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A cheap place to study in Europe

davidgreenedavidgreene Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
edited December 2013 in Study Abroad
Hello, I'm majoring in Computer Science and German and I'm looking for a University thats affordable and good for my degree. Does anyone have any experience with studying abroad in Europe, I'm leaning towards Germany. Thanks
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Replies to: A cheap place to study in Europe

  • nanotechnologynanotechnology Registered User Posts: 2,526 Senior Member
    It depends on how your university handles study abroad. You will probably end up paying your normal US tuition rates to them, so it will not make as a big of a financial impact where you choose to study. If you are looking to defray costs, there are scholarships available. I was awarded a fairly significant scholarship from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) to spend a semester in Germany, and you might look into some more specific things offered by your school. For example, my brother's university was part of an exchange with the state of Baden-Württemberg, through which he received a 350€ per month stipend for his year in Germany.
    My brother was also studying CS and he went to the University of Stuttgart. They are quite strong in technology fields. Munich and Karlsruhe also comes to mind as having good programs (mostly basing this on where my co-workers in this CS lab got their degrees). Definitely check with your school beforehand about credits transferring. My brother ran into problems with that.
  • boomtingboomting Registered User Posts: 716 Member
    Don't forget to check out Austria too ;)
  • lenawooldridgelenawooldridge Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Hi, I'm a current student studying abroad in Germany. The above user is correct: unfortunately we (almost always) have to pay our American tuition in order to study abroad. This is particularly tragic because German universities generally do not charge tuition.

    In my experience, the cost of living is actually much lower here in Germany than in the States. (I'm assuming that you also want to hear about this in order to factor it into your cost analysis). I live in East Germany, which also might impact this. Generally rent in my city ranges between 120-300 euro a month, with the average sitting at right about 190 euro (this is what I pay). This is relatively cheaper than what I paid in the states. Food in general is also cheaper. I can buy a week's worth of staple food for about 15 euro. Cell phone service is also amazingly cheaper. I pay about 15 euro every month and a half for cell phone service. And, of course, the medical care is really nice. Everyone is required to have health insurance, which makes health care dramatically less expensive than it currently is in the states. I pay approximately 65-70 euro a month. So far I've been in the hospital once and visited the dentist twice and have not paid anything out of pocket (except of course my health insurance fee in general)

    The user above also mentioned receiving a stipend. I chose to do this through private means, so I'm sorry to say that I have no clue how one would go about receiving a stipend through the Uni. I thought that was actually generally reserved for EU students.

    If you have any other questions please don't hesitate to contact me. Germany is a crazy place.
  • nanotechnologynanotechnology Registered User Posts: 2,526 Senior Member
    The trick, though, is finding housing. There is currently a change in the length of high school (Gymnasium), so there is a large influx of students and a housing shortage in a lot of places. Where are you studying, lenawooldridge? That rent is also quite low for where I am (Tübingen), and it's a small city!

    As for the stipend, the DAAD has a scholarship for North American undergraduates: https://www.daad.org/undergrad. This is not through the German universities. The scholarship is quite competitive, though.
  • highland_poppyhighland_poppy Registered User Posts: 497 Member
    Great country. Surprisingly diverse regions. Gorgeous food.

    Alles gut.
  • smartinternchinasmartinternchina Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    OP, I'm assuming you have already started university?

    If you haven't, you might consider doing all four (I guess it would be three) years in Germany. This of course assumes that your German is good enough for in-class instruction in the language. IF you have the language ability and if you (or anyone reading this) is able to commit to earning a degree from start to finish in Germany, it's a great way to take advantage of its (extremely low) tuition and graduate with a degree with no debt!
  • worriedmom777worriedmom777 Registered User Posts: 53 Junior Member
    It might be a good idea to look at KIT Karlsruhe. They are very good in the field of computer sciences and Karlsruhe is a bit more of a citythan a regular college town. Therefore housing is more affordable than somewhere else.
    Apply directly to the University, then you do not have to pay tuition. If you do not know enough German you might want to take a language course at a Studienkolleg. It is not expensive and will save you a lot of dollars in the long run.
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