Can you Study Abroad for Free?

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Piyush Kohli
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Updated on Jun 26, 2021 15:15 IST

Can you Study Abroad for Free?

Getting a quality education does not come cheap! Especially when you think of countries which have an excellent education system, there without having a budget of five-figures it looks impossible. While university fees and other living expenses are continuously rising across the countries, students are looking for options to pursue a recognized degree that too without feeling too much burden on their pockets. This brings us back to our question, can students study abroad for free?

You will be relaxed to hear, theoretically…yes! Now comes the next step, how is it possible? It is possible to study abroad for free but there are a lot of elements to it. The below-mentioned aspects can help students in covering their tuition fee partially or fully.  We will also inform them that how they can get a quality education at minimal cost.

Scholarships

Scholarship that too fully funded scholarship is one of the ways of pursuing higher education without feeling too much pinch on your pocket. However getting a fully funded scholarship is extremely difficult, because the number of applicants is huge whereas the number of scholarships awarded is limited in numbers. There are different types of scholarships like general scholarships and some are specialized funding schemes. Also, scholarships are offered by individual universities, government agencies, charitable institutions, and some private enterprises.

Two types of expenses covered under scholarships:

  • Tuition fee
  • Living expenses

Also, there are some scholarship schemes are which are given to some specific groups like ‘Central Sector Scheme of National Overseas Scholarship for SC etc. candidates’. This fellowship is awarded by the government of India to SC students whose annual family income does not exceed INR 6 lakh.

Scholarship granted by Individual Universities

Some universities automatically consider those students for scholarship whose profile is above 50% of the class medium. It means some universities automatically consider students for a scholarship if their profile is above 50% of the criteria set by the university. Also, some universities also consider students for need-based scholarships, so, they can pursue higher studies without worrying about tuition fee.

Education Exchange Programs (EEPs)

The Indian government has signed MOUs or Education Exchange Programs (EEPs) or Joint Declaration of Intent (JDIs) with 54 countries globally in the field of education. The aim of such agreements is to promote an exchange of students. List of countries and their agreements can be accessed at the official website of the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD).

Apart from this, eight countries namely South Korea, China, Mexico, Commonwealth Scholarship (UK), Commonwealth Scholarship (New Zealand), Israel, Hungary, and Italy offer a scholarship to Indian students to pursue higher education in their respective countries. Interested students can apply online for getting these scholarships, MHRD facilitates the nomination process for these scholarships. 

German Public Universities

Public universities in 15 out of 16 German states charge no tuition fee from students irrespective of their nationality. Only universities in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg (South-west Germany) charges EU €1,500 per semester from students. Generally, students need to pay nominal administrative or registration charges which range from €50 to €250. This fee also includes a regional transport pass, which is beneficial for students only and also includes student union membership. Germany’s strong economy, excellent education system, and low education costs make it a favorite among students and parents globally. Also, more than 40 German universities appeared in the QS World University Rankings which is a testimony of its prominence in the education arena.

People have a perception that they can study for free in German universities, however, getting admit in a German university is challenging as the profile of the candidate should be outstanding, also, various universities asked for the knowledge of German language as well. Also, because of no tuition fees, the number of candidates applying to German universities is always high, which raises the level of competition. Even if you are successful in getting admission to a German university, you still need to bear the living cost. A candidate needs to show around €8,700 (US$10,400) per year for getting a German student visa. Apart from this, one needs approximately €9,600 (US$11,500) to live a comfortable life in Germany. So, all those who think of pursuing higher studies in Germany at free now should be clear in their mind that they have to bear at least the living cost themselves.

Assistantships

In addition to this, MS (Graduate) and Ph.D. scholars are also awarded financial support in the form of assistantships. There are different types of assistantships for both Ph.D. and MS scholars are:

  • Graduate Assistant
  • Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Research Assistant

These scholars or graduates are responsible for supporting (assistantship) the university or teachers/professors while working on their research or pursuing their graduation. Attending graduate schools or doing research can be a costly affair for some. Assistantship hours can vary between 15 to 20 hours a week depending on the college, department, discipline or the work they are assigned. These Assistants are remunerated in the form of a stipend and it depends from college to college. This stipend helps the students in focusing on their studies/work instead of working full-time.

Those who are planning a career in academics may gain invaluable experience from the teaching assistantship. Moreover, this also helps them in understanding the subject better and can also help them by developing a relationship with the professors. This networking opportunity can work wonders for them in future in case they need letters of recommendation.

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Bursaries

A Bursary is a monetary award that is granted on the basis of financial need. They are different from scholarships. Generally, scholarships are merit-based and are awarded for excellence in academics. Whereas, Bursaries are financial-need based awards that do not have to be repaid. Various colleges and universities offer financial grants to students in the form of Bursary, so, students can pursue higher education without worrying about the fees and other expenses. The terms and conditions for getting it varies from university to university. Most of the institutions offering bursaries require students to donate or contribute after completing their studies, so, that others can also benefit through this. Also, in many institutions, students need to give their services in lieu of the bursary.   

Paid Internships

An internship is gaining formal work experience offered by the employer to potential employees for a specified period of time. This work is related to the student’s field, which ultimately helps them in enhancing their profile and also helps them to learn about their field. Also, the work gives them an edge over other job seekers in the market. Apart from giving them some extra money, the internship gives students industry experience which can prove to be handy at the work and so they can manage more responsibilities while receiving less on-the-job training. Most important, interns get a chance to network with other professionals from their field which can benefit them in the future as well.

Part-time Work

Various countries allow foreign students to do paid work for 20 hours a week. Like students with Canada students visa or New Zealand student visa can take a paid job/work for 20 hours a week. Most of the popular study destinations across the globe allow students to work for up to 20 hours a week while completing their studies. Generally, these are the maximum number of hours the students can work along with their studies, they are allowed to work for lesser than this. In part-time work, students are paid on hourly basis. Usually, the rate of pay varies from $10 to $12 per hour. The working hours are restricted because authorities don’t want that the part-time work will affect students’ lose their focus from studies in any way.

So, after looking at all the aspects, we come back to our question we asked that can students study abroad for free, practically…No! Students need to bear other costs themselves, but the cost of pursuing higher education abroad can come at par with the Indian Education System.

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I'm in school and having a dream to study in abroad after 12th to complete my medical study . Is NEET is required for MBBS in abroad . If no , does India accept students to study in abroad without NEET , I hear that India also send students in abroad for free , so what are the efforts I make in 12th

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

23/01/22

Also, check out the below link and learn everything about studying MBBS abroad:
https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/study-mbbs-abroad-eligibility-colleges-fees-exams-jobs-articlepage-2551

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

23/01/22

Hi Rishika, please refer to the below URLs and learn more about the eligibility requirements for studying MBBS abroad:
https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/eligibility-requirements-admission-process-for-studying-mbbs-abroad-articlepage-2529

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DINO GAMER

01/12/21

My father's annual income is less than 5 lakh but i want to study(ug) abroad is there any scholarships that are fully funded( which includes expenses, tution fees, study material/stationary , hostel fee , sat/English proficiency test fees ,visa, or plane payment

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

26/12/21

Hi, getting a scholarship depends on a lot of factors like good academic scores and a strong profile. Please checkout the eligibility criteria for the list of scholarships available for studying abroad
https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/scholarships/bachelors-courses?ct=5,8,4,3

Hello
I have completed my BBA with 80% and I wanted to pursue MBA with full scholarship in any country where I am eligible.

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

23/12/20

Hi Soundarya, getting a scholarship depends on various factors like excellent profile etc. You need to ask the school where you are applying whether you are eligible for financial aid or not. Also, you can check the eligibility requirements of the scholarships available for pursuing MBA and apply...Hi Soundarya, getting a scholarship depends on various factors like excellent profile etc. You need to ask the school where you are applying whether you are eligible for financial aid or not. Also, you can check the eligibility requirements of the scholarships available for pursuing MBA and apply to them:
https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/scholarships/masters-courses?ss=239

hi sir, I am in my second year of plain bsc , and successfully completed my first year with S.G.P.A 10
I want to pursue my masters abroad , so can you help me in getting information regarding this?

Reply to Vishakha Bhosale

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

23/11/20

Hi Vishakha, please elaborate on your query and let us know how we can assist you better.

sir, are there any scholarships available for bachleors program for student having 69.46% in state board in standard 12th.
or are there any hope to get any.

Reply to Dhruv Bajariya

Hello brother ,
If you have got any scholarship or sponsor, please inform me also please. Please help me so much. Please

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

21/10/20

Hi Dhruv, your academic scores are quite less, candidates with excellent profiles are preferred for scholarships. Please refer to the below link and check out the eligibility criteria for the scholarships available for pursuing bachelor's courses. Also, you can check with the university where you...Hi Dhruv, your academic scores are quite less, candidates with excellent profiles are preferred for scholarships. Please refer to the below link and check out the eligibility criteria for the scholarships available for pursuing bachelor's courses. Also, you can check with the university where you will be applying whether you are eligible for financial aid?
https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/scholarships/bachelors-courses?ss=239

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