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Germany

Study in Germany

Boasting many universities within the World Rankings, Germany offers high quality education opportunities. Germany also has a strong reputation for research. Renowned for their forward thinking and modern facilities, Germany is a great choice for international students.

Despite being slightly smaller than Japan, and much smaller than some other popular study abroad destinations such as the USA, Germany offers a wealth of cultural experiences. It is a great location to further your education if you already hold a degree. The country offers many postgraduate opportunities, especially at doctoral level.

Why Study in Germany?

Bordering with 9 other European cities, Germany is the ideal location for foreign students. This is, in part, due to how easy it is to explore Europe from Germany. In 2014, it was reported by the OECD that Germany was the world’s third leading destination for international study.

Germany’s higher education institutions are split into three main types; Universität (university), Fachhochschule (university of applied sciences) and Kunstschulen, Musikhochschulen, or Filmschulen (colleges of art, music, or film). Thousands of programmes are offered, meaning there will be a course for everyone. Whilst many of the institution types offer similar courses, their focuses are slightly different. Universitäts generally focus on research-driven programmes, whereas Fachhochschule offer a more practical approach to subjects.

Germany also offers a wide range of unusual degrees including Aerial Archaeology, which studies the history of the earth from a bird’s eye view. Another example is Bionics, which teaches students to imitate nature as closely as possible, fusing technology, biology and engineering.

About Germany

Germany is the most populous member of the European Union, with almost 83 million inhabitants. The country is known for its turbulent history and relationship with neighbouring countries. However, in the 21st Century, Germany has established itself as a global powerhouse. It has a strong economy, with the 5th largest GDP in the world (2017). This makes it a fantastic place for employment once your studies are complete. It boasts a universal healthcare system, environmental protection and tuition-free higher education system.

Whilst the climate does change from the Northwestern and Coastal regions of the country as you head inland, the overall climate of Germany is moderate. The country tends not to have any long periods of cold or hot weather.

With a long and established tradition for culture and tourism, Germany has many interesting and historical attractions that are worth paying a visit! Many of the museums and art galleries throughout the country offer reduced prices for students, which is definitely worth taking advantage of.

The top tourist attractions in Germany include:

  • Oktoberfest (Munich)
  • Berlin Wall (Berlin)
  • Kölner Dom (Cologne)

Cost of Studying & Living in Germany

Germany uses the Euro (€) for its currency.

Many public institutions in Germany offer their programmes for a very small price. Generally they ask for an admin/registration fee of €50-€250 per semester. Depending on the university of choice, this applies to EU and non-EU students. However, in the state of Baden-Württemburg, institutions can charge a fee of €1,500 per semester for non-EU students. Private universities are permitted to set their own tuition fees, so they can charge anything up to €20,000 per year. When choosing your institution, make sure you are aware of fees and budget for your situation.

Scholarships are available for study in Germany. DAAD maintains a scholarship database that you can search through. You should be aware that application for scholarships will be competitive, therefore you should not rely on this to fund your studies.

It is recommended that international students budget around €800-€900 per month. This should cover your rent, food, travel and entertainment costs. If you live in a big city such as Hamburg or Munich, your living costs may be higher, so be aware of this. In many German cities, discounts are available for students. These apply to museums, art galleries, restaurants and leisure activities.

Part-time work is a great way for students to earn money whilst they study. If you are from an EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you are permitted to work as many hours per week as you wish. However, if you work over 20 hours per week, you must pay towards national insurance. To save money, and to make sure that their studies are priority, many students choose to work 20 hours or less per week. If you are from a non-EU country, you are permitted to work 120 full days or 240 half days per year. If you wish to work more than this, you must request permission from the Agentur für Arbeit (local employment agency) and the Ausländerbehörde (foreigners’ registration office). If you choose to work, some German language skills will be helpful, and it is a great chance to improve those skills.

Hungary

Study in Hungary

Hungary has a long tradition of higher education, with some of the oldest universities in the world. The country has a unique identity, something that it works hard to maintain and shows pride in. Although it is one of the smaller European countries, it has many opportunities to offer international students.

Why Study in Hungary?

Universities in Hungary have a strong focus on internationalisation, and offer high quality degree programmes. Hungarian higher education is known for its reputation in science fields, such as medicine and dentistry. The higher education system is divided into colleges and universities, which follows the Bologna Process. You can study for a bachelor, master or doctoral degree at a Hungarian institution.

There is one of Hungary’s universities in the 2019 QS World University Rankings top 500, and 6 in the top 1000. The highest ranked of these is the University of Szeged, which is placed at 470th. The next highest ranked is the University of Debrecen, which is placed in the 601-650th group.

About Hungary

Located in Central Europe, Hungary is home to almost 10 million people. It is a member of the European Union, and is entirely landlocked, sharing borders with 7 other countries. The country has a rich history, and is culturally significant in the areas of the arts, music, literature, sports and science and technology. As well as this, Hungary boasts the largest thermal water cave system, the largest lake in Central Europe, and the largest natural grasslands in Europe.

Cost of Studying and Living in Hungary

Hungary uses the Forint (HUF) as its currency.

The tuition fees you pay will depend on where you choose to study and at what level. If you are from an EU country, you may be able to apply for a state-funded place. This will be under the same system as Hungarian citizens, so applications may be competitive. International students may also be eligible for a scholarship provided by the Hungarian government. On average, you should expect to pay between $5,500/€4,900 and $15,000/€13,200 per year. You should also expect to pay application/examination fees of around $500/€440.

Living costs will depend on where you choose to live in Hungary. If you live in a bigger city, it will cost more than a smaller city or town. On average, you should budget for between $7,200/€6,400 and $10,500/€9,300 per year. This accounts for accommodation, groceries, travel and any other necessary expenses. Another living cost that international students need to consider is health insurance. If you are an EHIC card holder, you will be able to access the same healthcare as Hungarian citizens, but will incur some costs. If you are studying on a governmental scholarship, you might be able to apply for a social security card (TAJ card). This will allow you to access most public healthcare for free. If neither of these apply, you will need to purchase a health insurance policy. Some institutions offer health insurance policies, but you are able to purchase a private policy also.

Italy

Study in Italy

Italy is a popular destination for international students. It offers quality higher education with more affordable tuition fees than other Western European countries.

There are around 32,000 international students in Italy, including independent students and those on exchange programmes. The country has a rich history and tradition of higher education. This makes it an attractive option for students.

Why Study in Italy?

Some of the first universities in Europe were founded in Italy during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The University of Bologna, founded in 1088, is recognised as the oldest university to still operate. Today, Italy is the home of many prestigious institutions of higher education. Many of Italy’s institutions perform well in the QS World University Rankings, appearing in the top 200 each year.

Italy has played an important role in recent reform of higher education. This reform is known as the “Bologna Process”. The country is one of the four countries that created the European Area of Higher Education. This was formed by signing the Sorbonne Declaration in 1998, which was to be the first step in the higher education reform. Today the Bologna Process is now being implemented throughout Europe.

Italy has around 97 universities, which are divided into several categories:

  • State universities: These are state funded public institutions and make up the majority in Italy.
  • Other publicly funded universities: Funded by Province rather than state.
  • Private universities: Non state funded.
  • Superior Graduate Schools (Scuola Superiore Universitaria): These are independent institutions that offer advanced training and research courses specialising in postgraduate studies.

You will also find 137 other higher education institutions throughout Italy. These are academies that specialise in certain sectors. They range from art, music and dance colleges, to research based and technical institutions.

Italy has several levels of higher education. Completing undergraduate studies (bachelor’s degree – ‘laurea’) can lead to master’s studies and earning a master’s degree (‘laurea magistrale’). Bachelor’s studies typically take 3 years to complete and master’s studies take 1 year. Following the completion of your masters studies you can do a PhD which usually lasts 3 academic years.

Most of the courses and programmes offered are taught in the Italian language but the number of English language programmes available is growing. Therefore, it may be possible to find courses taught in English if your Italian language skills are not good enough.

About Italy

Italy is a beautiful country located in Southwestern Europe, on the Apennine peninsula. The country comprises of the mainland Italy and the surrounding islands. The country stretches southwards almost to the coasts of North Africa.

Italy has something to offer everyone. It boasts stunning old cities, the Mediterranean and breathtaking natural views. It is known for it’s fantastic food and wine, as well as its passionate people. At the same time, it is among the 8 most industrialised countries in the world, hosting many of the world’s biggest companies and research facilities. Italy has a rich cultural tradition and history as well as many World Heritage Sites that you might wish to visit during your stay.

The top tourist attractions in Italy include:

  • The Colosseum: the largest and most famous amphitheatre in the Roman world, built in the first century AD.
  • Canals of Venice: “The City of Water”, as Venice is called, has over 150 canals. The main tourist attractions are romantic gondolas and Italian architecture along the Grand Canal. If you plan on visiting Venice, don’t forget about St Mark’s Basilica, located on Piazza San Marco.
  • Pompeii: a city that was covered in ash and soil in 79 AD, when the volcano Vesuvius erupted. The city was preserved under the ashes.
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa: its construction started in 1173 and soon after the tower began to sink due to a poorly laid foundation.
  • Lake Como: the lake is shaped like an inverted ‘Y’ and it’s famous for the attractive villas which have been built here since Roman times.

Cost of Studying & Living in Italy

Tuition fees at Italian institutions vary, but they are generally lower than in other parts of Europe or North America. This makes Italian universities an enticing proposition for foreign students. International students in Italy have a chance to receive a quality higher education at an affordable cost.

The cost of tuition will vary at each institution. However, you should expect to pay more if you choose to attend a private university. A bachelor’s course will, on average, cost €900 to €4,000 per year at a public institution. Fees at a private institution usually cost, on average, €6,000 to €20,000 per year. If you are from the EU or EEA, you probably won’t pay more than Italian citizens. Other international students should expect higher course costs.

There are options to help you fund your studies. All students (Italian and International) can apply for financial help. The funding will be distributed according to your financial situation and academic merit. If you receive support, this can help with tuition fees, accommodation fees and other living costs. Contact your chosen institution for information about what financial support they can offer to you.

In Italy institutions do not normally have halls of residence. They do however offer services to help you find a place to live. This can include university owned housing, or helping you find suitable private housing. Private renting in Italy is the more expensive option, so make sure you budget for this!

Getting a part-time job is a great way to help fund your studies in Italy. As an EU student, you are able to work without additional permission. As a non-EU student, your visa will dictate if you are permitted to have paid employment whilst you study. If you are allowed to work, it will probably only be up to 20 hours a week. This means that you should not rely on this to fund your studies. If you do wish to get a job, it may be helpful if you have some Italian language skills.

Latvia

Study in Latvia

Officially the Republic of Latvia. Latvia is located in Northern Europe and sits on the Baltic Sea. Sometimes called ‘Europe’s best kept secret’, Latvia has an abundance of forests, rivers and lakes, as well as modern cities with an ethnically diverse population. With plenty to do, and the welcoming nature of Latvians, it is the perfect place for any international student.

Why Study in Latvia?

Splitting their higher education system into academic and professional studies, Latvia caters for all students, no matter your interest. Academic study programmes tend to focus on research skills and prepare students for theoretical careers. Professional study programmes tend to focus on vocational skills and prepare students for careers in technical and engineering fields. Latvian institutions have adopted the Bologna Process, and therefore offer three levels of study. These are bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral.

There are 3 of Latvia’s higher education institutions in the 2019 QS World University Rankings top 1000. The highest ranked is Riga Technical University (RTU), which is ranked in the 751-800th place group. RTU has also been given 5 QS stars for internationalisation, employability and inclusiveness, showing that education in Latvia is open for students from all over the world.

About Latvia

Referred to as one of the Baltic States since its independence, Latvia is home to almost 2 million people. After being under Swedish, Polish and Russian rule for almost 7 centuries, the Republic of Latvia was declared independent in 1918 in the aftermath of World War I. Despite this turbulent history, the people of Latvia were able to maintain their national identity through language and and musical traditions.

Since their independence, Latvia has gone on to become members of the European Union, NATO, the United Nations and OECD among others. The country has always had a large mix of cultures and ethnicities, making it an open and progressive location. Latvia’s capital, Riga, was one of the two European Capitals of Culture in 2014. This lead to the city experiencing a socio-economic benefit, seeing an influx in tourism.

Cost of Studying and Living in Latvia

Latvia uses the Euro (€) as its currency.

Tuition fees in Latvia will be different at each institution and will depend on where you are from. If you are from an EU/EEA country, you will pay less than international students. On average, you should expect to pay between €3,000 and €5,000 per year for a bachelor’s degree. There are more expensive degrees, such as medicine or dentistry, which will cost up to €15,000 per year. Students from an EU/EEA country should expect to pay around €1,700 for a masters degree. Students from anywhere else should expect to pay around €3,700 for a masters degree.

In comparison to other European countries, your living costs in Latvia will be affordable. You should budget between €5,000 and €9,000 per month, to cover your accommodation, groceries, travel and other living costs. If you are from an EU/EEA country, you will be able to apply for a part-time job without any extra permissions. If you are from any other country, you will need to obtain a work permit if you wish to get a part-time job.

Another cost that international students need to consider is health insurance. If you are an EHIC card holder, you will be able to access the same healthcare as Latvian citizens at the same price and do not need extra health insurance. If you are not an EHIC card holder, you will need health insurance for your stay in Latvia. This means that you need to either check your current insurance policy is valid for the duration of your course, or purchase a new insurance policy. For recommended policies and companies, contact your institution.

Switzerland

Study in Switzerland

Switzerland is a wonderful place. It’s famous for chocolate and skiing, but it is also an amazing place to study. Studying in Switzerland offers a European experience in a developed, yet diverse country. With a variety of nations bordering the country, it’s a cultural melting pot, which makes it great for an inspiring study experience.

Why Study in Switzerland?

In total there are 12 general universities located in Switzerland and a smaller number of science and research specific higher education institutions. You will find eight of these universities in the QS World University Rankings, with the highest being ETH Zurich, ranked at number 10. Four of these universities are also listed in the top 100.

Switzerland regards education as hugely important in the day to day success of the country. It believes it is essential for its stability in terms of politics and its increase in wealth.There are a number of institutions which focus on specific subjects, making them highly specialised and an excellent choice for anybody who wants that extra focus.

About Switzerland

Switzerland is a beautiful country with some glorious sites. From the Swiss Alps to the Jura Mountains there are wonderful views to be seen by all who visit the country.

The top tourist attractions in Switzerland include:

  • Lake Geneva – in the third biggest city in the country, it is home to the world’s tallest water fountain and many marvellous museums and fine dining restaurants.
  • The Swiss National Park – Located in Zernez, the park covers 169 square kilometres and is home to mountains and woodland with a wide variety of wildlife, from red deer to marmots. Admire the breathtaking views and have some time away from your studies.
  • The Rhine Falls – located in Schaffhausen it is Europe’s largest waterfall and is home to beautiful views and a medieval castle which houses a youth hostel and shops. If you’re lucky enough to be around on the 1st August, Swiss National Day, it annually hosts a spectacular firework display.

Studying in Switzerland is a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture. Take advantage of Switzerland’s location and travel to some of the bordering countries in your down time.

Cost of Studying & Living in Switzerland

The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF).

Tuition fees at Swiss universities are heavily subsidised by the Swiss government, meaning that public university fees are relatively low. A public institution will tend to charge between CHF 500 ($500 USD) and CHF 2,000 ($2,000 USD) per semester. Private universities will probably charge higher tuition fees, especially for international students. There are scholarships available, contact your chosen institution for more information about this.

It is also important that you consider your cost of living when budgeting for studying in Switzerland. The recommended budget for yearly living cost is between CHF 18,000 and CHF 28,000. Students who are from and EU/EEA country are permitted to work up to 15 hours per week during term time, with no limitations outside of term time. Students from any other country  are permitted to work 6 months after the beginning of their studies. They will be issued a work permit. For more information about working during your studies, contact your chosen university.

Study in Switzerland

Switzerland is a wonderful place. It’s famous for chocolate and skiing, but it is also an amazing place to study. Studying in Switzerland offers a European experience in a developed, yet diverse country. With a variety of nations bordering the country, it’s a cultural melting pot, which makes it great for an inspiring study experience.

Why Study in Switzerland?

In total there are 12 general universities located in Switzerland and a smaller number of science and research specific higher education institutions. You will find eight of these universities in the QS World University Rankings, with the highest being ETH Zurich, ranked at number 10. Four of these universities are also listed in the top 100.

Switzerland regards education as hugely important in the day to day success of the country. It believes it is essential for its stability in terms of politics and its increase in wealth.There are a number of institutions which focus on specific subjects, making them highly specialised and an excellent choice for anybody who wants that extra focus.

About Switzerland

Switzerland is a beautiful country with some glorious sites. From the Swiss Alps to the Jura Mountains there are wonderful views to be seen by all who visit the country.

The top tourist attractions in Switzerland include:

  • Lake Geneva – in the third biggest city in the country, it is home to the world’s tallest water fountain and many marvellous museums and fine dining restaurants.
  • The Swiss National Park – Located in Zernez, the park covers 169 square kilometres and is home to mountains and woodland with a wide variety of wildlife, from red deer to marmots. Admire the breathtaking views and have some time away from your studies.
  • The Rhine Falls – located in Schaffhausen it is Europe’s largest waterfall and is home to beautiful views and a medieval castle which houses a youth hostel and shops. If you’re lucky enough to be around on the 1st August, Swiss National Day, it annually hosts a spectacular firework display.

Studying in Switzerland is a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture. Take advantage of Switzerland’s location and travel to some of the bordering countries in your down time.

Cost of Studying & Living in Switzerland

The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF).

Tuition fees at Swiss universities are heavily subsidised by the Swiss government, meaning that public university fees are relatively low. A public institution will tend to charge between CHF 500 ($500 USD) and CHF 2,000 ($2,000 USD) per semester. Private universities will probably charge higher tuition fees, especially for international students. There are scholarships available, contact your chosen institution for more information about this.

It is also important that you consider your cost of living when budgeting for studying in Switzerland. The recommended budget for yearly living cost is between CHF 18,000 and CHF 28,000. Students who are from and EU/EEA country are permitted to work up to 15 hours per week during term time, with no limitations outside of term time. Students from any other country  are permitted to work 6 months after the beginning of their studies. They will be issued a work permit. For more information about working during your studies, contact your chosen university.

USA

Study in the USA

The United States of America, also known as the USA, the US or America, is one of the most popular destinations for international students. The US has one of the largest education systems in the world. This makes it a powerhouse of international education and research. From Hollywood, to some of the world’s most prominent technology companies, the country’s influence is seen and felt globally.

Why Study in the USA?

With around 4,500 higher education institutions, all providing world-class degree programmes, it is no wonder that just over 1.1 million international students choose the US as their study destination each year. Higher education is delivered in institutions referred to as colleges, which are split into two main types. Public colleges are state-funded, have lower tuition fees and a larger capacity for students. Private colleges are funded by donations, tuition fees and grants, meaning that they have higher tuition fees, but fewer students.

Many of the colleges or universities in the US are leaders in numerous ranking tables. This means that a qualification earned at a US institution will be highly regarded by employers worldwide. In the 2019 QS World University rankings, the US has 5 institutions in the top 10. It also occupies 33 spots in the top 100. The highest ranked university is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which takes first place. It is followed by Stanford University and Harvard University in second and third place respectively.

About the USA

With a population of nearly 327 million people, and spanning six time zones, America is the world’s third largest country (excluding Antarctica). It is composed of 50 states, one federal district, and five major self-governing territories. Bordered by Mexico and Canada, the US covers 3.8 million square miles, which makes it only slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe. Consistently named as one of the world’s richest countries, the US offers many opportunities for international students.

Due to its vast land mass, the terrain and climate are both varied. You will find beautiful sandy beaches, rugged snowy mountains, hot barren deserts, and modern metropolitan cities. There are higher education institutions across the country, meaning that you will be able to study in the perfect environment for you. The US is a leading political, cultural and scientific force internationally, and has been at the forefront of many modern discoveries and developments.

Cost of Studying and Living in the United States

The currency used in the US is the United States Dollar (USD/$).

Due to its popularity as an international study destination, America is among the most expensive countries for international students. However, you will be receiving high quality education from world renowned institutions. Depending on your course of study or degree programme, you can expect to pay between $5,000 and $60,000 per academic year. The average annual tuition fees are around $30,000 for international students, with a postgraduate degree costing more than an undergraduate degree.

Your cost of living will be highly dependent on the area in which you choose to study. If you choose to live in a big city such as New York City or Los Angeles, this will cost more than a smaller city or town. You should budget between $1,000 and $5,000 per month. This should cover your rent and utilities, groceries, travel and any additional study expenses.

Although the US is known for its higher tuition fees, international students also have access to financial help. Some universities might offer scholarships to cover your entire course costs, or contribute to overall costs. These scholarships are normally awarded for academic or sport excellence, as well as lower income families. If you cannot get a scholarship, you may be eligible for financial aid. Check out our scholarships and funding section for more information.

As well as tuition fees and living costs, you should be aware that you need to purchase health insurance for the duration of your studies in America. There is no national health provider, as the health system is private. If you do not have health insurance, any medical attention you might require will be extremely expensive. Your institution will be able to provide you with more information about this.

Turkey

Study in Turkey

Already a popular tourist destination, the rapid improvement in higher education quality is establishing Turkey as the perfect place for international students.  The country has numerous international links, and its location makes it a great connection for Asia and Europe.

Why Study in Turkey?

More than 125,000 international students chose to study in Turkey in the 2017/18 academic year. The Turkish government is keen to increase this number, aiming to attract 350,000 international students over the next few years. Turkish universities offer students the chance to gain a unique higher education experience. There are 183 higher education institutions in Turkey, 109 of which are state universities, with the remaining 74 being private non-profit institutions. You are able to gain a bachelor’s degree, masters degree and doctoral degree.

Despite the Turkish higher education system being one of the youngest in the world, it is already garnering a good reputation worldwide. There are 2 of Turkey’s universities in the 2019 QS World University Rankings top 500. The highest ranked is Koç University, which is placed at 448th. The next highest ranked is Bilkent University, which is placed at 456th. There are a further 8 Turkish universities in the top 1000.

About Turkey

Located across several continents, including Eurasia, the Middle East, Western Asia, the Balkan Peninsula and Southeast Europe, Turkey is home to over 80.8 million people. It shares land borders with 8 countries: Greece, Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, Nakhchivan, Iran, Iraq and Syria. It also sits on three different seas, the Aegean Sea, the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.

Turkey has a long and complicated history, with many invasions and occupations over the years. Turkey continues to experience turbulence in the political world, but is still a great choice for any student. The culture is especially diverse, with the country opening up to the western world, but maintaining its traditional values. You will also see influences from the Anatolian and Ottoman cultures in Turkey.

Cost of Studying and Living in Turkey

Turkey uses the Turkish Lira (TRY) as its currency.

The tuition fees you pay will depend on where you choose to study, and in what language. Degree programmes offered in Turkish tend to be cheaper than those offered in English. Private universities will also be more expensive than public universities. On average, you should expect to pay between TRY 1,600 and TRY 9,000 per year for a degree at a public institution. Private universities are permitted to set their own fees, and on average charge up to TRY 110,000 per year. There are several scholarships available for international students, some of which include tuition fee waivers, monthly allowances and health insurance coverage.

Your cost of living will depend on where you choose to live. The bigger cities will be more expensive than the smaller cities and towns. On average, you should budget for between TRY 2,000 and TRY 2,700 per month. This accounts for your accommodation, groceries and travel. On top of your living costs, you should also budget for between TRY 500 and TRY 800 per semester for books and potential administrative fees. Another cost that students need to consider is health insurance. You should either register with the Turkish Social Security Institution (SGK), or ensure that you have a valid health insurance policy for the duration of your studies. For guidance, contact your institution.

Lithuania

Study in Lithuania

A small European country, Lithuania is home to nearly 50 higher education institutions. The literacy rate of the Lithuanian population is 100%, and school attendance is higher than the European Union average. Lithuania has one of the fastest growing economies of the Baltic countries over the last two decades. Despite its rapid modernisation and economic growth, Lithuania provides international students an opportunity to study in one of the best preserved Medieval countries. There are over 2000 buildings representing the characteristics of early Eastern Europe. With both a comfortable climate and a perfect balance between cities and rolling landscapes, Lithuania is a treasure among Eastern European countries.

Why Study in Lithuania?

As part of the European Union, universities in Lithuania follow the Bologna system. Study programmes are evaluated using the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), which is common in European countries. There are three levels of study at Lithuanian universities, bachelor’s degree, masters degree and doctoral degree. There are also integrated programmes available, which combine bachelor’s and master’s level to create one degree.

There are two types of higher education institutions in Lithuania. These are colleges (Kolegija) and universities. Colleges tend to offer programmes in practical training, in preparation for certain professions. Universities tend to offer more research focused programmes. You will find public and private colleges and universities. The tradition of education in Lithuania is one of the oldest in Eastern Europe, dating back to 1579.

There are 4 of Lithuania’s universities in the 2019 QS World University Rankings. The highest ranked is Vilnius University, which is placed at 488th. The next highest ranked is Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, which is placed in the 581-590th group. Also featured in the rankings is the Kaunas University of Technology, and Vytautas Magnus University.

About Lithuania

Officially the Republic of Lithuania, the country is home to over 2.8 million people. Since its independence, it has been referred to as a Baltic state. Lithuania is a former Communist country, but has rapidly Westernised since the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe and Soviet Russia. The country joined the United Nations in 1991, the World Trade Organisation in 2001, and then the European Union in 2004. Its economic growth and opening up to the global market has led to it being called the ‘Baltic Tiger’.

Lithuania boasts some of the most architecturally rich cities and towns in Europe. There is an obvious contrast between the country’s modernisation and its traditional features, but the contrast only makes Lithuania more fascinating. It benefits from a mild and continental climate, with cold winters and warm summers. It is common for snow to fall during winter, especially in the coastal and eastern parts of the country. Lithuania’s terrain is dominated by meadows, forests and crop fields, with very few large mountains. There is an abundance of hill forts found in the country, most being linked to the ancient Lithuanian rituals of pagan worship, as well as being utilised for defence when necessary.

Cost of Studying and Living in Lithuania

Lithuania uses the Euro (€) as its currency.

The tuition fees you will pay at a Lithuanian institution will depend on where you are from, as well as where you study and at what level. Students from EU countries tend to have lower fees. On average, you should expect to pay between €1,000 and €5,500 per year for a bachelor’s degree. For a masters degree, you should expect to pay between €2,200 and €6,500, and for a doctoral degree between €7,000 and €10,000 per year. There are some state scholarships available to help students who wish to study in Lithuania. Contact your institution to find out about eligibility and the application process.

Costs of living will depend on where you choose to live. Bigger cities will be more expensive than smaller cities and towns. On average, you should budget for between €400 and €1,000 per month. This accounts for your accommodation, groceries, travel, and any other necessities. Another cost that students need to consider is health insurance. If you are an EHIC card holder, you will be able to access state healthcare services for free, but this does not cover any healthcare provided by the private sector. If you are from an EU country, you may be eligible for state provided insurance, giving you access to free healthcare. For more information about this, contact your institution. If you are not an EHIC card holder and do not come from an EU/EEA country, you will need to have valid health insurance cover for the duration of your studies.

Poland

Study in Poland

Poland’s extensive history provides international students with a vibrant and culture-rich environment. Despite its painful history, the country has emerged as a popular destination, providing an array of architecture, cuisine and beautiful scenery.

Located in Central Europe, Poland is the perfect place for international students wanting to experience European culture whilst gaining a high quality education.

Why Study in Poland?

Following the Bologna Process, Poland has three levels of study and offers programmes in a wide range of subject areas. Poland’s higher education system is divided between publicly funded and private institutions. Both of these types of institution have their own levels of accreditation and subject specialisations. You will find 9 of Poland’s universities in the top 1000 of the QS World University Rankings, with the highest ranked being the University of Warsaw.

The first higher education institution in Poland, now called Jagiellonian University, was founded 1364. It is one of the world’s oldest existing universities, and is ranked in the top 500 of the QS rankings. Poland’s higher education institutions are most noted for their offerings in fine arts, music and drama. You will also find a wide variety of technical schools in a variety of disciplines.

About Poland

Sharing a border with Germany, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Ukraine and Belarus, Poland is a fantastic country. It boasts vast landscapes and geographical features such as the Carpathian Mountains and the Sudetes. With a population of almost 39 million people, Poland is one of the most populous countries in Europe.

While it continues to progress, the country’s past continues to be one of its defining features. Many tourists travel to Poland to visit the historical Holocaust sites and concentration camps, where over 70% of all persecuted Jewish people were imprisoned during World War II. The country is now progressive and prides itself in being a religiously and culturally diverse, promoting creativity and intellectual thought.

Costs of Studying and Living in Poland

Poland uses the Polish złoty (PLN) as its currency.

Higher education in Poland is free for Polish citizens. If you would also like to study for free, you must sit the same entrance exams as Polish students, and study a course taught in Polish. If you cannot fulfil this criteria, you will be expected to pay tuition fees. At a public institution, you can expect to pay between PLN 8,539 and PLN 16,000 per year. At a private institution, tuition fees will be higher, up to PLN 25,300. There are not a great deal of scholarships available to international students, so you should not rely on funding help. However, it might be worth checking with your institution of choice, as they may offer funding.

Living costs will depend on where you choose to live and the lifestyle you choose to lead. It is recommended that you allow at least PLN 2,500 per month for living costs. If you choose to live in university accommodation this will be cheaper than living in a privately rented apartment. To help with your living costs, you may be able to get a part time job. If you are from an EU/EEA country, you will be able to work with no extra permissions. If you are from any other country, your employer may need to apply for a work permit if you wish to work. You should not rely on a job to finance your studies as an international student.

Another living cost that international students need to consider is health insurance. If you are an EHIC holder, you will not need to purchase health insurance. If you present your EHIC, you should be able to get healthcare for free, the same as Polish citizens. If you are from an EU country and do not hold an EHIC, this is something you should apply for before you go to Poland. Countries such as the UK, Sweden and Slovakia also have an agreement with the Polish government that their citizens will be able to get access to free healthcare in the country – your country’s embassy will be able to provide information regarding this.

If you are from any other country, you will need to purchase health insurance that is valid for your stay in Poland. This can be done either before you leave your home country, or as soon as you arrive in Poland. If you do not purchase health insurance, you will have to pay for any medical treatment you receive, which will be very expensive.

Canada

Study in Canada

Canada is a popular choice for international students wanting to study in a different country. Universities in Canada offer world-class education with affordable tuition fees. Known for its kind nature, Canada is endlessly welcoming to international students. You will find high standards of research and teaching, as well as a great study experience in a beautiful and diverse country.

Why Study in Canada?

With high measurements in quality of life and education, Canada has been ranked by the UN as one of the best places to live in the world. It is a developed country with a high-income economy and successful government, making it a fantastic place to live and study in!

You will find 18 of Canada’s universities in the 2019 QS World University ranking top 500, the highest ranked being the University of Toronto, placed 28th. Three of these institutions are ranked within the top 50, including McGill University and the University of British Columbia. This shows that Canada would be providing you with a brilliant education as well as a cultural experience.

There are more than 350,000 international students choosing to study in Canada each year, adding to the diversity of the higher education institutions. You will be able to study degrees at the traditional three levels. These are bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate. The duration of your course will depend on your institution of choice.

About Canada

Canada is a huge and diverse country, home to over 37 million people. Due to its size, Canada is the second largest country in the world. Sharing its southern border with the USA and its north-western border with Alaska, the country has a widely ranging climate with four distinct seasons.  The majority of Canada is dominated by forests, with urbanised cities. The country boasts many tourist attractions, including Niagara Falls, Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies. There is plenty to do for anyone wishing to make the most of their downtime!

Canada was inhabited for thousands of years before it was colonised by Europe. The country’s independence was a gradual process, beginning on the 1st of July 1867. Although Canada is independent and ruled by their own government, they still share the British Monarchy, with Queen Elizabeth II as their head of state. The country is officially bilingual, but is home to many other languages – the product of large-scale immigration.

Cost of Studying & Living in Canada

Canada uses the Canadian Dollar (CAD/$) as its currency.

Whilst Canada is known for its affordable tuition fees, the price you pay will vary depending on where you choose to study. On average, an international student can expect to pay from $17,500 per year for an undergraduate degree. A postgraduate degree will cost, on average, around $16,500 per year, with prices ranging up to $50,000 per year for the most expensive courses.

There will be other costs that you need to consider when budgeting. These include administration fees ($150-$500), health insurance (around $600) and application fees (not always applicable, but around $250 if required).

It is required that you have at least $10,000 available for living costs in order for you to get a visa. However, it is recommended that you budget much more to make your living comfortable. Most universities suggest that you have at least $15,000 available when you study in Canada. As is the case in many countries, university accommodation is cheaper than private rented accommodation, so make sure you choose a living arrangement that suits your budget. It is always better to have more funds available than you think you might need, just in case!

If you wish to work part-time during your studies, this may be possible, but there will be limitations. International students can work both on campus and off campus without a work permit, as long as you have a study permit (which you need to study in Canada). You will be able to work up to 20 hours per week during term time. Part-time work should not be relied on to fund your studies.

UAE

Study in UAE

The country where modernity meets tradition, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a popular tourist destination and is home to some of the best universities in the Gulf region. The UAE is the perfect destination for any international student looking for a truly unique study experience.

Why Study in the UAE?

Since the discovery of oil in the region in the 1950’s, the UAE’s economy has been rapidly changing. Now the country is known for not only oil and gas exportation, but is also improving its recognition in the tourist and construction industries. Located in the cities of the UAE you will find some of the world’s most impressive architectural feats, including the Burj Khalifa.

The higher education system is governed by the Ministry of Higher Education, which is responsible for the admission of students, as well as accrediting degree programmes. You will find 3 of the UAE’s universities in the 2019 QS World University Rankings top 500. The highest ranked is the Khalifa University, which is placed at 315th.

About the UAE

Located in the Middle East, the UAE is divided into seven emirates, all governed by separate rulers. Together, the seven rulers form the Federal Supreme Council. The population of the UAE is made up mostly of expatriates, due to the tourist influx. Sharing land borders with Oman and Saudi Arabia, the UAE has a hot and arid desert climate, with very hot summers.

There is evidence of human occupation in the UAE dating back to 125,000 BCE, with burial sites from the Neolithic Age and Bronze Age. The modern cities blend a rich cultural tradition with the contemporary way of life. There are many world famous attractions located in the country, including the seven-star hotel the Burj Al Arab, the Wild Wadi water park and the indoor ski centre, Ski Dubai.

The country and its policies are influenced by the main religion; Islam. The way of life that many citizens abide by may be a world away from anything you have ever experienced, but is a great lesson in tolerance. There are strict rules defining dress codes and alcohol consumption, something that the authorities take very seriously. If you do choose to study in the UAE, it is important that you are aware of and adhere to the social expectations. Some cities are slightly more relaxed than others, for example Dubai is not as strict as Abu Dhabi.

The UAE is known for being safe, with very low rates of violent crime of any sort. Crimes are treated seriously, and punished accordingly, especially crimes against women. As long as you respect the country’s Islamic culture and customs, you are unlikely to have any trouble.

Cost of Studying and Living in UAE

The UAE uses the UAE Dirham (AED) as its currency.

Institutions in the UAE are permitted to set their own tuition fees, so costs will vary depending on where you choose to study. Tuition fees will also vary depending on the level and type of degree you choose. On average, you can expect to pay around AED 48,000 for a masters degree, and up to AED 120,000 for some specialised graduate degrees. Courses are charged in semester credit hours as opposed to months or years. You may be eligible for a scholarship to help towards your tuition fees, check with your institution to find out more.

Students looking to study in the UAE need to consider their living costs. For a private rented apartment you can expect to pay around AED 3,700 per month, with utilities costing around AED 440 per month. If you choose to live in a bigger city, you should expect higher living costs than smaller cities and towns. If you live outside of the cities, you might need to think about getting a car, as transport is not the most efficient.

All international students will need to have valid health insurance for their stay in the UAE. It is common for institutions to offer health insurance cover once you have arrived in the country and have undertaken a medical examination. The medical examination is thorough and tests for HIV, tuberculosis, hepatitis and syphilis, among other things.

Spain

Study in Spain

Spain is a popular destination for international students seeking quality and affordable higher education. There are around 85,000 international students studying in Spain each year. With lots to offer, there will be something for everyone is this fantastic country.

Why Study in Spain?

There are 76 universities in Spain, and they are a mixture of public and private. Of the 76, 24 are private, and 7 of these are associated with the Catholic Church. The public universities are state-funded, meaning that their fees are set by the local government. Spain has a long and rich tradition of higher education, and therefore their institutions are consistently well ranked. In the 2018 QS World University Rankings, 11 Spanish institutions are ranked in the top 500. The highest of these is the Universitat de Barcelona, sitting at 156th.

You are able to study at all traditional levels in Spain. This includes bachelor’s, master’s and PhD level study. A bachelor degree usually lasts 4 years, and you will be required to gain 240 ECTS credits to pass (find out what the ECTS is from Anna, our study abroad expert). A master’s degree usually lasts 1-2 years, and you must hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent to be accepted. A Spanish Doctoral degree (PhD) usually lasts up to 3 years, or 5 years if you study part-time. You will need to have been awarded a bachelor’s and master’s degree to gain entry on a Doctoral programme. There are many options for types of courses available, and what fields they are offered in. You are highly likely to find a programme that suits you at an institution in Spain.

About Spain

Spain is a beautiful country in Western Europe with a rich history and culture. Spain is one of the biggest European countries and the fourth most popular tourist destination in the world.

The country provides exciting cultural experience for all tourists, residents and students. It mixes a professional, cosmopolitan life with more vibrant and charming regional cultures. It also has plenty of chances for relaxation and fun.

Spain offers countless opportunities for international students who wish to experience its culture, exciting lifestyles as well as have an excellent academic experience. Spain is one of the most popular European destinations for international students, and it’s very welcoming to all who wish to study at one of its institutions of higher education.

The top tourist attractions in Spain include:

  • Alhambra, the famous palace, fortress and garden constructed in the 14th century by the Nasrid sultans and situated on a plateau overlooking the city of Granada in southern Spain.
  • Sagrada Familia, a Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, designed by Antoni Gaudí.
  • The Palacio Real (Royal Palace) of Madrid, the official residence of the King of Spain.
  • Mezquita of Cordoba, a famous building known for its forest of pillars and arches in the main hall. Originally built as a Roman temple, it later became a Visigothic church, before the Umayyad Moors built the Mezquita (Mosque).
  • Cuenca, a medieval city built on the steep sides of a mountain.
  • El Escorial, an old political center of the Spanish Empire under King Philip II.

Cost of Studying & Living in Spain

It is important to know that if you are from an EU country, you will pay the same fees as Spanish students, but if you are from a non-EU country, your fees might be higher.

Tuition fees at public universities are set by the government, and will vary depending on your level of study and chosen course. For a bachelor’s degree, fees can vary between €750 and €2,100 per year. Fees for a master’s degree at a public university can vary between €1,320 and €4,320 per year. Tuition fees are calculated per credit studied as opposed to semester or academic year. Private universities will likely charge higher tuition fees at all study levels.

Depending on where you choose to study, your living costs are likely to be between €900 and €1,100 per month. Bigger Spanish cities such as Madrid and Barcelona will be much more expensive than smaller cities and towns. Although both EU and international students are permitted to work part-time during their studies, you should not rely on this income to finance your studies. If you do wish to get a part-time job, having good Spanish language skills will help your applications.

If you hold an EHIC card, you will not need to purchase health insurance, and will have access to the same health treatments as Spanish citizens at the same price they pay. If you do not hold an EHIC card, you will have to purchase health insurance in order to study in Spain. This document will be required when applying for your student visa, so make sure you sort out your health insurance in plenty of time!

United Kingdom

Study in the UK

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, also known as the UK or Britain, is regarded as the world’s second most popular international study destination. The UK welcomes almost 460,000 international students from around the world each year. Having built a world-class education system, higher education in the UK is a model for many countries around the globe.

Why Study in the UK?

With around 162 higher education institutions across the UK, and a generous range of degree types, it makes sense that Britain is a popular destination in international education. The education system varies depending on where in the UK you choose to study, with some subtle differences. Regardless of where you study, you will receive high quality teaching from leading professionals. Any qualification gained in the UK will be highly regarded internationally.

Many of the UK universities and colleges are seen in the leading education ranking tables. In the 2019 QS World University Rankings, the UK has 4 institutions in the top 10. There are also 18 UK institutions in the top 100. The highest ranked is the University of Oxford, which occupies 5th place. It is followed by the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London, in 6th and 8th place respectively.

About the UK

An island nation, the UK is surrounded by 4 different oceans or seas. The UK is made up of four countries. These are England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Britain is one of the few countries to still be ruled by a constitutional monarchy, with Queen Elizabeth II currently standing as the longest-serving monarch in recorded history. Home to 66 million people, the UK is the 78th most populous country in the world.

Britain’s 243,000 square kilometres make it one of the smaller countries in the world. The terrain and climate can vary, but the difference is not significant. The UK is known for having relatively cold winters, and warm summers, with 4 obvious seasons.

The UK’s university systems is sometimes referred to in groups or categories. These include:

  • Ancient Universities – refers to institutions founded before the year 1600. Some examples are: Oxford University, Cambridge University, St. Andrews University.
  • Red Brick Universities – refers to institutions founded in UK industrial cities. The term ‘red brick’ is due to the Victorian architectural style of the buildings. Some examples are: the University of Birmingham, the University of Manchester, and the University of Leeds.
  • Plate Glass Universities – refers to institutions established or granted university status in the 1960s. The term ‘plate glass’ is due to the modern architectural buildings. Some examples are: the University of York, the University of Warwick, and the University of Lancaster.
  • Russell Group Universities – refers to a group of 24 public research universities. These universities endeavour to maintain the best research, teaching and leading standards. Some examples are: the University of Birmingham, the University of Edinburgh, and Durham University.

Cost of Studying and Living in the UK

The currency used in the UK is the Pound Sterling (GBP/£).

Tuition fees for international students are not fixed or governed in the UK. This means that they can vary greatly from institution to institution, and each university decides what they wish to charge. The tuition fees you are charged will be highly dependent on your home country. If you are coming from an EU country, you are likely to be charged the same as a UK student. If you are from any other country, you will pay international student fees.

In England, the maximum undergraduate fee for UK/EU students is £9,250 per annum for the 2019/20 academic year. In Wales, the undergraduate fee can be up to £9,000 per annum, and in Scotland you can also be charged up to £9,000 per annum, but it tends to be less for EU students. In Northern Ireland, as an EU student you can expect to be charged up to £4,275 per annum. Tuition fees for UK/EU students are subject to change each academic year, and you should make sure that you are aware of how much your course will cost you. Postgraduate fees for EU students in each of these areas are normally the same as those for UK students, and will differ depending on the institution.

EU students will be aware of the UK’s referendum on membership of the European Union, also known as ‘Brexit’. Whilst there are uncertainties for all parties in terms of what tuition fees EU students will pay once the UK officially leaves the EU, many universities have pledged to keep EU fees the same for at least the next few years. Take a look at our ‘Brexit’ article for more information, and know that you’re always welcome to come and study in the UK.

If you are a student coming from outside of the EU, your tuition fees could be much higher. For undergraduate and postgraduate level, you can typically expect to pay between £5,000 and £40,000 per annum. If you choose to study an executive education course such as an MBA, or a competitive course such as medicine, your fees will be on the higher end of the scale.

In terms of living costs, it is recommended that you have at least £14,000 per year. This will cover your rent, groceries, travel, and any other necessary expenses. If you choose to live in London, you should budget for higher living costs, as it is significantly more expensive than the rest of the UK. Many retailers offer generous student discounts as long as you can prove that you are a student by showing your student card, take advantage of this to save some money. Depending on where you are coming from, you may be able to get a part-time job to supplement your funds. This is normally dictated by your visa, and can sometimes have restrictions.

Malaysia

Study in Malaysia

With natural attractions, rich culture and gorgeous scenery, Malaysia attracts people from all over the world. The country has a unique combination of ancient and modern architecture, inspired by their mix of cultures and ethnicities. Its location makes it the perfect destination for any international student looking for a new experience for their studies.

Why Study in Malaysia?

The recent rapid development of the country has made it an attractive destination for all sorts of people. This has led to the culture and people being incredibly diverse, with lots of different ethnic groups and religions. You will find bustling cities, beautiful beaches and never-ending rain-forests all located in Malaysia, and lots of wildlife too. Malaysia is one of the world’s 17 megadiverse countries, which means it is home to around 20% of the world’s animal species.

The system and structure of tertiary education is run by the country’s Ministry of Higher Education. Individuals who choose to study in Malaysia for higher education can take certificate, diploma, undergraduate or postgraduate courses. There are 6 Malaysian universities in the 2019 QS World University ranking top 500. The highest ranked of these is Universiti Malaya (UM) which comes in at 87th place. Universities in Malaysia can offer high quality education alongside a unique experience.

About Malaysia

Malaysia has two mainland areas (West Malaysia and East Malaysia) separated by the South China Sea. The climate is tropical, and you can expect warm weather throughout the year. The generous monsoon seasons keep the country green and the plants healthy. Malaysia shares a land border with Thailand to the north, and Singapore to the south, but is otherwise surrounded by the sea.

There is evidence of modern human habitation in Malaysia that goes back 40,000 years. Over this time, the country has been under the rule of different countries, which adds to its cultural diversity. Since becoming independent in 1957, Malaysia has had one of the best economic growths in Asia. The economy is fuelled not only by the country’s natural resources, but also by tourism, science and medical tourism. The UN Development Program have commended the Malaysian healthcare system, which is heavily invested in by the government. Malaysia’s emerging economy and rapid development makes it ideal for international students who want to get an education in an interesting and upcoming country.

The long and colourful history of Malaysia is reflected in its government, which is based on the British parliamentary system. The country also has a constitutional monarchy, with the head of state elected every five years. The country’s diversity is also evident in the variety of religions being practised. Although Islam is the official religion of Malaysia, freedom of religion or worship is given, so there are alternative religions, such as Buddhism, Christianity and Hinduism, with many other minority religions.

Cost of Studying and Living in Malaysia

Malaysia uses the Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) as its currency.

Tuition fees will vary at each institution, but will be lower at one of the many public universities. On average, an international student can expect to pay around MYR 7,000 per year for a bachelor’s degree. Masters degrees will cost an international student around MYR 11,000 per year. Private and foreign institutions may have higher tuition fees, particularly for specialist subjects such as medicine.

There are scholarships available for people undertaking postgraduate studies, which would help with funding. Your institution will be able to provide you with information about this.

The cost of living in Malaysia is low in comparison to other tourist destinations like America and the UK. It is recommended that you budget for between MYR 10,000 and MYR 15,000 per year. This includes food, travel and accommodation. If you are living in a bigger city such as Kuala Lumpur, your living costs will be higher than if you are living in a smaller city or town. You will also need to make sure you have health insurance for your time in Malaysia, your institution can give you advice on the best policies for students.

International students are not permitted to work during term-time, but you will need to prove you have sufficient funds to be able to enter Malaysia. This means that ensuring you have the required funding in place in plenty of time.

South Korea

Study in South Korea

Since their split from North Korea in 1948, South Korea has created its own path. Considerably different to its northern neighbour, South Korea is now a meeting point of modernity and tradition. The government has made it a priority to invest heavily in the higher education system, welcoming international students with open arms.

Why Study in South Korea?

The South Korean government has set a target of attracting 200,000 international students by 2020, meaning that they have had to make universities more accessible. This has also lead to a steady climbing of international rankings. You will find 15 of South Korea’s universities in the 2019 QS World University Rankings top 500. The highest ranked of these is Seoul National University, which is placed in 36th. The next highest ranked is the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), which is placed in 40th.

With a fascinating mixture of ancient temples and modern architecture, South Korea has something to offer everyone. The country specialises in the innovation of science and technology, but also has impressive pedigree in the arts. There are many public and private universities, all offering a wide variety of degrees.

About South Korea

Officially the Republic of Korea, South Korea is a country located in South East Asia and is home to over 51.4 million people. There is archaeological evidence that the Korean Peninsula was inhabited by early humans from the Lower Paleolithic period. Since that time, the country has experienced a long and turbulent history, including wars and occupations. In 1948, an election was held in the US occupied area of Korea, and this led to the creation of the Republic of Korea. The border between South and North Korea remains the most heavily fortified in the world.

Today, South Korea is a developed country, with a high income economy. It is a global leader in the technological and industrial sectors, and has an export driven economy. The country is a member of the United Nations, G20 and OECD. Society in South Korea sees higher education as a high priority, as it holds cultural importance and helps cement a person’s socioeconomic position. The South Korean educational system is extremely competitive, and students are encouraged to work hard. If you choose to go to university in South Korea, you will be getting a high quality educational experience.

Cost of Studying and Living in South Korea

South Korea uses the South Korean Won (KRW) as its currency.

If you choose to study at a South Korean university as an international student, you will pay the same tuition fees as domestic students. However, tuition fees vary from institution to institution. At a public institution, you should expect to pay between $2,000/€1,700 and $4,500/€3,900 per semester. Degrees such as medicine will be on the more expensive side. At a private institution, you should expect to pay between $3,000/€2,600 and $6,000/€5,200 per semester. At one of the top ranked universities, annual fees will be around $6,800/€5,900. There are plenty of scholarships available for international students, these tend to be awarded by individual institutions. These will cover between 30% and 100% of your tuition fees. There are also some scholarships available from the government, which can also cover living costs.

For your living costs, you should budget for minimum of $1,200/€1,000 per month. This covers your accommodation, groceries and travel. If you choose to live in one of the bigger cities, your living costs will be higher. This is also the case if you choose to stay in privately rented accommodation as opposed to university dormitories. If you are studying for a masters degree, you are able to work up to 20 hours per week without a work permit so long as you have a valid visa.

Another cost that international students need to consider is health insurance. If your course will keep you in South Korea for longer than one year, Korea’s National Health Insurance Corporation provides health insurance on the same basis as Korean nationals. To get this, you have to submit a copy of your alien registration card and verification of purpose of stay at an office of the Corporation.