Top 10 Tuition-free Universities in the World 2020
The cost of university education is at an all-time high and this has led to vast inequalities in access to education, especially for young aspiring people in developing countries.
The great news however, is that there are a number of tuition-free universities around the world which offer quality standard education to both indigenous and international students.
Are you in need of information about tuition-free universities in the world? If yes, then this post is for you, courtesy After School Africa. We are happy to keep offering you important information that will help you make your educational dreams a reality. So, fact is you can actually study at a top university without paying tuition!
Scroll down to see the top ten tuition-free universities in the world, ranked in order based on the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2020.
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- Ludwig-Maxmilians-Universität (LMU) München
Ludwig-Maxmilians-Universität (LMU) is a top research university located in the city of Munich, Germany. The university offers a wide range of programs and courses in law, economics, business, medicine, life sciences, and humanities. Most of the programs here are tuition- free for students, the only exceptions being summer courses and a number of masters programs taught in English language medium. However, like most other tuition-free universities, students are mandated to pay semester fees, which in total does not exceed 115 euros per semester. As per the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2020, this university ranks number one in Germany, and 32nd in the world.
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- Technische Universitaet Muenchen (Technical University of Munich – TUM), Germany
The Technical University of Munich, Germany is one of the world’s topmost universities offering tuition-free education to both local and international students. This university offers a wide range of programs in fields of medicine, economics and finance, engineering and life sciences. The university is also affiliated with several other institutions in Germany, Europe and in other continents, so students here get the opportunity to partake in study-abroad programs or exchange schemes. The school is funded by the German government, so they charge zero tuition fees for all students despite the high quality of education they offer. However, students are still required to pay a token in semester fees, student union fees and transportation. Check out their website here for more information.
TUM Germany ranks second in Germany, and 43rd on the world rankings.
- Heidelberg University
Established in 1386, Heidelberg University is the oldest academic institution in Germany and one of the oldest in Europe. The University is an outstanding leader in the field of humanities and social science, both in Germany and all over Europe. They offer undergraduate, masters and PhD programs in Law, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Life Sciences, and Social Sciences. They also do not charge tuition fee from students, both local and foreign. All undergraduate, masters and PhD students are exempt from paying tuition, and only students in certain special continuing education courses may be eligible to pay tuition. However, students would also be required to pay the semester fee and to cover for their personal living expenses. Visit here for more information.
Heidelberg University ranks 3rd in Germany, and 44th in the world.
- Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, was established early in the 19th century and was aptly tagged, ‘Mother of all modern universities.’ The university offers several programs in arts, science, business, economics and law, and is a hub for international students from all across Europe. Furthermore, degrees and certificates obtained from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin are acknowledged worldwide, and they charge no tuition for both local and international students. Admitted students in all programs only have to pay an estimated 310 euros per semester as student fees.
Humbold-Universität zu Berlin ranks 4th in Germany, and 74th in the world.
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- University of Helsinki
Another world-class university that offers local and international students tuition-free education is the University of Helsinki. Located in Helsinki, Finland, this university is among the leading scientific research institutes in the whole of Europe. It ranks 96th in the world, and researchers at this university, as well as their research projects and publications, are globally recognized. The university is a pioneer member of the world-renown League of European Research Universities, which also consists of universities like Oxford University and the University of Cambridge. If you are keen on becoming a research scientist, then this university might just be your best pick of the lot.
University of Helsinki offers tuition waivers to local students. International students were previously exempted from paying tuition fees until a new policy was rolled out in 2017. However, despite that, there are university-funded scholarships that international students can apply for to foot their educational bills at the university.
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- RWTH Aachen University, Germany
This is unarguably the biggest and most popular university of technology in the whole of Germany, and indeed one of the most prestigious universities in Europe. Their excellent research programs, world class facilities and distinguished scholars in a wide range of fields attract scores of international students and researchers to the university every year. The university’s primary focus is in Engineering and natural sciences, even though there are significant linkages to medical science, arts, economics and finance. The university is composed of 260 institutes in nine colleges or faculties, offering 144 programs of study and playing host to some 43,000 students from over 100 countries around the world. Tuition here is free for both local and international students, and all the students have to pay is some 240 euros in semester fees. For more information, go here.
RWTH Aachen University occupies the 8th position on the list of top universities in Germany, while it also comes 99th in the world rankings.
- Freie Universitaet Berlin
This is another top university offering world class education to local and international students from around the world. It is located in Berlin, Germany. It ranks 10th in Germany, and 117th in the world. At Freie Universitaet Berlin, the foundation for tutoring young people, scholars and scientists to become excellent professionals in future is in creating an enabling environment for innovative ideas to be birthed and incubated, and combining this freedom to explore and express oneself with strong mentoring and support from seasoned academics and professors, while also providing platforms for networking with other brilliant young minds for synergy and greater impact. They offer a wide range of programs at undergraduate, masters and PhD levels, for which they do not charge tuition fees. They also offer funding in form of scholarships and bursary awards to eligible students. Visit this link for more information.
Freie University ranks 10th in Germany, and 117th in the world.
- University of Oslo, Norway
The University of Oslo is currently the largest and oldest academic institution in Oslo, Norway. Founded in the early 19th century, the university is home to some 30,000 students and nearly 5,000 staff. The university prides itself as being one of the world’s leading health and scientific research institutes, evidenced by the fact that no less than four Nobel prize winners studied there at one time or the other in their educational journey.
The university is state-funded hence they do not charge tuition-fees for both local and international students. However, students are still mandated to pay a small fee of 70 euros in student registration fees every semester, which grants access to a number of benefits on campus. There are also a number of scholarships that students can avail themselves of every semester. Go here for more information.
The university ranks 131st in the world.
- Aalto University, Finland
Aalto University was founded in the year 2010, and is thus one of the newest universities in Finland and the whole of Europe. It was established via the merging of three renowned universities in Helsinki, FInland. The university offers cross-disciplinary programs and courses, and students are granted a holistic support system for them to thrive academically and in their careers after graduation. Eligible students can study courses in Law, Medicine, Finance, Technology and Art, either in native Finnish language or in English language medium.
Aalto University was 100% tuition-free until 2017, when the rules were changed to allow students begin paying fees. However, the new fees are still ridiculously low, compared to what is obtainable in other parts of the world. Furthermore, scholarships are also available for international students studying masters degree programs, which could cover for the tuition fees. More details can be found here.
Aalto University ranks 184th in the world.
- University of Bergen, Norway
The university of Bergen is a foremost public university in Norway. They offer programs in medical sciences (dentistry, medicine and healthcare), natural sciences, law, arts and social sciences. They operate a dual campus system: the medical sciences are located in Årstadvollen, which is also regarded as the university’s health campus, while the other programs are at the Nygårdshøyden campus. Tuition fee is also absolutely free here for both local and international students. Only student fees are applicable. Students also have to foot their bills for the cost of living and personal expenses.
Unlike other universities, the University of Bergen does not offer scholarships to international students. This university is 201st in the world. Visit the website for more information.
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