goodable logo
download iOS appdownload android app

Download the world's only news app designed to spread joy and happiness.

Happiness Score

Score (98)

Share Icon

Which Countries Offer University Education For Free?

How do the world's most advanced countries offer free post-secondary education for students? Let's take a closer look. 

In Norway, public universities are free for all students - even ones from out of the country. The country has the 6th highest GDP per capita in the world.

In Sweden, university tuition is free for any students from the European Union. The country has the 14th highest GDP per capita in the world, and 7th highest in Europe.

In Luxembourg, courses at public universities taught in French, German, or Luxembourgish (yes, that’s a language) are free for all European students. It’s the wealthiest country in the world by GDP.

Most public universities in Germany are free for domestic and international students who are getting their Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. The only thing students have to pay is a small administrative fee.

In Greece, they take it a step further. Their constitution stipulates that all Greek citizens have the right to free education. As a result, post secondary education is free for all students living in Greece and the European Union. Socrates would be proud.

Finland offers free university education for all students coming from the EU. International students who take university courses in Finnish or Swedish are also eligible for free tuition. If you’re wondering whether all this is just a European phenomenon, it’s not.

Let’s take a look at South America. Even though it’s home to some of the least developed countries in the Western Hemisphere, they still prioritize education as a fundamental right. Here’s a sample.

In Uruguay, public education is free in Uruguay for all citizens, from childhood up until the university level. In Brazil, public universities are free for all domestic and international students. The only thing students pay is a small registration fee. Argentina and Panama? Yup, they offer free education for students at public universities too. Let’s go to Africa and the Middle East next.

In Morocco, 11 out of 13 public universities are free for all Moroccan students. Fun fact: The first university in the world was the University of Karaouine, established by Fatima Al Fihri in Morocco. In Egypt, public universities are free for all Egyptian students too.

Some other countries that offer free or nearly free post-secondary education for students at some of their universities: Denmark, Austria, Malaysia, Iceland, Malta and Czech Republic.

What's Good Now!

Meet the Pizza Shop Owner on a Mission to End Homelessness in His Town

A Stunning New Orchid Flower Has Been Discovered in Japan

This Baby Crawl Race is the Cutest March Madness Game You'll See

How an Entrepreneur With Autism is Inspiring Others With His Pretzel Business

Dubai Has Launched a Campaign to Donate One Billion Meals to Those in Need

This Bus Driver Saved a 9-Year-Old During a Snowstorm

These Two Sisters Were Finally Reunited After 75 Years Apart

This Man is Teaching Tech Skills to Low-Income Youth Through Video Games

This 8-Year-Old is a Hero After Saving Her Great-Grandmother

A New Book is Celebrating Pioneering Astronomer Maria Mitchell