Thursday, October 12, 2017

Policy Shift on International Students (in Germany)


I admit that I likely think about international students more than the average immprof. I'm privileged here at UND to interact with international students on a daily basis - around 15% of our students are Canadian. I'm also currently working on a paper for the Lewis & Clark Law Review about international students - specifically the "Trump Effect" on international study in the US. It's an expansion on this post from 2016.

While I'm focused on the experience of international students in the US, I couldn't help but be grabbed by this WaPo article on Germany's changing approach to international students.

You may not be aware but tuition at German universities, like it's top-ranked LMU Munich (photographed above by digital cat), has historically been free - for Germans and international students alike. As LMU Munich itself explains: "Education is seen as a public good—a human right accessible to everyone. And international students are seen as a vital part of the German higher education system."

Some German states, however, are looking to charge tuition to non-Germans and those without EU citizenship. Sure, the fees won't be huge. As WaPo reports, one estimated fee is $3,500. That's still quite the bargain for U.S. matriculants. "But the change indicates a significant shift for Germany, which had been focusing on recruiting talent from abroad." And that's big news.


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