Studying abroad is an experience in itself. Many students from various countries aim to learn in a foreign country. Every student has a dream destination for education and a job. While it all seems to be easy, it can be hard on your pocket.
The key to defraying the cost of studying abroad is to keep in mind that a large portion of what you pay is for peace of mind and convenience.
Extra fees can be charged by study abroad programmes to help you find accommodation, enrol in international universities, or even facilitate your visa application. You will make your study abroad experience a lot simpler by independently taking on any or all of these activities.
Here, in this blog, are 6 ways to study abroad for free or at an affordable cost.
Enrol yourself directly into a Foreign University or Language School
Universities in the United States of America tend to have higher tuition fees for most courses, but many countries offer free or low-cost schooling, even for international students.
Paris’ La Sorbonne, for example, has no tuition fees and only a modest registration fee — about $200. The only disadvantage would be that French universities teach in French, so there is a language prerequisite to enrol. For non-francophones, Australia’s University of Tasmania comes with a reasonable price tag hovering around 6,000 dollars. At the same time, New Zealand’s University of Auckland is a touch more expensive than under $9,000.
English-language programs are not confined to English-speaking countries. The University of Nottingham’s campus in Ningbo, China, offers English programs with tuition coming in at just under $7,000.
Consider making a shortlist of five countries where you would like to study abroad. The next step would be to check public university websites in those countries to see if the tuition cost is manageable for you. Also, bear in mind the cost of living in these countries: Norway’s public universities are free, even to international students, but the high cost of living might make this option less enticing than some others.
Volunteer work as a student
Volunteer work is the perfect opportunity to gain valuable foreign language knowledge and hands-on experience without paying any tuition fees at all.
While some programmes charge students to connect them with volunteer opportunities abroad, WWOOF, a worldwide organic farming network that matches eager volunteers with farmers in need of extra hands, is a free option. You’ll get free housing and food in exchange for your labour, and if you put forth the effort to learn the local language, you’ll come away with far more than calluses.
There is also plenty of low cost or no cost volunteer options that do not include farm work. For instance, Global Work & Travel send intrepid volunteers to Tanzania, and IVHQ sends volunteers worldwide.
Working while studying abroad can be difficult for international students who lack the necessary visa to work in another country. However, some programmes allow you to avoid this sticky situation by earning a paycheck to offset your study abroad programme’s cost. Consider taking a course to become an English foreign language teacher or pursue a different career path.
Work as an Au Pair
Going overseas as an au pair may be the best way to offset the cost of your study abroad program. Not only does working as an au pair ensure that the cost of housing is taken care of, but most au pairs overseas also have phone and transport covered – and earn a bit of pocket money, as well.
Opt for a low-cost study program
If you want to spare yourself the headache of creating your study abroad experience, you can always simply opt for a study abroad program on the less expensive side. Here are just a few with a much more reasonable fee:
- Lorenzo de Medici, Florence, Italy (starts at $5,500)
- FuBIS, Berlin, Germany (starts at $2,000)
- Equine Summer Program, Edinburgh, Scotland (starts at $4,895)
- Hutong School, Various Cities, China (starts at $881)
- John Cabot University Summer Program, Rome, Italy (starts at $2,830)
Apply for scholarships and grants
Although this is a no-brainer, we could not leave it off the list. Scholarships and grants for study abroad are the simplest way to reduce your study abroad costs.
They are, however, more expensive than some of the other options we have suggested, so they may not be suitable for everyone.
We have answered some questions here for your help.
Q1. Which is the most affordable country to study in?
Ans. These are the top 5 low-cost countries to study in.
Q2. Can an average student study abroad?
Ans. One of the most common reasons for studying abroad aspirants leaving their dream of studying abroad is its high cost. Moreover, if you are an average student, i.e., if you have a moderate profile, getting a scholarship is also difficult. Nevertheless, getting a scholarship depends on a lot of factors.
We truly hope we were able to resolve any queries you might have had about 6 ways to study abroad for free or at an affordable cost..