Since Pakistan is a developing country, it is difficult to live and study in a foreign country even for well settled families. Most of us give up just after estimating the cost of studying abroad. However, they don’t know that not all countries cost as much as Australia or USA. There are around 50 study abroad destinations that host international students. You can select any one of them as almost all provide better higher education system than Pakistan. So, here I am sharing top 10 cheapest countries to study abroad for Pakistani students with their complete living and education cost.
10 - Norway
Norway is considered to be an expensive place to live after all it is estimated to be 345% more expensive than Pakistan. Rents are even higher charging around 660% of what we pay in Pakistan. However, this country is still one of the cheapest to study abroad because it offers free education to international students in public universities. Norway was ranked 32nd in HESS ranking of QS 2016.
Students are only required to pay $40 - $80 every semester. On the other hand, you need $1,200 to $1,500 to cover all your monthly expenses including accommodation. Estimated annual cost to live and study in Norway is around $18,000. Here you can learn complete Application Process to Study in Norway.
9 - France
France is not just a famous tourist destination but it also attracts a large population of international students because of its great higher education system. France was ranked 6th best study abroad destination by QS. French public universities don’t charge high tuition fees. You only need $250 to $600 per year for university fees. However, living cost of France is also considered higher than most countries.
Numbeo.com estimated France to be 230% more expensive than Pakistan while rents reaching up to 435%. Summing up all rents and utilities, you will need around $800 to $1,200 per month. Estimated annual cost to live and study in France is around $15,000. Here see Why France is a Perfect Study Abroad Destination.
8 - Taiwan
Not many Pakistani students know this but Taiwan was ranked 17th best study abroad destination in the world by QS. According to Numbeo.com, Taiwan is 160% more expensive than Pakistan while rents are 190% higher. Universities in Taiwan charge $3,000 to $6,500 per year depending on the institute and program.
Living cost in Taiwan is very low as student only needs $400 to $550 per month to cover all living expenses including rents. Estimated annual cost to live and study in Taiwan is around $13,000. Here see Why You Should Study in Taiwan.
7 - Hungary
Hungary is not ranked by QS but it is still hosting a large population of international students. Cost of Living in Hungary is approximately 90% higher and rents go up to 186% higher than Pakistan. Universities in Hungary charge fees from $5,000 to $25,000 per year.
A student needs around $600 per month to cover all living expenses including rents. It is easier to get admission in Hungary compared to most other study abroad destinations. Estimated annual cost to live and study in Hungary is around $12,000. Here is a complete Free Guide to Study Abroad in Hungary.
6 - Poland
Poland has been getting more popular among international students for last few years. Poland is home to many great universities hosting hundreds of international students. Rents in Poland are 210% higher while general living cost is around 78% higher than Pakistan.
A student needs around $500 to $600 per month to cover all living expenses including accommodation. Universities in Poland charge $3,000 to $5,000 tuition fees per year. Estimated annual cost to live and study in Poland is around $12,000. Here is complete Free Guide to Study Abroad in Poland.
5 - Malaysia
Malaysia is an Asian country ranked 27th best study abroad destination outranking Norway. Malaysia is 76% more expensive to live than Pakistan. Rents here cost as much as 120% more than Pakistan. A student needs around $450 to $600 per month to cover all living expenses with refreshments, outings and accommodation.
Universities in Malaysia charge an average of $4,000 per academic year. Different study programs can cost more or less than the mentioned fees. Estimated annual cost to live and study in Malaysia is around $11,000. Here see How to Get Study Visa for Malaysia.
4 - Germany
Germany was ranked 3rd best study abroad destination by QS in their Higher Education System Strength ranking of 2016. It is also hosting the 5th largest population of international students. Cost of living in Germany is 192% higher compared to Pakistan while rents are 446% higher. Depending on your lifestyle, you will need $600 - $900 per month for rent, food and other utilities.
Public German universities don't charge any tuition fee. However, you will still need to pay admission, administration fee every semester that costs about $350. Estimated annual cost to live and study in Germany is around $10,000. Here is a list of All German Universities that Offer Free Education.
3 - Argentina
Argentina was ranked 18th best study abroad destination by QS. This country offers both, a great environment to live and quality education. All public universities in Argentina offer free education for all domestic and international students. Argentina is approximately 119% more expensive than Pakistan in general living cost. On the other hand, accommodation cost is around 173% higher compared to Pakistan.
A student needs around $700 to $800 per month to cover all living expenses including a proper accommodation. Estimated annual cost to live and study in Argentina is around $9,500.
2 - China
It is easier to get Study Visa for China as it is a good neighbour of Pakistan. China is home to many world class universities and one of the best provider of higher education. It was ranked 8th best study abroad destination in the world by QS. There are around 600 universities and colleges in China that are allowed to host international students.
Living in China costs 76% more than Pakistan. Rents in China are estimated to be 246% higher than Pakistan. Chinese universities charge $2,000 to $4,000 per year. Programs such as medicine and engineering can cost higher. A student needs only $250 to $350 per month to cover all living expenses. Estimated annual cost to live and study in China is around $7,500. Here see all the Best Benefits of Studying Abroad in China.
1 - Mexico
Mexico was ranked 36th best higher education system by QS. It is also home to many high ranked universities but it is not exactly a favourite destination of international students because of its negative image on international media. Cost of living in Mexico is only 30% higher than Pakistan. Rents in Mexico are on average 70% higher. On the other hand, public universities in Mexico only charge $300 to $800 per year.
You only need around $200 to $250 per month to easily cover all your living expenses including accommodation. Estimated annual cost to live and study in Mexico is around $3,800. Here is Everything a Student Must Know About Mexico as Study Abroad Destination.