Study abroad – enriching, but not affordable for everyone

So many good reasons to go abroad at least once during your studies. But despite the undeniable advantages, this is far from the rule for students: just 6% dare to cross the border. Most popular countries are Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Switzerland and USA and France.

The main reason for the reluctance is not hard to find: the dear money and the extent to which foreign degrees are recognized.

Studying abroad is expensive because in addition to travel and accommodation, meals and transport are also to be paid for on site, to which, depending on the host country, visas, health insurance and vaccinations can be added. And while the study for foreign students in Germany is mostly free of charge, German students abroad often pay hefty tuition fees, which only apply to some exchange programs.

To finance opportunities for study abroad

Although there are plenty of ways to at least partially finance a stay abroad, such as Auslands-Bafög, scholarships abroad of the DAAD or its own university, the Erasmus + program for study within the European Union, foundations, education loans of the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau and of course the assumption of smaller jobs in the host country itself. However, a recent survey within the framework of the According to Campus Barometer 2015 hardly a student without financial help of parents abroad. However, since it is already a financial feat for many families to let the children study at all, lack of funds is the most important reason given by the students for staying home. Valuable experiences are still reserved for a financially privileged minority. Here the education policy is required.

Whether or not foreign educational qualifications are recognized, can i.a. via the Platform “Central Office for Foreign Education” of the Conference of Ministers of Culture. Just as important is the timely information, which application procedures the respective foreign university requires and which requirements are connected with it.

Anyone who manages to overcome the monetary hurdles is far from being at the end of their desires, because the bureaucracy comes before departure. Fortunately, there are a variety of counseling centers (for example, the International Office (AAA)) and web portals (such as the DDAD) that provide comprehensive guidance and guidance on what needs to be planned and organized. The most important tip is to betray: Start in time with the planning, preferably one and a half years before the targeted semester. Thus, studying abroad becomes a personal medium-term project in which you learn a lot for life long before you cross the border.