7 affordable countries to study abroad in 2023

It is exceedingly challenging for Indian students to gain admission to the top universities due to the size of the population. Moreover, the diversity in study programs, competitive edge, exposure, skill development and world-class education is seldom found in the country.  So, it makes complete sense if the students turn towards institutions overseas. This enables students to pursue their chosen academic path, while also considering the possibility of relocating abroad for employment or even permanent residency.

Many nations provide free or inexpensive education to foreign students. Students would be wise to look at alternative options that provide high-quality education at reasonable prices given that the UK is trying to prohibit all foreign students save those accepted to prestigious colleges.

Here is a list of 7 nations that Indian students can research for their undergraduate studies and which offer free or inexpensive education without sacrificing quality:

  • Germany

When it comes to offering free education to foreign students, Germany tops the list. There are no tuition fees associated with the free English courses offered by universities. In the international rankings, these universities are highly regarded. For Indian students looking for a cheap, top-notch education, these universities are definitely worth a look.

  • Spain

For their undergraduate studies, Indian students would have to pay a nominal tuition to a Spanish university. The cost of living and educational standards are favorable in Spain. Around EUR 1000 (approximately INR 85000) in tuition fees are charged annually by public universities. Spanish lessons are an option for international students who want more possibilities.

  • Austria

Tuition for Indian students would cost approximately EUR 730 (almost INR 62000) every semester. A good standard of living is available in Austria together with a top-notch educational system. Indian students have this option as well, which they can investigate.


  • France

Many universities in France provide free education, while others just charge nominal tuition. International students love France because it has great professional prospects and a high standard of living.


  • Belgium

Another European nation that charges reasonable tuition for a high-quality education is this one. The nation provides a wonderful quality of life with great opportunity for career advancement.

  • Italy

Italy provides top-notch teachers, cutting-edge curriculums, and top-notch research facilities that can give students a wide range of exciting course selections. The annual cost of their tuition would be about Euro 1800 (INR 154000).

  • Greece

International students can receive an almost free education in Greece, one of the centres of ancient culture and study. Greece is a fantastic alternative because of the low cost of living and respectable standard of living.

Indian students also have the option of applying for fully supported scholarships in Switzerland, Australia, the UK, and the Netherlands in addition to these nations.

It is wise for students to check into the available foreign possibilities while choosing to enrol in an undergraduate or graduate programme. Many students feel defeated by the fierce competition for the few available seats in famous government colleges.

To be honest, it’s hardly the end of the world. There are a number of intriguing alternatives that can expand one’s options for higher education and employment without lowering the standard of education. Aspiring students would be well to weigh all of their possibilities before making a choice.


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