Top 7 Universities with no application fees for international students

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If you are looking for universities abroad that don’t charge a dime for application fees, then you have to try the ones that will be listed in this article.

We’ve said it several times and we’ll say it again: it can be costly to study abroad.

However, with free (or quite cheap) tuition in most countries, scholarships and student discounts blending in nicely, your international education pursuit doesn’t have to break you financially.

And in case you didn’t know: some universities practically do not even charge for application, and that’s a massive cost-saving hack for those wanting to study abroad.

Some universities, however, charge massive application fees, upwards of US$100 in most cases. This  huge fee can place a financial strain on needy international students, particularly those who desire – as many do – to apply to multiple institutions and enhance their chances.Now let’s discuss some of the foremost universities around the world that do not charge application fees.

Universities in the US

If you are interested in applying to a university in the US, home to one of the world’s best prestigious education systems, but would like to avoid the extra costs, then look no further.

The great news is that a number of reputable institutions in the US do not charge any application fees at all.

The University of Vermont currently accepts applications for free and even offers partial scholarships of about 20 percent for its undergraduate courses. However,please note that tuition costs are approximately US$43,650 for a whole three-year program.

Alcorn State, Loyola University Chicago, Ohio Valley and Jackson State equally offer free application fees, so take a look at these universities and see what you can find.

Universities in Canada

Would you prefer the US’ friendly neighbour Canada for your education but want to skip the pricey application fee?

The sad thing is, there are very few universities around here that offer no application costs. The good news, on the other hand, is that many would grant a waiver if you have financial difficulties.

However, have the back of your mind that getting a waiver is no easy feat. You will be required to search through the application fee policies of the individual universities and then send out emails or make phone calls to them directly and they will notify you what you need to do inorder to obtain the fee waiver.

Determined to obtain a foreign degree but willing to try distance learning?

You could try applying to an institution which is a member of the Canadian Virtual University. Many Canadian institutions allow you to gain an international qualification from the comfort of your own home. With relatively low fees and often free application fees, going virtual could be your answer.

Other than that, you’re out of luck in Canada with the majority of institutions charging application fees, so either you’ll have to pay up or look elsewhere.

Universities in the UK

While it isn’t free to apply to any universities in the UK, it comes at a fraction of the cost of applications in the majority of other popular study abroad countries.

In the UK, you don’t apply directly to the university but, instead, everything goes through an online portal called UCAS.

You pay a single application fee of £13 (US$18) if you are applying to one course at one university and £30 (US$41) if you are applying to two to five (the maximum in one application cycle) universities or courses.

Universities in Australia

Have you set your heart set on Australia?  The good news is that there are few universities in the country which charge no fees at all for applications,  that is, if you apply online.

Say you submit an application to Charles Darwin University online, you will pay no fees. Infact, the application process is quite simple and can be done easily online for courses in several subjects.

If you are not convinced by Charles Darwin

The University of South Australia also provides free application fees and a wide range of courses. You will have to apply online through the international student portal.

Your final option for free applications in Australia is the renowned Bond University, again offers no application fee online. On the brighter side of things,you can also choose to defer your entry instead of accepting your offer immediately.

Please never be afraid to ask for a fee waiver because if you never try, you’ll never know. Be mild tempered and explain your situation and exercise patience and you never know the surprises in stock for you.