Low Tuition Universities in USA, Mexico and Japan with Tuition Fees

Study in USA

Tuition fees: Tuition fees in The United States are among the most expensive in the world. The tuition cost in a year, which does not include cost of living, and varies from one program to another is in the range of $5000 to $50000. But courses like MBA, Medical and some other advanced programs might cost more per year. Also, it is worthy of note that private institutions charge tuition fees higher than public or community institutions.

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Cost of Living

The cost of living in USA is very high when compared to other advanced countries. This is due to the high standard of living fortified with modern facilities and Technology. International students planning to study in USA should know that there are going to the country which is a cynosure to other underdeveloped or developing countries in the world. The currency used is The US Dollar ($). Living cost can be estimated to be in the range of $700 to $1000 in a month. This depends on two main frames – your location and spending habit.

How to apply

Applying to US universities is tedious and competitive as many students also apply. You need to have high grades results to sail through. It is very recommendable to seek how to apply from the university you intend to study your course in. This can be achieved via the institution’s website. But to make this easier for our readers, below is a little guide to get them started;

To secure admission in the top and high-ranking institutions in USA you must have good grades, reliable financial support: parents, guardian, self-sponsored, achieving scholarships or merit based financial aids. Also, you must have good command over the English language.

The Common Application

If you do not want to do it yourself, you can seek help through the Common Application. The Common Application is a non-profit organisation, which provides an admission service for students. Students can apply to any of the Common Application institution members using the same form.

Admission Requirements

Below is what you must possess before thinking of applying to US universities. Endeavor to follow them carefully; the majority of Universities in USA require TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) for foreign students (Some universities in America may accept IELTS and PTE) and GRE (Graduate Record Examination) for both in state and international Students). There are some US universities where TOEFL is not compulsory. Also, TOEFL is not required for countries (UK, Australia, and Canada) whose native language is English. You must show letter of recommendation (sealed), copies of official transcripts (sealed) (Note: Some Universities accept verified copies by notary). For working people they may get two letters from current Employers but generally Letters from Professors are preferred. You need to submit a statement of purpose

For admission to Master’s Program (Graduate Program) in US; many Universities require undergraduate (BS or bachelor’s degree) GPA to be 3/4 (US system). This grade can be compared to 80/100, 12/20*(China) and 1st division, 65 %*( for most Indian Universities).  Most universities will require TOEFL from students where native language is not English or GRE (or GMAT for MBA). Application fees (nonrefundable) might vary from $20 to $100.


The deadline for fall semester is from Dec 15 to July. But you have to apply much earlier.  As an international student, it may take up to 8 weeks to have your results while in state students may hear within 5 weeks all depending on Program/University.

List of Universities

There are more than 4000 Universities/Colleges in USA. So, you have a wide range of institutions to choose from. Many of these universities occupy the first 100 best universities in the world universities rankings.

Stanford University

University of California-Los Angeles

Yale University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The University of Texas at Austin

Cornell University

Harvard University

California Institute of Technology

Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of California-Berkeley

University of Southern California

Dartmouth College

Duke University

Johns Hopkins University

Princeton University

Columbia University in the City of New York

Brandeis University

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities       

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

New York University       

College of William and Mary

Purdue University-Main Campus

Washington University in St Louis 

Wake Forest University

Tufts University

University of California-Irvine

Boston College 


Study in Mexico

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees at universities in Mexico are not stable as different universities set what they charge from students. Also, this is strongly affected by your chosen study program. Courses like Medical cost more than some other less competitive courses. However, the average costs of higher education can be estimated at US$5,000 per year. Public universities in Mexico charge amounts between the range of US$400 and US$900 annually for undergraduate programs, while Private institutions charge between US$1,600 and US$16,500 per year.

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Cost of Living

Cost of living in Mexico is extremely low especially when compared to other developed countries in the world. For instance, accommodation in Mexico’s main towns usually cost between US$150-200 monthly. But if you desire to make this lower, you can decide to live in the minor cities in Mexico. Also, transportation cost within Mexico is very low and affordable, with the metro train costing US$3 per day for unlimited use and buses costing US $2 per journey. How low is that? As an estimated amount based on real life research, as an international student, you need to budget about $500 for your expenses to include feeding, buying of books, transport, etc.

How to apply and Requirements

As an international student, you can only apply to an institution in Mexico by applying directly using the admission section of the university. To achieve this, you have to visit the webpage of the University for Proper Guidance, locate the admissions department. The admission requirements are not the same for all institutions but you may be asked to take an entrance exam, and/or a test of language proficiency depending on your country of residence.

List of low tuition Universities in Mexico

Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa

Universidad de Monterrey

Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán

Universidad del Valle de México

Universidad Autónoma de Campeche

Universidad Autónoma de Nayarit

Universidad Autónoma de Estado de Hidalgo

Universidad Pedagógica Nacional

Instituto Politécnico Nacional

Tecnológico Nacional de México

Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Institutes of Technology:

Instituto Tecnológico de Acapulco

Instituto Tecnológico de Aguascalientes

Instituto Tecnológico de Celaya 

Instituto Tecnológico de Chetumal (ITCH)

Instituto Tecnológico de Chihuahua


Study in Japan

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees in Japanese universities are very low and affordable for international students especially if there are compared to those of many European nations and the US. As an international student, you need to budget in the range of US$5,000 – 8,000 per year. What you have to pay will depend on your study program and the institution you choose.

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Cost of Living

A budget of ¥100,000 will be enough to take care of all your necessary expenses. But to be frank, if you live in the minor cities, it may beat down the living cost as things are less expensive in those places than in top cities. Since different people have different lifestyles, we cannot give the exact amount, but this is just an average estimate which will cater for you books, accommodation, travels, etc.

How to apply

Applying as an International student into a Japanese University is not very tedious. You will only need to possess an International Baccalaureate, be up to 18 years of age if you are applying for undergraduate programs. For postgraduate studies, a valid degree from a recognized University is accepted by the institutions there. Please endeavor to contact your university of choice webpage for more information on this. Also, you have to write The ‘Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)’ standardized test structured to test basic academic skill in areas of mathematics, science and ‘Japan and the world’. 

List of good Universities in Japan for International Students

Asahikawa Medical University

Aichi Gakuin University

Akita Prefectural University

Aoyama Gakuin University

Aichi University

Akita International University

Other Universities:

Aichi Bunkyo University

Aichi Bunkyo Women’s College

Aichi Gakuin University

Aichi Institute of Technology

Aichi Kiwami College of Nursing

Aichi Konan College

Aichi Medical University

Aichi Mizuho Junior College

Aichi Prefectural College of Nursing & Health

Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music

Aichi Shinshiro Otani University

Aichi Toho University

Aichi University

Aichi University of Education

Chūbu University

Chukyo University

Daido Institute of Technology

Doho University

Fujita Health University

Fujita Health University College

†Ichinomiya Women’s Junior College

Japan Red Cross Aichi Junior College of Nursing

Junior College Aichi Gakuin University

Kinjo Gakuin University

Kinjo University

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