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Tuition Free Colleges And Universities In Europe And The Things You Should Know

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European countries like Germany, France and Norway have public universities that are charging students with minimal fees to nothing when it comes to tuition, regardless of nationality.

It is not strange to see international students looking for ways to cut costs. In 2015 until 2016, the average tuition for in-state students at public universities was at $9,410, as reported by the College Board. Getting into college is not cheap.

While hearing the words tuition-free can be tempting, parents and students from the United States need to be aware that there are differences between a tuition-free European school and an American one. So before getting tempted to leave the high cost of college in the United States, it is best to know the difference.

For example, the clip from BBC (below) talks about US students heading to Germany for free degrees.

For international students who are looking to enroll at a tuition-free European university, here are a few things to consider before taking the leap:

Financial resources as proof is essential

Students still need to show proof that they can cover their living expenses and other fees associated. Which is why sufficient financial resources are important. Be advised that the minimum amount may vary per country. Parents can help by submitting proof that they can support the student. Proof of scholarship is also one more way, as reported by U.S. News.

English-taught programs are not so common

International students may need to learn the language before enrolling into a European university. Students may need to learn the language earlier or they can learn while at the school.

Undergraduate programs are shorter

Compared to U.S undergraduate programs that takes four years, European bachelor's degree programs would usually take three years. Undergrad programs in Europe are very focused on the area of study. There are little to no electives and education requirements.

The grading system is different

International students have to be more independent and self-motivated to succeed. Some European schools do not factor in attendance, class participation and homework. The final grade often speaks of the performance, alone.

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