Are you looking forward to pursuing an International masters degree abroad but worried about the hefty application and tuition fees? Paying off student debt can often be a nightmare. Tuition fees in top universities of UK and USA have skyrocketed just like a real estate boom in the last decade. Recently, the increase in tuition fees has led to significant drop in the number of applicants to the UK universities. According to a report by BBC, the students in England have become an outlier in their country and they find it cheaper to get a quality education in neighboring Scotland, Welsh and Northern Ireland that are home to some of the excellent universities like the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow. Talking about the reputed US universities, a statistic shows that a 1988 Harvard STEM graduate would have to spend $17100 on an average per year during the senior year. In 2018, if he has to send his son to the same stream, he would have to pay over $45000. No doubt, currently over 44 million Americans cumulatively hold a student loan debt exceeding $1.5 trillion. With tuition fees in several public and private universities taking a spike every year, it boils to an important realization, “Will A University Degree Pay Off?”
Universities also charge a hefty amount as application fees. The application fees to the Swiss universities are reported to be the highest for international students. Both the top Swiss Universities ETH Zurich and EPFL charge 150 CHF (~11000 INR) for an application to their Master’s program. Most US universities charge around $75 for an application. However, they also require GRE and TOEFL scores (only for native English speakers) and sending the scores to a university cost you around $50. So, if you are an Indian applicant looking to apply to the 6 US universities, be ready to spend at least 50,000 INR.
However, there are several reputed universities in Europe which provide the best of the education with low tuition fees and no application fees. Here is a list for your reference.
1. Imperial College London
If you are an international student looking to pursue a masters degree abroad in engineering, natural science, medicine and business, Imperial College is an ideal choice for you. This university is consistently ranked in the top 10 universities of the world according to several rankings and a degree from this university is considered highly prestigious. Although some programs charge an application of £50 (particularly the MBA degree programs), many of the engineering masters application doesn’t cost you a penny. I had applied to M.Res. in Bioengineering and was fortunately selected for it as well.
2. RWTH Aachen
One of the finest engineering universities in Germany, RWTH boasts of the best employer reputation in Europe. A degree from mechanical or electrical engineering from RWTH clearly stands out in the job market. With several industrial collaborations and opportunities to work as a research assistant (HiWi positions), RWTH has no tuition fee for most of its courses and doesn’t even charge application fees for most of the programs. RWTH is ranked #23 for Mechanical Engineering, #31 for General Engineering in the world according to QS World University Rankings 2018.
3. TU Munich
4. Paris Tech
Paris is the best city to be a student. With lots of gratuits or offers for students in public transport, hostels and restaurants, Paris charms you with a dynamic student life. Paris Tech is a collection of some of the finest French higher education institutes that specialize in specific disciplines and all these universities are located in the Ile de France (Paris). Many of the universities collaborate to run interdisciplinary international masters program taught in English. For example, the M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering runs in collaboration with University of Paris Descartes (Medical School) and other engineering schools like Arts and Metiers Paris Tech and Mines ParisTech.
5. Gent University -Belgium
6. Politecnico di Milano – Italy
7. University of Glasgow -UK
8. University of Leeds -UK
9. University of Sheffield -UK
10. Aalto University – Finland
11. Vrije Universiteit Brussel
12. TU Berlin
13. University of Vienna
15. Norwegian University of Science and Technology
This Norwegian university also doesn’t charge any tuition fee and it’s ranked among the top 250 world universities.
16. University Of Oslo
One of the top 10 Scandinavian universities to pursue masters degree abroad. The university charges a very nominal tuition fee of less than 50,000 INR.