Europe is among the most popular study abroad destinations for prospective international students across the world. It is home to several top international universities that offer a range of courses across diverse academic streams. You can pursue your academic ambitions and get a slice of European culture and lifestyle. Moreover, you have access to options that will not burn a hole in your wallet. Here are the most affordable study abroad countries you can explore in this part of the world.


Germany is a haven for international students running low on money because you need not pay any tuition fees for undergraduate degrees at the 400 public universities here. Students from other parts of the continent and even those from outside of the EU have the benefit. You only need to pay an administration fee every semester.

Average Tuition Fees

0 EUR per academic year (at public universities)

Average Living Costs

800 – 1,100 EUR per month

Top Universities in Germany

Technical University of Munich, University of Aachen, Humboldt University, Free University of BerlinHeidelberg UniversityLudwig Maximilian University of Munich


France is an excellent choice from the quality and affordability perspective. You can explore several affordable options here, with more than a thousand courses taught in English. The country promises a delightful living experience to study abroad aspirants, all without costing a fortune.

Average Tuition Fees

170-650 EUR per academic year (at public universities)

Average Living Costs

700-950 EUR per month

Top Universities in France

École Normale Supérieure, Sciences Po, Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris-Sud University


Italy is another great choice from an affordability perspective, and the country has the prestigious and oldest universities for study abroad students to explore. Besides low tuition fees, an affordable cost of living makes the country a hub for international students. The country has 89 universities and a wide range of programs to choose from.

Average Tuition Fees

0 – 2,000 EUR per academic year (at public universities)

Average Living Costs

600 – 1,100 EUR per month

Top Universities in Italy

Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, University of Pisa, University of Camerino, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano


Another European destination renowned for the low cost of tuition is Spain, but it has some of the best universities around. Students can get more with less by choosing the smaller countryside towns as they provide inexpensive accommodations and have a low cost of living. Most programmes are taught in Spanish, so they need to brush up on their linguistic skills before landing here.

Average Tuition Fees

300 – 3,500 EUR per academic year (at public universities)

Average Living Costs

600 – 1,000 EUR per month

Top Universities in Spain

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Universitat de Barcelona, Universitat Pompeu Fabra


Sweden is a truly amazing destination for international students pursuing a Ph.D. level education as they can access it for free here. The Ph.D. positions are typically paid, and there are scholarship options that cut down the expense even further. Many university programmes are taught in English, so it is easy for students to blend in.

Average Tuition Fees

7,500 – 25,500 EUR per academic year (at public universities)

Average Living Costs

700 – 1,200 EUR per month

Top Universities in Sweden

Uppsala University, Lund University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Now that you know the most affordable study abroad destinations in Europe, you can go ahead with your pursuits. We’ll soon have more options for you, so keep reading!

If you are considering studying abroad why don’t you discuss your prospects and opportunities with experts at Lurnable’s dedicated study abroad counselling division LurnPathways?

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