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France and Germany are especially popular destinations for full degrees for U.S. students; Germany was ranked third most popular and France was ranked the fourth most popular destinations for U.S. students to enroll in degree programs in IIE’s recent report.
the top rank: (1) International students don’t pay more in tuition than German students, (2) a large number of degree programs are taught in English, and (3) German institutions have a reputation for encouraging their students to study abroad. In February, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) New York had its scholarship selection meeting for U.S. students wanting to study in Germany for their graduate degrees. DAAD New York received about 300 applications for students who want to pursue a master’s degree and about the same number of students applying for funds to pursue a doctoral degree in Germany; 93 of the applications came from Canadian students and the rest were from the United States. According to Sebastian Fohrbeck, director of DAAD New York, there are several reasons why North American students find Germany an attractive destination to earn academic degrees. Aside for Germany’s “high quality of higher education,” Fohrbeck says that there are hundreds of bachelor’s and master’s degrees taught in English. “Almost all of these programs have zero tuition fees—compare this to Australia which sees overseas students’ fees as a major source of income—Germany doesn’t,” he says. “Doctoral work in almost all fields can be done in English, there are absolutely no tuition fees at this stage. In addition, you can get a full scholarship from DAAD for the two years of the master’s (or for up to one year as an undergraduate or doctoral student). The combination of zero tuition fees with a full scholarship—without any obligation to teach or work as a teaching or research assistant—are a package that’s hard to beat.” Forbeck says that “the majority—roughly 90 percent—of the master’s and doctoral programs students apply for in our scholarship competition are in English.” Holly Oberle is a current PhD candidate at the the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies. She also completed her master’s in

international relations in a joint program taught in English between Jacobs University and University of Bremen. She began studying German as an undergraduate at Knox College in Illinois. In addition to her previous affinity for the country and desire to pursue an international experience, Oberle was attracted to Germany’s tradition of tuition-free education and relatively low cost of living. She was also drawn to its central location in Europe and the ability to travel. “I knew that I could spend two or more years living in Europe, I could probably see much of Europe and maybe even other countries for much cheaper than I’d be able to do it if I stayed in the U.S.,” she says. Although she acknowledges that her foreign graduate degrees might be an obstacle should she want to seek employment at Ivy League institutions back in the United States, Oberle believes her education abroad is positive: “I firmly believe that as the world continues to globalize, having international experience will be an asset, considering that students in much of the rest of the world are getting degrees at universities outside their home country.” Oberle also says that the impetus will be on her to explain her foreign education to potential employers. “Much of it will be dependent on how I can sell my experience abroad,” she explains. She is currently writing a book, College Abroad 101, which will be published later this year by Agapy LLC. “There is really no practical reason why one should limit one’s options to their national context,” she says. “Many in the rest of the world are looking beyond their borders for their degree, why shouldn’t Americans do the same?” To students, Oberle advises: “There are many excellent universities outside the U.S., and when you combine that with the extraordinary experience of living on your own abroad, your education is that much more valuable.” China, which is the number one country sending students to the United States, is also increasingly on U.S. students’ radars. “Many receiving countries now have a lot of recruitment strategies to have full-degree abroad students at their universities. China is a very good example of this. Through the China Scholarship Council, they offer a number of scholarships for international students for full-degree programs. It’s those sorts of investments by the Chinese government that have also led to the big shift in China where it’s gone from the world’s biggest supplier of international students to also now being one of the biggest host countries,” Bhandari says. In April 2011, Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed the U.S.-China Consultation on People to People Exchange agreement, which includes a scholarship

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From the Editors
In Brief
Voices: University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi
Overcoming Chaos
Degrees of Distinction
Macalester College
Foreign Student Affairs
A View from Out Here
In Focus
Language Supplement
The language of Business
Launching Pad: Community College Programs
Intensive English Language Directory
Intensive Foreign Language Directory
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