While the cost of college education in the US has reached record highs, Germany has abandoned tuition fees altogether for German and international students alike. An increasing number of Americans are taking advantage and saving tens of thousands of dollars to get their degrees.
In a kitchen in rural South Carolina one night, Hunter Bliss told his mother he wanted to apply to university in Germany. Amy Hall chuckled, dismissed it, and told him he could go if he got in.
“When he got accepted I burst into tears,” says Amy, a single mother. “I was happy but also scared to let him go that far away from home.”
Across the US parents are preparing for their children to leave the nest this summer, but not many send them 4,800 miles (7,700km) away – or to a continent that no family member has ever set foot in. ………
By Franz StrasserBBC News, Germany