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Rankings Of World University Reveal Higher Education Bargains

by Jim ONeil on September 9, 2011

in student finance

The most recent version of the world university league table was published last Sunday. This could serve as impetus for UK students to obtain a high-quality education at little to no cost. Students trying to attend a top university while avoiding tuition fees of £9,000 can learn a lot by reading this list. They will not need huge student loans to attend some of the top schools in the world.

Trinity College in Dublin has a prime location and a 400-year history of higher education. It occupies the 65th spot on the league table, just under the London School of Economics. What makes it even more special is that UK students are not charged tuition fees. This is just one of the many schools in the top 200 spots that have fees lower than the £9,000 annual tuition in England.

International education and career network QS compiled the most recent world rankings. For the first time, it compared tuition costs for the 600 universities on the list. An amazing one-third were less than the maximum tuition in England. If UK students are willing to leave the area to attend university, they have some great options.

Several Dutch institutions are worthy of a second look. The 63rd-ranked Amsterdam University teaches several undergraduate degrees in English and charges only £1,516 annually in tuition to EU students. Utrecht and Leiden were other Dutch universities in the top 100, occupying the 80th and 88th spots, respectively.

The Student Loans Company reported that UK undergraduates who want to study at universities in the EU are eligible for a tuition loan from the school’s country. They may also be eligible for living expense loans. Those who want to travel further should explore China, France, and Germany. U.S. universities, in contrast, have much higher tuition rates than even England.

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