Top Universities With No Application Fees

Paying off student debt can often be a nightmare. Tuition fees in top universities of the UK and the USA have skyrocketed just like a real estate boom in the first decade of 21st century. Recently, the increase in tuition fees has led to a significant drop in the number of applicants to the UK universities. According to a report by BBC, the students in England have become an outlier in their country and they find it cheaper to get a quality education in neighboring Scotland, Welsh and Northern Ireland that are home to some of the excellent universities like the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow.

I remember the dilemma I was in a few months back while applying for various universities. Sending applications to a USA, Canada or a Swiss university costs a fortune. On an average, application to a USA university costs around $75 and add to that the extra charges (around $50) for sending the GRE and TOEFL scores. I remember spending around 50k INR for just 6 universities.

Thankfully, there are some top European universities that don’t charge any application fee but maybe you have send the official documents like transcripts and degrees to the university by post which definitely won’t cost you an arm and leg.

Do you know that most universities in the UK and Germany don’t charge an application fee for applying to the STEM fields?

Here is a list of the top 11 European Universities with no application fee for international students.

1.RWTH Aachen, Germany

RWTH Building next to Super C. (Source)

RWTH Aachen is the leading engineering university of Germany, often being counted among the top 30 universities in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in the world. With a vibrant student population of over 44,000, the university is located in several patches of the Aachen city.

If you are keen to pursue MS in Germany in STEM fields, this university must be on your list. Aachen is one of the most affordable cities in Germany with proximity to Cologne, Dusseldorf, and Maastricht.

Times Higher Education ranks RWTH Aachen at #87 in the Overall University Rankings of the World.

2. Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Historical library of Politecnico di Milano (Source)

3. Paris Tech, France

4. Ghent University, Belgium

Ghent University Application Fee
Ghent University, Belgium (Source: Luximprint)

Ghent University, established in 1817, is the second-best university in Belgium in terms of research output and innovation after KU Leuven. It is ranked between 120-140 in the QS World Rankings.

Although a lot of courses are in Dutch, there are ample Master’s courses in English without an application fee, ranging from law to engineering.

Read: English Master Programmes at Ghent University

Bioscience Engineering and Biomedical Engineering are niche areas of research in the university and it is considered one of the best universities in Europe in this field.

5. University of Glasgow, UK

The University of Glasgow ranks high for humanities, life sciences, biology and clinical medicine. However, I wouldn’t rank it among the top 100 universities when it comes to engineering.

40% of the student population is international. Hence, you can expect the student population to be quite diverse. It is located on the west side of the city with a lot of bars and shisha lounge nearby.

6. University de Montpellier, France

7. TU Munich, Germany

The second most funded university in Germany, TU Munich is known for its proximity to industry and has carved out a name for its ’employer reputation’. TU Munich has the top-ranked Computer Engineering postgraduate programs in Germany. Times Higher Education has consistently ranked it among the top 50 universities of the world in 2017,2018 and 2019.

8. University of Vienna, Austria

9. University of Oslo, Norway

10. Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium

11. University of Twente, Netherlands


  1. The management courses in some of these universities may have an application fee. So, check for updates.
  2. The University of Nottingham, UK charges around £40 for application to the Master’s Program. So, I have mentioned that most universities in the UK don’t charge an application fee.
  3. This is the list as of 2018. This may be revised in the coming years.

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