They say hindsight is always better than foresight, which is so true. If David and I had known then what we know now, we would not be over $80,000 in debt with student loans. We would have studied abroad and traded the debt for a NO DEBT education.
We are going to focus on the countries and universities where anyone can get an amazing education without the high tuition costs.
As a result, you aren't going to see high tuition cost countries like the U.K. and Canada on this site. That doesn't mean you shouldn't consider these countries because it is possible to get scholarships to help reduce the costs; it just means that we are focusing on the countries with less cost from the start and can be affordable without aid (you can actually qualify for scholarships to these universities which could lower the costs even more).
So Why Get Your Education Abroad?
- Excellent education at top-notch universities for A LOT less the cost for both undergrads and those working for a Masters or Ph.D.
- Ability to graduate with NO DEBT.
- The experience.
- You increase your chances of getting an international job.
- Learn new languages and cultures.
- Meet new people; make new friends.
- You can get started immediately on your future, instead of continuing to pay for your past.
- Go on to get your Masters or Ph.D. for the same cost or less of your Bachelor's Degree.
Honestly, all this sounds like a dream, total unreality, doesn't it?
But it's true, you can skip all or most of your higher education bill if you are willing to leave the US for your studies.
We're not saying it will be easy. In most cases:
- you'll need to learn a new language
- leave home
- make new friends
- get out of your comfort zone
- pick a country with lower education costs
- make sure your degree is useful in the US (if you intend to work in the US)
- apply for the university position you want, like anyone else.
Spots can be very limited at some universities, especially for certain degrees, but that's really no different than competing for spots at top universities, both public and private, here in the US.
But just like here in the US, you can do it. And you can do it without the huge bill that goes along with it.
Below is the average estimated costs of higher education for US students during the 2016/2017 school year here in the US.
Average Estimated US Undergraduate Budgets, 2016-17
For comparison, we prepared the infographic below to show you what the cost of tuition for your Bachelor's degree will cost in countries outside the US.
These figures do not include the costs of books, materials, students visas and living expenses, but in many of these countries, the living expenses are much lower than those here in the US. We'll be covering that a little later.