“College is the best time of your life. When else are your parents going to spend several thousand dollars a year just for you to go to a strange town and get drunk every night?” — David Wood
Engineering remains the in demand degree across the employment spectrum and students have many colleges and universities from which to choose. How will students choose which to attend? Some will compare the achievements of former graduates. Others will examine course work and curricular pros and cons. Then there are those who compare costs and will only study at the best, meaning only the most expensive engineering program will do.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which to use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
The new generation of college students want to change the world. They want to make a difference in their communities and make money while doing it. Working just to earn money takes a backseat to finding a career that is fun, fulfilling and meaningful. The old methods of motivating young people to further their education do not work as well anymore. They don’t want to know the potential return on their investment in college or listen to how much more they can earn over a lifetime with a college degree than they will if their education ends after high school. Today’s college students want the Excalibur of education. They want the best their parent’s money can buy.
The college or university a student graduates from can make a difference in the time between graduating and working, though. For an elite few, expense is no concern and parents happily hand over debit cards to pay the highest prices possible for their child’s college education and the prestige of the college named on their diploma.
The United States far exceeds the rest of the world in the price of tuition and fees for a four year bachelor program. On the list of most expensive colleges, the United States dominates. Globally, the cost of a college education excludes those in countries with seemingly low tuition. Where wages stay low, colleges stay institutions available only to the wealthiest. Even in countries offering free college educations, students can end up paying the balance ten years after graduation. In these locations, tuition as a percent of annual income puts them on the list of the world’s most expensive colleges.
12. University College London, England, United Kingdom
This university was founded with the intent of opening education equally and to all. In 1878, University College London began admitting women using the same admission standards men were held to. ‘The college was the first in the United Kingdom to accept students from any class or religion. Alexander Graham Bell is counted among the university’s famous alumni, as well.
Expect to pay for the honor of attending this college as an undergraduate in the Engineering or Astrophysics programs. Tuition for European and British students comes in at 9000 English Pounds. International students will pay $31,000.
This price does include fees for housing, food, travel expenses and insurance. Make sure to add everyday living expenses like laundry and entertainment, though.