Study overseas at a university in Europe

For most students studying abroad is an investment that cost more than studying at home. However American students can often save money on college tuition by studying overseas.

Do you think college tuition in the US is too expensive? Consider studying overseas instead, it is usually cheaper especially compared to out of state tuitions. In this article, we take a look at where you can study and how much it costs. We start by looking at the English speaking countries in Europe. Then we look at other options within the EU and in the rest of the world.

The exchange rates in this article are based on the currencies on September 12, 2018.

Study in the UK or Ireland

The biggest selection of programs in English can, of course, be found in Europe’s English speaking countries England, Wales, Scotland or Ireland. The UK has 16 universities ranking among the top 100 in the world. Here you can take Study Abroad-semesters, Bachelor Degrees and Masters.

Most of the high ranking UK universities are located in England. Twenty years ago universities were almost free here but since then the tuition fees have increased a lot and England now has the highest average tuition fees in Europe. However, the fees are still lower than in the US, especially if you consider that a Bachelor’s Degree in the UK (excluding Scotland) usually only takes three years so you save a full year of college tuition. This is because university programs in Europe usually have a more narrow focus than in the US. On the other hand, you might need to take some APs or IB courses or a foundation course to meet the entry requirements of an English university.

Tuition fees in the UK

EU students can currently study for free in Scotland and for £9250 per year in England and Wales. For international students from outside the EU, there are no fixed fees to study in the UK or Ireland. The average cost for international students in England is a tuition fee of £12000 ($15600) per year, with prices ranging from £10000 ($13000) to over £35000 ($45500). As in the US, high ranking universities will be more costly than lower-ranking schools.

How to apply to UK universities?

You usually apply to UK universities through UCAS. This can be a bit complicated. However, we have a partner who can help you to apply to all universities in the UK and Ireland. Fill out our information request if you need help to find a good school and apply. Their service is free of charge to selected universities in England but comes with a charge for high ranking universities, competitive programs such as medicine and universities in Scotland and Ireland.

Study in Continental Europe

Tuition fees are usually lower in mainland Europe, some places you can even study for free at public universities. However, private schools often charge $10000 or more per year. The drawback of studying in the non-English speaking countries is that they have much fewer programs to offer in English, especially on undergraduate level. It is easier to find programs in English on Master level.

Germany is one of the best countries to study in for international students. They have good universities that often offer some programs in English. Best of all they treat all students the same, whether you are from the EU or not. Public German universities usually only charge 100-250 Euro per semester in administrative fees and no tuition! Read more about tuition fees in mainland Europe in our article study abroad for free.

We have partners that can help you to apply to programs in English in EU countries such as Germany, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands. Fill out an information request to get help.

Studying at universities outside of Europe

Asia and Oceania also offer many interesting options for students who want to study overseas. Here we look at some popular alternatives:

Australia is a popular country for many international students. Here you find many good universities that offer an abundance of programs in English. The drawback is that the tuition fees are the highest outside the US. The average annual fee for an Australian university is $30000 AUD ($21360 USD). But there are some cheaper alternatives available and Bachelor Degrees in Australia are usually three years so you can save one years tuition compared to taking a four years degree at a US university. We have a partner who can help you free of charge with school choice and application to all Australian universities and colleges. Fill out an information request to get help.

New Zealand is another English native option down under. Here you can choose between eight different universities. The average tuition fees for international students are about $25000 NZD ($16300 USD) but medical courses cost three times that price. On average costs are a bit lower than in Australia but the universities in New Zealand are not as high ranking as their Australian counterparts.

South Korea has become a popular study destination in recent years. We can help you apply to language courses and undergraduate programs at Konkuk University, Seoul and study abroad semesters in English at Hanyang University, Seoul. Average tuition fees are approximately $10000 per year. However, if you want to take a full Bachelor's Degree in Korea you usually have to start by learning some Korean language since not all courses are offered in English.

Malaysia offers even lower prices. At a school like Asia Pacific University in Kuala Lumpur, you can take a Bachelor’s Degree in English at a tuition fee of $6000-7000 per year.

Japan is another popular destination in Asia. Most international students start by studying Japanese at a language school, since knowing the language is the key to understanding and truly enjoying life in Japan. It also increases your options to study and work in Japan. Japanese colleges, Senmon Gakkos, offer 2-3 years practical programs in subjects such as music, design, anime and game development but these programs are all taught in Japanese. The big universities in Japan usually offer some degrees in English but they usually only have a few programs available in English. Undergraduate programs in Japan are four years long, just like in the US. Private universities like Waseda in Tokyo often charge a bit more than $10000 per year for their programs in English while public universities like Tokyo Metropolitan would be about 30% cheaper.

We can help you to apply to universities abroad

Arranging your studies abroad can be a challenge. At we have created a lot of articles to help your prepare for your studies abroad such as our Checklist to Study Abroad and our guide on How to apply to a university abroad. You can search for schools world wide in our international school database.

Please fill out our information request if you need more help. We have partners who can help you choose and apply to most universities in the English speaking world as well as programs in English in other EU-countries and at selected schools in East Asia.

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