Mexico is one of Latin America’s most-visited nations, and has lots to offer international students. Tuition fees vary, with private universities charging more, and average around US$5,500 in the capital, Mexico City, which has been named one of the world’s top 75 cities for students. Living expenses are also reasonably low in Mexico, with all living costs adding up to around US$500 per month on a standard budget (US$6,000 per year). Although the main language of instruction is Spanish, Mexican universities are offering more English-taught courses to attract international students.
Tuition fees in France are the same for domestic and international students, and for 2015/16 are set at €184 (~US$200) per year for bachelor’s (licence) programs, €256 (~US$280) for most master’s programs, and €391 (~US$425) for doctoral programs. Fees are considerably higher at the highly selective grandes écoles and grands établissements, which set their own fees. Living expenses will be highest in the capital, Paris, but you may find it worth the extra cost – after all, Paris has been named the world’s number one student city four times in a row! If you’re not yet a fluent French speaker, you can study in France in English, with the majority of English-taught programs found at postgraduate level.
Germany is continuing to grow in popularity with international students, and it’s not hard to see why – it offers reputable universities, relatively low costs, and a high quality of life. There are no tuition fees charged at undergraduate and PhD level at public universities. Master’s students who have not studied their undergraduate degree in Germany will typically pay upwards of €10,000 (US$10,800+) per semester, but you may be able to find a scholarship to help. To cover living costs, you’ll need at least €8,700- 9600 (~US$9,500-10,480) per year, but possibly more, depending on your lifestyle and spending habits. And there are a range of English-taught courses.
Taiwan is another of the cheapest countries to study abroad. For example, at National Taiwan University，tuition fees for undergraduates start at TW$100,920 (~US$3,180) per year for liberal arts programs, up to TW$124,200 (~US$3,900). The country offers more than 120 courses taught in English, at over 40 universities, and Taiwan is also a popular destination in which to learn Mandarin. Taiwan also offers a good quality of life with relatively low living costs; accommodation costs as little as TW$74000 (~US$2,330) per year.
Although all of the Nordic countries are relatively affordable study destinations, Norway is our pick as it remains free for everyone, from both within and outside the EU, at public universities, with the exception of a few specialized programs. Europe’s Nordic countries are known for their high quality of life and stunning natural beauty, and Norway is no exception. Another reason to study in Norway is the availability of English-taught programs at all study levels, plus a high number of locals proficient in English. However, as with the other Nordic countries, Norway comes with a high price tag in terms of living costs; you’ll need around NOK 120,000 (~US$14,530) per year.