9 Cheapest Countries to Study Abroad for Indian Students

How many of you dream to study abroad? All most everyone! But is that so easy? From tuition fees to living expenses is quite expensive for an average country like India! India is a diverse country with multiple languages, religions, and beliefs. For Indians studying abroad is a matter of concern, after all, studying in popular destinations like the USA, UK, Australia, etc., is not cheap and affordable. Not everyone receives scholarships for academics or get bank loan easily. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t study abroad, there are various other countries which are affordable and their universities excel in academics.

In this article, we will look at the 9Top cheapest countries to study abroad where Indian and International Students can get good quality education at a very low price:

1. Germany 

Germany is the cheapest country to live in provided with the topmost education facility. German universities have world-renowned programs, famous for Business and Science courses with affordable price tags, advanced classrooms, talented teachers, and plenty of scholarships for international students.

The public universities of Germany do not charge any tuition fees for undergraduate and postgraduate study programs irrespective of students coming from any nation. While at some universities they charge a very small amount of tuition fees. The average cost of living ranges between ₹ 50,000 to 80,000 per month which is quite affordable than living in other countries. Also by showing valid student ID, one gets free public transport and discounts in some museums, theaters, cinemas, and other cultural institutions.

Some popular courses in Germany are- Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Biomedical Sciences and Biotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical-Electronics Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Natural Sciences, Finance, Business Management, and Business Administration, Data Science & Data Analytics.

Top 10 popular German Universities – TU Munich, RWTH Aachen University, LMU Munich, University of Berlin, Heidelberg University, TU Darmstadt, Universität Freiburg, TU Berlin, Universität Stuttgart, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg.

2. Norway

Norway is considered to be the most affordable country in the Nordic region and is listed among countries with no tuition fees within and outside the EU (European Union) with such beautiful locations to explore. This is because of that the government believes that education is not restricted to any socio-economic background. At the

Masters’ level, Norway offers close to 200 programs that are taught in English. There are four of Norway’s universities in the 2019 QS World University Rankings top 500. Although living in Norway is not an easy task, as it is quite an expensive country. The average cost of living ranges between ₹ 9-10 Lakhs per year. Valid student card can reduce your fees on public transport and give you a discount for museums and art galleries. Also, you get membership in the student union, access to health services, counseling, and sports facilities.

Some popular courses in Norway-Industrial Engineering, IT & Computer Science, Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Agricultural Science, Natural Sciences, Energy and Sustainability, Digital Media, Animation, and Visual Arts.

Top 10 universities of Norway- University of Oslo, University of Bergen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

(NTNU), University of Tromso (Arctic University of Norway), Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU),

Bergen Academy of Arts and Design, University of Stavanger, Nord University, NHH School of Economics, Inland Norway University of Applied sciences.

3. Belgium

Despite being a home country of Belgian chocolates, Belgian waffles, and Belgian beers, it is also famous for its low tuition fees and topmost quality of education. You can study in English, Dutch, French, and German. Belgian universities and colleges offer many study programs to international students in the English language with or without IELTS.

Indian students in Belgium can avail of the benefits to work and gain PR (Permanent Residency) after their studies in Belgium and to establish a prosperous life. It is also a very beautiful country with a rich heritage culture, full of medieval towns and renaissance architecture. It is located in the heart of Europe, only two hours away from Paris, London and Amsterdam. The average cost of living ranges between to 7-8 Lakhs per year, which is quite affordable.

Some popular Courses in Belgium- Architecture, Economics, Political Science, International Relations, Biomedical Sciences, Computer Science.

Top 10 universities in Belgium- Ghent University, University of Antwerp, KU Leuven University, Brussels School of International Studies, Liege University, Hasselt University, Vlerick Business School, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Vesalius College, Free University of Brussels.

4. Denmark

Denmark with only 5.5 million population ranks as the most promising country and makes it an exceptional place to study abroad. It takes fifth place in a ranking of the best higher education systems against fifty other countries worldwide. There are over 600 courses taught in English in Danish universities which means plenty of options for international students.

Danish Institutions are known for their practical education and link to co-operate business sectors where one can learn up-to-date techniques, from industry experts, and undertake internships in globally recognized organizations. These institutions will allow letting you grow as a best-possible person with great landscapes to explore. The living expenses will cost you between 7.5 to 11 Lakhs per year.

Some popular courses in Denmark- Civil Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences and Biotechnology, Natural Sciences, IT and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Business Administration, Economics, Architecture, Renewable Energy & Sustainability, Web Design, and Digital Marketing, Data Science.

Top Universities in Denmark- University of Copenhagen, Technical University of Denmark, Aarhus University, Copenhagen Business School.

5. Mexico

Mexico is one of Latin America’s most visited nations full of interesting and unique cultures and also has to do much with offerings to its International students. Living expenses are also reasonably low in Mexico, with all living costs on a standard budget of ₹40,000 to 50,000. Also, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) is ranked in QS World Top 100 University 2019 making Mexico an attractive country in the Education sector.

Though the native language is Spanish, still the majority of courses are taught in English. So if you’d prefer Caribbean beaches, spicy cuisine, and a vibrant, Spanish-speaking community, considers studying abroad in Mexico.

Popular Courses in Mexico– Administration Studies, Architecture, Art studies, Aviation, Business studies, Cosmetology studies, Technology studies, Tourism, Mass, and communication.

Top Universities in Mexico- National Autonomous University of Mexico, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Universidad Iberoamericano.

6. Italy 

Italy is counted as the most popular tourist spot because of its cultural legacy, diverse landscapes, historic treasures, and magnificent cuisine. What unknown is that Italy is also considered as the most popular study abroad destination? 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.

The Italian government provides you with various scholarships that will help you with tuition fees, accommodation fees, and other living costs. The living expense in cities like Rome, Milan, or Florence can cost you ₹84,000 – 127,000 a month. Whereas, in other cities of Italy like Turin, Padua, Pisa, or Bologna an average student spends between 46,000 to 60,000 per month.

Some Popular courses – Architecture, Economics, Biotechnology, Engineering, Finance, Fashion Design, Food Science, Fine Arts, Computer Science, International Business, Social Sciences.

Top 10 Universities in Italy- Politecnico di Milano, University of Bologna, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (SNS), Sapienza University of Rome, European School of Economics, University of Padua, Politecnico di Torino, University of Milan, University of Pisa, University of Trento, University of Florence.

7. Spain

The universities of Spain hold a good amount of students coming internationally to study. It is one of the most affordable countries in Europe with low tuition fees and living expenses. The overall living cost for international students is in the range of ₹50,000 – 80,000 per month on a student budget. The countryside of Spain is marvelous and one can see miles of lush trees and greenery. As a student, you’ll have plenty of time and places to explore while getting some knowledge and experience from them.

Some Popular courses- Marketing & Finance, Arts & Humanities, Law, Economics, Architecture, Biosciences and Biotechnology, Hospitality Management, Journalism, Business Analytics.

Top 10 Universities-Pompeu Fabra University, University of Barcelona, Autonomous University of Barcelona, The Complutense University of Madrid, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Autonomous University of Madrid), University of Navarra, University of Valencia, Nebrija University, University of Granada, University of Salamanca.

8. Poland

Poland has some of the oldest universities and is an affordable European country, with its rich history and numerous high-quality university degrees offered in the English. All leading universities in Poland offer high-quality programs taught in English, including medicine, engineering, humanities, business, and finance. The country average living costs range between ₹3-5 lakhs per year.

Some Popular courses- Medicine, Chemistry, Mass Communication, Biotechnology & Life Science, Business & Economics, Agriculture & Food Science, Graphic Design, Mechatronics
Top 10 Universities- University of Warsaw, Jagiellonian University, Medical University of Warsaw, University of GdanskAGH University of Science & Technology, Warsaw University of Technology, University of Wroclaw, Wroclaw University of Technology, the University of Agriculture in Krakow, Medical University Gdansk, Wroclaw Medical University.

9. Estonia

Estonia offers a lot of space and opportunities for foreigners coming here to study. It is one of the greenest countries in the world and has quite a low population density, which makes its living environment very health-friendly and gives wide opportunities.

Some popular courses- IT and Computer Science, Engineering, Business Studies, Law.
Top 10 universities- University of Tartu, Tallinn University, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonian Business School, Tallinn Institute of Technology.