Nowadays, universities all over Europe throw curious looks
across the Channel. In England, a majority of HE institutes is set to triple their tuition fees for the upcoming
academic year. Recent numbers by UCAS showed that home applications
to English universities decreased by 10%. Will these higher
education exiles find sanctuary in continental Europe instead?
British media already picked up on this and quickly declared that "Holland is a dream" where
education quality is still worth every penny. In particular Maastricht University hopes to lure Brits with
its comprehensive English language programs.
Netherlands market leader, but for how
By now, this news has also reached Germany. According to a report by "der Spiegel" universities there
increasingly target Brits. Their message is clear: in 14 out of the
16 Bundesländer higher education is completely free. Only Bavaria
and Lower Saxony ask for a contribution of €500 per semester.
"Right now, the Netherlands is still market leader in terms of
English Master courses offered, but for how long? Germany
universities already offer around 650 courses in English ranging
from Design to Economics to Forestry," der Spiegel writes.