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Tuition Fees & Scholarship :
Tuition Fees
Studies mostly tuition free
Fees for long-term students, second degree courses, occasional students
English-instructed Master's programmes
Administrative fees
In most cases, studies at public (state-maintained) universities are tuition free.
This is still the current situation: Normally, you pay no tuition fees when you

- Study for a first degree (e.g. Diplom, Magister, Bachelor's) or
- Intend to gain a further degree (e.g. a Master's).
A Master's programme is tuition free if you gained a Bachelor's degree and wish to build on this, generally by continuing your studies in the same or a related subject. However, you may have to pay tuition fees if you
Already hold a degree other than a Bachelor's, when you begin the Master's programme
Already hold more than one Bachelor's degrees
Aim to gain a second Master's degree.
In such cases, your Master's programme is not exempted from tuition fees. PhD and doctoral programmes are currently tuition free throughout Germany. By contrast, private universities do levy fees of various levels from their students. These fees can amount to several thousand euros per semester.
Fees for long-term students, second degree courses, occasional students
In addition, many of the 16 federal states in Germany charge tuition fees under certain conditions. This is the case if
Your studies take significantly longer than the standard period defined in the respective study regulations.
At present, fees for long-term students amount to between 500.- and 900.- euros per semester. Most federal states have set the fees at around 500.- euros.
You are enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme, a second degree course or a continuing training programme.
In this context, second degree course means that after graduating, you take a new degree course that does not follow on directly to your previously aquired degree, such as a Diplom, Magister or Bachelor's. Some federal states generally charge tuition fees for such second degree courses, while in others any credit remaining in the study account from the student's first degree course can be transferred to this second degree course.
Continuing training programmes differ from Master's programmes in that they require applicants to have gained at least one year of career experience after graduating from their first degree course as an entry qualification for the continuing training programme. Depending on the federal state in question and the chosen degree course or programme, tuition fees for non-exempted programmes (see definitions above) can amount to between 300.- and 1,500.- euros per semester.
If you are enrolled as an occasional student.
In most cases, tuition fees for enrolled occasional students are much lower and depend on the number of courses which the student attends. Fees of between 15.- and 150.- euros are charged, although there are tuition fee tables that go up to 500.- euros.
English-instructed Master's programmes
In recent years, Germany's universities have established many English-instructed Master's programmes. A large number of these are tuition free. However, some universities, including public ones, do levy tuition fees for these Master's programmes, and especially for these English-instructed programmes. This can apply when you aim for a postgraduate degree programme or a continuing training programme as described above.
When you search through our databases on International Degree Programmes in Germany or the University Guide on all study opportunities in Germany, please make sure that you read the detailed description for the programme in question to see whether any tuition fees are charged.
Administrative fees
In addition, some federal states require you to pay administrative fees for enrolment, re-registration and other services (such fees can be called "Verwaltungsgebühren", "Verwaltungskostenbeitrag" or "Rückmeldegebühren"). These fees presently amount to around 50.- euros.
Some federal states have passed responsibility for deciding whether to introduce fees and how much to charge to the individual universities. If in doubt, please contact the university at which you would like to study and ask the International Office at your university of choice for advice.
Scholarships and Funding
German institutions of higher education generally do not themselves award any scholarships. There is, therefore, little or no point in submitting a scholarship application to the university.
There are, however, several scholarship awarding organisations. The most extensive scholarship programme is that offered by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). However, only advanced students may apply for DAAD-scholarships, or depending on country of origin and subject, in some cases only graduates. Other scholarship awarding institutions have varying conditions, for example, regarding country of origin, subject, previous study achievements, duration of support, etc.
Support for a full study programme, that is from the first semester to completion of studies, is not possible through the DAAD and is also extremely rare among other scholarship organisations.
Scholarships are primarily awarded on the basis of achievement criteria. The applicant's financial circumstances only play a subordinate role. The German foreign diplomatic missions and other German representatives abroad such DAAD-foreign language assistants (Lektors), lecturers and professors placed on assignment abroad by the DAAD and the DAAD's offices abroad will provide information on the possibilities of gaining a scholarship. They will all give you information on application requirements and deadlines and will also inform you as to where the application has to be submitted.
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