Just thought about giving a small knowledge to everyone about universities and admissions in Germany, Finland and Norway.
So here it is!
The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary defined education as a process of teaching, training and learning, especially in schools or colleges, to improve knowledge and develop skills. However, millions of students from different parts of the world don’t have access to education. They are being denied the right to improve their knowledge, to develop their skills and to make their dreams come true.
In many countries of the world, an average parent can not afford the tuition fees of his or her children, while in some other countries, the number of students is far greater than the number of universities and colleges available.
However, the good news is that there are thousands of universities and colleges in different parts of the world where you can now study free of charge.
The following article offers you information about:
- The free tuition universities in Finland, Norway and Germany;
- The estimated cost of living in those countries;
- How to apply to these universities;
- Why tuition is free in these countries.
Tuition Free Universities in Finland:
Finland is located in northern Europe between Sweden and Russia. Helsinki is the capital of Finland and it is the largest city in the country. Finish is the native language in Finland, but about five percent of the population speaks Swedish. English is also widely spoken in Finland.
In Finland, education is funded by the government. Students enrolled in regular degree studies pay no tuition fees, with some exceptions. If you are enrolled as a non-EU/EEA degree student in a bachelor’s or doctoral level programmes, the higher education institution will not charge you tuition fees. However, students in both universities and polytechnics have to pay for their books and other materials, plus their accommodation and living expenses.
Cost of studying in Finland:
Generally, the cost of living in Finland as a whole is estimated at €600 per month, though it depends greatly on individual spending habits.
How to apply:
- Step 1: visit http://www.universityadmissions.fi/ click on FuniMa. This is located at the upper right hand corner of the page.
- Step 2: in the next page, click Register
- Step 3: fill out the online application form and click on Register
- Step 4: check your e-mail and click on the verification link sent to you
- Step 5: login now with your e-mail and password
Tuition free universities in Norway:
Norwegian state universities and state university colleges usually do not charge tuition fees for international students. However, students will need to pay a semester fee of $50-100.
This is applicable for all levels, including undergraduate studies, Masters and PhD programmes. Note that some state universities and some state university colleges may have tuition fees for a few specialized programmes. Typically, these are Master level programmes.
Most private institutions set tuition fees for all their programmes and courses. However, the fees are usually significantly lower than those in most other countries. Also, foreign students don’t pay higher tuition fees than Norwegian students.
Cost of studying in Norway:
You should take into consideration that living expenses in Norway are higher than in many other countries. Living expenses would amount to 89,000 NOK ($15,000) per year.
How to apply:
You can apply directly to any university of your choice.
Tuition free universities in Germany
For many years, higher institutions of education in Germany usually do not charge any tuition fees for undergraduate studies. But, after the constitutional count of Germany lifted the ban on tuition fees in January 2005, a number of Federal states now charge tuition fees for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Tuition fees for undergraduate programmes:
Universities are now allowed to charge tuition fees for undergraduate and post-graduate study programmes. As of October 2013, only 1 out of 16 Federal states charge tuition fees of up to €500 Euros per semester. All other federal state universities only request a fixed amount of money as a semester contribution (about €50 Euros) but charge no tuition fees.
Cost of studying in Germany:
On average, German students spend about €500 – 800 per month.
Why tuition is free in Finland, Norway and Germany:
Countries that offer tuition free education share the view that higher education is a right all people have, and that a highly educated population benefits everyone. Please note that the number of countries that offer these great opportunities for international students to study for free used to be higher. Unfortunately, some countries stopped granting tuition free education to international students. Country governments that made this change motivate their decision on the fact that tuition free universities were not competing on equal terms with other universities in the EU. Governments plan to use the extra money to award institutions that have shown particular excellence.