New index helps international students find best education at affordable price

by Ray Clancy on January 2, 2015

A new index offers students looking to study abroad information on the best cities in terms of high quality education and a rich social life on a budget.

Each city on the QS ‘Top 10 Most Affordable Cities for Students in 2015’ has been ranked according to the combined costs of tuition fees and general living expenses and each offers at least two internationally ranked universities, plus ample opportunities for exploration beyond the classroom.

students UK

The most affordable and desirable city to study in is Taipei, according to the index

Tops is Taipei, which the index says owes its strong affordability rating to relatively low international tuition fees combined with reasonably low living costs. “Taipei is still not exactly the cheapest place on Earth to live, but if you want world class universities and an exciting urban playground, this is a pretty good deal,” the index says.

However, it shares the top spot with Mexico City, which is described as a huge and fascinating capital. It has eight internationally ranked universities, at which fees for international students are just a little higher, but overall living costs are likely to be a little lower, especially when accommodation is considered.

In third place is Berlin, described as one of the world’s most popular study destinations. It has more international students than any nation other than the US and UK. Public universities in Germany offer education free of charge, for both local and international students. The index points out that Berlin’s general cost of living is also much lower than you might expect and well below most other Western European capitals.

Tied with Berlin is Vienna, a culturally rich capital. Austria offers free higher education for European Union students, with very modest fees charged to those from non-EU countries. Living costs are slightly higher but still lower than in many of the world’s other top student cities.

Munich comes in fifth place but compared to Berlin, local living costs are likely to be a little higher in what the index describes as an affluent Bavarian hub of finance, football and the world famous beer festival, Oktoberfest. Thanks to the absence of fees, Munich is still well up there among the most affordable cities for students as well as being one of the most happening places to study in Germany.

Combining the neon lights, games scene and 24/7 feel of Japanese city life with a somewhat more relaxed side, Osaka comes next and is described as a more affordable alternative to Tokyo and Kyoto. For example, international students are charged an average fees of US$5,000 per year, compared to $7,700 in Tokyo or $9,000 in Kyoto.

In seventh place is the Spanish capital Madrid, which is described as an artsy, foodie, party loving place to live. International students can expect to be charged an average of US$2,000 per year, keeping the city well towards the lower end of the global tuition fee scale.

Next is Barcelona, renowned for its stunning architecture and wild nightlife. As the home of Spain’s two highest ranked universities, Barcelona is narrowly more expensive than Madrid.

Santiago in Chile comes in ninth and is described as a cool and cultured capital city and the region’s second most affordable city for students, largely thanks to relatively low living expenses, although tuition fees are higher than those encountered at most of the other cities in the top 10.

Finishing off the list is Prague. The index says that the historic capital of the Czech Republic offers even lower living costs than Santiago and it has three internationally ranked universities. It is described as affordable.

{ 0 comments… add one now }

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: