Ever wondered which countries were the most expensive places to study? Well, I've found the answer. I watch social media closely and it's my job to share some of the hot topics on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other outlets that teachers, principals, students, and parents are contributing.
The World Economic Forum posted an interesting tweet about the top 10 most expensive places to study. The article linked in the tweet, which you can read here, indicates this chart is referring to undergraduate level students. The chart took the average tuition fee at public institutions to make its calculations.
The results are a little surprising. England is the most expensive place to study according to this chart. I'm not sure what place you would've guessed if asked “what country is the most expensive place to study,” but I know England wouldn't have popped first into my head. What I also found surprising is the large difference in prices between second place (the United States) and third place (Japan). There's about a $4,000.00 difference. Below Japan on the list, the numbers start to tighten up.
It would be interesting to learn more about these statistics, such as how much in each country's taxes is spent on education? Were these numbers included in the final list? Or did this list only include the amount paid strictly by the student attending? How do the numbers compare to the average salary per country or cost of living? Regardless of these questions, it's an interesting list to look at.
What surprised you the most about this list? Did your country make the list? What do you think makes England and the United States more expensive than the other places?
Tori Pakizer is the Social Media Editor at SimpleK12.com. She writes regularly about the use of educational technology in K-12 classrooms, and specializes in how teachers use Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media. You can follow Tori and SimpleK12 on Twitter @SimpleK12. If you have ideas for using social media in schools, please send your information or tip to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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