Most Affordable Places to Study Abroad for Indian Students

By Neha Kumari Updated On - Sep 27, 2021 09:26 AM

Studying abroad can be an expensive affair. However, a number of countries like Mexico, Argentina, Germany among others, offer affordable education to international students including Indians. Scroll through to find the most affordable countries to study abroad along with the list of universities with the lowest tuition fees.

Studying abroad can be very expensive, especially if you are targeting some of the most developed countries such as USA, UK, Australia, etc. Planning your education abroad can be a hectic task with factors like loan, high living costs and difficult job conditions. However, various countries offer cheap education to international students and courses with low tuition fees. There are a few universities in Norway that do not charge any tuition fee and students can study at costs as low as Rs. 5,000 union fee per semester. Some other countries offer cheap undergraduate as well as postgraduate programmes that you can afford. Check out the details of the countries that offer low-cost education opportunities to international students.

Germany

Germany is a popular study abroad destination, especially for engineering students. One of the best parts about getting admission to one of the colleges in Germany is that there is no tuition fee at German universities for international students. However, education is not completely free. At most universities, you need to pay an amount in the form of a semester contribution that may cost around 150 to 350 Euros.
Overall, average course fees and living costs per year for international students in Germany are as follows:

Average Course Fee

Rs. 6,89,250 per semester

Living Cost

Rs. 6,12,672 per year

Also Read:  World’s Best Countries for International Students 2021- CEOWorld Magazine

Most Affordable German Universities

For Bachelors

Name of University

Average Fees (in Euro)

Average Fees (in INR)

Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany

EUR 308 per semester

Rs. 26,945 per semester

Humboldt-Universit- Berlin

EUR 307 per semester

Rs. 26,857 per semester

University of Bremen

EUR 849 per year

Rs. 74,336 per year

University of Cologne

Does not charge tuition fees.  However, all students need to pay a social contribution fee of around EUR 250 per semester, or EUR 500 per year.

Does not charge tuition fees.  However, all students need to pay a social contribution fee of around Rs. 21,869 per semester, or Rs. 43,739 per year.

Technische Universitat Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt)

Does not charge any tuition fee

NA

Technical University of Munich

EUR 144.40 per semester

Rs. 12,631 per semester

University of Stuttgart

Does not charge any tuition fee

NA

University of Mannheim

Does not charge any tuition fee

NA

RWTH Aachen University

Does not charge any tuition fee

NA

For Masters

Name of University

Average Fees (in Euro)

Average Fees (in INR)

Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany

EUR 308 per semester

Rs. 26,945 per semester

Humboldt-Universit- Berlin

8,000 per year

Rs. 6,99,832 per year

University of Bremen

EUR 849 per year

Rs. 74,336 per year

University of Cologne

Does not charge tuition fees. However, all students need to pay a social contribution fee of around EUR 250 per semester, or EUR 500 per year.

Does not charge tuition fees. However, all students need to pay a social contribution fee of around Rs. 21,869 per semester, or Rs. 43,739 per year.

Technische Universitat Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt)

Does not charge any tuition fee (Semester and administration fee payable)

NA

Technical University of Munich

EUR 144.40 per semester

Rs. 12,631 per semester

University of Stuttgart

Does not charge any tuition fee

NA

University of Mannheim

Does not charge any tuition fee

NA

RWTH Aachen University

Does not charge any tuition fee

NA

France

The government of France supports the education of international students in France. Students from a33 countries, including India can apply at universities in France using the online CEF process provided by the government agency Campus France. It is a single online service for all procedures.
Overall, average course fees and living costs per year for international students in France are as follows:

Average Course Fee

Rs. 20,000 per semester

Living Cost

Rs. 5,99,581 per year

Most Affordable French Universities

For Bachelors

Name of University

Average Fees (in Euro)

Average Fees (in INR)

Ecole Normale Superieure

EUR 184 per year

Rs. 16,096 per year

Ecole Polytechnique

EUR 16,800

Rs. 14,69,647 per year

Pierre and Marie Curie University

EUR 350 per year depending on the nationality

Rs. 30,617 per year

University of Paris

177.63 EUR per year

Rs. 15,536 per year

Blaise Pascal University

2,000 - 2,600 EUR per year

Rs. 1,74,932 - 2,27,411 per year

Jean Monnet University

500-750 EUR per year

Rs. 43,733 - 65,599 per year

For Masters

Name of University

Average Fees (in Euro)

Average Fees (in INR)

Ecole Normale Superieure

243 EUR per year

Rs. 21,254 per year

Ecole Polytechnique

12,500 EUR per year

Rs. 10,93,325 per year

Pierre and Marie Curie University

2595 EUR per year

Rs. 2,27,000

University of Paris

250 EUR per year

Rs. 21,933 per year

Jean Monnet University

500-750 EUR per year

Rs. 43,739-65,609 per year

Blaise Pascal University

2000 -2600 EUR per year

Rs. 1,74,957-Rs 2,27,445 per year

Norway

Education in Norway is free not only for Norwegian students but also for international students. But there is a small amount that students need to pay in the form of a semester fee which is around INR 9,000 for each semester for the Master’s course.  The application portal at Norway University opens in October and ends in December. Candidates who wish to study in Norway at almost no tuition fee cost must apply within the application timeline.

Overall, average course fees and living costs per year for international students in Norway are as follows:

Average Course Fee

No Tuition fee at some public universities, Student Union Fee: Rs. 4,850 per semester

Living Cost

Rs. 9,27,304 per year

Most Affordable Universities in Norway

For Bachelor’s and Master’s

Name of University

Average Fees (in NOK)

Average Fees (in INR)

University of Oslo

Does not charge any tuition fee

NA

NHH Norwegian School of Economics

Does not charge any tuition fee

NA

University of Bergen

Does not charge any tuition fee

NA

Nord University

Does not charge any tuition fee

NA

UIT The Arctic University of Norway

Does not charge any tuition fee

NA

Mexico

Mexico, a country in the southern part of North America is another affordable country for higher education. The tuition at public universities in Mexico starts at just around US$375 per year. Check more information below:  
Overall, average course fees and living costs per year for international students in Mexico are as follows:

Average Course Fee

Rs. 3,51,010 per year

Living Cost

Rs. 3,82,920 per year

Also Read: Top 5 Countries with Easy Immigration for International Students

Most Affordable Universities in Mexico

For Bachelors

Name of University

Average Fees (in MXN)

Average Fees (in INR)

Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM)

MXN 19,890 per year

Rs. 74,346 per year

Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon (UANL)

MXN 19,890 per year

Rs. 74,346 per year

Anahuac University in Mexico

MXN 1,230 per credit

Rs. 4,597 per credit

Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM)

MXN 16,905 for each six credits

Rs. 63,188 for each six credits

For Masters  

Name of University

Average Fees (in MXN)

Average Fees (in INR)

Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM)

MXN 19,890 per year

Rs. 74,346 per year

Autonomous University of Nuevo León (UANL)

MXN 19,890 per year

Rs. 74,346 per year

Panamericana University (UP)

MXN 19,891 - 49,727 per year

Rs. 74,338 - 1,85,845 per year

Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)

MXN 16,905 for each six credits

Rs. 63,188 for each six credits

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Argentina

Argentina, the second-largest country in South America is home to more than 90,000 international students. There is no tuition fee for undergraduate degree programmes in public universities in Argentina for international students. However, private universities tuition fees cost around   $3,000 to $20,000 per undergraduate programme and around  $2,000 to $27,000 per year for postgraduate programmes. Overall, average course fees and living costs per year for international students in Argentina are as follows:

Average Course Fee

Rs. 3,19,100 per year

Living Cost

$2,500 to $4,500 per year

Most Affordable Universities in Argentina

For Bachelors & Masters

Name of University

Average Fees (in ARS)

Average Fees (in INR)

University of Buenos Aires

0

NA

Universidad Nacional de la Plata

0

NA

Universidad Nacional de Cuyo

0

NA

Universidad Nacional de Quilmes

0

NA

Universidad Nacional de General San Martín

0

NA

Universidad Tecnologica Nacional – Facultad Regional Cordoba

ARS 4,851 per year

Rs. 3,716 per year

Universidad del Cema

ARS 2,23,041 per year

Rs. 1,70,891 per year

Poland

Poland, a country located in Central Europe is an affordable country oto pursue higher studies. The country offers free education to international students if they choose to study in the Polish language. The courses that are offered in English has a tuition fee of around  US$4180 per year at public universities. Overall, average course fees and living costs per year for international students in Poland are as follows:

Average Course Fee

Rs. 2,09,329 per year

Living Cost

Rs. 5,44,384 per year

Most Affordable Universities in Poland

For Bachelors

Name of University

Average Fees (in PLN)

Average Fees (in INR)

AGH University of Science and Technology

PLN 5,366 per year

Rs. 1,02,879 per year

Jagiellonian University

PLN 21,019 per year

Rs. 4,02,987 per year

University of Warsaw

PLN 9,128 per year

Rs. 1,75,006 per year

University of Wroclaw

PLN 12,552 per year

Rs. 2,40,653 per year

Warsaw University of Technology

PLN 22,822 per year

Rs. 4,37,555 per year

For Masters

Name of University

Average Fees (in PLN)

Average Fees (in INR)

AGH University of Science and Technology

PLN 6,259 per year

Rs. 1,20,018 per year

Jagiellonian University

PLN 10,126 per year

Rs. 1,94,168 per year

University of Warsaw

PLN 13,684 per year

Rs. 2,62,394 per year

University of Wroclaw

PLN 12,544 per year

Rs. 2,40,534 per year

Warsaw University of Technology

PLN 22,808 per year

Rs. 4,37,349 per year

Malaysia

If you are thinking of acquiring higher education at an affordable cost of study in Asia, then Malaysia can be the right choice. The tuition fee for international students in Malaysia is quite low. For the bachelors’ programme, the fee range from around MYR 7,000 to 8000 per year (1 MYR= 17.60 INR). The tuition fee for a Master’s course may range between MYR 11,000 to 12,000 per year.  Overall, average course fees and living costs per year for international students in Malaysia are as follows:

Average Course Fee

Rs. 2,58,471 per year

Living Cost

Rs. 3,00,000 per year

Also Read: Best Countries to Study and Work in 2021

Most Affordable Universities in Malaysia

For Bachelors

Name of University

Average Fees (MYR)

Average Fees (in INR)

University of Malaya (UM)

MYR 41,000 (Full fee)

Rs. 7,19,012 (Full fee)

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)

MYR 4,823 per year

Rs. 84,580 per year

Open University Malaysia (OUM)

MYR 1,885 per semester

Rs. 33,069 per semester

USCI University

MYR 15,256 per year

Rs. 2,67,532 per year

University of Malaysia, Perlis (UniMAP)

MYR 3,000 per year

Rs. 52,610 per year

For Masters

Name of University

Average Fees (in MYR)

Average Fees (in INR)

University of Malaya (UM)

MYR 23,000 (full fee)

Rs. 4,03,348 (full fee)

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)

MYR 17,106 per year

Rs. 3,00,000 per year

Open University Malaysia (OUM)

MYR 1,885 per semester

Rs. 33,069 per semester

USCI University

MYR 16,952 per year

Rs. 2,97,239 per year

University of Malaysia, Perlis (UniMAP)

MYR 3,000 per year

Rs. 52,610 per year

Study Abroad: Country-Wise Details

Before finalising countries and universities for study abroad opportunities, you must also find out about the visa conditions and other costs such as transportation, food costs, etc. Click the following links to check the country-wise education system, cost of study, living expenses etc:

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