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Want to study tuition-free? Here are the Top 5 Tuition Free Universities in the World

Impressive building of the Technical University of Munich

One of the biggest worries of an international student is the tuition fees. It is already challenging to leave one’s country for education, and the inflated tuition fees only make things all the more worrying. Students end up taking numerous part-time jobs and bank loans, cutting down on other costs, and spending days in utter fear and nervousness.

In the United States, student debt has already doubled over the last two decades, and mind you, the United States has some of the most expensive higher education systems in the world. Thus, it is quite understandable the pressure students, especially international students, go through during education.

There are, however, countries where some relaxations are extended in the form of tuition fee exemptions. Now when I say that there is a tuition fee exemption, it should not be construed that your overall stay in the country will be cheap. Perhaps, the country you are going to study in is highly expensive, and you may end up shelling out quite a sum in other areas of expenses. That being said, yes, exemption from tuition fees is a huge relief and significantly curtails overall costs. Today, several universities are tuition-free. Many of these are among the top-tier universities in the world. We shall talk about these universities in this article.

  1. Technical University of Munich, Germany
    Germany already has many tuition-free universities, but the Technical University of Munich (TU Munch) tops the list. It is a public research university operating through multiple campuses across the country and abroad. As the name suggests, it offers courses in the field of engineering, technology, medicine, and natural sciences through 15 schools and departments. Aside from regular academic coursework, the university actively participates in high-output research work for which it receives funding from many reputed organizations. Many research centers operate under its aegides, such as the TUM Institute for Advanced Study and the Munich Data Science Institute.

  2. Heidelberg University, Germany
    Formally known as the Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg University is a leading public research university in Europe. It was founded way back in the 14th century in the Holy Roman Empire. Presently, it comprises 12 faculties in its academic organization, including the Faculty of Biosciences, the Faculty of Philosophy and History, the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy, the Faculty of Theology, and the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences and Empirical Cultural Sciences. It also maintains numerous institutions, such as the University Hospital Heidelberg, Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research, and the Heidelberg Centre for American Studies. The university is also a founding member of the Coimbra Group.

  3. Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich, Germany
    Another Germanic university on the list, LMU, or simply the University of Munich, is one of the country’s oldest universities, having been founded more than 500 years ago. In terms of the student population, it is the largest in the country. Having been designated as a University of Excellence, it is expected that its academic structure is highly standardized and well-received. Overall, there are 18 faculties here, including the Faculty of Catholic Theology, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, the Faculty of Geosciences and Environmental Sciences, and the Faculty of Social Sciences. Also, there are several research centers in operation, such as the Rachel Carson Centre for Environment and Society.

  4. University of Helsinki, Finland
    Founded in the year 1640, the University of Helsinki is a celebrated institution of higher education in the country. It is a member of many prestigious international university networks, such as the Utrecht Network, the League of European Research Universities, and the Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe. Its academic structure comprises 11 faculties covering a range of disciplines. These faculties include Medicine, Arts, Theology, Pharmacy, Biological, and Environmental Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, Social Sciences, and Agriculture and Forestry. Aside from this, there are several research institutes, such as the Institute for Advanced Study, the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, and the Helsinki Institute for Physics.

  5. Free University of Berlin, Germany
    Based in the capital city, the Free University of Berlin was established in the year 1948 and is ranked among the region’s best. It is particularly known for its programs in arts, humanities, and social sciences, though there is a wide range of courses offered in the university. Other areas of study include Biology, Pharmacy, Earth Sciences, Law, Mathematics and Computer Science, Business and Economics, and Education and Psychology. To encourage its scholars to take up interdisciplinary research, there are many associated research institutes as well, such as the Institute for Latin American Studies and John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies.

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Ayushi Kushwaha
Ayushi Kushwaha, Staff Writer for the CEOWORLD magazine. She’s spent more than a decade working for various magazines, newspapers, and digital publications and is now a Staff Writer at The CEOWORLD magazine. She writes news stories and executive profiles for the magazine’s print and online editions. Obsessed with unlocking high-impact choices to accelerate meaningful progress, she helps individuals and organizations stand out and get noticed. She can be reached on email ayushi-kushwaha@ceoworld.biz.