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Seeking free education, students flock to other European countries

October 31, 2011

By Eline Hædersdal

AMSTERDAM – With the European education system facing severe cuts, students have been taking advantage of tuition-free degrees offered across the continent.

Higher education is free for European Union nationals in Greece, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

Nationally, university fees have not increased but more student numbers will put pressure on the Dutch budget.

Students at Dutch universities pay between 1,200 and 2,200 EUR yearly while their counterparts at British Universities have to folk out between 5,100 and 10,300 EUR per year.

All European education is in one way or the other effected by the crisis. It seems that the British universities takes the lead with regards to the high student fees.

The guardian found that over half of the British universities will be charging tuition fees of 10,300 annually next year EUR.

“Many universities across these countries give accounts of facing indirect impacts on their funding structure” said a European University Association (EUA) report, released earlier this year.

The fees could be potentially higher in the future, the report claims.

The quality of education is also in danger as there are fewer teachers per student across the Dutch university spectrum, the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency said.

“The quality of education is crucial in delivering a highly skilled working population that meets the needs of employers.”

For students who cannot afford exorbitant fees in their home countries, traveling to other European cities remains a good alternative.

Norway is the only country were it seems that all types of education is for free for both EU and non-EU students.

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