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Cheapest countries to study as an international student?

satycornsatycorn Posts: 32Registered User Junior Member
edited November 2012 in International Students
Hi everyone!
I'm currently 17 and I've had the ambition of studying abroad or years. I really hate the country I live and it's horrendous educational system. I have very high grades and great skills in English and I just don't want to waste them here.
I got the ambition, I just don't know where to search and I think I'm kinda late.
America has been my dream ever since I can remember, but after researching on universities the prices for an annual year were unaffordable.
Now I am aiming more towards Europe/Australia. I live in Albania, Southeast Europe, next to Italy.
From your knowledge and experience, what are some of the cheapest countries that offer affordable prices for an annual year for international students? I've read that Norway offers free tuition but you have to spend on other things and show that you have enough money to live there for a year, so I don't know. Are there other countries that offer free tuition but don't have other pricy fees or things you need to spend money on?
Thanks for any advice :)!
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  • tovoxytovoxy Posts: 7Registered User New Member
    Austria and Germany are mostly tuition free. But you'll have to study German lang. and pass a proficiency test. But it's worth it.

    Universities in Czech Republic charge something like 2000 Euros a semester, I believe.
  • b@r!umb@r!um Posts: 9,507Registered User Senior Member
    Yes, public universities in Germany are practically free (modulo administrative fees between 100 and 200 Euros per semester) but they do teach in German. French universities are very cheap as well (except the Grand Ecoles, engineering majors and medicine).

    Don't dismiss American universities quite yet. They might have high sticker prices, but unlike universities in most other countries, American universities are generally willing to give scholarships and/or need-based financial aid to international students. I graduated from an American college that officially charged more than $30,000 a year for tuition. However, I didn't pay a dime. I even got a room in the dorms for free! It was all covered by financial aid.
  • satycornsatycorn Posts: 32Registered User Junior Member
    @b@r!um, I do know German, but my knowledge in this language is far from ideal, at least to understand all the courses. Does Austria teach in German too?
    There were threads on other places that suggested Ukraine and Holland, and from the results I got, Ukraine was relatively okay, I mean: Living and study in Ukraine Cheap
    UNIVERSAL | Courses and Cost
    Medical faculty cost price - Stude in Ukraine Cheap
    You mentioned France and yes I've heard about that too. Why not engineering majors and medicine? I mean what is cheap, if not those? Is there anything like a "universal courses", and if yes, how will you qualify for the job you want to do in the future, if you select any of these courses?
    I feel so envy and happy about you at the same time lol. Although I do have very high grades, I have my "up and downs" from time to time, and I'm afraid that this will affect the aid they will provide for me, wont it? You must have been a straight A student right? I mean those are the people who usually get the full aids and these people are quite rare.
    Can you tell me more about this please?

    On the other hand, using the College Search tool on this site, I, just out of curiosity placed the "Tuition and Fees price" arrow at the bottom, currently at $1-2 K and it did indeed give me results. The universities I got as a result were cheap indeed, but the education quality must be scarce, right? Or does it have nothing to do with this? College Search - College Confidential

    Thanks.
  • keesh17keesh17 Posts: 358Registered User Member
    The Netherlands has a number of universities that have English language based instruction. Tuition is reasonable. see: Tuition fees at university in the Netherlands | Admission - StudyinEurope.eu
  • b@r!umb@r!um Posts: 9,507Registered User Senior Member
    You must have been a straight A student right?
    Nope. I had straight As in some subjects but also a sprinkle of Cs and Ds and even a few Fs. I almost didn't graduate from high school because I failed my required Ethics class a couple of times...
    Why not engineering majors and medicine? I mean what is cheap, if not those?
    Tuition fees are higher for engineering and medicine than for other majors in France.
    Does Austria teach in German too?
    Yes.
    On the other hand, using the College Search tool on this site, I, just out of curiosity placed the "Tuition and Fees price" arrow at the bottom, currently at $1-2 K and it did indeed give me results.
    Did you look at the results you got? When I tried that, I got military academies (you have to be a US citizen and join the American military to attend), bible colleges (where you can only study theology), community colleges (which do not offer Bachelor's degrees) and a few universities in other countries. The only "real" suggestion that came up was Berea College. It's a college that caters exclusively to students from lower-class backgrounds. Everyone gets a full-tuition scholarship in exchange for a 20 hour/week work commitment. It might be a good deal if you can get accepted, but it's quite popular. In 2008, their international admission rate was 4%.
  • b@r!umb@r!um Posts: 9,507Registered User Senior Member
    The Netherlands has a number of universities that have English language based instruction. Tuition is reasonable.
    Tuition is reasonable for students from the EU or EEA. Albania is not one of those countries...
  • keesh17keesh17 Posts: 358Registered User Member
    ^ But still reasonable for non EU. About $10,000 at first class institutions compared to $40,000 in the US.
  • happymomof1happymomof1 Posts: 19,410Registered User Senior Member
    satycorn,

    What are your grades, and have you taken the ACT or SAT yet? The University of Alabama at Huntsville offers guaranteed merit-based scholarships that can cover the full tuition, fees, housing, meal plan, and books. However applications are due by December 1. mom2collegekids who often posts in the Financial Aid Forum can fill you in on the details.
  • satycornsatycorn Posts: 32Registered User Junior Member
    B@r!um, you mentioned that everyone gets a full tuition scholarship if they are committed to a 20hr a week job deal, is that true? I mean is that a possible condition, if you do work 20 hours a week you can get a full scholarship? I don't mind working if thats the matter.
    To the other, yup, Albania isn't in the European Union. It sucks lol and we're celebrating our 100th independence anniversary this year. I really am not dead set about a specific place, I just want to carry my studies to another country which I can afford and will provide me decent quality education. I can't wait to get the hell out of here tbh.
    Grades here are represented by numbers instead of letters and range from 4, being the lowest, to 10. I have the highest grades in almost all of the subjects, with one or two exceptions which don't fall under 9. I haven't taken the SAT test yet, I don't know, I wanted to take IELTS/TOEFL first but I've been hearing from people that SAT is more required but more difficult at the same time and I'm kinda scared and haven't done any preparation yet.
  • b@r!umb@r!um Posts: 9,507Registered User Senior Member
    Berea College gives everyone a full-tuition scholarship in exchange for a 20 hour/week work commitment. Competition for admission is extremely keen. Berea admitted only 4% of its international applicants in 2008, which are the most recent numbers I know.

    That's only Berea though.

    I like happymomof1's suggestion of applying to one or two colleges with guaranteed merit aid.

    When do you want to start college? If you want to start in fall 2013, you should take the SAT or ACT as soon as possible. Application deadlines are coming up! If you want to start in fall 2014, you still have time.

    If you want to qualify for some sort of scholarship, you should take either the SAT or the ACT even if it's not required for admission. You have a choice which test to take. The two tests pose different challenges for non-native speaker. The SAT is heavy on vocab and many international student feel that they benefit from memorizing vocab lists like this. The ACT is less intense on vocab and focuses more on grammer (which non-native speakers tend to know really really well). However, time pressure is a bigger issue on the ACT. Many non-native speakers struggle to finish the reading section in the time allowed.
  • happymomof1happymomof1 Posts: 19,410Registered User Senior Member
    For a list of other colleges that have tuition policies similar to Berea, see Welcome to the Work Colleges Consortium! | http://workcolleges.org Like Berea, admission for international applicants will be very competitive because there are so many international applicants with limited financial resources.
  • satycornsatycorn Posts: 32Registered User Junior Member
    Hey guys, thank you for all of the replies!
    I just never thought of it but I randomly did a Google Search and found out that Italy has a very cheap tuition cost, as education is considered a right in Italy.
    Here's a link to the website that gives detailed info about it: http://www.studyabroaduniversities.com/Student-Visa-Requirements-for-Study-in-Italy.aspx
    Is anyone familiar with this? Is this so simple? I'm fluent in Italian so I don't mind if courses are in Italian.
    Thanks.
  • wakekeboywakekeboy Posts: 104Registered User Junior Member
    netherlands is another good option. tuition is very much cheap over there
  • satycornsatycorn Posts: 32Registered User Junior Member
    Yup, but isn't the living cost very expensive there?
  • b@r!umb@r!um Posts: 9,507Registered User Senior Member
    The Netherlands are no more expensive than Italy...
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