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Student Education, Student Life

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At European universities and in European societies the concepts 'university', 'faculty', 'doctor', 'master', 'student', and the like have been in use for virtually 800 years. The term clericus denotes merely formal and legal membership of the ordo clericalis, the legal purview of the church; in terms of a typology or social history, however, the concept is diffuse and wholly unrevealing. The social advantage of belonging to the familia of a university teacher perhaps made up for the onerousness of service. Such institutions as the 'oath appropriate to rank' and the 'rank fees' rendered at matriculation ensured that the Status of students was not equal even on a legal plane, let alone socially. For all students, attendance at university was relatively expensive, but the pressure to pay for study and living costs naturally varied from one university town to the next across the spectrum of poor to rich.

Keywords: living costs; social history; student education; student life; university teacher



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