Germany tuition fees international students
Among the world top ten universities, you’ll find 6 US and 4 UK institutions. They are also the most expensive ones for domestic students and international students. However, at this level of excellence, US universities, don’t make a difference between students for the tuition fees whereas UK universities do. Do you know why?
Learning has a cost for any student and for any country. The amount of the tuition fees depends mainly on political choice made by the states and governments.
Education can be heavily sponsored by public funds (Germany, France, Italy, Spain…) or call for private donations (USA, Canada..). Some countries offer free studies for students (Brazil, Denmark, Saudi Arabia..), others ask to pay large amount of money (USA, England and Commonwealth countries, China…) from students. Some offer a strong network of scholarships and loans (Sweden, Iceland…) and others don’t.
In the case of the world top ten universities, we can argue that MIT or Harvard have already reached such a high price that it would be improper to ask more money from international students. But still, in this context, the UK policy looks unfair.
Who decided it?
In England, international students started paying tuition fees in 1981.
The decision was taken by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, former Secretary of State for Education and Science (1970-1974). She opened the path to the Education monetization when she decided to apply tuition fees for international students in order – although it was not said in such terms – to compensate reduction in public financing.
The decision didn’t discourage the foreign students to register.
Later on, prime ministers have regularly raised up fees for international students as well as domestic students. In 1998, following a decision from the Conservative John Major, a annual tuition fee of £1, 000 was introduced representing, according to the government, a quarter of an average course.
More recently, in 2012, English universities were allowed to tripple the amount of fees from £3, 000 to £9, 000 for national students. Government has already foreseen a new increase for 2017.