Irish University Fees To Return, Warns UCD President
Written on Friday, 20 December 2013 23:18

extract from Article in Irish Independent 18.12.13

The president of University College Dublin (UCD) has warned that the return of higher fees for third-level students cannot be put off any longer. Dr Hugh Brady said the ongoing reduction in state funding to higher education was in danger of putting quality at risk and would see Ireland losing its best students, as well as its international reputation.

Brady made his comments in an exclusive interview to the Irish Independent ahead of his retirement from the helm at UCD, Ireland's biggest university after a 10-year period. This year, college students are paying a contribution of €2,500, which is set to rise to €3,000 in 2015, but it does not compensate for ongoing cuts in state funding to third-level.

Currently, there are no plans to increase the student contribution beyond €3,000, but the issue will come centre-stage again in the new year with a discussion paper on third-level funding.Third-level colleges are facing the double challenge of increasing student numbers, while at the same time being given reduced State financial support. There is broad agreement that more funding is required, but the question is who pays.

Above: University College Dublin [UCD]


Dr Brady said the decision on funding third-level "has been put off for almost a decade and you have to look what logically happens if you continue to shrink the state investment". He added: "Quality suffers and if quality suffers you lose Irish students but also your reputation, and Ireland cannot not afford for its global reputation to take a knock." In the past five years, state funding per student has dropped by about 30pc and Dr Brady said it was hard to see a reversal of those cuts. He said the time had now come for a higher contribution by students.


 
No more Tuition Fees in Germany as Lower Saxony Aligns With Other States
Written on Friday, 20 December 2013 16:24

From 2014, Lower Saxony will be the last of Germany’s 16 states to abolish tuition fees for undergraduate students at public universities. Both national and international undergraduate students at public universities in Germany will get free tuition from next year, and will only need to pay a small “semester fee” towards administration [approx. Eur 100-150] plus a further sum of about Eur100 for a “Semesterticket”, which covers public transport

These low charges certainly help to make Germany attractive as a study destination, with recent figures showing it to be the fourth most popular country for international students (after the US, UK and Australia). And a recent HSBC report puts Germany at the bottom of a table of 13 countries in terms of the cost of studying abroad, with an average cost of just  €4,564) per year, breaking down €461 for fees and €4,103 for living costs. Note thay these are just averages – the cost of living in Germany is more expensive in some areas than others.

There is a Federal Student Financial Aid Programme (BAföG: Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz) and an Education Loan system [Bildungskredit] in Germany but entitlement to these supports, for UK and Irish students is limited.

Above: University of Leipzig

 
Dutch Government Puts Hold on Student Grant Reform
Written on Friday, 13 December 2013 17:58

Dutch Education minister Jet Bussemaker confirmed yesterday that she will revise her plans to replace student grants with loans and has confirmed the new system will not come into effect in 2014 [as she had hoped] but in 2015.The cabinet does not have majority support for the plans in the upper house of parliament and the minister has agreed to rethink her proposals. Free public transport for students will also now continue until 2017, the minister said.

EUNiCAS has been advised that if you start university under the current finance arrangements you can continue under these arrangements until you graduate, in the event of the reformed arrangements being introduced during your programme.

Under current rules, Full-time students, if they are EU citizens, are entitled to the following financial support in the Netherlands: 1. a Tuition Fee Loan 2.a Basic Grant 3. a Supplementary Grant and 4. a Top Up Loan. Your entitlement to items 2-4 [but not your entitlement to a Tuition Fee Loan] are dependent upon you working 56 hours a month [this is the equivalent to two or three evening shifts, a week, working in a restaurant]. Entitlement to the Supplementary Grant is calculated with reference to family income.

Please contact EUNiCAS at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you would like our Information Sheet containing our Guidelines to Student Finance in the Netherlands.


University of Groningen, one of seven Dutch Universities in the World's Top 100 Universities

 
More Study in Europe Seminars Coming Up
Written on Friday, 13 September 2013 13:57

Come and take part in our popular Study in Europe seminar, at a city near you. Forthcoming seminars are being offered in:

Belfast 13th September Methodist College
Dublin 18th-20th September Higher Options, RDS
London 3rd October Global Study Exhibition, Olympia
Manchester 12th October The Student World, Event City
London 13th October The Student World, Emirates Stadium
Cork 15th/16th October Cork Options, Rochestown Park

Please check with us for further details and for other events we have lined up in additional cities.

In addition to exploring the many opportunities open to you, and how studying abroad adds to your employability, we will also look at the nitty gritty stuff such as entry procedures and financial matters.

EUNiCAS also has a stand at all of these events, so that you can talk to us on a 1:1 basis.

We look froward to meeting you soon


 
Bulgarian Tuition Fee Loans Now Open To UK/Irish Students
Written on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 02:44

Bulgarian Universities have confirmed to EUNiCAS that EU students, under the age of 35, can access the Bulgarian Tuition Fee Loan system.There are three banks in Bulgaria that have been authorised by the Bulgarian Ministry of Education to offer student loans.

Through this system, EUNiCAS is advised that students who have enrolled on a programme at a Bulgarian University can apply for a loan, to cover tuition fees, directly from one of these authorised banks. Apparently, it takes less than a week after the student presents the required documents for loan approval to come through. On approval, the bank transfers the tuition fee into the bank account of the relevant university. Note that annual interest rate on this loan is 7%.

It is important to note that EUNiCAS has not been in touch with any UK/Irish student in receipt of this loan but this could be because they haven’t been aware of them. EUNICAS would appreciate hearing from any UK/Irish student who has availed of this opportunity.

There are increasing numbers of UK and Irish students applying to Bulgarian universities [Medical University of Varna, Medical University of Sofia and Medical University of Pleven] to study Medicine and Dentistry. Though fees of Eur8000 pa are lower than in most other Eastern European countries, they are still beyond the means of many students. This facility could open up opportunities otherwise closed to this group of students.

Below: the city of Varna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 
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