This week has been pretty hectic. Along with midterms throughout the week, I have been pondering the idea of studying abroad. Since I know absolutely nothing about studying abroad I decided to ask my roommate, who just happens to be an exchange student! I had a lot of questions for her such as what are the fees associated with studying at a different school? It turns out that this question gave me a really idea for my blog post this week. Have you ever wondered how the college system works in other countries? Are Americans the only people that complain about the high cost of college? My roommate told me that college is very different in Denmark. Yes, they teach classes in English: However, almost all the colleges are public, which means tuition is paid for by the government. From what I can gather, she doesn’t pay tuition for college, instead she receives a sum to cover expenses such as books, rent, groceries, etc.…. now I’m really starting to feel bad for my wallet. Earning a degree abroad can be extremely beneficial. As I mentioned before the fees at International universities are usually much lower in tuition.
“NEXT YEAR, CHRISTOPHER SCHULLER, a native of Nashville, Tenn., will complete his law degree at Oxford University, and he’ll qualify to take the New York State Bar exam. Assuming he passes, he’ll become a practicing attorney at age 22. Schuller didn’t skip grades in high school or overload on his college coursework. Instead, he chose to attend college in England where most undergraduate programs — including law school — are three years long and where students begin their major on the very first day of classes.I knew since high school that I wanted to be a lawyer,” says Schuller. “Once I realized that the Oxford law degree could get me straight to the Bar exam, going there seemed like the obvious choice.” In addition to skipping four years of traditional undergrad education, Schuller saved big bucks. Tuition for U.S. students at Oxford costs about $20,000 per year — or $60,000 to get a law degree. If Schuller had attended the University of Chicago, which was his first choice in the U.S., he’d pay more than $93,000 for an undergraduate degree, and then have to pay for a three-year J.D. to boot.”
You may think that American universities have a better education, but surprisingly that’s not entirely true. 4 out of 10 of the top universities in the world are not American universities! Colleges such as Oxford and University of Cambridge have developed World renowned reputations. If you plan on attending Graduate school it may be a good investment to go abroad because usually undergraduate and graduate school are combined. So let’s say you want to be a doctor, you would major in medicine, and when you finish school, practice right away (so you better like your school/major from the very beginning). All this sounds great right?
So now the question is with tuition so high at American universities, why shouldn’t people consider international universities? But now we have to remember that as Americans going to college across the world can get pretty costly especially if you have to pay International student fees. You’re probably going to get ripped off on a cellphone plan and there’s also the possibility of a language barrier (not all schools teach in English). Yes, you’ll probably save a couple thousand in tuition (at least until US hasn’t gone through massive inflation), but you’re also probably going to have to set aside a couple thousand on airfare alone. Canada is the exception though. Tuition is cheaper at Canadian schools, and sometimes can be even closer to home. Canadian universities have become increasingly popular so I wouldn’t bet on fees staying low for long. I’m starting to understand why people decide to attend college in their home country now. There’s much more convenience. How’s mom going to send you a care package when you’re so far away or give you money? There are colleges all over the United States so you’re bound to find one close to home……or far away if that’s what you’re searching for. You’re also going to have to buy all new electronics if you study internationally, unless you buy a plug converter. So even though it seems completely unfair that other countries have low or no college tuition and comparable schooling, it might not worth having a completely different college schedule from your friends at home, paying for the extra airfare and having to study so far away from home. I guess we still have to getting sports scholarships instead.