With globally ranked colleges, any student who enrolls one of Germany’s public universities can attend for free. Even more importantly, some schools offer programs entirely in English. German politician Gabriele Heinen-Kljajic said, “We got rid of tuition fees because we do not want higher education which depends on the wealth of the parents.”
Even though France doesn’t offer a completely free secondary education, it still beats the price tag you’d pay in the U.S. Only $585 per school year, France, with a median income of $29,759, makes college affordable for students and families.
Students pursuing a research-based doctoral degree in a variety of academic disciplines can attend school in Sweden at no cost. The Swedish Institute, for instance, even offers scholarships to cover the cost of living.
Students looking to earn degrees in an English program will be paying approximately $1,650 per year, a $407 increase from 2010. The Finnish government plans to offer financial assistance and scholarships to international students with extraordinary academic backgrounds.
Known for its harsh winters, students in Norway can earn degrees at top-rated universities such as the University of Oslo and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology for free.
With seemingly endless increases in tuition and excessively high student loan rates in America, European countries offer an alternative for students looking to attend school without racking up debt. Aside from the adventure of being on a new continent, these institutions are ultimately preparing students to work in our global economy — a vital skill for the current job market.
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