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Posted on 7 Jul '22

Free Masters Study in Europe? 11 Countries With Free (or Almost Free) University Study

If you’ve read our previous blogs, you’ll know that we’re big fans of the idea of studying a Masters abroad. After all, learning a new language has all sorts of benefits, there are plenty of less well-known postgraduate destinations and the study abroad experience can often defy your expectations – in a good way!

Tuition fees are another big factor for many prospective international students, which is why we’ve dedicated this post to showcasing some of the European countries where you can study for free (or almost free) in 2024-25. However, as the UK is no longer a member of the European Union, UK nationals are no longer able to access the same fee and funding arrangements as EU nationals.

It’s worth bearing in mind that most (but not all) of the countries in this blog are free / cheap for EU nationals only. The exceptions to this rule are Iceland, Germany and the Czech Republic, who offer free tuition to all (with certain caveats). If you’re from the rest of the world, you’ll usually have to pay higher fees.

Please note: the information provided below only covers public universities. If you wish to study abroad at private institutions, it’s likely that fees will be charged.

You can read more about private university fees and additional costs in all the countries below in our full guide to free Masters study!

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Completely free study

This section covers the European countries that charge absolutely no fees – tuition or administrative – to European nationals. Out of these, the Czech Republic is the only place that offers free tuition to people from the rest of the world.

Of course, these fees aren’t the only costs you’ll encounter if you study a Masters abroad. You’ll also have to think about accommodation, health insurance and other living costs. But it’s certainly a big positive not to worry about paying some hefty tuition fees.


Free for who: EU, EEA and Switzerland

Admin fees: None

Terms: Denmark offers free Masters to EU students, although people from the rest of the world will have to pay full tuition fees.

Whatever your nationality, you’ll be eligible for free Danish lessons – a pretty good way to settle into your new country!

Find out more in our guide to Masters study in Denmark or search for Danish Masters.


Free for who: EU, EEA and Switzerland

Admin fees: There may be a small membership fee for the student union

Terms: Unfortunately, Finnish universities no longer offer free Masters to all international students. As of 2017-18, only EU, EEA and Swiss nationals qualify for free study.

Find out more in our guide to Masters study in Finland or search for Finnish Masters.


Free for who: EU, EEA and Switzerland

Admin fees: None

Terms: Like Denmark and Finland, Sweden operates a free tuition fee policy for domestic and EU students, but other international students will have to pay to study a Masters.

Find out more in our guide to Masters study in Sweden or search for Swedish Masters.


Free for who: EU, EEA and Switzerland

Admin fees: Some universities pay charge an admin fee of up to €200 when you enroll

Terms: Polish universities offer free tuition to European nationals, making its historic universities a great choice for adventurous postgraduates.

Find out more in our guide to Masters study in Poland or search for Polish Masters.

Czech Republic

Free for who: Everyone (if you study in Czech!)

Admin fees: You may be charge tuition fees if you take longer than expected to complete your degree.

Terms: If you fancy learning Czech, you could take advantage of the Czech Republic’s generous approach to tuition fees: Czech-taught Masters are free to all. Masters in other languages – English, French, German and Russian are fairly common – usually (but not always) incur some fees.

Find out more in our guide to Masters study in the Czech Republic or search for Czech Masters.


Free for who: EU, EEA and Switzerland

Admin fees: €20.70 per semester

Terms: Austrian universities extend free study to European nationals. The only catch is that you’ll have to pay if don’t complete your programme within two semesters of the usual duration – in these cases you’ll be charged €363.63 per term.

Although students from the rest of the world do have to pay tuition fees, they’re still pretty low at €726.72 per semester.

Whatever your nationality, you’ll have to pay €20.70 per semester for student union membership (student health insurance is included in this administrative fee).

Find out more in our guide to Masters study in Austria or search for Austrian Masters.


Free for who: Everyone (except for universities in the state of Baden-Württemberg)

Admin fees: Between €50 and €250 per semester

Terms: Public universities in 15 out of 16 German states charge no tuition fees, regardless of nationality. The exception to this rule is Baden-Württemberg, which charges students from outside the EU €1,500 per semester.

You’ll also have to pay an administrative fee per semester. This varies from university to university, but will usually be between €50 and €250. The fee covers your registration and includes student union membership as well as a regional transport pass – pretty handy!

Find out more in our guide to Masters study in Germany or search for German Masters.


Free for who: Everyone

Admin fees: €500 annual registration fee

Terms: Icelandic public universities don’t charge any tuition fees, no matter where you’re from. However, you will have to pay an annual registration fee of around €500.

Find out more in our guide to Masters study in Iceland or search for Icelandic Masters.

Pretty cheap study

These countries do charge tuition fees, but they’re well worth considering if you’re looking for a cheap place to study abroad. That’s why we’ve given France and Belgium honourable mentions.


Typical tuition fees: €243 per year

Admin fees: None

Terms: Tuition fees at public universities in France are capped at €243 per year by the French Government, making them some of the most affordable in Europe. These low fees are only applicable to EU/EEA nationals. Non-EU/EEA nationals are charged €3,770 per year.

Find out more in our guide to Masters study in France or search for French Masters.


Typical tuition fees: €950 per year

Terms: Universities in Belgium’s Dutch and French-speaking communities charge relatively low fees, at around €950 per year. If you’re looking for a multilingual, multicultural place to study, Belgium could be just the ticket.

Find out more in our guide to Masters study in Belgium or search for Belgian Masters.

For more locations where you can study a free (or very cheap!) Masters, as well as more information on additional costs, read our full guide to free Masters study.

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