Cost of Study in Germany

Introduction

  • Germany is considered as one of the best places to study for international students.
  • The states of Germany have abolished tuition fees for all undergraduate students in public universities. But in North Rhine-Westphalia and Baden-Wuerttemberg states, non-EU students have to pay tuition fees
  • In all other 14 states of Germany, international and domestic students for undergraduate programs can study for free in public institutions and just have to pay a nominal fee to cover administration and other costs.
  • As of now, the low fees have attracted a large number of international students and Germany has been the fourth most popular destination for international studies.

Cost of studying in Germany

  • Though many public universities still do not charge any tuition fees, a nominal amount of €300 has to be paid per semester for enrolment, confirmation and administration.
  • You can choose a Semesterticket option, which covers your public transport costs and you might have to pay around €500 per semester for it. The cost of Semesterticket depends upon the type of it.
  • Unlike public universities, private universities in Germany set their own tuition fees which can be anything up to €20,000 a year.

Costs for various courses

Undergraduate

  • In public universities in Germany, you don’t have to pay tuition fee for undergraduate studies. But universities in the states of Baden-Württemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia charge a tuition fee of 1500€ for non-EU students
  • Pay only €150-250 for enrollment and administration.
  • Pay an additional €500 for ‘Semesterticket’ which covers your public transport expenses for 6 months.

Post-graduation

  • The tuition fee for postgraduate studies is absolutely free for the courses that are directly based on the undergraduate degree of the students gained in Germany.
  • Those who did their undergraduate degree elsewhere other than Germany or choosing their postgraduate course that is totally unrelated to their undergraduate degree should pay certain tuition fees of €10,000 per semester and €30,000 per year for a master’s degree.

Doctoral

  • There is no tuition fees for education at PhD level. Only a nominal amount of €150 -250 has to be paid for registration, administration and enrolment.

General living costs in Germany

  • Living costs in large and urban cities: €800-950/month
  • Living costs in smaller cities: €600-750/month

Accommodation costs in Germany

  • If living alone: approx. €300/month
  • If living along with a parent or child: approx. €350/ month
  • If living on campus: approx. €200/month

Food costs in Germany

  • Some of the cheapest super markets are located in Germany.
  • You may just have to spend around €100/month for your food expenses

Transportation costs in Germany

  • You can purchase a public transport pass for €30-60 depending upon the city you reside in.
  • Also, you can easily rent bicycle in Germany at a rate of €15-20/ day.
  • Spend around €20-70 to access Germany’s Deutsche Bahn train system and visit any German city you want.

Funding support and scholarships

  • German government provides students with various scholarship programs and also financial support.
  • DAAD is a service program which focuses on providing financial aid to international students and researchers.
  • Deutschlandstipendium offers talented students €300/month for at least two semesters.