Want a Free College Degree? Study Abroad in One of These Countries

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As college costs in the U.S. skyrocket, students everywhere are looking for ways to cut costs. Here’s one unusual way you might not have considered: Go abroad.

At least seven countries not only offer free or low-cost education to international students, according to The Washington Post. Many of the courses are in English, and quite a few are full four-year programs — meaning you could get a free college degree and an international travel experience.

Want to be a globetrotting student? Here are a few of the countries to consider.

1. Germany

Last October, Lower Saxony became the last German state to make higher education free for citizens and foreigners — so now the entire country’s college system is free.

You can choose from 900 undergraduate or graduate degrees, all in English, according to the Post. Ja, bitte!

2. Finland

Finland offers a number of programs in English, and charges no tuition, at least for now; a new government may introduce modest fees to fill a budget gap by 2016 or 2017. So if you’re planning to study there, consider going soon!

One cool feature? A Finnish bachelor’s degree takes only three years to earn, not four. So this option could save you both money and time.

3. France

France offers a range of programs, with a range of costs. Public institutions charge between €181 and €596 ($200-$665) per year; private schools charge more, but still less than many U.S. schools.

Foreign students must also prove they have €615 ($686) per month without working, to use for incidentals, so make sure to beef up your bank account before you move.

4. Norway

Norway’s colleges are free for international students. However, be ready for sticker shock: Norway has one of the highest costs of living for expats.

If you’re thinking about earning a degree abroad but want to return stateside to work, think about talking to potential employers about how they’d view your foreign degree. Consider lining up a credential evaluation, which helps U.S. employers understand whether your degree is from a reputable institution in its home country.

Want to learn more? Read the full post, including three more countries that offer free or low-cost college degrees.

Your Turn: Would you move to another country to save money on your education?

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