University Tuition Fees
To study at a German University is generally free. For exceptions see https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studiengeb%C3%BChren_in_Deutschland
It is very rare to find free university studies in Europe nowadays. When you compare other university studies in other comparable countries, Germany’s universities are rather affordable.
|Great Britain||1.000-14.000 for foreigners from the EU, 10.000-35.000 for others|
|Italy||430 - 3000|
|Austria||720 foreigners from the EU, 1.450 for others|
|France||150-420, for private Universities about 5.500|
|Finnland||3.500-12.000 für None-EU-Students (planned)|
|Japan||about 3.900, private Universities 8.000|
|USA||around 3.500, private Univesities from 16.000|
(Data per year in Euro. Tuition is subject to change)
Given the great reputation of the university education in Germany and the high ranking of both universities in Munich, TU and LMU, the quality of education (for the relatively low price) is a strong reason to choose to go to a university in Munich.
The pros and cons of the university tuition have been discussed for many years in Germany. The proponents of charging tuition say that students who pay for their university studies take their studies more seriously and work harder to earn their university diploma. Also, university studies are seen as an investment for a young person and therefore paid for by that person, and not the government (in this case, the tax-payer). Tuition is fair and social because the general population will not be paying for the education of the few in the universities. In addition, the university receives funding that helps to improve the quality of the education.
Opponents of charging university tuition say that charging a fee is against the right to a free education. Only sons and daughters of wealthy parents have the opportunity to get a good education, and children from families who earn less money have fewer opportunities and are at a disadvantage. With this tuition law, the federal republic violates the democratic principles of equal opportunity and promotes the development of a social structure that keeps the poor, poor and the rich.