Five Free or Low-Cost Ways to Study Abroad

Studying abroad can be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but it can also be very expensive. Fortunately, there are numerous options available if you wish to study abroad on a budget or even for nothing.

The key to reducing the expense of studying abroad is to keep in mind that a large portion of what you pay is for your comfort and peace of mind. Study abroad organizations charge you extra for assistance with house search, university enrollment abroad, or even the visa application procedure. Making any or all of these things your responsibility will make your study abroad experience much simpler.

Here are some strategies to lower some of those expenses and get inexpensive or even free international study!

1. Decide on a nation with a low cost of living.

As a Nigerian student, you don't have to go bankrupt to pursue your education abroad. You may make your aspirations of studying abroad a reality by creating a clear budget, keeping an eye out for partial or full funding through scholarships, choosing an affordable study abroad program, and choosing a location with a low cost of living!

2. Enroll right away in a university or language school abroad.

While American institutions are frequently highly expensive, many other nations provide free or inexpensive education—even to international students.

La Sorbonne in Paris, for instance, charges only a nominal $200 registration fee and no tuition. The only drawback? There is a language requirement to enroll in French universities because classes are taught in French. The University of Tasmania in Australia is reasonably priced for non-francophones, costing around $6,000. The University of Auckland in New Zealand is slightly more expensive, costing just under $9,000.

In these countries, obtaining a scholarship that is partially or totally sponsored is not difficult.

Make a list of the top five nations where you want to study abroad. Check the websites of public universities in those nations next to determine if the tuition is affordable for you. Also consider the cost of living in these nations: Even for overseas students, Norway's state universities are free, but the high cost of living may make this option less appealing than others.

3. Complete a work-study. 

For international students who lack the necessary visa to work in a foreign country, working while studying abroad might be challenging. However, some programs offer the opportunity to get around this tricky scenario so that you can pay for your study abroad program by working. Consider taking an English as a second language teaching course or selecting a nation that permits you to work while pursuing your degree, like Australia or New Zealand.

Also keep in mind that, depending on how long you plan to stay abroad, many E.U. nations will permit you to work part-time. For instance, if you're staying in the UK for more than six months, you can work part-time; in Spain, however, you can only work if the employment is related to your subject of study. You may learn more about the labor regulations in different study abroad countries with the aid of our practical guide.

4. Select an affordable study abroad program.

You can always choose to enroll in a study abroad program that is less expensive if you want to save yourself the hassle of designing your own study abroad experience. Here are just a couple with significantly lower prices:

  1. Florence, Italy's Lorenzo de' Medici (prices begin at $5,500)
  2. Berlin, Germany's FuBIS (prices begin at $2,000)
  3. Edinburgh, Scotland, Equine Summer Program (prices start at $4,895)
  4. Hutong School, several cities in China ($881 starting price)
  5. Rome, Italy's John Cabot University Summer Program (prices start at $2,830)

5. Make grant and scholarship applications.

Even though this one should go without saying, we included it anyhow. The simplest approach to lower your study abroad fees is to apply for scholarships and grants for study abroad. They might not be suitable for everyone, though, as they are also more expensive than some of the other solutions we've suggested.

For Nigerian students interested in studying abroad, Campusverve has a comprehensive list of grants and scholarships for a variety of courses and programs. A fantastic place to look for scholarships that are particular to your study abroad program, the subject you're studying, or the nation where you wish to study abroad is Google.

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