Posted by Abdul Alim
The Telegraph: All of a sudden, we Brits are taking an interest in universities that are neither Russell Group nor red-brick, but positively Continental. It’s something that would have been unthinkable 20 or 30 years ago, but increasing numbers of young people – both undergraduates and postgraduates – are now travelling for their higher education to mainland Europe.
Not only do easyJet-type air fares work out cheaper than UK rail fares (London to Manchester is currently £296 return), so does the education itself. Instead of paying £9,000 a year in fees to a second-rate British college on the edge of a ring road, you attend a well-respected, centuries-old academic institution in an attractive city for nothing.
And not only is the teaching free of charge, it’s often conducted in the lingua franca of the modern world, i.e. English. Which is something you might expect in Holland, but it’s now becoming common in a whole range of European countries, including Germany.