Want to attend college for free? It can happen if you learn German.
All German universities are now free to Americans and all other international students. The last German state to charge tuition at its universities struck down the fees this week.
Even before Germany abolished college tuition for all students, the price was a steal. Typically semester fees were around $630. What’s more, German students receive many perks including discounts for food, clothing and events, as well as inexpensive or even free transportation.
In explaining why Germany made this move, Dorothee Stapelfeldt, a Hamburg senator, called tuition fees “unjust” and added that “they discourage young people who do not have a traditional academic family background from taking up study. It is a core task of politics to ensure that young women and men can study with a high quality standard free of charge in Germany.”
Actually, German universities were free up until 2006 when they started charging tuition. That triggered such a crush of criticism that German states began phasing out this policy. Lower Saxony was the last holdout.
It’s too bad that politicians in the U.S. don’t feel that a college education is worth supporting appropriately. State aid to the nation’s public universities took a nosedive during the 2008 recession and education funding remains well below those levels. The average state is spending 23 percent less per student than before the recession, according to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Actually, state support has been declining for public universities for a quarter of a century. Using an interactive tool from The Chronicle of Higher Education, you can see how state government subsidies have cratered at individual institutions.
With the average undergrad borrower now leaving school with more than $29,000 in debt, the free ride in Germany can look awfully tempting.
How to handle the language barrier
German is not an easy language to learn. Fortunately, however, there are international language programs in Germany, which have become very popular with international students before they tackle obtaining a degree in a different language.
What’s more, an increasing number of German universities are offering degrees in English. These are often called international studies programs or in some other way have the word international in their title.
This is actually making me cry…it’s one of those times when you realize that your own government just truly, honestly, does not give a shit about your wellbeing in any way.
If Americans don’t reblog this, then y’all need help.
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A little mermaid ripoff/au thing ive been tossing around lately. it started as fanart for "the little merpony" on fimfiction and then spiraled wildly out of control.
now the prince is a spellcasting demigod son of the greek god Pan (who goes by oberon when in fairyland) and Titania queen of fairies. so he’s half greek half, half celt, with a good bit of goat thrown in for good measure. he plays the panpipes and gets really sick and tired of his parent’s on again/off again relationship.
The mermaid this time saves his life by harpooning a great white shark that was attempting to eat said prince. she cant talk to the prince, not because she trades her voice away for a spell, but because theres a significant language barrier between merspeech and english. merfolk speak in a cross between whalesong and dolphin. but steadily the two learn each other’s language; the mermaid is a bit better at learning to understand his words than pronouncing them, and the prince cant quite match her tones with his own vocal cords but can ‘speak’ whale and dolphin whistles on his panpipes.
in the colored image, the mermaid is fascinated by the princes fuzzy chest, as the mermen of her species dont have body hair. the prince is just enjoying having a cute busty female who is wearing nothing but re-purposed fishing nets rubbing herself all over his torso.
as you could probably tell, their designs were heavily influenced by my humanized discord and pinkie pie, but as i got into writing more about them the characterization shifted quite dramatically. the prince is now probably closer to what you might get if discord and celestia ever had a kid, and mermaid-chan now has big heaping helpings of octavia and ariel thrown in. i really like having pinkie pies pink curls contrasting that spotted dolphin skin though, so that part of her will always be pinkie :3
i really, really, really tried to make sure the prince looked Mediterranean. i hope i did him justice; i mostly used ancient greek statues for reference.
i forgot i drew this. one day i shall color eet. but it is not this day
Don’t make me ship it because so help me i will espeonxdiscord