After completing their undergraduate degree, some students will wish to purse a further one to two years in a postgraduate (or Masters degree). However, this means additional cost, but did you know there are some amazing cities where you can study for a masters degree completely free? Well, we are here to show you eight amazing cities where you can do just that.
1. Berlin, Germany
Berlin is known as one of the trendiest cities in Europe. It is also one of the most laid back cities you will come across and is a serious hotspot for all the creative minds out there.
Not only this, but Berlin is known as the home of German techno music, so nights out in the city will not disappoint if you are looking for an upbeat and fun night out on the town.
The best universities to attend if you are looking to study for a masters in Berlin include the University of Berlin and the Humboldt University of Berlin.
2. Stockholm, Sweden
If you are looking for a stylish and cool capital to study in (for free!), then Stockholm in Sweden is the destination for you. If you are not familiar with the Swedish language, then there is no need to worry! Everyone in Sweden tends to speak English, so you will have no trouble communicating with the locals.
However, suppose you are willing to go the extra mile and are eager to learn the language of the place you are learning in. In that case, Swedish Universities are known to encourage their students to think critically and think out of the box, to make sure you reach your best potential.
The best university to attend for a free masters/postgraduate education in Sweden is Stockholm University.
3. Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen in Denmark is the place to be for a more laidback and friendly location for your FREE postgraduate study. A place that is considered one of the happiest places to live in the whole world; it is no wonder the city offers such high living standards.
Not only this, but it is also the number one least corrupt country in the world, where most people speak English. However, it is handy if you know some of the native language.
In terms of the best universities to attend to receive a free master’s degree, the University of Copenhagen and Technical University of Denmark are ones to consider.
4. Oslo, Norway
In Norway, regardless of your country of origin, there are no tuition fees required to attend their educational establishments. So, if you want to be in the place where you can easily view the infamous Northern lights and experience the Scandinavian outdoors, then studying in Norway is the place for you.
The Norwegian cities also have a great coffee culture and musical scene, so you will never get bored wherever you are.
There may be a language barrier, so learning Scandinavian will come in handy. But, English language taught courses are common, making it easier to look for postgraduate study in the country.
There is also financial support available if you are struggling with living costs. However, a semester fee is required from every student, which is 500 NOK, equalling 66 euros.
5. Milan, Italy
Milan is the world’s fashion capital. Not only is the city known for this, but it is known for its superb cuisine and is home to some of the worlds best companies.
Regarding education, the cities have some of the best Italian universities on offer for you to embark on a postgraduate study in the city. Just imagine waking up in the early morning to an Italian scene. Dreams come true!
For the best university to attend for postgraduate study, many have The University of Milan as their first choice.
6. Helsinki, Finland
In 2012, it was found that Finland has the best education system globally, so it clearly makes them stand out to those wanting to attend higher education. No matter what country you are from, you can study for a postgraduate degree for free in Finland.
They have 330 English Language taught courses on offer in Finland, as the country has an annual budget of 11.1 billion euros.
The average cost of living for Finland is 700-900 euros per month, so it will not exceed your budget too much if you are receiving a free education.
The best universities to attend would include University of Helsinki, Aalto University and the University of Oulu.
7. Vienna, Austria
Vienna is known for not only being culturally rich but also musically rich. There is an increasing number of master courses becoming available in the city taught in English. The city is also building a reputation as a hub for international students to travel and study in.
A great incentive that lures in students from all around is that you receive an identity card when you officially become a student. This card then not only gets you discounted public transport but also free admission to museums and events. However, this only applies to students under 27 years of age.
The best universities to attend in the city include the University of Vienna and the University of Innsbruck.
8. Patras, Greece
Finally, we have Greece. It is one of the most historically significant countries in Europe, and it is no wonder with its intellectual heritage. Not only will you benefit from this highly admired educational heritage, but you will get to experience the country’s beautiful beaches and island, as well taking advantage of one of the cheapest places to live in Europe.
As a part of the Greek constitution, it states that higher education should be free, so you are already winning! For a non-EU student, it costs them 1,500 to 3,500 euros a year for tuition fees. However, if you are from the EU, then you will receive it completely free!
The masters and PhD courses that tend to be most popular in Greece include classics and archaeology. These courses are either taught in Greek or English and there the language requirements for courses depend on individual institutions.
The best universities to attend in Greece include the University of Thessaly, the University of the Aeegean and the University of Patras.
So, if you are approaching the final year of your undergraduate degree and want to try something a bit different, then why not look into receiving a free postgraduate study in some of these amazing cities and countries – covid permitting of course…