With tuition fees at English universities set to increase next year, the Guardian reports that universities in Ireland and Scotland are offering an `attractive alternative` to those wishing to avoid record debts.
In September 2012, we will see tuition fees in England rise to as much as £9,000 a year – which could leave students on a three-year course with debts of £27,000 for tuition costs alone.
However, students in Ireland, for example, pay nothing for the cost of their tuition. European Union rules state that all students from EU countries who attend EU universities `must be treated the same as local applicants`. So, apart from the living costs, the only debt students studying at a prestigious Irish university would need to take on is just €2,000 (£1,723) – which covers the annual administration fee for student services and exams.
Students choosing to read their degrees in Scotland pay annual tuition fees of £1,820 (£2,895 for medicine) for courses that usually last for four years, meaning the total debt they`d take on for tuition is just £7,280 (£11,580 for medicine).