BY S.M. TAHMID
When we think of study abroad destinations, only the big names like Australia, Canada and UK usually come to our mind. These places are also some of the most expensive countries in the world, and not ideal for many of the students who wish to get a foreign degree. However, there are some great alternative places to study, some of which are listed below:
Germany is not the first choice for many students, and it is understandable why: the language is hard to master, the culture shock is huge and most of us are not even aware of the universities the country has to offer. But, all of these hurdles are worth mastering for one simple reason: free tuition. One of the few countries with free education for even international students is Germany, and not just at the lesser known institutions . Germany has some of the finest universities you can study at. The living costs are lower than most countries too.
2. South Korea
From the west we go all the way to the far east – South Korea, a country that is quickly becoming the hub of technology, has some of the highest ranked universities in the world. Education is not free like is Germany but is cheaper that most western countries – with semester costs starting from $2000 and averaging around $2800. The government of South Korea runs a comprehensive scholarship program that can waive as much as 100% off for the meritorious students.
Italy is one of the most affordable countries to study in the western hemisphere, while also being home to the oldest modern university in the world. With tuition fees averaging $1400 per semester, and living costs half that of Australia – it is a wise choice for students with a tight budget. Additionally they have some of the highest ranked universities in the world.
Finland is another country to make the list because tuition fees are non-existent there. Only costs you will need to cover are the living costs, which is around 700-900 Euros a month. By law, to study in Finland you will need to have at least an income of 560 Euro per month. Still, since the tuition fees do not apply, this is a destination to consider. The language and culture are a hurdle to overcome, but not impossible.
One might go as far as to say going to Thailand is having a home field advantage, since the culture and location are not too far removed for our own. Thailand has some of the best universities in the world – while being the 2nd cheapest place to live in. The tuition fees are unbelievably low – undergraduate programs can be completed in less than $20,000 – the amount you have to pay per semester in many countries. Scholarships are available too – and mostly for Asian students, so it is a bit of a no-brainer to take advantage of it. Altogether, it is a place worthy of consideration for your international degree.
S.M. Tahmid is a Content Specialist for GradInsights, the research service of the career consulting firm GradConnect. He is a part of the essay editing and counseling team and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.