Education has been one of the most important deciding factor for families applying for golden visa residence schemes.

Do you know there are also some countries that offer golden visa schemes also offer absolutely free or low cost education to foreign students?.

If you have children education in mind and planning to immigrate to a country, where there is free or cheap education, take a look at these countries.

Germany and Norway is the only two countries in the world that offers free education.

  • Germany – Free education
  • Greece – Cheap / Low cost
  • Portugal – Cheap / Low cost
  • Spain – Cheap / Low cost
  • Austria – Cheap / low cost
  • France –  Low cost
  • Malta – Low cost (schools are free)
  • Cyprus – Low cost
  • Ireland – Affordable, costs one third less than that of US/UK

Among these countries,

  • Greece, Malta, Spain, Ireland have golden visa schemes.
  • Germany has an interesting residence by investment scheme.
  • Malta, Cyprus offer citizenship schemes to investors.

So it would be desirable to pick these countries, that have best low cost education and also offer residency/citizenship.

Best Education

While US, Canada, UK and Australia have the best education system with top universities in the world for ages, they can be quite expensive to international students.

Avg Tuition fee (USD)
United States$25,000
United Kingdom$22,000

Free Education

These are the countries in Europe that offer free tuition at their public universities: Many of these offer either or very cheap education and the tuition fees are unbelievably low.

CountryTuition fee for students from EU/EEA (per year)Tuition fee for international students (per year)
AustriafreeLow cost – ca. 1,500 EUR
Bulgariac.a 2,000 EUR and 8000 EUR (medicine)
Cyprusc.a 3,000 EUR
Denmarkfree45,000 – 120,000 DKK
(6,000 – 16,000 EUR)
Finlandfree5,000 – 20,000 EUR
Francefree2,800 – 3,800 EUR
Greece*freeca. 1,500 EUR
Hungaryfreeca. 1,500 EUR
Irelandfreec.a 7,000 EUR
Maltafreeca 2,000 EUR (english style education)
Polandfreeca. 2,000 EUR
Portugalfreeca 1,500 EUR
Sloveniafreeca. 5,000 EUR
Spain*freeAvg 2000 EUR per year
Swedenfree80,000 – 200,000 SEK
(8,300 – 20,800 EUR)