always call a manager and give him/her CV in hands. It is because regular staff might accidentally (or not) throw away your CV which will never reach the manager.


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Smart budgeting

Receiving a scholarship or getting into the fairly priced program is not the end of the saving game. As I was an international student myself (twice) I know how fast savings are disappearing for things like food, travels, parties etc. However, there is always a way to have fun and keep your bank account happy.

Click here to learn more about smart saving tips on travels, living, and food


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Student discount

You will be surprised at the number of discounts that ISIC is offering. International Student Identity card is a must-have for every abroad student as it offers 10% to even 50% discounts. And these discounts are in almost every place in the world! Nevertheless, students have to receive their own university student card which offers good discounts in local areas, such as a campus or the city.


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Summing everything up, by using these tips, you will definitely have a bigger chance to have a cheap studying abroad experience. And if an idea to have a cheap studying abroad experience does not go as it was planned, do not stress. Always remember that every university has a support center where they can help you with your finances and an extra loan if needed.

If you have any questions regarding studying abroad, do not hesitate to ask us! Comment your question down below and Hellouni team will answer it as soon as possible!

International scholarships, living costs and tips for UK’s students

International scholarships, living costs and tips for UK’s students

Since tuition fees for international students are really high in the United Kingdom (more information here). Therefore, @Hellouni is providing some tips on how abroad student can receive international scholarships, save and earn money at the same time as studying.




Most of the Universities in the UK are providing individual scholarships just for international students. These annual scholarships are usually varying from £3,000 to even £10,000. However, United Kingdom’s universities only provide these scholarships for students with significant academic achievement and financial needs. There might be some universities who will provide the student with scholarships because of his/her performance in sports or music etc.

@HelloUni is recommending these websites for scholarship search:

Thus, for the upcoming student, the best thing to do is to find scholarship requirements on each university’s website.

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Living costs

Average living costs are varying according to student’s preferences. For example, every upcoming student needs to decide where he/she wants to live (campus accommodation or renting a flat), transport options (underground, bus or bicycle) and eating the budget. @UCAS is providing some of the general costs below:

£25 to £30 – a typical weekly food bill

£22.30 – seven day Oyster travel card on the London underground, Docklands Light Railway and London Overground (includes 30% student discount)

£6.55 – peak hour cinema ticket

£5 – English breakfast at a café or pub

£2.80 – premium take-away sandwich.

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Saving tips

Make sure to benefit from various discounts by using your student card. For example, an International Student Identity Card (ISIC) offers up to 40,000 discounts worldwide. However, among UK students it is more popular to have a @UniDays account as well as the @NUS extra card. For @Unidays discount, you just need to simply register at their website. Whereas @NUS cards are usually issued in university’s student union office.


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Part-time job

Students of the UK universities are eligible to work up to 20 hours per week, however, @HelloUni warns you to check your visa requirements if you are coming to the UK from outside EU. For example, some visas and study permits will only allow you to work on-campus in University area. However, it does not matter where you will get a job, you have a full right to receive a National Minimum Wage.

For finding a job, @Hellouni recommends using Indeed website!

Note: before you start applying for part-time jobs, be sure to receive your National Insurance Number. More information:

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PhD Studentships in the UK for International Students in 2018

PhD Studentships in the UK for International Students in 2018

See PhD studentship opportunities in Oxford, Cambridge, LSE and more


Are you planning to come to the UK for your PhD? The course fees for international students may seem intimidating at first but rest assured that there are numerous PhD studentships to help you with the costs. We have mentioned some in this article but this is far from an exhaustive list. It’s best to do your own research once you have chosen your dream course and university on the HelloUni app (found on Google Play and iTunes). Here is how you can use the HelloUni app to get the maximum of it.


Scottish Universities Physics Alliance Studentship Programme

Open to both UK and overseas students, the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance 2018 Prize Studentship Programme offers prize PhD studentships and over 100 other funded PhD places in physics in Scotland. When you apply for a PhD studentship you will also be considered for all other funded places. These places will be available in physics departments. These departments are in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, St. Andrews, Strathclyde and University of the West of Scotland. Applications should be made using the online application form by 31st January 2018.


PhD studentships at the London School of Economics

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is awarding over 100 full PhD studentships in 2018 covering the full tuition fees and an annual stipend of £18,000. These are available for students from all over the world undertaking research in any LSE discipline.


Oxford University scholarships

The University of Oxford has over 1,100 fully-funded scholarships for new masters’ and doctoral students in 2018-19. Open to students from all countries, scholarships cover the complete academic range of Oxford’s graduate courses. Filling out a standard course application usually means you will be automatically considered for a scholarship as well. Depending on the course, the application deadline is either the 8 or 19 January 2018.


Nottingham Trent University studentships

Nottingham Trent University offers over 50 fully-funded PhD studentships in 2018 across a range of subjects. Open to applicants who wish to study on a full-time basis only, the PhD studentship will pay UK/EU fees. It will also provide a maintenance stipend linked to the RCUK rate.  Currently, this rate set at £14,553 for up to three years. The studentships are expected to commence in October 2018 while applications close on 30 November.



Edinburgh University PhD studentships

The University of Edinburgh offers fully-funded PhD studentships in Philosophy. The scholarships are open to all students and cover the full-time tuition fee. Moreover, it also covers an annual stipend of £14,553 for three years. The deadline for applications is 1 December 2017. Everyone who applies for the PhD Philosophy programme is automatically considered for a scholarship.

The same PhD studentship is offered to anyone studying Linguistics and English Language at Edinburgh. However, the application deadline is 24 November 2017.

The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at The University of Edinburgh offers funded PhDs for September 2018 entry across a number of research areas from animal biology to cancer research. The deadline for the majority of PhD Studentships for 2018/19 entry is the end of January 2017.



University of Exeter scholarship scheme

As part of the University of Exeter’s Diamond Jubilee Scholarship scheme, applications are open for a fully-funded PhD studentship in the College of Humanities. The Hugh Young Studentship aims to support an outstanding international candidate to undertake a PhD in the area of modern or contemporary Indonesian art, literature and politics. The studentship will be available from January 2018 for a period of up to 3 years. It will also cover full International tuition fees and an annual maintenance grant of £14,553. The application deadline is 19 November 2017.

Additionally, the University of Exeter’s Global Excellence Scholarship offers international PhD students up to £5000 against their first-year International tuition fees in a number of disciplines. The application deadline is 31st January 2018.

Chinese students can apply for up to 10 full-time PhD scholarships in a variety of subjects at the University of Exeter by 29 January 2018.


University of Surrey studentships

The University of Surrey offers over 100 fully funded studentships for 2018 across a range of disciplines.



The British Heart Foundation

The British Heart Foundation offers six 4-Year PhD Studentships to EU applicants wishing to study cardiovascular research training at the University of Manchester. Successful applicants receive full support for their tuition fees, all research expenses and an annual stipend (currently £19,919). The application deadline is 1 December 2017.



The University of Cambridge studentships

The University of Cambridge has a PhD studentships in Zoology and Marine Biology. It covers University Composition Fee at the Home/EU rate. It also has a stipend at the RCUK rate for 4 years. And a £5k pa towards research costs for 3 years, starting in October 2018. The Claire Barnes 150th Anniversary Studentships are open to candidates of any nationality but overseas applicants would need to secure additional funds from other sources to cover the higher fee level. The application deadline is 4 January 2018.



Other available PhD scholarships around the UK

The School of Economics and Finance at the Queen Mary University of London has a number of funding streams for PhD programmes in Economics and Finance. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2018 with the deadline for applications to Queen Mary being 15 December 2017.


Swansea University offers PhD studentships in the field of Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science to EU applicants. Starting from January 2018, the studentships cover the full cost of tuition fees, plus a stipend and research expenses. The deadline for applications is 17 November 2017.


The AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership (Newcastle University, Durham University, and Queen’s University Belfast) is offering fifty PhD studentships for 2018 entry across a range of subject areas. The studentships are open to EU applicants. It will cover tuition fees, an annual stipend at the RCUK postgraduate rate (currently £14,553). It will also cover additional funding to cover other study related costs (i.e. study abroad, conference attendance etc). The deadline for applications is 10 January 2018.


The Scottish Doctoral Training Centre in Condensed Matter Physics (i.e. University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University and University of St. Andrews) is offering four-year PhD studentships to UK/EU citizens for late August 2018 entry. The minimum stipend is £14,764 per annum and there is additional funding for conferences and travel.


For more PhD studentships and funding opportunities, please download the HelloUni app – available for Android and iOS.

Moreover, if you want to ask more questions about studying abroad, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.

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UK tuition fees for international students

 Note before: Fees are subject to change and this article does not reflect any changes made to university fee guidelines after its publication date.

Deciding where to study in the UK is one of the biggest dilemmas faced by international and UK-born students alike. If you have already been thinking seriously about studying in the UK, one of your main concerns may have been the cost of study. The UK’s world-renowned universities accept thousands upon thousands of new applicants every year from all around the globe. This means that competition for places at the top universities is high and they can charge up to £50,130 per year for certain courses.[1] This article aims to help you to decide whether studying in the UK is the right decision for you and how to finance your higher education.

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A major concern for most internationals students is whether the cost of tuition fees will be worth it in the long term, i.e will it help you in your future career plans.

  • The UK course fees for international students vary greatly.
  • Usually it is dependent on what university or institution you will be studying at
  • It can also depend on what course you are studying, as well as how long your course is.
  • For some students, you may be entitled to some help to cover the costs of tuition fees from your home country. Download our app to find out what scholarships you may be eligible for.

Average Cost for Undergraduate Degree Programmes

Undergraduate courses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland run for an average of 3 years, but this can depend on what time of course you are taking where it may be longer i.e. Medicine or Dentistry. Undergraduate degree courses in Scotland typically take 4 years to complete.

UK tuition fees are frequently under the media spotlight, following price hikes for home students (UK/EU) in recent years, including the latest news that English universities will charge home/EU students up to £9,250 (~US$11,380) per year from autumn 2017.

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International undergraduate tuition fees vary. They start at around £10,000 (~US$12,300) and can go up to £35,000 (~US$43,100) or more for medical degrees.

If you are thinking of studying an English language program in the UK, you need to check whether your course is accredited.

Cost of Living in the UK

According to the UK’s National Union of Students (NUS), the average cost of living in England (outside of London) for students is UK£12,056 (~US$14,800) per year. Most students should expect to spend around £150 (~US$180) per month on food and groceries, that is £1,350 (~US$1,660) per academic year.

If you wish to study in London, you should expect to pay £15,180 (~US$18,700) per year for food and groceries.

If you need to apply for a visa to live in the UK: you will need to provide evidence that you can afford to financially support yourself while you are here. Read more about how to apply online in our Visa blog.

When you combine the cost of tuition fees with the cost of living in the UK, the total average cost comes to at least £22,000 (~$27,040) per year. 

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