7 Countries Where International Students Can Study For Free/Almost Free — Concierge Librarian


International students can study for free or almost free in many countries. College tuition fees are rising each day and this has put the dream of a college education out of the reach of many.   In order to get a college education, without drowning in debt, international students will have to think outside of the box.

Foreign Students

One such out of the box thinking is studying in a foreign country.   If you are not afraid of an adventure, then take a ride with me to seven countries where tuition is free or almost free for  foreign students. Not all these courses are taught in English and the universities are public/state universities.

7 Countries Where International Students Can Study For Free


Germany has become the country of choice for many international students.  Whether you speak German or English, there are plenty of options for any student.   Tuition is free for foreign students and the cost of living is not too bad either.  There are a few states that tuition but that is as little as 500 Euros per semester. Students can expect to pay less than 1000 Euros per month. Some schools may charge a minimal administration fee or semester contribution.


Many Universities in Sweden offer tuition waivers to international students.   Even though the tuition is not automatically free, the waiver will still make the cost much more affordable than many other universities around the world.  Cost of living is less than 1000 Euros per month per student.


Regardless of your nationality, there are no tuition fees to study in Finland.  The estimated living expenses for students will be less than 1000 Euros per month


State universities/colleges in Norway are tuition free for all students.  There is a semester fee of NOK 300-600 which has to be paid in order to take advantage of the many benefits that are offered to students.  The living expenses per month can run up to 1500 Euros.


If you have approximately 200 Euros, you can study at one of France’s top rated public university. Please note that some courses such as engineering or medicine tend to cost more and I am sure you can understand why.


Apart from minor registration fees, getting a College Education in Brazil is free.  Living expenses for students in Brazil are also very low, sometimes even lower than students studying in Europe.


Non EU students attending school in Austria can expect to pay about 800 Euros per semester for tuition and fees.   It gets even sweeter for students from least developed countries as they might be exempted from tuition fees depending on the situation.   Again the living expenses for foreign students can be less than 1000 Euros per month.

Disclaimer:  Please be sure to double-check with any university that you have chosen to make sure that your program is subsidized before enrolling


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International students can study for free or almost free in many countries. College tuition fees are rising each day and this has put the dream of a college education out of the reach of many. In order to get a college education, without drowning in debt, international students will have to think outside of the box. One…

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IDENTIFY YOUR NEXT 3 MOVES Your next 3 moves may be different than someone else’s. At The Vault, we will identify your BEST next 3 moves in both your personal and business life.
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Every day knowingly or unknowing we come across the harmful household products which contain poisonous chemicals. These chemical often becomes one of the prime reason for chronic and acute health disorder. Here some examples of chemical hazards at home are provided to make people aware of it.


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How to Improve SEO:original

The fact is, if yours is a local business you enjoy a great many advantages where search optimization is concerned and by making a few fairly simple changes to your website you can significantly improve your rankings. 

1.jpgAdd Your City/State To Your Title Tag – The title tag is part of the metadata set located in the <head> section of your source code and is one of your most important on-site SEO assets. 

Adding your city/state to the title tag, along with your primary keywords, helps to inform the search engines that yours is a local business. It may sound like a no-brainer, but you would be suprised how many local businesses get this wrong. 

If you offer swimming pool maintenance services in Port Charlotte Florida, that is exactly what your title tag should say – “Swimming Pool Maintenance Services Port Charlotte Florida”.


Include Your City/State In The <H1> Tag On Your Home Page – Like your title tag, every page on your website should have a unique header or <H1> tag. Including geographic information in the header (like your city name) alongside a primary keyword tells the search engines that this location is important to your business. Sticking with the swimming pool maintenance example a possible heading might read: “Port Charlotte’s Pool Service of Choice”.

3.pngInclude Your City/State In Your Copy – Are you sensing a theme here? Including location information in your textual copy helps reinforce the relevance this location has with regard to your business. You do not need to mention it in excess, just a single reference is plenty; preferably in the first sentence following your <H1> tag as noted above.


Embed A Google Map On Your Contact Page –Research suggests that embedding a Google map along with your physical address to your contact page improves rankings in local search.

5.pngWrap Your NAP In Schema Markup – NAP is an acronym for Name, Address, and Phone and as a local business it is one of your most valuable assets. If you haven’t already you should establish a format for your NAP and use it consistently whenever sharing this information online.


For instance, if your business name is ABC WIDGETS LLC and your business address is 123 Main Street, Anytown, USA, you need to decide how you will format this information. Will you always spell out the word ‘Street’, or will you abbreviate? Are you going to include the ‘LLC’ designation, or eliminate it? Will you include a leading ‘1’ on your phone number, or just start with the area code? The point is, you need to establish a format and stick with it.

Once you have established a format for your NAP add it to the footer section on every page of your website and wrap it in Local Business Schema, like this:







The real take away here is that as a local business you should be treating your city/state much like you would a keyword. Like your other keywords, your city/state should be included in your title tag, your textual headers, your copy, and even your meta description if you like.

In addition, using Local Business Schema and embedding a Google Map on your contact page will help to ensure that Google and other search engines recognize the relevance of your geographic location.


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Does the state’s restaurant placard program offer too many chances?

A Waikiki buffet restaurant is no longer allowed to operate.

It is the third food establishment shut down by the Health Department after multiple violations.

“I didn’t know about their sanitary problems,” said Honolulu resident, Kim Jorgensen.

The red placard posted outside Makittii Hawaii located at 2380 Kuhio Ave. says it all.

“So for now the publics health is being protected by the closure of the facility,” said Peter Oshiro with the State Department of Health.

The Health Department launched its investigation into the restaurant on Oct. 13 after receiving a report of someone possibly getting sick.

Inspectors say they found multiple health violations that day for things like inadequate hand washing, stored food temperature violations and even the presence of insects and rodents.

The restaurant was issued a yellow placard on Oct. 13.

Does the state’s restaurant placard program offer too many chances?

Is the state giving restaurants cited for health violations too many chances?

That’s what KHON2 is asking after the recent restaurant shutdowns by the state.

Four days ago, the state Health Department issued Makittii Hawaii, a buffet restaurant in Waikiki, a red placard and closed its doors.

That’s after visiting the restaurant five times over a period of more than three weeks.

Health officials returned to Makittii Tuesday, not for an inspection, but to teach employees food safety lessons.

“Why does the state return so many times?” KHON2 asked.

“Well, we don’t think it’s so many times,” said Peter Oshiro with the DOH.

Oshiro said the placard program is successful, because the large majority of restaurants correct their violations. Two other restaurants on Oahu recently received red placards after multiple visits from the health department.

“What do you tell people who might think, it’s not protecting public safety because people could have gotten sick?” KHON2 asked.

“Again, it’s a weight off between what we’re finding in the establishment and whether or not they’re moving towards correction,” Oshiro said. “When we fine or suspend somebody, we’re litigating the solution. It’s very counterproductive, it costs the taxpayer a lot of time and money, because now I have to talk to the (attorney general)’s office. We have to issue formal legal documents.”

KHON2 went to Makittii to try to talk to the owner and observe the health department class, but no one responded.

But we did talk to a food safety consultant, Tom Frigge, about what he teaches employees.

“First you turn the water on, wet your hands,” Frigge said.

Hand-washing is the most basic lesson, but there are many others.

Frigge says anyone who works in the kitchen, who handles food, should carry a thermometer. He also says food temperatures in coolers should be checked twice a day.

So does he think the state’s placard program gives restaurants too many chances?

“It might be, yeah, because all during that time the public is at risk, isn’t it?” Frigge said.

Since Wednesday is a holiday, the earliest health inspectors could visit Makittii is Thursday.

If a green placard is issued, the restaurant could reopen.

More At-Bats for B2C Startups in the Community

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An entrepreneur recently asked me why we don’t have more B2C startups in town. Consumer startups, as opposed to business ones, have a lower success rate. Much like the movie business, even experts have a hard time telling what’s going to do well financially and what isn’t — it’s a “hits” business. With the continued success of Yik Yak here, there’s a renewed interest, and hope, in more B2C startups locally. What’s the solution? More at bats. More swings. More strikeouts. More hits.

Here are a few thoughts on more at-bats for B2C startups:

  • Incubators like Switchyards are working on developing institutional knowledge around what does, and doesn’t work, while catalyzing the community
  • More local success will result in more local hires that get exposed to consumer startups, and in turn they’ll start their own companies (success breeds success but there’s a chicken and egg problem to get it going)
  • More meetups, experience…

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How Saying “No” Will Help You In Business

Saying “No” Helps You Focus Your Services

As a full-time CEO and a part time writer, I have a lot of business on my plate, especially when it comes to writing. When it comes to writing, I could accept any number of projects, but when push comes to shove, it only makes sense to pick projects that interest me, that pay well, and that will help me build my career. It’s true that any number of people, at any time, might be knocking on my door and asking me to write for them, but it only makes sense to say yes if it helps me grow my business, or develop further personally or professionally. As a full-time CEO, most of my time is sucked away with my full-time business, so when it comes to writing, I only say yes to projects that really fall in line with my writing goals.b0f12f0f-9cc2-4058-ae64-b27af9a1090c-original

The same goes for you and your business. You’ll be surprised at how many services people will ask you to provide when they are happy with one service you have already provided them, but if it doesn’t fall in line with the kind of business you do, it will often end up sucking your time, and not paying off in the long run. Stick to what you know, and what you’re good at, and as you say “no,” you will be able to continually focus and fine-tune your services.

Make More Money And Save Time

Another reason to develop the habit of saying “no” when it’s appropriate is that it helps you make more money and save time. For example, you know exactly how many projects you can balance, how much time each project will take, and a quick cost analysis will tell you which projects make sense when divided up into an hourly, and which projects do not. If a project is going to suck so much time that you end up getting paid less than minimum wage for the hours put in to the project, it’s worth it to say no and accept a project bid that makes more financial sense.

Say No When You Don’t Have A Contract

Another time saying “no” will help you in business is when you don’t have a contract, or when the company hiring you is being weird about payment agreements. If you don’t feel comfortable that you will be compensated appropriately, or don’t trust the company you are doing business with, don’t be afraid to tell them no, and to put your time and energy into working for someone who is willing to sign a contract, and/or pay upfront.

What are some other times YOU think you should say “no” to business?

From My recent Blog https://shieldfunding.com/2015/04/how-saying-no-will-help-you-in-business/

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