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cfkasara:  How do you feel about Germany's college tuition decision? Do you feel people, especially non-Germans, might take advantage? My brother's an honors student taking German III and when I told him his eyebrow's went up as he thought of the possibilities.

enchantedbyhiddles:

The college tuition-thing was totally misinterpreted in anglo-american media, as far as I have seen it. Somehow those media made it sound, like we had huge college tuitions and those got abolished. That’s simply wrong.

College tuition fees in Germany were an experiment that failed.

We never had any and then in 2005? some states (of our 16) decided that they’d introduce them. It was ruled that those could be 500€ per semester at most. This was an experiment that lasted probably five years at most. Only Niedersachsen had them for like 8 years? 

So by now all German states and universities have realised that college tuition fees were stupid, costed money, kept some people from studying and had no benefits at all.

It never was a big deal anyway. For some years students went to universities in states that didn’t have fees, like Greifswald or Potsdam and those were overrun because they had no Numerus Clausus, but that was it.

So it’s back to business as usual. We didn’t have a problem with foreign students overrunning our universities before, we won’t have it now.

Germany has a very, very special system for the Abitur (I think only Eastern Eurpoean countries have it so similar that there are hardly any problems), where you basically have to get tested in every subject. We don’t have the freedom to choose whatever subject we want. There are no creative writing courses or stuff like that. You have to have knowledge in all classic areas: languages, social sciences, sciences, art, maths. When you apply for a German univerisity you have to show that you have those courses on a similar level. You only had one foreign language? No, university for you. That’s why it is pretty difficult for non-EU-foreigners to even apply. (Same goes for applying for a job: You have a university degree from India, China, etc.? How nice for you. You can’t work in this job in Germany. You worked as a professor in Russia? If you’re lucky they say that’s the same as a bachelor’s degree here.)

Germany is the cheapest of all developed countries if you want to study, because living costs are ultra-cheap as well. Yet, we were never overrun by foreigners at university. In my class we had 3 students form abroad, I think, out of 100. 

Germany sounds heavenly with it’s lack of tuition, but believe me: bureaucracy makes up for it. 

(About bureaucracy: How students get a place at a university is complicated as hell. It’s not like the best students get a place, there are social criteria for 50% as well. So if there ever were too many excellent foreign students that apply, you’d probably simply make a rule like 80% to EU-citizens.)

So no, I don’t think anyone might take advantage. Those that take advantage are stupid Germans, whose parents think that their offspring has to study and force them, despite lack of interest and intelligence.

If your brother decides to apply for a German university he really should look what special requirements are needed and plan on it two years in advance. 

(I hope it is okay that I answered on my blog. I wanted to talk about it for a while, because I saw a tumblr post about: Woohoo: Germans abolish tuition fees!)

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