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The number of Americans studying in Germany has risen sharply, recent figures show, driven in part by the low cost of higher education compared to the United States.

More than 10,000 U.S. students are presently enrolled in the country's higher education programs, according to data from the Institute for International Education. It's an increase of almost 9 percent compared to the previous academic year, and 25 percent more than in 2008-2009.

Natasha Turner, 25, from Rochester, New York, came to Germany on an exchange program three years ago but decided to stay when she realized how "cheap it was to study here."

She is now working on her master's degree in American Studies at the University of Bonn.

"For my undergraduate studies in the United States, I needed a lot of loans," she said. "After my studies in Germany I essentially finish with no loans at all."

Students in Germany pay a fee to cover university administrative costs and to support student unions. This "semester fee" rarely exceeds $250, and in many cases it also covers the cost of books and public transportation.

Minnesotan Sarah Johnson, also a University of Bonn master's student, has a total monthly expenditure of $600 in Germany — or $7,200 per year. That compares to $20-30,000 dollars in tuition fees alone she would have paid back home.

It "makes all the difference" to Johnson, 25, who does not get any financial support or scholarship and has a part-time job as a hotel receptionist. Besides having the advantage of learning a foreign language and a different culture, "the system is very easy to pay for," she said.

However, officials say the attraction is not just about the money.

"Germany and its universities have quite a good reputation in the United States," said Dorothea Rueland, Secretary General of the German Academic Exchange Service. "And we have a huge increase in courses taught in English and this obviously makes it easier for American students to channel into the German system."

More than 1,100 all-English-language classes across numerous fields have been established in recent years.

Berlin, with its three universities, is among the most popular destinations with more than 1,000 American students, followed by universities in the southern German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, which have enjoyed official tie-ups with U.S. colleges for many years.

In the U.S., fees for tuition at public and private higher education facilities have risen significantly in recent decades.

The cost of Germany's essentially free public university education is met by the federal states and the central government. In 2015, state expenditure on higher education accounted for almost one percent of Germany's gross domestic product.

A two-year master's program costs the government about $18,000 per student, while an enrollment for a bachelor's degree adds up to more than $30,000. A full degree program for medical students poses the highest burden for the German taxpayer, with total costs of more than $220,000 per student.

However, it still is "a win-win situation for Germany," Rueland said, because nearly 50 percent of all visitors from abroad remain in the country after their degree, paying taxes and providing the labor market with skilled workers.

That includes many American students, who view Germany as an attractive workplace.

"The longer I have been here, the more difficult it is to think of leaving," Johnson said.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/why-american-students-are-flocking-germany-staying-n515961
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Most of those immigrants are just a bunch of Rhiners. I do Nazi why we would want Rhiners, Anne Frankly I don't care.
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Wonder if they'll say the same thing in 10-20 years.
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In all honesty I would have loved to get my degree in Germany. It is so much nicer there than where I currently live.

I still plan to get a job in Germany though.
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ok btu moving to another country/being an exchange student is really expensive i looked into it when i was in college... waaay too much money, then if you can't work while you're there how do you make income
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Because education is free. Good, awesome, but quick question. How are you going to live there!? unless you plan on saving up 15-30k every year just to get the minimum to live there, why would you even consider it. People cant seem to grasp the idea of money.

Look, if you got parents that can shell out money like it was tissue paper, go for it, but the reality is that people cant afford it. Welcome to the world people. We go to school for a brighter future, yet in most cases, what future are we really getting?

We go to school to hopefully land a job right away with possible advancement. Great, and in most cases people get the job, and in others people don't.

You are paying money to essentially learn something. Why cant someone who wants to become an apprentice just learn under a skilled master? Because money, money, Money. money this, money that, I think im going to make a song after that name.
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PeripheralVisionary wrote:

Most of those immigrants are just a bunch of Rhiners. I do Nazi why we would want Rhiners, Anne Frankly I don't care.


XD the last part, well played sir, well played. definitely worth a virtual cookie

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I was thoroughly considering studying in Germany after High School, it's possible to get a higher education for much less than in the states, especially the colleges that my family were telling me to aim for. I think the biggest draw is because of the job market in the states, college went from being an investment with a nearly guaranteed return, to being a risk of massive losses.
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Germany is going to be muslim infested islamic theocracy by 2050. I'd rather stick to the US.
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Never noticed any US students in the University I attend so far here in a northern part of Germany. Not that many yet I guess :p
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come to PR & get ur education xxxx
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Isn't it virtually impossible to get German citizenship though? I don't think they can plan on staying there indefinitely...
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Personally, I don't know why americans continue to study in the USA when you have europe as an option. At the very least we're way cheaper than any university in the US and we give the same, if not higher, standards of education for those cheap cheap prices.
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Some British students have been going to study there for years now. They offer classes in English.
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cyberfaust wrote:

Isn't it virtually impossible to get German citizenship though? I don't think they can plan on staying there indefinitely...


Even if they can't stay indefinitely, getting a degree with little or no debt is worth it. USA is so messed up with its education.
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