Overseas Public Universities That Offer More Affordable Education Than The U.S.


With the growing concern over the high tuition rates in the United States, some students may be considering getting an online education. Another alternative would be to earn a degree overseas.

According to the College Board, the average tuition and fees for in-state students at public universities was at $9,410. Moreover, the average published tuition and fee price for full-time out-of-state students at public four-year educational institutions is about 2.5 times as high as the price for in-state students.

U.S. News listed down 10 public universities around the world that actually offers more affordable education than schools in the U.S. Check out these alternatives and see whether there a university in Europe or Asia may be perfect for you.

1. Austria

Public universities in Austria offer low tuition fees to international students from non-European Union or European Economic Area countries. International students at the University of Vienna pay around $800 (or 726.72 euros) per semester plus about $21 for student union fees. The main language of instruction is German but there are programs offered in English as well.

2. Saudi Arabia

Students who want to pursue a graduate degree in science or technology should consider enrolling at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). The school offers financial support to all admitted students, covering the cost of tuition, housing as well as medical and dental coverage.

3. Germany

There are no tuition fees for domestic or international students at public universities in Germany. Instead, students pay semester fees, which is around $160 (142.30 euros) at Heidelberg University. Living expenses, including rent, food and health insurance costs, will cost about $800 - $960 (between 725 - 864 euros) per month.

4. South Korea

KAIST, a public university in South Korea, offers students scholarships that covers their tuition fees as well as other expenses, provided that they meet specific GPA requirements. One scholarship requires students to maintain a GPA greater than 2.7 on a 4.3 scale.

5. France

At the renowned Pierre and Marie Curie University - Paris 6, students pay about $200 - $675 (roughly between 184 - 610 euros) per year in registration fees. Fees are a bit higher for medical and paramedical programs.

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