Cost of Study in Germany

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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


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.


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.


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.


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