10 universities where you can study your master’s degree for free

  1. University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Higher education in all of Denmark’s state-owned universities is free for students from EU/EEA member countries. Students taking part in exchange programs in Denmark get to study for free. Holders of temporary or permanent residence permits also need not pay tuition fees for higher education.

The University of Copenhagen (UCPH) is Denmark’s oldest university and research institution. It is also the second oldest institution of higher learning in Scandinavia. It offers more than 50 master’s degree programs in a wide range of fields.

  1. University of Warsaw, Poland

State – owned universities in Poland do not charge tuition fees to Polish students and citizens of EU/EEA countries. Students from countries which hold the Card of the Pole (Karta Polaka) are also not required to pay for their tuition. Non-citizens with Polish heritage may apply for exemption.

University of Warsaw (UW) is Poland’s largest university and a notable name in higher education in Eastern Europe. Though a majority of courses are taught in Polish, English taught master’s courses are available. The university offers master’s degrees in the fields of Social Sciences, Business & Management, Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences, Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Computer Science & IT and Law.

  1. University of Bergen, Norway

Norway is one of the Nordic countries known for provision of free tertiary education for international students. Although most bachelor’s degree programs are taught in Norwegian, English-taught master’s degree programs are not hard to find.

The University of Bergen (UiB) is located on the south-western coast; and is the country’s second oldest university. This university offers about 25 master’s degree programmes taught in English. These fall under the broad fields of Humanities & Aesthetic Studies, Medicine, Natural Sciences & Technical Subjects, Social Sciences and Psychology.

  1. University of Iceland

In Iceland, tuition is free for local and international students studying in state-owned universities. Iceland is a sparsely populated nation in north-western Europe with less than five public universities. All of these would like to attract international students and have steadily increased the number of English-taught courses over the years.

The University of Iceland, located in the capital Reykjavik, is the largest and oldest in the country.  It is globally renowned for expertise in scientific research, although courses in other fields are also offered. Master’s degree programmes available fall into 12 broad categories in both sciences and humanities.

  1. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

In Greece, higher education (for most programs) is free for students from EU member countries.

Majority of the master’s degree programs are taught in Greek. International students may study the language for one year in order to qualify for admission to a Greek-taught program.

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is one of Greece’s top ranked universities. The institution offers master’s degree programs in the following fields: Arts & Humanities, Business & Social Sciences, Language & Culture, Medicine & Health, Engineering and Science & Technology.


  1. Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany

Master’s degree study in Germany is free for both local and international students on condition that the masters is classified as a ‘consecutive’ degree. This means that it is directly following a related bachelor’s degree attained in Germany. In this case, only a minimal semester fee is required to cater for enrollment and administration. International master’s students who acquired bachelor’s degrees elsewhere have to pay tuition fees.

Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) is Germany’s sixth oldest university. The research institution offers a majority of is master’s degree programs in German. English taught programs are available for international students or German students who wish to pursue an international career.

  1. Uppsala University, Sweden

Sweden is a favorite destination for international postgraduate students. The primary reason being that citizens of EU/EEA countries and Switzerland can study for master’s degrees for free. Secondly, the country is home to about 35 universities with about 900 English-taught master’s degree programs to choose from.

Uppsala University is Sweden’s oldest university. It has repeatedly made its way onto the list of 100 best universities in the world. Here international students have more than 50  English-taught master’s programs to choose from. These are in the fields of Science & Technology, Medicine & Pharmacy and Humanities & Social Sciences.

  1. University of Vaasa, Finland

State-owned universities in Finalnd offer free master’s degree study for EU/EEA citizens. Students from other parts of the world can only access free tuition if they choose to take master’s degree courses taught in Finnish or Swedish. Non-EU/EEA students taking English-taught courses must pay for their tuition.

Despite being a multidisciplinary institution, the University of Vaasa is business oriented. It has evolved from a small school of economics established in 1968, into one of the largest business universities in Finland. Master’s programs available here are in the fields of Business & Management, Engineering & Technology and Computer Science & IT.

  1. Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Public universities in the Czech Republic offer free tuition for students of all nationalities. Fees are charged for admission and administration. However, students who extend their study beyond the set duration are required to pay tuition fees for the extended period. Like a few other European countries, free master’s degree courses are taught in the local language. Therefore here, proficiency in the Czech language opens the door to free tuition.

Masaryk University is the second largest university in the republic, with 9 faculties in various fields. Master’s degree programs available here fall into 6 broad areas. These are: Social Sciences, Business & Management, Engineering & Technology, Humanities, Computer Science & IT and Education & Training.

  1. University of Graz, Austria

Higher education in Austria is state-funded. Students from the EU/EEA region as well as the rest of the world can access free tuition in the country’s public universities. An annual fee not exceeding $436 is charged to cater for social and student union expenses.

The second oldest and second largest university in Austria is the University of Graz. It focuses on innovation in the areas of Environment, Energy and Sustainability. Master’s degree courses offered are in Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Engineering & Technology, Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences, Social Sciences, Computer Science & IT and Humanities. However, only 10% of these are taught in English.


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