Germany Now Has Free Tuition for Everyone, Even International Students

Written by Jolene Latimer

Germany has never been known for having high tuition costs, but last week it officially voted to make college education free for everyone. According to German senator Dorothee Stapelfeldt, the decision was made because they felt paying anything for tuition was “unjust” and discouraged students with difficult economic circumstances from receiving a high level of education.

Though tuition was already incredibly low by American standards – sitting at about $600 for a year – this decision completely does away with it: even for international students.

This move isn’t unprecedented for Germany. Higher education was free in the past, but in 2006 institutions across the country began charging.

Public outcry caused most schools to phase out their tuition policies rapidly. Last week, Lower Saxony was the final state to formally end all of theirs, driving the proverbial nail into the coffin for tuition fees.

American students, who typically graduate university with about $29,000 of student debt, could now be eyeing Germany as a place to continue their studies. Of course, they’ll have to learn German. Universities have accounted for this, however, with many German language classes on offer. Other schools offer some classes taught in English under headings such as “International Studies.”

At the very least, it is good to know a place with free tuition exists, and that going to school there might entail lots of schnitzel and bratwurst, which wouldn’t be a bad thing either.

This post originally appeared on RYOT.

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131 comments

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Past Member 3 years ago

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Dennis D.
Past Member 4 years ago

Cont:

We out spend any three countries military budgets combined. We allocate less money towards citizen social services than most of the civilized world. What is truly heartbreaking is that when it comes to healthcare we are still in the bottom half of in terms of taking care of our sick. The ACA barely bumped us up the a notch.

With the republicans in control of both houses.. Wanting to gut and pander to their corporate sponsors and the Koch brothers. The next 24 months are going to be a review of what the republican/tea party message and goals if the party can actually field a candidate that can take the white house and keep both Houses in Congress.

The choice is relatively simple.. We can continue to make people low on the list of priorities and continue down this road. Or in 2016 we can work for a government that understands that the people of this country needs to come first.

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Dennis D.
Past Member 4 years ago

Sarah H.
3:23am PST on Nov 9, 2014
It sounds good but someone has to pay for it! Tax payers?!
Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/germany-now-has-free-tuition-for-everyone-even-international-students.html#ixzz3IaOpAHn1

THe German citizen get a lot more bang for their money then we do in terms of what their taxes goes towards.

With out the size if a industrial military complex that we here in America support through our taxes. The Germans and other European Countries put people first as Priority. Sadly here we make the oil, military and corperations as first.. Then maybe and depending on whom is in charge of what do the citizens of this country get any real benefit.

Notice our crumbling infrastructure.. Notice how we are still debating as to how to get that done.. Ever notice even the pentagon has said enough money already and are routinely ignored as more money in the budget is allocated. In spite that We have not had a budget that neither party is willing to sign off on.. For purely ideological reasons. Yes the democrats are guilty as well. Their budget proposals at to date did nothing to really to stop the flow of money toward the military industrial complex.

We out spend any three countries military budgets combined. We allocate less money towards citizen social services than most of the civilized world. What is truly heartbreaking is that when it comes to healthcare we are still in the bottom half of in terms of taking care of our sick. The ACA barely

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill4 years ago

It sounds good but someone has to pay for it! Tax payers?!

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Winn Adams
Winn A4 years ago

Thanks

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Winn Adams
Winn A4 years ago

Thanks

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Magdalena J.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thank you!

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Ana R
ANA MARIJA R4 years ago

Vielen Dank, Deutschland! :)

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donald Baumgartner

The USA should do this !!!

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Miya Eniji
Miya Eniji4 years ago

Vielen Dank ! to all who made positive comments, especially Dennis D. tirelessly rebutting Darryl's arsinine comments. Darryl, please show me any country where food is NOT taxed ??
Mike K, vielen Dank ! i wanna know more, abt. this solar panel programme
Will R. Ta ! you always give me a good chuckle ^^
Linda M , its good to hear frm U again ^^

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