The Eurydice report National Student Fee and Support Systems in European Higher Education – 2017/18 is updated every year and offers a comparative overview on Student Fee and Support Systems in 42 Higher education institutions. The national charts provide detailed information on bursaries, loans, and other benefits available in each country. The data refer to Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes, and whether available, to short cycles.
Reading through the publication, it is possible to find out, for example, that this year the students enrolled in Bachelor’s programmes in Montenegro don’t pay tuition fees. In Iceland bursaries are about to be introduced, while the UK and the Netherlands have already replaced them with loans. Conversely, in Germany, non-EU students pay tuition fees only on one of the 16 Länder, that is in Baden-Württemberg. In the Czech Republic, everyone can study for free provided that they are enrolled in courses taught in the national language.
What Eurydice is
Eurydice is the European network which collects, updates, analyses and disseminates information on policies, structure and organisation of the European educational systems. Created in 1980 on the initiative of the European Commission, the network consists of a European Unit based in Brussels and some National Units. Since 1985, the Italian National Unit has been based at Indire.