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German Universities Ditch Fees

Even international students can now study anywhere in Germany for free, as Britain’s youth continues to be angered over the issue.

Lower Saxony has become the last of Germany’s states to abolish fees for university students.

Announcing the decision, science and culture minister Gabrielle Heinen-Kjajic was quoted by germanpulse.com as saying in a statement the decision was taken “because we do not want higher education which depends on the wealth of the parents”.

That means all the country’s universities are now non-fee paying.

They were free in the past but were allowed to charge after a 2006 court ruling said charging was not against the constitution that committed the country to universal education.

But the bringing in of costs was unpopular and, state by state, fees were dropped.

Fees for international students, unlike in Britain, are also free, making them an increasing popular destination for study.

Germany is presently the fourth most popular country in which to study, after the US, UK and Australia, according to topuniversities.com.

The topic of university fees evokes anger among many young people – and parents who want to help fund their children when they can.

Universities in England and Wales are now allowed to charge up to £9,000 a year, although Welsh students can benefit from a nationwide grant from the Welsh government to help with costs.

Scottish students do not have to pay fees at Scottish universities.

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