Take note America, Germany has officially abolished college tuition fees for all students, even international ones.

Germany has a long-standing value of universal education. German universities had only begun charging tuition in 2006, and it really didn’t stick for long, but even then, their tuition fees couldn’t stand up to the outrageous ones in the United States (and don’t get me started on the tuition of international students!).

“Tuition fees are unjust,” said Dorothee Stepelfeldt, Hamburg’s senator for science. She continued discussing how fees “discourage young people who do not have a traditional academic family background from taking up study.” That sounds about right.

Most countries in Europe currently have free higher education, with UK being the exception. Still, many US students would kill for the UK’s maximum tuition of about $14,550 a year. That’s chump change compared to some of the debt American students can wrack up over the years.

There’s so much that can be done to ease the burden for US students. For example, Tennessee voted recently to make all two-year colleges free for high school graduates. It’s a small step, but hopefully we can follow Germany’s example someday. In the meantime, maybe Americans should go check out flights to Germany. Know more.