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Tuition fees abroad

If you would like to complete a semester or perhaps an entire degree abroad, you should check the tuition fees abroad in advance. If it is only about one semester, you should apply for it through your university's international program. If you as a so-called "Free Mover"If you go to study abroad without a partnership with your university, you often have to bear all the costs yourself. There are also high the tuition fee due.

A stay abroad - be it for a semester or an entire course of study - can therefore be associated with considerable costs. How high these turn out to be, of course, depends on the individual case. We have put together a selection of the 42 most popular study abroad destinations for you.

So that you don't start planning the plan unprepared, we will inform you about tuition fees abroad. What are the costs of a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree? And apart from that, how much money should you plan for an apartment / room in a shared apartment, food and your leisure activities?

Country overview of tuition fees abroad

The most reliable information on the amount of the fees should always be obtained from the respective university. In addition, the costs can vary greatly depending on the university, department and course of study. The values ​​given are to be seen as a guide for you. The often larger range of living costs is due to the price differences between the living situations. Whether you decide to live in a dormitory, with a host family, in a shared apartment or alone can lead to a considerable difference.

country Tuition fee
Bachelor's per year
Tuition fee
Masters per year
Tuition fee
PhD / PhD per year
Cost of living (apartment, food, free time) per month
Australia10.000 € – 20.000 € 12.250 € – 22.620 €11.250 € – 26.270 €1200 € – 1750 €
Belgium500 € per semesterFlemish Universities: up to € 600 per semester- Flemish Universities: 2 x € 474 for the first year (registration fee) and the last year

- Walloon Universities: Basic registration fee of € 835 + annual fee of € 32 for subsequent years

- Fees for students outside the EU / EEA can be more than twice as high
Ø 930 €
Brazilno tuition fees, but administration fee: approx. 100 € per semester
Private: € 305 - € 524 per subject, per month
no tuition fees, but administration fee: approx. 100 € per semester
Private: € 305 - € 524 per subject, per month
no tuition fees, but administration fee: approx. 100 € per semester

Private: € 305 - € 524 per subject, per month
550€ – 900 €
China2000 € – 14.000 € Ø 11,768 € for a complete MA degree Humanities: € 1,414 - € 3,421

Science and technology: € 16,737 - € 30,590

Medicine, sports and arts: € 23,086 - € 47,327
350 € – 700 €
Denmarkno tuition feesno tuition feesFor a Ph.D. course, the financial conditions must be negotiated with the university. As a rule, proof of funding is required.800 € – 1.100 €
GermanyState: no tuition fees
Semester fee 150 € - 350 €
State: no tuition fees
Semester fee 150 € - 350 €
no tuition fees
Semester fee 150 € - 350 €
820 € – 1.200 €
EstoniaØ 1660 €

(for medicine up to € 11,000)
Ø 1660 €no tuition fees350 € – 700 €
Finlandno tuition fees
Registration fee 80 € - 100 €
no tuition fees
Registration fee 80 € - 100 €
no tuition fees
Registration fee 80 € - 100 €
700 € – 900 €
FranceState university: no tuition fees
only 180 € registration fee

* (medical and engineering courses must be up to € 500)
- At private universities, tuition fees can be up to EUR 15,000 (for the 2018/2019 academic year)
State university: no tuition fees
only € 260 registration fee
State university: no tuition fees
only € 390 registration fee
600 € – 1.000 €
Greeceno tuition fees

Non-EU students pay an average of € 1,500
partly tuition fees

Non-EU students pay an average of € 1,500
no tuition fees

Non-EU students pay an average of € 1,500
450 € – 700 €
Great Britain
(England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Maximum limit € 10,700

(In Scotland, there is no tuition fee waiver for EU citizens.)
4.000 € – 23.000 €€ 21,020 (for the first three years)1.100 € – 1400 €
Hong Kong14.100 € – 19.000 €10.580 € – 31.150 €10.580 € – 31.150 €800 € – 2.251 €
Irelandfree for citizens of the EU * only administrative fee
+ Student Contribution Fee 2000 € - 3000 €


* (- Studies must be completed full-time
- First degree
- Study duration at least 2 years (four semesters)
5500 € – 9000 €6.000 € – 15.000 €650 € – 1.200 €
India€ 200 - € 10,000 per semester
(depending on the university, subject and degree type)
€ 200 - € 10,000 per semester
(depending on the university, subject and degree type)
Doctoral programs cost around € 900 - € 5,000 per year (registration fee, registration fee, fee for final examination)550 € – 1.200 €
IcelandState university: no tuition fees
only 100 € - 250 € registration fee

Private: € 5000 - € 10,000
no tuition fees
registration fee only
no tuition fees
registration fee only

Private: € 3,000 per semester
770 € – 1.193 €
IsraelState: Ø 2,400 €

Private: € 6,000 - € 9,600
Ø 3,300 €

Private: € 6,000 - € 9,600
No uniform tuition fee or upper limit for doctoral studies: the individual universities set their own.1.400 € – 1.800 €
Italy750 € – 1.700 €*
+ Registration fees approx. 170 €

- private universities: up to € 10,000

* dependent on family income
* are redefined every year
750 € – 1.700 €*
+ Registration fees approx. 170 €

- private universities: up to € 10,000

* dependent on family income
* are redefined every year
850 € – 1.000 €Ø 850 €
JapanState: € 4,200 - € 8,300 in the first year
- Additional enrollment fee (approx. € 2,500) for the entrance exam

- from the 2nd year 70% of the 1st year tuition fee
State: € 4,200 - € 8,300- National Universities: 4,315+
2,337 for entrance fees
Ø € 1,000
Canada2.100 € – 23.300 € Ø 5,000 € per semester6.900 € – 13.800 €650 € – 1.200 €
Latvia- € 1,280 - € 7,000 full-time courses
- € 700 - € 2,700 part-time courses
- € 2,800 - € 25,000 long-term study programs such as medicine, pediatrics and dentistry
750 € – 2.000 €*

* English-language courses € 8,000 - € 10,000
+ one-time fees for admission and registration
not specified750 € – 1.100 €
Malaysiamin. 1990 € per semester2.250 € – 9.300 €€ 6,750 - € 9,000, for three years 450 € – 950 €
Mexico500 € – 10.000 €
(depending on the course and university)
500 € – 10.000 €
(depending on the course and university)
500 € – 10.000 €
(depending on the course and university)
Ø € 1,000
New Zealand14.051 € – 21.076 €14.500 € – 52.400 €3.920 € – 5.420 €750 € – 1100 €
Netherlands2.143 € State: Ø 2,000 €Most PhD students are paid employees and do not pay traditional tuition fees.800 € – 1.100 €
NorwayTuition fee 35 € - 70 € per semesterState: no tuition fees, no tuition fees
Semester fee around € 80
State: usually no tuition feesØ 1,200 €
AustriaState: no tuition fees,
Tuition fee approx. 360 € per semester
State: no tuition fees, tuition fee approx. 360 € per semesterState: € 363 - € 726

Private: up to € 7,500
Ø 950 €
PolandState: no tuition fees, enrollment fee approx. 170 euros
Private: € 2,000 - € 12,000
State: no tuition fees, enrollment fee approx. 170 euros
Private: € 2,000 - € 12,000
3.000 € – 6.000 €350 € – 550 €
PortugalState Ø 500 € State Ø 500 € € 2,500 - € 3,000 for the first year of full-time study

- afterwards 1500 € - 3000 € per year

550 € – 750 €
Romania- € 500 - € 1,000 per semester

- Ø 5000 € per semester for medicine, pharmacy, art / music, film and drama
- € 500 - € 1,000 per semester

- Ø 5000 € per semester for medicine, pharmacy, art / music, film and drama
The tuition fees for self-financing EU, EEA and Swiss nationals are usually € 1,270 per year. You will also have to pay a fee of around € 1,050 for the defense of your dissertation.

Other international students have to expect tuition fees of around 300 euros per month and between 440 and 2,000 euros for the defense of their doctoral thesis.
450 € – 700 €
Russiamin. 1000 € - 2000 € 1500 € – 3000 €The average is around € 3,500 per year, but tuition fees can be as low as € 1,780 or as high as € 5,780.450 € – 800 €
Saudi Arabia State: no tuition fees

Private: € 5,000 - € 6,500 per semester
State: no tuition fees

Private: € 5,000 - € 6,500 per semester
A full or partial scholarship must be acquired.
This means that the "costs" of a doctorate in Saudi Arabia are very low, but the application process is quite demanding.
1.650 € – 3.470 €
SwedenState: no tuition fees
- Membership student association € 5.40 - € 38
State: no tuition feesState: no tuition feesØ € 1,075
Switzerland920 € – 1830 €920 € – 1830 €€ 880 - € 1,760 for three years

Ø 1,650 €
Singapore 9.300 € - 25.000 € € 11,300 and € 31,60014.500 € – 24.400 €700 € – 1.400 €
Spain1000 € - 2000 € per semester1000 € - 2000 € per semester1.500 € – 2.500 € 550 € – 1.200 €
South AfricaØ 1500 € - 3000 €
Not specified- International service fee: € 251
- Registration fee: € 461
- PhD programs: € 1,350 - € 1,891

All international students are expected to pay an international fee of around € 3,290 in addition to the tuition fees.
600 € – 900 €
South Korea Ø 1,500 € - 5,500 € per semesterØ 1,500 € - 5,500 € per semester€ 1,000 - € 20,000 per semester

- In addition, the registration fee of 40 € - 130 € can be added
550 € – 1.500 €
Czech Republic500 € – 5.000 €
Application fee € 30 - € 100
500 € – 5.000 €
Application fee € 30 - € 100
1000 € – 4.000 €400 € – 600 €
TurkeyState: € 200 - € 1,000
Private: € 5,000 - € 10,000
State: € 200 - € 1,000
Private: € 5,000 - € 10,000
State: € 500 - € 1,000
Private: € 5,250 - € 17,500
Ø 605 €
Hungary7.000 € – 11.000 €7.000 € – 11.000 €5.000 € – 15.000 €Ø 700 €
United StatesØ 6,400 € - 9,150 €

even more so at elite universities
min. € 5,000 State: € 11,628
Private: 39,532

Public institutions are usually cheaper than private institutions, but charge a higher fee for foreign students.
min 1,400 €

How do you finance your studies abroad?

The high tuition fees in some countries can be really daunting at first glance. They may even prevent you from considering studying abroad in your dream country. But as you may have already seen, in most countries the bachelor's degree for EU citizens is free of tuition fees. Only semester fees have to be paid.

There are also a variety of financing options for studying abroad for students from the EU or Germany. You can finance your studies abroad, for example, with BAföG abroad, a scholarship or an educational loan.

If you can get a place at a foreign university from your university, you have to in the best case, no tuition fees pay abroad. Your university will cover all costs for you. For additional costs such as a room in a shared apartment, food and leisure activities, you can Foreign BAföG apply for. What exactly Foreign BAföG is and how you apply for it, you can here read up. You can also get a grant from Erasmusreceived or the DAAD.

The DAAD awards a number of scholarships for semesters abroad that you can apply for. If you want to study in a European country, this is itErasmus + programa good choice for you. These scholarships are awarded to you directly by your German university and Erasmus then pays the tuition fees and even grants you a financial grant. The DAAD PROMOS program is available for stays of up to 6 months.

In some countries you can also have a part-time job during your semester abroad and earn something extra. Make sure to research this beforehand, because in some countries you are unfortunately not allowed to do this as a foreign student.

More to Foreign BAföG

Foreign BAföG is funding that is intended to enable as many students as possible to gain valuable experience abroad. The state funding is, like BAföG, independent of the grade point average.

You can do it for one Study stay of at least one semester or twelve weeks or for one Compulsory internship of at least 12 weeks apply for. More about the Requirements and you will find all conditions here.

With AuslandsBAföG you get your normal BAföG amount plus additional allowance. This grant is for your tuition fees and your return trip. The tuition fee is themaximum grant at € 4,600 yearly.

Do you already receive BAföG for your studies in Germany, it is very much like that probablythat you also have one Entitlement to AuslandsBAföG has! If you have already received a negative decision from the office (because you are basically not eligible for funding), you will not be able to receive an AuslandsBAföG. If you are entitled to BAföG in Germany, but you have not received any payments because, for example, your parents' income is too high, you still have a good chance of getting BAföG abroad!

But you can simply try out here whether you are eligible for BAföG abroad!

More about the DAAD

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is one of the most important funding organizations for the international exchange of students and scientists.

In 2017, the DAAD funded more than 250 programs for around 140,000 Germans and foreigners around the world. The offer ranges from simple semesters abroad to doctoral studies and from internships to guest lectureships.

Via the DAAD branch offices Scholarships for foreigners forgive. This is usually done via the German embassies, the information centers (IC), DAAD lecturers and partner universities abroad.

The DAAD budget comes mainly from public funds (as of 2017):

  • Foreign Office: € 185 million
  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research: € 137 million
  • Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development: € 54 million
  • European Union: € 110 million
  • Others (private donors and organizations): € 36 million

The total budget (total budget) in 2017 was € 522 million

More to Erasmus +

Erasmus + belongs to that program for education, youth and sport of European Union. In the higher education sector, Erasmus + supports students, universities, university staff and partners from the non-academic sector.

With Erasmus + after completing the first year of study study at a European university in another participating country.
For example, students at Freie Universität Berlin have Erasmus places available for studying abroad at more than 300 partner universities in around 30 European countries.

What are the advantages?

With Erasmus + will you from the tuition fee at the host university freed. Additional costs related to foreign countries are also funded through a mobility grant or a mobility allowance for the duration of the study abroad. You also receive optimal support in the preparation and execution of your stay (cultural, linguistic, organizational) through your home university and the host university abroad. Your provided Academic achievements are also awarded at your home university through the Learning Agreement and the ECTS point system accepted. There is also Special grants for students who are single parents abroad, as well as special grants for students with disabilities.

Amount of the funding rate

The Erasmus + program is divided into three three country groups. The amount of the funding rates is determined by the NA DAAD at the national level in order to create equality and transparency for the students. Do you want more about that Delivery head in your dream country you have to learn about theContact person at your university turn. The funded amount tended to be 2019 between 330 euros to 450 eurosper month.

What are you waiting for? Off to an adventure abroad!

Your expenses also vary depending on whether you are going abroad for a semester, a year or directly for your entire degree.

We'll check if you're for AbroadBAföG, theKfW student loan or the education fundBrain Capitalcome into question. This process takes about 10 minutes.

Ideally, with our financing offer you can forego a part-time job and concentrate fully on your studies. You can choose one of the three options or you can combine the various forms of financing.

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