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Cheapest European country to study abroad and work at the same time?

johirajohira Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
edited January 2011 in Study Abroad
I want to continue my studies(master degree) in a European country ,preferably Italy or Germany.but since i'm from Iran,i was thinking the other day what if people are not friendly and i experience a cold situation over there, although I'm not muslim and i don't wear hijab.
I've been in US once and people are so friendly that you even don't think that you are a forigner over there but since my budget is tight i decided to study in Europe because of low tuition fees.
So if you are a native or have some experiences answer these questions:
1. Which european country is more cheap to study in?
2. Is it possible to work during my graduate studies in europe?
3. How much a month would it cost me to live in europe(rental,electricity,food,...)
4. Which european country is more welcoming & friendly towards foreign people?
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Replies to: Cheapest European country to study abroad and work at the same time?

  • brysiabrysia Registered User Posts: 159 Junior Member
    Eastern Europe.
  • caymandriver07caymandriver07 Registered User Posts: 198 Junior Member
    I am assuming you don't hold dual nataionality with an EEC/EU country and would be a "third country national". If so,

    Germany is good because tuition is free for third country nationals. The farther north and the farther west you go the "warmer" the people are, from what i've been led to believe but don't quote me on that.

    Finland might be a good bet as I don't think it charges tuition either. Sweden and Denmark charge tuition but there are scholarships availabile. Both have masters programmes in English. The Netherlands might also be a solid option, the Dutch, despite recent political issues, are for the most part fairly accepting of others.

    Most western european countries allow students to work between 15-20 hours a week during school and full time during the summer holidays.

    One factor you may wish to investigate is the requirements for obtaining a study visa in each of the countries. Without a financial sponsor, most will require you to have a minimum amount depositied in a local bank account in that country. For example, Germany requires circa 7800 euros.

    One other key factor to look into is does the university provide housing to grad students. If not, that could dramatically increase your overall monthly costs.
  • intparentintparent Registered User Posts: 30,882 Senior Member
    Finland does not charge tuition, but the cost of living is high. D just came from a semester as a visiting student at U of Helsinki. Also, at least of U of Helsinki, they did not provide any support in finding housing, which was a huge hassle (and big expense, once she found housing). To get a student visa for Finland, you do need a specific amount of money in a bank (but it does not have to be in a bank in Finland if you can provide a bank statement), and also proof of health insurance coverage.
  • caymandriver07caymandriver07 Registered User Posts: 198 Junior Member
    Intparent: As an FYI Some Third Country Nationals will need to have a local bank account because of either currency restrictions and/or they are coming from an country that requires a visa in advance. For US passport holders, they can simply apply for a visa upon arrival however most third country nationals are not as fortunate.

    It is also usually a different setup if the student is a visiting student vs a degree seeking student for things like housing etc.
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