In Europe, it is widely considered the duty of the state to educate its citizens, and many European universities do not charge native students tuition. Public universities in Denmark, Finland and Sweden are all fully state-funded, though students may have to pay small fees, such as Student Union membership. Other major nations on the continent have tuition-free, state-funded universities as well, to varying degrees.

University of Vienna

Founded in 1365, the University of Vienna has a faculty of 6,500 scholars and 85,000 students, and the largest research library in Austria. Tuition is waived for Austrian citizens, though they must pay a number of smaller fees, adding up to a few hundred euros as of 2010.

The University of Vienna Dr.-Karl-Lueger-Ring 1 1010 Vienna Austria 011-43-1-4277-0 univie.ac.at/?L=2

Technical University of Denmark

Denmark's first polytechnic university, DTU has campuses in the cities of Lyngby and Copenhagen. Its 7,000 students are taught by the 2,000 scholars it keeps on staff. The school's website says instruction is more informal than at other universities and places a strong emphasis on students' active participation.

Technical University of Denmark Anker Engelunds Vej 1 Building 101A 2800 Kgs. Lyngby 011-45-45-25-25-25 dtu.dk/English.aspx

University of Helsink

Established in 1640, the University of Helsinki had more than 38,000 student in the 2010 academic year, but with an acceptance rate of around 15 percent, it is quite selective. Instruction is available in three languages: Finnish, Swedish and English.

P.O.Box 3 (Fabianinkatu 33) FI-00014 University of Helsinki 011-358-9-191-22441 helsinki.fi/university/