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Richard Bartholomew  Identity Verified
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Jun 4, 2008

According to www.collegeboard.com ( http://www.collegeboard.com/student/pay/add-it-up/4494.html ), the average annual tuition and fees at a public four-year US college is 6.185 USD. Some charge as little as 3.000 USD per year. The average annual tuition and fee charge at a German university is 1.000 Euros. at the current exchange rate of 1,5452 USD / Euro, that's 1.5452 USD per year. So you could attend a top flight German university for about half the tuition of a rock bottom US four-year college.

What's wrong with this picture? Why don't we hear about hoards of cash strapped US highschoolers frantically trying to learn enough German to meet the language requirements for entry into the university system there? I assume that the tuition situation must be at least as favorable in other EU countries.


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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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Other considerations Jun 4, 2008

Other considerations to be taken into account would be travel costs, including periodic visits back home, and especially living costs that could be a good bit higher in Europe. Another factor could be immigration restrictions that could prevent or limit a student's employment, which the student might be counting on to earn money for college expenses. The student could also be eligible for financial assistance in the USA that would not be available for studying abroad.

So one would have to consider many factors before concluding that lower tuition and fees alone could attract US students to study in Europe. The need to first become fluent in the appropriate language would of course be a further barrier that would discourage students from doing so.


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Lawyer-Linguist  Identity Verified
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Not a EU rate? Jun 4, 2008

The rates you are quoting for a German university may well be those that apply to German and other EU citizens only.

To do a Master's degree in the UK, for example, currently costs around GBP 3,500- 4,000 for UK and other EU citizens (sometimes far more). However you can more than double that for non-EU citizens.



[Edited at 2008-06-04 17:56]


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Madeleine MacRae Klintebo  Identity Verified
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How about brushing up on their Swedish? Jun 4, 2008

University education in Sweden is free of charge. All you need to pay is a compulsory student union fee of a few hundred SEK = peanuts. This also applies to students from outside the EU (except on a few special courses). And what's more, quite a few courses are taught in (something that resembles) English. You could, for example, study for a degree in in Political Science at Stockholm University fully in English. Now, what was it the Germans are supposed to call us Swedes? Die dumme ...

Oh, and they might not even have to pay for travel, accommodation, etc as there are a lot of 100% online courses (incl. degrees). I've already done two courses in law, but they required me to travel to the university for exams. In the autumn, I'll start a diploma in web design just because I feel like it.

To save the Swedish tax payers a bit of money, I'll not post the address to the portal site here.

Mads

PS. There is a reason for this generosity. The idea is that if we allow universities to charge non-EU foreigners, we'll soon find ourselves being charged. So any political party which suggest this would take a beating.


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Tatty  Identity Verified
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Much better laugh Jun 5, 2008

I did a European degree and spent two years in England and two years abroad, one in Spain and one in France, and uni in England was a much better laugh. From what I have heard, Uni in the US sound like a hoot too.

And you have dating over there.

[Editado a las 2008-06-05 09:57]


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Richard Bartholomew  Identity Verified
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Dating? Jun 5, 2008

Tatty wrote:
And you have dating over there.

In the College of Engineering? You jest of course.


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