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Which Countries Are The Cheapest To Be A Student?

The results may surprise you…

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Higher education is one of the most divisive decisions a person can make, many see it as an essential in their career pursuit, whilst others see it as nothing but a waste of money.

The fees that come with further studies are the standout issue in the old “Is it really worth it?” debate.

It’s no surprise, with no actual guarantee of employment after completing your degree, it can be hard to predict the return on your investment.

Below you will find the ranking of countries with top universities, with the cheapest annual tuition fees through to the most expensive, courtesy of data obtained by the guys at Student Loan hero.


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11. Germany – $0

  • Top-ranked university: Technical University of Munich, ranked No. 60 worldwide
  • Average annual tuition fee at a public college: $0 (some colleges charge a semester contribution fee of about $300 or less)
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor’s: 15%
  • Employment rate for bachelor’s degree holders: 88.1%
  • Student population: 2.98 million
  • Total population: 81.71 million
  • Cost of living index: 73.18, ranked No. 26 worldwide

 

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10. France – $217

  • Top-ranked university: École normale supérieure, Paris, ranked No. 33 worldwide
  • Average annual tuition fee at a public college: $217
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor’s: 9.5%
  • Employment rate for bachelor’s degree holders: 83.3%
  • Student population: 2.39 million
  • Total population: 64.46 million
  • Cost of living index: 81.16, ranked No. 18 worldwide

 

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9. Switzerland – $1,168

  • Top-ranked university: ETH Zurich, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ranked No. 8 worldwide
  • Average annual tuition fee at a public college: $1,168
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor’s: 20.1%
  • Employment rate for bachelor’s degree holders: 88.5%
  • Student population: 294,450
  • Total population: 8.32 million
  • Cost of living index: 138.16, ranked No. 2 worldwide

 

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8. Netherlands – $2,420

  • Top-ranked university: University of Amsterdam, ranked No. 57 worldwide
  • Average annual tuition fee at a public college: $2,420
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor’s: 20.8%
  • Employment rate for bachelor’s degree holders: 87.5%
  • Student population: 842,601
  • Total population: 16.94 million
  • Cost of living index: 79.61, ranked No. 20 worldwide

 

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7. China – $3,300 – $9,900

  • Top-ranked university: Tsinghua University, ranked No. 24 worldwide
  • Average annual tuition fee at a public college: $3,300 to $9,900
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor’s: 3.5%
  • Student population: 43.37 million
  • Total population: 1.38 billion
  • Cost of living index: 45.78, ranked No. 74 worldwide

 

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6. South Korea – $4,578

  • Top-ranked university: Seoul National University, ranked No. 35 worldwide
  • Average annual tuition fee at a public college: $4,578
  • Average annual tuition fee at a private university: $8,205
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor’s: 33.7%
  • Employment rate for bachelor’s degree holders: 77.5%
  • Student population: 565,350
  • Total population: 50.59 million
  • Cost of living index: 81.07, ranked No. 19 worldwide

 

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5. Australia – $4,763

  • Top-ranked university: Australian National University, No. 22
  • Average annual tuition fee at a public college: $4,763
  • Average annual tuition fee at a private college: $8,827
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor’s: 24.7%
  • Employment rate for bachelor’s degree holders: 84.4%
  • Student population: 2.87 million
  • Total population: 23.8 million
  • Cost of living index: 85.96, ranked No. 13 worldwide

 

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4. Canada – $4,939

  • Top-ranked university: McGill University, ranked No. 30 worldwide
  • Average annual tuition fee at a public college: $4,939
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor’s: 20.6%
  • Employment rate for bachelor’s degree holders: 82.8%
  • Student population: 1.01 million
  • Total population: 35.95 million
  • Cost of living index: 72.82, ranked No. 28 worldwide

 

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3. Japan – $5,228

  • Top-ranked university: The University of Tokyo, ranked No. 34 worldwide
  • Average annual tuition fee at a public college: $5,228
  • Average annual tuition fee at a private college: $8,428
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor’s: 29.4%
  • Employment rate for bachelor’s degree holders: 86.8%
  • Student population: 3.56 million
  • Total population: 127.98 million
  • Cost of living index: 89.50, ranked No. 8 worldwide

 

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2. United States – $8,202

  • Top-ranked university: MIT, ranked No. 1 worldwide
  • Average annual tuition fee at a public college: $8,202
  • Average annual tuition fee at a private college: $21,189
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor’s: 22.2%
  • Employment rate for bachelor’s degree holders: 81.6%
  • Student population: 19.53 million
  • Total population: 319.93 million
  • Cost of living index: 77.23, ranked No. 24 worldwide

 

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1. United Kingdom – $12,414

  • Top-ranked university: University of Cambridge, ranked No. 4 worldwide
  • Average annual tuition fee at a public college: $12,414
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor’s: 22.9%
  • Employment rate for bachelor’s degree holders: 84.9%
  • Student population: 2.35 million
  • Total population: 65.4 million
  • Cost of living index: 76.02, ranked No. 25 worldwide

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