Education: Germany’s Free Higher Education System

Lower Saxony has officially become the last German state to abolish tuition fees for students enrolling in higher education, including international students.  Gabrielle Heinen-Kjajic, Lower Saxony’s minister for science and culture, stated, “The decision was taken because we do not want higher education which depends on the wealth of the parents.”  This ruling means that the entire country of Germany is non-fee paying.  Germany has now become the fourth most popular destination for students who want to pursue higher education, following America, England, and Australia.  Dorothee Stapelfeldt, the city of Hamburg’s senator for science, said, “It is a core task of politics to ensure that young women and men can study with a high quality free of charge in Germany.”

Contributor: Chelsea Edirisuriya

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