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Germany Makes University Tuition Free




Imagine attending university and not having to pay tuition fees of any kind. Wouldn’t that be fabulous? Well, this is the case in Germany.

Germany’s higher education institutions have traditionally been free. However, in 2006, Germany decided to start charging tuition fees.

And now, the country has had a change of heart again. Government officials recently announced that tuition for public universities will once again be free – and this law also applies for international students, The Independent reports.

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  1. bruno

    October 7, 2014 at 9:32 am

    And people say abroad isn’t good. I can bet also their education system is of high standard and their lecture halls won’t be over crowded, unlike nigeria, after you finish paying 190,000 naira you stand to receive lectures all day. (Pls can someone tell me the benefits of being a nigerian, what a useless country, if ur german, u will receive free education. SMH)

    • bruno

      October 7, 2014 at 9:57 am

      I forgot to add, canadians have free health care, “GOOD/QUALITY” free healthcare. Somebody tell us the benefits of being a nigeria.

    • eyong tambe

      October 7, 2014 at 11:15 pm

      What you should be saying is, what can you guys do to start a movement to encourage free tuition in Nigeria. Instead, now you’ll start looking for ways to run out of the Nigeria, soon, when you’re abroad, you will work hard, settle yourself and forget your country. Then the next generation will be sitting on her over twenty years from now, asking the same question your asking. It’s a cycle. That’s why Africa will never progress. We grumble too much, but never take initiative to do anything resourceful (In general, everyone is different) to change our predicaments. The only time something like this would be done in Nigeria is when it becomes the “hip” thing to do, then Nigerian will jump on the ship to look “cool”. Mtcheeww!

    • Iris

      October 8, 2014 at 1:15 am

      It isn’t completely free. You pay tax. In some provinces taxes are as high as 13%. What can be said for the system is that at least when they tax you you see where the money is going. Nothing in the world is free.

    • ATL's finest

      November 7, 2014 at 5:32 am

      Lol ok! Nigeria is not even visa free let alone this kind gift. Omg! I’m so late on this! How did I miss this? But yes, a lot of European countries, school is FREE! I’m half Nigerian and half Austrian. In 2006 till 2008 my school fees was free and so is my the housing and I was getting paid too by the government ! Yes in my German accent, Ich liebe Deutschland..

    • ATL's finest

      November 7, 2014 at 5:35 am

      Even if u had to pay anything, it’s like €250 lol

  2. Hmmmm

    October 7, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Technically, tuition in federal universities in Nigeria is free (YES) you can check your school fees receipt or slip. However, because the sector is underfunded most schools have decided to charge additional fees for services that they may or may not provide. This has been the case since after the war or so …..

    • Hmmmm

      October 7, 2014 at 9:45 am

      and no I’m not comparing Nigeria to Germany o…i just stating a fact that many willingly ignore

    • Priestess

      October 7, 2014 at 10:55 am

      @Hmmmm, u are right but the truth is that u Universities make a lot of money from consultancy programs, which they create and run but do not invest the profits in the unis. Do u have any idea hw much they make annually from this programs? My department generated 65 million naira annually and only 2 million was put back; so imagine how many departments there are in one faculty and multiple by the number of faculties in the school/ university. It all boils down to management, universities do not pay lecturers or non academic staff but d fed govt except for lecturers that handles courses for other depts. The question is where is all the money going to? Why can’t VC n members of Senate take a stand to fix their uni? I almost forgot to add the money they get from the sales of honoury doctorate degrees to politicians. What is it used for? They are still waiting for the fed govt to fix d toilets in the hostels, fix libraries etc.
      If u visit Auchi poly, u will see what d rector has done with the fees generated, she has put it to good use. Imagine they never went on the 13 month old strike. Just my opinon.

  3. Rosemary Ogana

    October 7, 2014 at 10:03 am

    oh!God don catch dat my secondary school mate , her secret don open, shell b formin for me cos she’s in germany,,,,,,lol….so na free sch she dey go…rotfl.

    • MC

      October 7, 2014 at 10:47 am

      it hasn’t been free since 2006. So unless your secondary school mate has has been in uni since before 2006…then she wasn’t at a free school.
      Not that it should even matter if it’s free or not. Good education is good education, regardless if paid for or not.

    • egebl

      October 7, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      Actually, it has been free even before 2006 in most universities, it was only a few selected states in which tuition was paid in the first place

    • sagittarius

      October 7, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      Rosemary for mentality is appalling and embarrassing.

  4. dotty

    October 7, 2014 at 10:29 am

    poor you rosemary…So you have been beefing the poor girl? see you see blood pressure!!! chai! and she doesnt even know and still chat you up as a friend! kai! when will pple stop hating and start loving? is cheap rosemay ngwanu go and enroll! and if you are not a dumb ass you would have read this part .

    .”Germany’s higher education institutions have traditionally been free. However, in 2006, Germany decided to start charging tuition fees.
    And now, the country has had a change of heart again. Government officials recently announced that tuition for public universities will once again be free – and this law also applies for international students.


    • ak

      October 7, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      LOL Rosemary don suffer!
      Dotty, why you fall hin hand?

  5. Elshaddai Dominion

    October 7, 2014 at 10:33 am

    I just wish I am a German, God help us in naija

  6. mrs chidukane

    October 7, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Nigerian students flooding Germany in 5 4 3…

    • Miss Anonymous

      October 8, 2014 at 10:56 am

      Yes o! Lol!!!


    October 7, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Can our government get any better? Can they just take a cue from this for once! Argh!

  8. Suwa

    October 7, 2014 at 11:18 am

    If not for our useless government! This nation has the ability to surpass this! This year over 400million dollars was recovered from the damned thief abachas loot!! that simply means a population of a 160million people could have at least 2 million dollars invested in each citizen in form of either education and health care and this is money that had left the country many years ago! we can do better than these people but the greed is so deep, everyone wants a private jet! ministers buying private jets!! how many governors in America can afford such!! Then later when a crisis strikes in Africa, we start trying to blame the western world and expect them to donate money for Africa when we have the means but have decided to spend foolishly….

  9. babatunde

    October 7, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    International students in germany must have at least €8,040 (euros) in a personal german bank account before study permits are given by the embassy after gaining admission. The money is meant for your monthly upkeep (rent, feeding, books, transport etc). So if u can’t get a student job, you still have money to manage yourself. (8040 / 12 = 670 monthly).

  10. barny

    October 7, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Chai… I think our government need to invest and invest more in our education … In due time if the standard of education rises to a certain level .. I think it will become totally free.. But for now .. I don think its quite possible ..

  11. XteriAyaoba

    October 7, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    And now all road shall lead to Germany!

  12. yolly

    October 7, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    Na to go Germany for a masters degree in international development.

  13. Ijebu Boy

    October 8, 2014 at 1:31 am

    Isn’t the language of instructions in Germany’s Public Universities German? I have been made to understand that the private unis that teach in English charge fees though… if you can learn German overnight, then this is good news for you.

  14. Luqman

    October 8, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Some of the courses are half German and half English, but it is mandatory for all the applicants to provide TestDat in German (at least 4.5 grade) and IELTS (minimum of 6). Some would even give you the privilege to provide Test of English only with hope of acquiring German Test in Germany cos they usually start with English for 3 semesters except Masters & PHD

    – There are some of the Universities in Germany that offers their courses mainly in English (Rhine waal Uni & University of Oldenburg) that i can authoritatively tell people to apply their once you meet up with their requirements in terms of IELTS or TOELF and your certificate in your native country must not exceed 2 years before the applicants apply for their various courses.
    – Most of their courses are offering in 2 season periods (Summer and Winter) except some science courses, which normally take place once in a year (winter period)
    Summmer Application – From Nov to March (It varies)
    Winter Application – From April to July (It varies).
    – Sponsor : After the admission is being given to you, the most difficult part is to have someone that can take all your responsibilities by providing 8400 Euro for you and the money is going to use to open account for you inside Germany (they call it Block Account) and they will be giving you 650 Euro every month for your expenses.

    – Alternative is for your sponsor to help you to go to the any German Embassy in his residence by collecting the Affidavit of Support, which is equivalent to the Block Account of 8400 Euro. They will tell him at the embassy any kind of documents that will be attached to the Affidavit of support Form.

    – Expenses: Tuition fee is free, but you will always pay semester fee of 250- 320 Euro in every six month. Any means of transportation (bus & train) is free for international students within the province.
    _ Accommodation and Insurance are the biggest problem for any international students bcos they won’t help you to do it, it can only be secured by the students and without Insurance, you can never complete your registration

    Most Importantly, Germany has the best economy in the whole of Europe and there is always a guarantee that you will work 20hrs in a week and 240 days in a yea,r but you might face the Language barrier right from the onset. It will be easy for any students to integrate once you master the Language.

    You can always source for an additional information at

    Rhine waal University (Mainly English)
    University of Oldenburg
    Duisburg Univeristy
    tu clausthal University ( Admission is easy in those schools)

    • Luqman

      October 8, 2014 at 8:34 am

      *with the hope
      * apply there

    • Ade

      October 8, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Thanks Luqman,
      Do you have a private email where one can reach you to ask a few questions?

    • Luqman

      October 8, 2014 at 10:47 am

      You are always welcome to ask for anything if it is within my reach cos nobody knows it all. We are here in this world to help one another. I have a personal email, but i don’t know how i can give it to you. If there is any means i can do that, let me know my brother.

    • Ade

      October 9, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      Hi Luqman,

      Thanks for the response, you can send me a mail via [email protected], once you do, I’ll respond with my private email on Google’s domain.


    • Luqman

      October 9, 2014 at 5:02 pm


  15. Larry Johnny

    November 6, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    We shuld b recolonized…….

  16. Larry Johnny

    November 6, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Odunlami knws wha’I mean……

  17. funmi

    August 15, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    lukman and atl finest, please I need to know more about the process to study in Germany. Can you help?

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