Get a Free College-Degree Abroad.

The cost of attending college and living expenses in the U.S can be expensive. The average cost to attend college in the U.S in over $35,000 at private colleges and $10,000 for state residents attending public universities. Many countries offer a free college education with low cost of living. Each and every year over 300,000 American students choose to pursue their bachelor's degree overseas and graduate debt-free.

The Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1992 allows eligibility for financial aid and free grants to American students if they wish to earn their degree abroad. In addition to financial assistance, the U.S government has partnered with foreign institutions to make study-abroad, as well as a free college education, an accessible option to American students.

A foreign degree will also help to differentiate yourself and stand out from the crowd. Many American graduates do not have international experiences, cross-cultural language, and communication skills. A foreign degree will help you to compete and be successful in the global economy, which is critical in today’s day and age.

The University of California Merced research study indicates that 90% of study-abroad students were able to find a job in less than six months, compared to 49% of traditional US graduates. The study also reported that students who study abroad earned an extra $7,000 on their annual salary and they were better at adapting to diverse work environments.

Below are some free international tuition colleges for American Students

Germany: Every university in Germany is tuition-free, and most programs are taught in English. Germany is the most attractive destinations for international students with 399 universities to choose from, with 58 colleges focusing on creative arts, 220 colleges on applied sciences and 121 traditional universities.





These universities are scattered throughout the country, giving students the option to study Berlin, Munich and 38 other cities. There are over 500 bachelors and masters program taught in English. Below are the top 5 universities in Germany to study for free. These universities were also featured in Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2019  as international prestige colleges, and it is free to attend, with a small administrative fee of $180-$300 per year.

  • LMU Munich: (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich) has about 13% of International students, including a number of Americans. This is the oldest University in the country, founded in 1472. LMU Munich has a strong focus on natural sciences and has produced some of the world most groundbreaking research, discoveries, and innovations.
  • Technical University of Munich: This is one of the oldest state university in Germany, founded in the century and it is the only university dedicated to Science and Technology. All of these skills are critical in today’s economy, and the education is free. Today, the university has expanded to include subjects like agriculture, food and brewing technology, medicine, social and natural sciences.
  • Heidelberg University: Founded in 1386 and offers free undergraduate and graduate college degrees in 100 subjects. The university is well-known for modern sociology, psychiatric genetics, and environmental physics. Over 20% of the university is made up of international students, representing 130 countries around the world.
  • Humboldt University of Berlin: This college is also known as the Mother of all modern universities. Many famous and influential people like Albert Einstein and Max Planck have attended and worked at this university. There are over 6.5 million books, including written journals and magazines. The university has over 30,000 international students, many of them who pay your dollars for their tuition and attend the school for free.
  • University of Freiburg: This is the fifth oldest university in Germany, established in 1457. The university is located near the mountains where students can enjoy leisure and outdoor activities.





Free College Tuition In Nordic countries

Northern European countries, also known as Nordic countries, are recognized for their high-quality life and some of strongest higher education system in the world. Countries like Iceland and Norway offer an opportunity to study for free or at a low-cost. Thousands of Americans will typically attend these schools each year.

Norway: College is free to all students regardless of education level and nationality. Most undergraduate programs are taught in Norwegian. Becoming bilingual is necessary to study at this university, which may be a barrier for some American students. There is a semester fee of $37-$74 per year

Iceland: Many universities in Iceland offer programs taught in English. There is no tuition cost to attend a four-year university in Iceland, only a US $425 registration per year.

he cost of living in Northern Europe can be pricey, due to the strong economy and high taxes for the quality of life and being some of the most cleanest cities in the world.

Free Grants and Scholarships To Study Aboard

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: This program is offered through the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Students are awarded up to $5000 per year to travel abroad to any single country to gain critical foreign skills are needed for economic prosperity. Congressman Gilman funded this program, and he encourages students to live and learn abroad.

Critical Language Scholarship:  This free program is sponsored by the U.S Department of State. It is an overseas language program that helps students to gain new cultural experiences while mastering a foreign language.

The Boren Awards:  Students are awarded between $2,500 to $20,000 to study critical skills and languages in another country. This amount of money should assist with the majority (if not all) the costs of an education, thus making college free. These countries may include, Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

Eastern Europe Study Abroad (EESA) Scholarships: Offers up to $7000 per year to study in Eastern European Countries. Applicants must meet a minimum GPA requirement and a two-page essay answer to a scholarship question.





Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships: This program has been helping undergraduates travel abroad with generous awards up to $10,000. The FEA goal is to help students achieve a global understanding and to give back to their community. So far, FEA has helped over 167 students in the United States to follow their dreams by traveling abroad and also getting a free college education.

Allianz Global Assistance Scholarship: Offers up to $2500 award on a study abroad scholarship. Students must be a U.S citizen and submit a 60-90 second video or a 500-word essay on how international travel can impact your life.

The list above includes just a fraction of the colleges and universities that can provide students (including Americans) with a free education or some form of grant based aid. While there may be some fees involved for some schools, in general the vast majority (if not all the costs) of the education will be covered.

By Jon McNamara

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