Why some German universities will educate refugees for free

By Rick Noack in the Washington Post

While affordable tuition for undocumented immigrants is a remote prospect in some parts of the United States, about 60 German universities are pushing forward a radical strategy: They are offering refugees the chance to attend courses as guest students, without charging any tuition fees. In fact, they even pay for transportation and offer scholarships to pay for books, according to German newspaper Handelsblatt.

Of course, Germany’s higher education system couldn’t be more distinct from the U.S. model: German universities have been tuition-free since the beginning of October. The country offers more than 900 English-language degrees even Americans could pursue for free, with courses ranging from engineering to social sciences.

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