This past week, I have been seeing articles like this about how Germany has abolished tuition fees be shared all over the Internet. Often, however, these articles are accompanied by comments asking if studying in Germany is also free for foreigners.
|A nice example of the memes going around on the Internet right now…|
I got my Bachelor’s in the U.S. I know it is expensive. I have the crushing student debt to prove it. So, I would be lying if I said that money was a big factor in my choice to study in Germany.
Lucky for me, Lower Saxony got rid of the tuition fee at the exact time that I started my Masters degree. However, this does not mean that I did not have to pay the university any money. All universities in Germany do still charge a fee each semester that includes administrative fees and the semester ticket (a pass for all public transportation within the state). This is usually around 300 Euro (about $400).
But does this mean that Americans should start coming to Germany to study? No.
Although Germany does have many English-language programs, I believe that only those that are truly interested in living in Germany, assimilating to the culture, and learning the language should come here to study. For those that just like the idea of living it up abroad, try checking out a study abroad program first.