A depreciating rupee is bad for Indian students, but not for those attending tuition-free universities. Currency crossed the threshold of 80 rupees per US dollar twice in July, oneaccording to CNBC. For Indian students without deep pockets, it will be harder to find the funds to pay up to £10,000 a year for a UK degree and considerably for an American degree.
If you are an Indian postgraduate student looking for greener pastures, consider tuition free universities. You don’t have to pay for degrees and courses. Not a rupee also goes towards the application, books and course materials, but you may have to pay an administrative fee at some universities.
Tuition Free Universities in Europe
1. University of Iceland, Iceland
Did you know that public universities in Iceland do not charge tuition for international students? Located in the heart of Reykjavik, the university only charges 75,000 Icelandic kroner (about 525 US dollars) per year for your tuition fees.
The university can waive IELTS or TOEFL requirements if you also have sufficient proof of English language from previous studies, saving you even more money. There is also an impressive range of Taught in English masters programs.
The best part? You can apply for a work permit for work until 3 p.m. a week as an international student in Iceland.
Be prepared for a major cultural shift as there are not many Indians – or people — living in the countryside. Official Icelandic statistics showed that there were only around 305 Indian nationals in Iceland. However, outdoor enthusiasts with a passion for exploring the country’s natural wonders will enjoy living here, according to Ankur Kumarwho works at the Indian Embassy.
2. Technical University of Munich, Germany
As one of the leading research institutions in Europe, the Technical University of Munich is excellent for those wishing to further their knowledge in the following areas:
- aerospace engineering
- Environmental Science and Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- remote sensing
- medical technology
According to the world ranking of academic subjects, it is among the 25 best universities in the world for these subjects.
International students from non-EU countries would only have to pay a semester fee ranging from 62 to 130 euroin addition to the cost of living.
Those who adapt well to culture and language will enjoy their time here, according to Quora user Anbazhagan Ambrose, who lived in Germany for two years. As a popular international student hub, it’s easy to beat homesickness. For Ambrose, his best friends came from Kyrgyzstan, South Korea, China and even locals.
3. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), Germany
If you are looking for a balance between a modern lifestyle and an ethnic touch, consider pursuing your master’s degree at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Located in Munich, students studying here have the chance to cultural gems like the world-class Bavarian State Opera, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the iconic Oktoberfest.
LMU’s master’s programs are taught in English and they combine challenging research with professional qualifications – catering to diverse international career paths. LMU is also one of the top 50 in the world universities, according to THE.
Generally, you can expect to pay 138 euros per semester. We recommend that you check the individual course for more details as the university charges tuition for some of its masters programs.
4. University of Oslo, Norway
There are many reasons to study at the University of Oslo. The ranked university number one in the country and 119 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE) in 2022. It offers various English-taught postgraduate courses, including astronomy, data science, and European history.
As one of the most expensive countries to live in, the cost of living can make or break your decision to pursue your masters degree in the country. Fortunately, you can work up to 20 hours per week to support you. After you graduate, you can stay and work in Norway for a year.
Arvind Keprate, who obtained his doctorate and master’s degree in Norway, share in his Youtube video that the library’s desktop computers are available and that you can lend iPads. You won’t need to buy any books since all the notes will be available on the e-learning platform.
5. OsloMet, Norway
OsloMet is another of Europe’s top tuition-free universities. Since most of their funding comes from the Norwegian government, international students only pay a small administrative costs.
OsloMet researchers can contribute to the sustainability and improvement of state welfare through research. Most of their study programs also include a period of supervised vocational training.
The master programs offered cover product design, smart mobility and urban analysis, international social protection and health policy. Associate this with Friendly Norwegians and you are bound to have an enjoyable postgraduate experience.