To quote Coco Chanel, “Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.” If you’re concerned about accruing massive student loans — and, unless you’re in a very privileged position, you should be — why not study abroad?
Studying in another country is a way to avoid huge debts, increase your value to potential employers, enjoy a higher quality of life as a student, and experience a foreign culture. In an era of skyrocketing fees, this is an increasingly attractive option for those who want the education without the financial burden.
Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Austria all offer free tertiary education. France is not free, but by US standards it might as well be, and it has a host of schemes such as au pair work or English teaching, to help overseas students meet French living expenses.
by James Lane (adapted)