Mississauga Students Can Get Free Undergrad Degrees in Germany


Published September 21, 2016 at 2:20 am


When it comes to money, the news is almost never good. Houses are more expensive than ever (and so is rent), groceries are costly and post-secondary tuition is through the roof.

While there aren’t any easy solutions, it might comfort you to know that you can actually study in Germany for free.

That’s right, undergraduate students in Germany do not have to pay tuition fees. According to studying-in-germany.org, the government finances most German universities and every federation in the country must abolish tuition fees and offer free post-secondary education to both local and foreign students (meaning Canadian students can also study free of charge).

Keep in mind that you can only enjoy a free education if you’re enrolling in an undergraduate program. If you’re pursuing a masters or doctorate degree, you will have to cover tuition costs. Also, private universities may still charge hefty tuition fees, so keep that in mind if you’re serious about seeking higher education in Germany.

You also must remember that you will still be on the hook for other school-related costs (such as administrative fees) and that it’s actually quite rare for German students to live on campus (meaning you may have to consider renting an apartment).  

Although it might seem extreme to consider pursuing an undergraduate degree in a different continent, the opportunity is compelling. Tuition fees are a hardship for many and student loans can become a difficult burden to bear (even though they’re still technically “good” debt). Although students from Mississauga (or Canada in general) would still have to find ways to finance other living costs, the opportunity to study abroad is a fantastic one.

After all, what are the tender college/university years without a little foreign exploration?

If you truly want to study in Germany, you can learn a little more here.  

But while it’s good to know that you could conceivably study at a reputable (even prestigious) academic institution in Europe for free, you might wonder if we’d all be better off if Canada did more to help students navigate the costly world of post-secondary education.

To be fair, the province has moved to help needy students from low-income families. Back in February, the Wynne government announced that, starting in 2017, students from families earning less than $50,000 a year will no longer have to cover their own tuition costs. The Ontario Student Grant will effectively subsidize some students’ education and increase access to interest-free and low cost loans. You can actually learn more and apply here.

As of now, Canadian students do have access to low-interest loans and (and now subsidies) — but do we want or need more? Is the German model one you would like to see launched in Canada? Or do you think subsidizing higher education will become too significant a burden on taxpayers?

Perhaps it’s easier to avoid proposing free tuition in Canada and go to Germany instead.

After all, living abroad is such a wonderful adventure.



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