Top 10 Affordable Cities to Study Abroad in 2016

Study Abroad
Studying abroad gives students an excellent opportunity to see the world that is outside their own country, but often, studying abroad can come with a high price tag. In addition to the necessary cost of classes and course materials, if you want to study overseas, you need to also consider the cost of things like food, additional travel, and experiences while you are there to get the most out of your student visas.

When abroad, you’re going to want to enjoy the new city you’re living in. Most study abroad programs don’t provide a meal plan, which you may have been given at your home campus. This leaves you with additional costs you may not have had while studying at your school’s campus. Furthermore, depending on the city and area you visit, you will probably want to make additional weekend trips to explore the cities around you.

Fortunately, there are still some amazing cities that have low costs of living where you can fully enjoy the culture of another country without having to pay an arm and leg. Here are ten of the best affordable cities for you to study abroad in 2016.

  1. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Kuala Lumpur

For most college students, the thought of studying abroad involves somewhere in Europe where they can hop from major city to major city, but you can completely immerse yourself in an entirely new experience in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur is a wonderful and affordable city for anyone looking to get a non-traditional study abroad experience for a decent price. In addition to relatively cheap tuition fees, you will also find that the cost of living in the city is rather low. This will enable you to experience all Malaysia has to offer, without needing to put yourself into debt.

  1. Berlin, Germany

If you’re looking for a more traditional location to study abroad in with the ability to board a discount flight, train, or bus to other neighboring cities in Europe, Berlin, Germany could be the place for you. If you are coming from within the EU, you don’t need to worry about tuition fees in Germany, but for those coming from other areas of the world, tuition is still extremely affordable.

  1. Toulouse, France
    Toulouse, France

Paris, France is a classic study abroad destination, but it comes with a high price tag. If you still want to experience all the classic romance France has to offer, consider the more affordable option of Toulouse.

  1. Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane can give you all of the Australian experiences you are looking for at a reasonable price. With a lower cost of living in the city  you can easily travel around to the many destinations the country has to offer. Furthermore, if you would like to continue to explore Brisbane or other areas of Australia, you can apply for a 485 Skilled Graduate Visa.

  1. Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw, Poland is a beautiful small city full of charm and colorful buildings. It can also provide students with both cheap tuition and affordable living costs, and with its close proximity to other major cities in Europe, you can easily save your money for weekend trips.

  1. Munich, Germany

Munich is the second German city to make this list and boasts all of the same benefits as Berlin. With a cheap living cost and free tuition for students who are members of the EU, Munich can be a great place for anyone looking for a European getaway. While the cost of living in Berlin is cheaper than Munich, Munich can still give you the study abroad experience you’re looking for without breaking the bank.

  1. Valencia, Spain

    Plaza del Ayuntamiento de Valencia

For someone who dreamed of studying abroad in Barcelona only to be shot down by the expensive cost of living, Valencia can provide you with another Spanish option for your study abroad location. With cheap tuition fees and a low cost of living, you’ll get the complete Spain experience in Valencia without needing to go into debt. Spain also provides you with a great home base to travel to other cities around Europe, and with the number of budget airlines, you can easily travel from Valencia.

  1. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

If you’re looking to travel to the United States for your study abroad trip, you may be considering the large cities like New York or Los Angeles. Unfortunately, you’ll need to have a pretty expansive savings account if you want to make that dream a reality. But a city like Philadelphia can give you all the American history, charm, and experience that you’re looking for. Plus, Philadelphia is just a short train ride to New York City or Washington, D.C., so you’ll have plenty of options to travel.

  1. Taipei, Taiwan

If you’re looking for a study abroad adventure unlike any city you’ve ever been to before, Taipei can provide you with just the location. As the capital city of Taiwan, there are plenty of things to do that won’t break the bank. For most people, the opportunity to spend a few months living in a country like Taiwan will never appear again, so take advantage of it through study abroad!

  1. Vienna, Austria

While the cost of living in Vienna is at the top of the cities on this list, you will save money on tuition. For anyone in the EU, tuition is free, so you can get your education without cost and instead spend your money on experiences, food, and travel.

Even if you’re on a budget, you don’t need to give up your study abroad dreams. Any of these destinations can provide you with a similar experience to the one you’ve always imaged. Whether you’re looking to travel Europe, Asia, Australia, or the United States, there are a number of options available to you.

About the Author:

carolineCaroline Bird is an overseas coordinator. She currently works for Hunt Migration, Australian Migration Lawyers and Registered Migration Agent. She was an exchange student in Canada in 2003. She usually enjoys reading travel pocketbook and playing with her cat.


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  3. Great set of affordable cities from all over the world! Such diversity, I guess everyone would choose their particular destination according to the preferences. You see, Germany is one of the best options so far as education is free there, except a small fee around 200-300 Euro per term, but to my mind, it’s quite a reasonable price. Moreover, Germany is situated in the heart of Europe, so weekends could be spent traveling all over there and exploring some fantastic and popular places. Nevertheless, there are plenty of cheap places to study, more than some people might think.

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