Student loans – a business without any legal basis
So-called student loans enjoy increased popularity in Germany in terms of being a means to finance one’s studies and living expenses. Especially students that are not entitled to or else receive too little BAföG (loans and grants under Germany’s Federal Training Assistance Act) welcome this form of financing in many cases. As probably any student knows, student loans must be repaid plus interest at a certain point in time. What the great majority of students might not...Read more
Obtaining a Master’s degree without any academic background
Anyone who still believes that gaining access to a Master’s program is impossible without prior completion of any first-degree studies is mistaken. Due to certain amendments in German university law, it has been generally possible since 2006 for non-academics to embark on a Master’s program as well, in some cases even on a part-time basis. While opponents fear that the alternative way to obtain a Master’s degree may lead to the degree’s devaluation, proponents consider...Read more
Potential implications of “Brexit“ for EU and UK students
Given the outcome of the June 23, 2016 referendum and the February 1, 2017 passing of the EU exit bill in the House of Commons, “Brexit“ – i.e. the United Kindom’s exit from the European Union – is virtually decided. What is less clear than the decision of the British people to leave the European Union is the repercussions this historic step will have for students from both the European Union and the United Kingdom. This is particularly true for the period...Read more
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