University Education Should Be Free

Many countries provide free education to children under 16, which is generally accepted. When it comes to university education there is a great variation as some countries like the UAE and Germany offers this for free and very cheaply, respectively. Others however, like the US and Hong Kong, the cost is soaring and can cost up to $50,000 per year. Does everyone have a right to higher education?

Level: Intermediate: B1/B2
Running Time: 90 minutes +

Materials included

This free lesson plan is suitable for adults, teenagers, and General English classes. Each plan includes:

  • A debate motion
  • A summary of the controversy
  • Points for both Pros and Cons
  • Language to use in a debate
  • Debate role cards to help identify student groups
  • An article
  • Statistics (true or false exercise)
  • Vocab for the topic


For more information on how to use this in the classroom, please have a look at our detailed post on using free lesson plans.

Worksheet download

University education should be free

Further reading / additional resources

Uni should be free. It’s our best bet against inequality