The benefits of having a university education are manifold and range from financial to cultural. The Holy Prophet (SAW) has said “Seek Knowledge even if it as far as China.” A perfect example of this quote was done by one of our very own community sisters. Fatima Munir Walji has gone all the way to Korea to achieve her dream of learning 15 languages. This is her story!
The scope and infrastructure for education in foreign countries are much more developed and there are thousands of courses that one can take up there which makes every student's dream of going abroad for higher studies more realistic.
There are certain countries that offer free education to international students which means that students can now pursue their higher education free of cost and all you need to pay for is the living and that is one of the biggest study abroad benefits.
We have compiled a list of countries that offer quality education for students wanting to pursue higher education abroad.
For both undergraduate and graduate degree programs, you can study for free in public German universities. This is generally true for international students worldwide, inside or outside the EU/EEA zone.
The only fees required are called administrative fees, that cost around 100 - 200 EUR/year, and they are dedicated to student services, covering costs for bus tickets to the university, student cafeterias, and more.
However, non-EU/EEA students who want to study at a university in the Baden-Würrtemberg region will have to pay tuition fees.
Private universities in Germany charge tuition fees and these are between 2,000 and 20,000 EUR/year.
The cost of living while studying in Germany is around 750 - 1100 EUR/month but can be higher in larger cities like Frankfurt or Munchen.
Public universities in Finland are all tuition-free for students coming from EU/EEA countries. However, non-EU/EEA students enrolling in English-taught degrees are required to pay tuition fees.
All international students who plan to pursue a degree taught in Finnish or Swedish will still not be charged any tuition.
The average costs of living while studying in Finland is at least 800 - 1300 EUR/month. These prices can be higher in Helsinki.
Norway is one of the few countries with free education for all international students, whether they come from the EU/EEA countries or not.
Students will just have to pay a semester fee for the student union, that’s between 32 and 65 EUR. The student union fee covers health and counselling services, sports and cultural activities, which are all held on the campus.
In private universities, all students are required to pay tuition fees. Compared to other European countries, private universities in Norway are cheaper, as they have fees between 7,000 and 10,000 EUR/year.
Apart from these countries, there are few other countries that also allow students to pursue Higher Education for free or at a minimal tuition fee:
- Czech Republic
Most of the public university in these countries offers free higher education to national and international students. These are a popular destination among students who opt to travel abroad for further studies as there is a vast diversity in the subjects and courses that universities in these countries offer and the majority of them also conduct courses in the English language.
This is a really great opportunity for students to study abroad as well as experience and explore new countries, heritage, cultures and languages.
The President of The World Federation of KSIMC, Dr. Asgharali Moledina visited the Zainabiya Schools in Alipur, Kareempur and Potenhalli in Chikballapura district which is a district in the state of Karnataka, India.
The Hiridjee Family Student Loan is available for two female members of our Khoja community to pursue higher education.