Europe's students are to be more mobile

On 10.09.2012 the European Commission presented a report on study fees and available study grants in the various EU countries. The comparison of costs is set to increase the mobility of students in Europe.

Androulla Vassiliou, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, explained: "This important report comes at the right time. It reminds us that a modern, general and career-oriented education forms the basis for long-term prosperity in Europe and is the key to the resolution of our economic problems."

In the report, it is established that the costs of studying in the countries of the EU vary greatly. The required study fees are a significant factor. The highest fees are to be found in the United Kingdom - in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In spite of Bachelor's courses already costing 3,375 pounds per year there, in September 2012 the basic fee in England rose to between 6,000 to 9,000 pounds.

On the other hand, nine EU states (including Scotland in the United Kingdom) charge no fees – for EU citizens at least. In Germany, the federal states are responsible for setting the fees, and fees are only charged in two of the sixteen federal states. There are also major differences between the various EU states when it comes to financial support for students. The most generous support programs are offered by the Nordic EU states, Germany and the United Kingdom.

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