Study Abroad

Most Affordable Countries For International Students 2022

Studying abroad is a life-changing experience and quite an achievement but more often than not, it also involves high costs. And even though there are a lot of ways in which you can save money when abroad or even make some extra money with a part-time job, getting a degree in a foreign country is still expensive.

However, that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to study abroad without breaking the bank. In this article, we’ll cover the best study abroad destinations in terms of tuition fees, living costs, quality of life for students, and of course, the quality of education. Having these four things in mind, here are the most affordable countries for international students (in no particular order).


Owing to the affordability of services and products in Thailand, some have even crimsoned it the haven of affordable travel. A testimony to the affordability of Thailand is the ton of backpackers that flock the country to enjoy its great attractions.

Sure, Thailand is a popular tourist destination but is it also a good choice for international students. Thailand might not be a country that comes in mind when thinking about studying abroad, but it’s a great choice for students that want to experience something different while studying abroad on a budget.

In recent years, there are more and more new interesting courses for international students, and when we take the living costs, and tropical surroundings into consideration, Thailand is definitely one of the most affordable countries for international students.


Average yearly tuition fees: $3.000-$4.000

Average living costs: $400-$450 per month


Vietnam has a lot of things to offer to tourists and it’s no wonder this country is one of the fastest-growing tourist destinations in the world. Similarly like Thailand, Vietnam isn’t famous as a study abroad destination but more students choose it because of the affordable living costs, the up and coming universities, and the beautiful countryside.

Most major programs for international students are based in big cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh but you can always make a trip to the untouched countryside during the weekends and learn a lot about the Vietnamese culture.

Average yearly tuition fees: $1.000-$2.000

Average living costs: $300-$400 per month


Malaysia is easily one of the most affordable countries for international students. Its capital, Kuala Lumpur, is a vibrant, bustling city and also one of the best places for international students. In fact, in 2016, QS ranked Kuala Lumpur as the best city for international students.

The average tuition fees are around $3.000 USD but you can find even cheaper programs. A lot of famous universities, like Monash University and the University of Nottingham, have branch campuses in Malaysia. This means you can even get a degree from a famous university for only a fraction of the price!

Average yearly tuition fees: $2.500- $3.500

Average living costs: $400-$450


Taiwan is one of the most popular choices for international students out of all Asian countries but they are still trying to attract even more international students. Even though it might not be as affordable as some of the other countries on this list, Taiwan still provides great value for money when we take all relevant factors into consideration.

For example, studying at the National Taiwan University (ranks 68th in the world) costs only around $3.000 per year! Additionally, there are more than a hundred courses taught in English and a number of universities to choose from. Finally, street food in Taiwan is super affordable and worth dying for!

Average yearly tuition fees: $2.000-$3.000

Average living costs: $500-$600 per month

South Africa

South Africa is famous for its diversity of cultures and interesting lifestyle, making it a great choice for open-minded students looking for a place to study abroad. Even though it’s the most developed country in Africa, the living and studying costs in South Africa are still quite low compared to most western countries. And unlike other countries on this list, you don’t have to face a language barrier. Naturally, living costs, HVAC costs, and tuition fees differ based on the city you choose. Additionally, South Africa has a lot of good universities, like the University of Cape Town (ranks in top 200 in the world). Finally, let’s not forget about the sandy beaches, iconic geographical landmarks, safari opportunities, and delicious South African street food.

Average yearly tuition fees: $2.000-$3.000

Average living costs: $600-$700 per month


I was having second thoughts about whether to include India on this list or not, mainly because adjusting as an expat in India can be quite difficult and something not everyone can tackle. It’s one thing to go on a street food tour, see the Taj Mahal and a few other iconic landmarks but living in India is something completely different. That’s why most tourists either love it or hate it and there’s no common ground. However, I personally think that living in India can be a life-changing experience. At least it was for me. If you’d like to learn more about it, check out the life lessons India taught me. With that being said, India has arguably the cheapest living costs from all the countries on this list and a few good, world-wide famous universities, such as Delhi University and IIT.

Average yearly tuition fees: $2.000-$4.000

Average living costs: $400-$450 per month



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