With thousands of Nigerians trooping outside the shores of the country to further their education in different parts of the world especially in the United States of America, the United Kingdom, parts of Europe and Asia. Currently, there are close to 100,000 Nigerian students studying outside the shores of the country and that number is bound to go up in coming years. While some of these students can afford to take care of the financial burden that comes with the pursuit of their education outside the shores of the country, others depend of grants from their places of work, NGOs and other forms of aids and scholarships. In this article, we would be giving you a list of 10 tuition-free universities in Europe. These are universities where international students are also taken as a very vital part of their educational structure especially in the areas of research.
- University of Bergen, Norway
The Scandinavian country might not be one of the most talked about in the world but they do offer free education. The University of Bergen, located in the city of Bergen and is divided into two; Astradvollen and Nygardshoyden. While Astradvollen is regarded as the health campus which caters for medicine, dentistry and health care, Nygardshoyden caters for the natural and social sciences, psychology, arts and law. The university offers tuition-free education to both Norwegians and international students. Excellent if you ask me.
- RWTH Aachen University, Germany
RWTH Aachen University is one the most renowned university of technology in Europe and the largest in Germany. The university houses nine faculties (260 institutes) which caters for over 43,000 students. Currently, the school offers 144 courses and has in its fold over 8000 international students from over 120 countries around the world.
- Aalto University, Finland
This university was established in 2010 after the merging of three universities in Helsinki, Finland. Aalto University has been a major driving force in the educational sector in Finland especially in their tertiary education. The university offers 90 degree programs at Bachelor, Master’s and Doctorate degrees with courses in technology, arts, business, design and architecture.
- University of Oslo, Norway
The second Norwegian university on the list. It was founded in the year 1811, the University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and largest institution of higher learning. Having produced four Nobel Prize winners, the school can be said to be an elite university and it shows they do have high quality research at the university. Currently, the University of Oslo has over 30,000 students.
- Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin, Germany
It is fondly called the Mother of Universities, the Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin was founded in 1810. Academician and statesman Wilhelm Humboldt created a concept which was based on the unity of teaching and research to provide students with an all round humanist education. The founding of the school and the methods applied in it influenced lots of other universities that sprang up after it not just in Europe but other countries.
- Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany
This is another German university on the list, the Freie Universitaet Berlin was founded in 1948. Currently with close to 35,000 students, the university encourages students to pursue their ideas with the hope that the combination personal liberty and the support of academic supervisors would bring out the best in students. This is the basis for education at Freie Universitaet Berlin.
- University of Helsinki, Finland
It was founded in 1829, the University of Helsinki, Finland concentrates on high-level research and researcher education. The university’s operations supports the development of the society, as well as business and industry. Researches carried out by the university has been widely acclaimed and it is no surprise that the university currently accounts for more than half of the national Centers of Excellence in Research, elected by international scientific panels. The University of Helsinki currently has 36,500 students.
- Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, Munchen, Germany
Founded in the year 1472, The Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, Munchen offers a broad spectrum of courses from humanities to cultural sciences, economic, social studies and sciences. The university currently has close to 51,000 students with 15% of that number being international students.
- Heidelberg University, Germany
Heidelberg University is Germany’s oldest university. Founded in the year, 1386, the Heidelberg University offers a broad spectrum of courses for study from humanities, to social sciences and law alongside the natural and life sciences including medicine. The university relies on research-based teaching and an outstanding well structured Doctorate training. The Heidelberg University currently has over 30,000 students.
- Technical University of Munich, Germany
Founded 1868, the Technical University of Munich currently has 37,000 students from all over the world. The university offers a wide spectrum of courses (a total of 160), 98% of the courses also with master’s and doctorate degrees. The university houses thirteen faculties and the school’s alumni boast of 13 Nobel laureates which no doubt goes a long to place the university on a very special platform among its peers.