Want to attend college for free? It can happen if you learn German.
All German universities are now free to Americans and all other international students. The last German state to charge tuition at its universities struck down the fees this week.
Even before Germany abolished college tuition for all students, the price was a steal. Typically semester fees were around $630. What’s more, German students receive many perks including discounts for food, clothing and events, as well as inexpensive or even free transportation.
In explaining why Germany made this move, Dorothee Stapelfeldt, a Hamburg senator, called tuition fees “unjust” and added that “they discourage young people who do not have a traditional academic family background from taking up study. It is a core task of politics to ensure that young women and men can study with a high quality standard free of charge in Germany.”
Actually, German universities were free up until 2006 when they started charging tuition. That triggered such a crush of criticism that German states began phasing out this policy. Lower Saxony was the last holdout.
It’s too bad that politicians in the U.S. don’t feel that a college education is worth supporting appropriately. State aid to the nation’s public universities took a nosedive during the 2008 recession and education funding remains well below those levels. The average state is spending 23 percent less per student than before the recession, according to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Actually, state support has been declining for public universities for a quarter of a century. Using an interactive tool from The Chronicle of Higher Education, you can see how state government subsidies have cratered at individual institutions.
With the average undergrad borrower now leaving school with more than $29,000 in debt, the free ride in Germany can look awfully tempting.
How to handle the language barrier
German is not an easy language to learn. Fortunately, however, there are international language programs in Germany, which have become very popular with international students before they tackle obtaining a degree in a different language.
What’s more, an increasing number of German universities are offering degrees in English. These are often called international studies programs or in some other way have the word international in their title.
This is actually making me cry…it’s one of those times when you realize that your own government just truly, honestly, does not give a shit about your wellbeing in any way.
If Americans don’t reblog this, then y’all need help.
Bryan Stevenson on The Daily Show.
SPEAK. THIS. TRUTH
'no homo' god says as he puts the male g-spot up their anus
there’s a difference between “lazy” and “i don’t want to fucking do that shit”
never thought 150 thousand people would agree with me
One million notes.
i’m lucky enough to have encountered a barista malicious enough to do this to me - i ordered a decaf latte with soy milk and they gave me fully caffeinated with cow’s milk. cue hours of panic attacks and feeling sick. ugh
Why do some baristas think its adorable and clever to dick around with people’s specifications? They can kill someone with allergies with this shit.
I get the dirtiest looks when I order anything with soy there. I’m Lactose Intolerant, and this bitch decided to give me whole milk in my macchiato. I took one taste and handed it back to her. She looked at me like I was crazy and said “What? Something wrong?” I looked her dead in the eye and said “Well yes actually, I ordered and was charged for soy milk. This has whole milk, I want you to re make it and get me a manager so I can discuss how your company thinks it’s funny to hand out purposefully wrong drinks when the person they’re handing them to gets sick when those requirements aren’t met.” She stood there for a second looking at me confused and I sighed and said “I’m lactose intolerant bitch, fix my fucking drink before I get you fired on health code violation.”
Do people not realize that most of the world’s population has some sort of lactose intolerance?
This infuriates me. My niece who is lactose intolerant and has ibs has been sick since last thursdau because her school gave her a full dairy pizza (I know its not related to starbucks), she was on2 so much pain that she had to be taken to the er, and has not been to school since.
Point is, DO THE FUCKING ORDER CORRECTLY. Dont be be a malicious ass hat and think you are being clever. You do not know what medical conditions people have. And even if they don’t have medical conditions, make the order that they paid for correctly!
Haha yea I once spent three days on the intensive care unit passed out ‘because someone gave me a big sugary soft drink instead of the sugar free one, ahahaha it was so hilarious I literally almost died and couldn’t eat anything for a week after that and hahaha my right arm still doesn’t work right ‘cause I got nerve damage haha what a bitch I was for asking for special treatment
I’ve seen so many different versions of this post floating around with stories like these, and I feel like there should be some kind of “how not to be a dick” training for baristas and food service workers in general, if there isn’t already.
I mean, I’ve never worked at Starbucks so I don’t know how it goes down over there, but I have worked in food service elsewhere (at Wawa for like a year and a half, and a couple other places), and the kind of health and safety training we got varied pretty widely. At Wawa they give you a bunch of computer modules on allergies and cross-contamination and stuff, but overall, I really think there should be more of a focus on other kinds of dietary sensitivities like the ones mentioned above.
Not only for health reasons, but a lot of people have cultural and religious beliefs against eating certain things, and in coffee shops and fast food places that use a lot of packaged/processed food and don’t post their ingredients, you could be giving someone something they aren’t supposed to eat and they’d never know it unless it caused a reaction.
tl;dr, I really think there should be mandatory training about shit like this, because so many people seem to be affected by it and how could you not know that deliberately fucking up someone’s order is NOT EVER OK.
Uggh, I was drinking lattes at starbucks for almost a year until one of the baristas told me there was milk ingredients in the drink I was ordering.
It explained why I felt ill after drinking them (I had thought it was the coffee but was unwilling to part with coffee) and I’m lactose intolerant. It also made me absolutely furious since I specifically asked the employees for a vegan drink option, like I specified I needed it dairy free.
You are literally too stupid to insult.
Translation: I can’t disprove that so you’re stupid.
I can’t disprove that unicorns are real, but that doesn’t make them exist. I know I shouldn’t feed the trolls, but hell, I’ve got a bit of time to kill.
Gamergate is a hate movement that started with a jilted ex of a game dev accusing her of sleeping with a journalist for a good review, when said journalist never reviewed the game in question at all.
Anita Sarkeesian and Brianna Wu have been driven from their homes by death threats and harassment. #Gamergate as a whole has been revealed as a concentrated, concerted effort to harass Zoe Quinn by the aforementioned jilted ex.
And over what? Feminism in video game journalism? Less than half a percent of articles written about video games contain explicit references to sexism, misogyny, or feminism. Every major art form is analyzed in sociopolitical lights. Every major everything is analyzed that way. It’s what criticism is. Feminist criticism is an accepted academic method of analyzing media that has been in use since the late 1700s.
Even if it wasn’t, these people are essentially getting angry about discussions about women having more egalitarian portrayals in games. That’s literally it. Their biggest rallying cry is that men who play games are being shoved into the margins despite being gaming’s core target demographic. Except they fail to notice that adult women are the largest demographic in gaming, and even if they weren’t, it’s not oppressive to be asked to maybe not use women as sex objects in games. It’s not oppressive for some things not to be about men and their entertainment.
The threats made against Sarkeesian are credible, and the FBI agrees with me on that one. She isn’t the only one to receive credible death and rape threats recently (or in the past) and she won’t be the last.
I suspect you’re not the type who actually cares about facts, however. I suspect you’re one of the people who urge us to “look at both sides” of the issue, but honestly? When one side sends death, rape, and bomb threats, and the other wants women not to be treated as shitty by the gaming industry as they are, that’s not a debate I’m willing to have.
By the way, humanism is the belief that people have the ability to act ethically without the assistance of theism or supernatural belief. If you want a belief system that’s about ensuring men and women have equal rights and opportunities, that’s feminism.