When Lower Saxony became the last state in Germany to abolish tuition fees at their universities, the news made waves around the U.S. as it brought attention to the possibility of free education for American students. The idea sounds great, but the process isn’t as easy as some students may think it is, so Jay Malone founded Eight Hours and Change to help American students understand the system.
Malone, who studied abroad in Germany twice during his undergraduate, told DNAinfo about his experience trying to go full-time for his masters and how it wasn’t as easy as he had expected despite his knowledge and previous times studying in the country.
Surprises like having to register with his city, or face a fine, caught him off guard when he started school in Germany, and the lack of knowledge on what is required to study abroad led him to create Eight Hours and Change.
He still feels like opting to study in Germany has great financial benefits if you know what you are doing, so his business is designed to help students find the right university, match them up with German study partners, and provide the necessary guidance on what to expect.
Malone also believes there is an added benefit to studying in Germany aside from the financial savings. He told DNAinfo that when students return to the U.S., ” it shows this initiative and independence, that you’re able to go to another country to get your degree. It’s not something that everybody can do.”