Top 10 Cheapest Countries to Study Abroad

Updated: Jul 31

Study abroad may be one of the most beneficial experiences for a college student. However, for some, the thought of studying abroad may be seen as too expensive. From personal experience people often ask me:

‘What are the most affordable countries to Study Abroad’ ?

In this post, we will find the most affordable countries to study abroad by exploring the top 10 cheapest countries to study abroad.

To do this we will examine the most affordable countries to study abroad, by calculating the cost of living, the cost of accommodation as well as the cost of tuition. 


10. South Africa

The tenth most affordable country to study abroad is South Africa.  South Africa is famous for its cultural diversity, natural landscape and interesting history. But another reason for students to choose the country is that South Africa is that it is an affordable country to study. Fees vary, but come to an average of US$6,100 for international students studying at the University of Cape Town  and the University of the Western Cape. In regards to living expenses it costs around US$9,200 per year to cover food, accommodation and flights therefore making South Africa one of the cheapest countries to study abroad.



9. China

China is definitely one of the most affordable countries to study abroad as an international student which is the reason why China, in recent decades, has become a popular destination to study abroad. Firstly, the reason why China is one of the  most affordable country to study is that living costs are extremely low, whereby accommodation and living expenses can be between US$300 - US$700 per month.Also the average tuition fees in Chinese public universities range between US$2,500 and 10,000 USD/academic year, with some Universities having no tuition fees at all. 


8. Poland

Poland falls 8th in our top 10 cheapest countries to study abroad. Firstly, Poland not only offers a high quality of education but is also a great country to explore considering its cultural and historic roots. But, interestingly you can study for free if you can speak Polish! However if you can not speak the language, there are also many English-taught programs which cost around US$2,350-3,400 per year. Another reason why Poland is one of the most affordable countries to study is that the cost of living in Poland is also very low. Costing no more than US$7,600 per year. Lastly, a final reason why Poland is an affordable country to study is that Warsaw (the capital) was ranked 18th by the QS Best Student Cities index for affordability. 



7. Taiwan Taiwan falls 7th in our rankings of most affordable countries to study in the top 10 cheapest countries to study abroad. The reason is that firstly, at National Taiwan University tuition fees for undergraduates start at US$3,200 per year for liberal arts programs. What's more, within Taiwan’s 40 Universities, over 120 courses are taught in English, therefore making Taiwan appealing to international students. Another reason why Taiwan is an affordable country to study abroad is that the country is a popular destination to learn Mandarin as well as the cost of living can be as low as US$2,800 per year



6. Argentina

Argentina is undoubtedly one of the most affordable countries to study abroad. What’s more, Argentina (which is the second-largest country in South America) is also one of the safest countries in the region and is known for its stunning natural beauty and radiant culture. You can typically study for free at any state-funded (public) university, with tuition fees of around US$5,000 per year or more at private institutions. You’ll need around US$5,200 for living expenses. Renting can cost as little as US$300 per month, making Argentina fall within the top 6 out of our top 10 cheapest countries to study abroad.



5. Vietnam

Vietnam falls fifth in our ranking of most affordable countries to study in  the top 10 cheapest countries to study abroad. Such an assertion has even been backed by Forbes Magazine in 2017. The reason why Vietnam has been regarded as an affordable country to study is that the within the country you are able to find affordable upscale accommodation (US$200 per month), experience the  cheap and remarkably healthy food whilst being surrounded by the beautiful sights, Cities and beaches which make up the Vietnamese landscape.



 4. Russia 

Russia is definitely one of the most affordable countries to study abroad as an international student. Firstly, the average tuition fees per ranges from $5000 to $6000 USD per year with the cost of living being around $450USD per month.



3. India

Heading back to Asia, India falls within the top three most affordable countries to study abroad. If language barrier is an issue, it is key to understand that whilst Hindi is the most prevalent language of the 100+ spoken within the country, interestingly English is often used as the language of teaching and instruction at most indian universities. Another reason why India is one of the most affordable countries to study is that living costs are extremely low. For example a one-way trip on public transport can cost as little as  30 cents (US) and meals can cost a few dollars at local restaurants within the various cities. Lastly, the final reason why India is one of the  most affordable country to study is that Tuition fees are typically between US$3000 - US$7,700 per academic year, and living expenses being no more than US$4,500 a year.



 2. Malaysia 

Malaysia is undoubtedly one of the most affordable countries to study abroad, especially when considering the cost of living in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur (the capital) came first in the 2016 QS Best Student Cities for affordability. As well, most students will only need about US$3,600 per year to live comfortably within the country. Another reason why Malaysia is an affordable country to study is that the tuition fees average at US$4,100 per year, with some Universities being even cheaper. 



1. Thailand

Thailand falls number one in our top 10 cheapest countries to study abroad. Firstly, the reason why Thailand Is regarded as the most affordable country to study is that tuition fees are extremely low, costing between US$3,000 - US$4,000 per academic year, with over 400 master degree programmes taught in English. What's more, another reason why Thailand is regarded as one of the  most affordable countries to study is that cost of living is also very low. For example a small apartment can cost US$60 - US$200 per month and other expenses, such as transport, food can cost as little as US$30 per month. Therefore making Thailand an extremely attractive location to study if you’re on a budget. 

Cheap Countries to Study Abroad - What are your thought?


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