American Students Can Get a University Degree for Free in Germany

German tuitionSource: BBC News, June 3

While the cost of college education in the US has reached record highs, Germany has abandoned tuition fees altogether for German and international students alike. An increasing number of Americans are taking advantage and saving tens of thousands of dollars to get their degrees….

More than 4,600 US students are fully enrolled at Germany universities, an increase of 20% over three years. At the same time, the total student debt in the US has reached $1.3 trillion (£850 billion)….

Each semester, [a student] pays a fee of €111 ($120) to the Technical University of Munich (TUM), one of the most highly regarded universities in Europe, to get his degree in physics. Included in that fee is a public transportation ticket that enables the student to travel freely around Munich….

To cover rent, mandatory health insurance and other expenses, the [total cost is] between $6,000–7,000 each year.


2 responses to “American Students Can Get a University Degree for Free in Germany

  1. elizabethecker

    Germany had a short experiment in charging fees, but decided that it was a bad idea. Canada should consider making it more difficult to enter an university, but make it free. Do you really need an university degree to do telemarketing or work at Starbucks?

  2. Henry Lotin

    Not to be too academic about the issue, but this is a very direct lesson in supply and demand. International students are an important contribution to population growth among new entrants to the workforce. Germany is in outright population decline. (We would be too if not for our high immigration, students, and “temporary” workers.) Studying in German is not as popular than studying in English, even though English is widely used in Germany. Canada is a far more popular destination for international students and they are willing to pay to come here. It is a key financial source for schools. With fewer students from domestic population growth, substantially increasing the subsidy for post-secondary students through taxation is unlikely to be popular. Why give up this great source of inward indirect investment?