Bilingual? Students who are able to speak Czech are able to study for free in the Czech Republic at any public university! However, if you wish to study in English you can also study at a low cost, at around CRK27,270 (NZ$1,655) per semester. Living costs are more affordable than in many countries in Western Europe, at around NZ$535–$1,000 a month. The capital city, Prague, is considered one of the world’s best student cities with some of the best nightlife in Europe.
In India, international students at undergraduate level will often pay a combined yearly amount of around NZ$2,000 to cover both their tuition fees and their accommodation. Living costs in India are, for most students, likely to be very appealing. According to Numbeo, consumer prices are 236% cheaper than in Europe, while rental prices are as much as 471% cheaper.
With the nation’s top universities offering affordable programmes, Taiwan has some of the cheapest fees around. National Taiwan University (NTU), the nation’s leading university at 76th in the QS World University Rankings, last year charged undergraduate students just NTD50,460–62,100 (NZ$2,000–$2,500) for the year.
European students enjoy the same rights as Austrians when it comes to the cost of higher education. So, if your roots stem from Europe, you’re covered and can study for up to two semesters for free at any degree level. After this time international students should expect fees of around €730 (NZ$1,185) per semester. Living costs will set all students back approximately NZ$1,380 a month. Vienna, Austria’s capital city, was ranked 20th in this year’s Best Student Cities 2015.
The two speaking communities in Belgium have different views on fees; this means it varies a lot more where you intend to stay. While it’s mainly European students who get major benefits of being able to study in Europe for free, fees are SO affordable for international students. With prices ranging from NZ$3,083–$6,250 a year abroad, that’s a bargain. You could live in Belgium comfortably with a budget of NZ$1,300 a month. Brussels, the capital city, was ranked 47th in this year’s Best Student Cities.
Okay, private universities in Italy can be known to charge an absolute fortune per year. However, public universities are actually much cheaper and usually charge between NZ$1,200–$1,580 per year for undergraduate programmes. Also, living costs in Italy are not as high as you might expect; at around NZ$2,000 a month, it’s almost the same as heading into a cold, messy dorm. Fashion capital Milan is home to some of the coolest and most worldly students in the world.
All students from within Europe are able to study for free in Greece at public universities and colleges. And if this doesn’t sound like enough, you can also get your course textbooks for free! International students are also eligible for low-cost higher education, at approximately NZ$2,500 per year. Greece also has one of the lowest living costs of the European Union, not to mention it’s beautiful and home of the world’s best kebabs!
Barcelona and Madrid are both featured in the Best Student Cities 2015 rankings, making Spain one of the places to be! International students are able to study in Spain for between NZ$1,135 and $2,296 a year at public institutions. Fees are charged on a ‘per credit’ basis and can be higher at graduate level. To live in Spain you’d expect to spend between NZ$1,500 and $1,800 in living costs.
All students in Argentina have access to free universities and courses. International students unfortunately do not, but should be asked to pay a tiny fee, just to cover enrolment at public universities across the country. Private institutions in Argentina are a completely different story, and like Italy’s private institutions, can charge some whopping fees. South America is also known for some of the cheapest living costs and wildest student parties in the world.