Study Abroad

Places Where You Can Study in English for Under $5,000 a Year

It’s well known that one of the many benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to learn a new language, but that doesn’t always mean you want to study in a foreign language – especially if it’s hugely different from your own, or your course contains complex terminology.

Fortunately, English is the most common second language in the world, and many universities abroad are increasing their range of available English-taught courses in order to attract more international students. We’ve looked at a range of places where you can study abroad in English here, but if you’re on a budget, this article will tell you where you can get a degree for US$5,000 or less.

Of course, you’ll still need to consider other expenses when budgeting to study abroad (student visa/university application fees, health insurance, accommodation, food and so on), but saving money on fees should ensure a cheaper student experience.

1. Greece

How about studying in warm and sunny Greece, the birthplace of academia itself? As in other study destinations, you’ll find that English-taught courses are much more common at postgraduate level in Greece, with the postgraduate International Hellenic University being the only public university where all programs are taught exclusively in English. You can read about other Greek universities offering English-taught postgraduate courses here.

If you’re an EU/EEA student, there’s good news: you won’t pay tuition fees at public Greek universities. If you’re not one of this lucky group, fees for non-EU students are nonetheless affordable at around €1,500 (~US$1,750). 


2. iceland

The main language of instruction at universities in the land of ice and fire may be Icelandic, but affordable English-taught courses are available, albeit mostly at graduate level. Iceland’s four public universities don’t charge tuition fees, meaning you only need to pay an annual registration fee of ISK 75,000 (~US$700). If you’re willing to enroll in the spring semester, the registration fee at the University of Iceland is reduced to ISK 55,000 (~US$500). Non-EU/EEA students will also be charged an application fee when they apply – this is ISK 8,000 at the University of Iceland (~US$70).

3. Taiwan

Another good option if you want to study in English abroad is Taiwan, where there are around 120 English-taught courses available. Tuition fees vary between universities so there isn’t an average figure available, but, as an example, tuition fees at the country’s highest-ranked university, National Taiwan University, range between 100,920 and 124,200 TWD (~US$3,300-4,100) for most courses. For living costs, the university estimates that you’ll need up to 226,000 TWD (~US$7,450) per year. You can search for English-taught programs to study in Taiwan 

4. malaysia

for you. All courses at private universities are taught in English, and most postgraduate degrees at public universities are also English-taught (they are less common at undergraduate level). Malaysia has an ideal combination of low tuition fees and living costs, with capital city Kuala Lumpur ranked as the most affordable city for students in the QS Best Student Cities index in both 2016 and 2017. Most students pay tuition fees of less than US$3,000 in Kuala Lumpur, and you will only need around US$5,000 for living costs, according to

5. Saudi Arabia

With its universities frequently topping the QS University Rankings: Arab Region, Saudi Arabia offers high quality education at a low cost, with no tuition fees at universities such as King Saud University. The country’s strict interpretation of Islam might take a little getting used to, as alcohol is prohibited and there is a strict gender division. There are many courses with English as the medium of instruction, particularly at master’s level and for courses in engineering, science and medicine. Many residents speak English, but it’s worth learning conversational Arabic to help you settle in. Saudi Arabia’s capital and largest city, Riyadh, was ranked as the third most affordable city for students in the latest QS Best Student Cities index. However, living costs are high, and you can’t work during your studies.



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