Applications to universities are no easy task. In addition to considering finances for funding university studies, prospective students also need to consider application fees. This applies to the vast majority of universities and this has become a key obstacle to numerous students in their educational careers.

Certain universities in the United States, for example, can charge over $100 per application. This imposes a heavy financial strain on countless international students who intend to apply to several universities.

However, all is not lost of course! Universities do offer a certain amount of flexibility that allows prospective students to bypass these financial obstacles. In some cases, universities offer a ‘waiver’ that enables select students to override the application fee.

But in other cases, certain universities charge no expenses for an application at all! This is typical if students submit an online application. In this article, we will provide you with information regarding several universities that cost no expenses when it comes to submitting an application.

3 Universities in South Korea with No Application Fees

There are a total of 3 universities in South Korea without any application fee, but you can try to email the admissions office of your preferred institution if they will allow for an application fee waiver.  This method might work, but it might not since it doesn’t hurt to ask. Check out 3 Universities in Korea with No Application Fee!

5 Universities in Australia with No Application Fees

There are a total of 5 universities that do not have an application fee for both domestic and international students, and we have also included a brief summary for each university with its corresponding link. Check out the 5 Universities in Australia with No Application Fee!

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35 Universities in the USA with No Application Fees

Compared to the majority of other countries, the United States has several institutions that do not charge fees for application submissions. Check the list of 35 Universities in the USA that do not charge application fees.

1 University in Canada with No Application Fee

Unfortunately, the majority of universities in Canada do charge an application fee. However, there is only one university wherein you don’t need to pay for the application process. Read the Canadian University with the No Application Fee to know more!

2 Universities in China with No Application Fees

Similar to universities in Korea, there are 3 universities in China with no application fee. Some of these institutions that are listed offer prestigious scholarships to international applicants, so don’t forget to check the information regarding scholarships. Check out 2 Universities in China with No Application Fee!

Universities in the UK with No Application Fees

Applying to universities in the UK, unfortunately, comes with a cost, but this is substantially less than applying to universities elsewhere. Prospective students apply using the UCAS online portal which is an online application system that can be used to apply to up to 5 universities for £24 ($32).

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About the Author: Hyun Lee

Hi! I am Hyun, and I am the founder at Global Scholarships. I've received a full-tuition scholarship at Birmingham-Southern College and a $1,000 Burger King Scholarship for my undergraduate degree and was offered a fully funded scholarship consisting of tuition, living stipend, and health insurance for computer science Ph.D. program at North Carolina State University. You can read more about my scholarship journey here. If you are interested, you can follow me on Linkedin where I regularly write about scholarship opportunities.

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  1. Alisha Qureshi June 28, 2023 1:58 am - Reply

    I am in the 5th Semester studying for my graduation in Business Administration from the
    National University of Modern Language (NUML) in Hyderabad, Pakistan. Previously I
    have 12 years high school studies where all subjects like Chemistry, Physics, Biology ,
    Mathematics and English literature were all thought in English language.
    My motivation is to study in your school of learning as I have a decided to move back to
    Sweden and study for my BA in Business administration and Economics for graduation
    in your school from spring of 2024 as living here in Pakistan as it has become quite
    difficult to continue and start my career in Pakistan being a female to study either BA in
    Economics or BBA in business Management.
    I am a neutralized Swedish citizen since 2007 and my father is also Swedish national.
    I would like to enquire if I would be asked to pay the tuition fee?. I shall be sending my
    papers for your consideration in order to get admission in your institute. I had always
    wanted to study in your famous institute of high reputation which can help me in
    building my future career in my life. And as I am going to stay in Europe especially in one
    of the Scandinavian country, so I need to have their educational background from one of
    these countries.

    • Hyun Lee June 28, 2023 11:04 am - Reply

      Hi Alisha, first of all, we are not an institute, and we do not give any admission to anyone since we are not an academic institution. Also, this post is about universities having no application fee, and not universities without tuition fees. If you do study in Scandinavia, tuition is free for EU students studying at public universities in Finland, Norway, and Sweden, while non-EU international students have to pay tuition fees. However, if you are going to do bachelor’s again, you probably do need to speak their language, while Master’s, they have English-taught options. Hope that helps!

  2. Eric Duah Boateng July 10, 2023 6:30 pm - Reply

    Very interesting and good for sharing. Keep it up.Can you also help in Graduate studies institutions?
    Thank you

    • Hyun Lee July 10, 2023 8:28 pm - Reply

      Hi, we don’t know of any graduate schools without application fees at the moment. We will do our research and let you know if we do have anything.

  3. Anonymous September 16, 2023 3:45 pm - Reply

    I have just gone through the web site of Quest universities, Canada there is an application fee for International students.
    The Header “No application fee” is a big confusion.

    • Hyun Lee September 18, 2023 3:56 pm - Reply

      Hello, Quest University used to have free application, but it does not anymore. Also, it will be closed permanently, and so, we will edit the article. Thanks for bringing that to our attention!

  4. Anonymous November 8, 2023 2:57 pm - Reply

    Can you suggest colleges in Ireland without application fee?

    • Hyun Lee November 13, 2023 1:13 pm - Reply

      Hello, we don’t have any information on that at the moment, but if we find any, we will update this article!

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