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Apr 06, 2023

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Studying abroad is a dream of many students. Yet there are only a few who can make their dream come true. This is because of the financial constraints. However, don't get your hopes dashed to the ground because there are five affordable countries where you can study at almost half the price of the popular options like the USA, Canada, UK and Australia. 

Want to find the best countries to study abroad? Here you go:

Study in Europe

Almost every student who has studied in Austria has positive things to say about its educational infrastructure. Most of the students who reviewed their Austrian study experience appreciated the cultural richness and diversity of the country. This is an extremely encouraging social experience for foreign students, especially Asian academics who aspire to obtain overseas degrees. Overall, Austrian education is of high standard and also reasonably priced. Studying in Austria would cost you USD 3200 – USD 25,000 yearly. 

Austria has some of the best universities that are highly ranked in the international university rankings. They are: 

  • University of Vienna
  • The Vienna University of Technology
  • Innsbruck University
  • University of Graz
  • University of Salzburg
  • Modul University, Vienna
  • International Business School, Vienna 



Hungary is a small and beautiful European country, and it also has a friendly and safe environment for international students. Although it may not be as popular as some of the other European countries, it is equally competitive to its Schengen counterparts. In terms of international education, it ranks high in almost all the lists of international academic destinations. In Hungary, you will get to enrol and study in many top-notch bachelor's or master's degree programs. Studying in Hungary would cost you around USD 1300 – USD 17000 a year.

It is evident that Hungarian universities offer the highest quality of education. But the education is quite affordable as international students’ tuition fees are extremely low. Due to their modern approach to education and practical teaching methods, these universities attract many talented students worldwide. The adaptation of technology here is also quite advanced, so you get a lot of technical expertise if you opted for engineering or computer science courses. Despite all the advancements, the living costs are among the lowest in Europe. Hungary is overall a diverse and multicultural nation and packs in an extremely enjoyable experience for foreign students.

Some of the best universities are:

  • Budapest University of Technology and Economics 
  • Central European University (CEU) 
  • Corvinus University of Budapest
  • University of Pécs, Pécs
  • University of Debrecen, Debrecen
  • Szechenyi Istvan University (University of Gyor), Gyor


Study in Asia

Malaysia is a good place to get quality education. For those students who want to study in an international destination but do not want to travel very far, Malaysia is the perfect country. Students can enjoy a high-quality education in Asia with some of the best foreign degree qualifications. The studying costs are comparatively lower than those in Australia, the USA and UK. There are 100 plus recognised universities.

In 2022, more than 170,000 international students from over 162 countries enrolled in Malaysian universities. These numbers are expected to surge in the future. A UG course in Malaysia costs just USD 515-USD 11,800 approximately. Some of the best Malaysian universities are: 

  • Monash University, Malaysia Campus
  • University of Southampton, Malaysia Campus
  • University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus
  • Heriot-Watt University, Malaysia Campus
  • Swinburne University, Malaysia Campus
  • Taylor`s University, Malaysia
  • UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur
  • University of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • SEGi University Group (5 Campuses)
  • Westminster International College, Malaysia Campus
  • Manipal International University, Malaysia.(only UG programs)
  • Sunway Le Cordon Bleu, Malaysia



The quality of education that Japan offers is well-known. Among the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries, it received the highest ranks and ranked high for mathematical and scientific studies. Japan's educational system has no parallel in the world. The country values education quite highly, and students are encouraged to study as per their interests. Foreign students can experience a new educational characteristic in the form of a student's club where they can study in a group and resolve their doubts in the peer group. Studying for a degree in Japan costs around USD 9000 – USD 13,700. 

The approach to scientific and technological studies is also quite unique, and everything is taught in a practical manner. So students develop the power to visualise in a uniform manner. The student clubs also gather informally after school, so the social interaction is quite good. In this way, nobody lags behind. Teachers also promote sports and cultural activities. Overall, the Japanese education system is quite wholesome.

Some of the best Japanese Universities are:

  • University of Tokyo
  • Kyoto University
  • Tokyo University of Technology



It is one of the most affordable places to study in the world. One of the highlights of Vietnamese education is that the literacy rate is over 95%. Many world-class universities in Vietnam have tied up with other international universities. For example, University of Science Vietnam has partnered with multiple French and German universities and developed joint programs for talented and deserving students. So, you can easily access an international university through a Vietnamese educational institution. You can study in Vietnam for USD 1300 – USD 7000.

Not only that, you get ample career opportunities after graduating from a Vietnamese academic institution. Several acclaimed universities offer educational opportunities. Most of these universities are located in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, which means you can also get innumerable urban facilities. Some of the best Vietnamese universities are: 

  • RMIT University
  • Ton Duc Thang University
  • University of Science, Vietnam
  • Hanoi National University of Education


Bottom line

Did you like this list of the best countries to study abroad? These countries will give you both high-quality education and value for your money. If you want any help in applying to universities in these countries, then allow KC Overseas to assist you. We help students fulfil their overseas educational aspirations. 


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