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North Rhine-Westphalia to charge non-EU tuition fees

The incoming coalition government in North Rhine-Westphalia has announced plans to introduce tuition fees for non-EU students.

The liberal FDP and conservative CDU parties agreed to form a coalition government in Germany’s most populous state on 9 June, a month after the state election. Prior to reaching the agreement, they announced plans to introduce fees of €1,500 per semester for students from outside the EU.

Introducing fees for non-EU students is an “innovative” way to increase the education budget and improve the quality of teaching, said Christian Lindner, the FDP’s leader. He told the news website Spiegel Online on 9 June that universities could gain an extra €100m a year from the plan in the medium term.

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