Study in Germany : Tuition Fees in 16 German States

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What does it cost to study in Germany?

The fact is that most German universities are funded by the state. In Germany there are no tuition charges at state universities.

When was it decided?

The Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) decided on 26th of january 2005 that the German government will not have the power to strictly prevent the German federal states from establishing their own individual fees.

However, at state universities in Germany, one has to pay the so-called semester fee. This fee is mandatory for all students.

What does the semester fee cover?

It covers administrative costs and the financing of cafeterias, sports facilities and dormitories. It also includes the fees for a semester ticket. At most universities students can use their student ID at the same time as a ticket for buses and trains in the vicinity. The semester fee can vary depending on the university and the state.

Why did Germany abolish tuition fees?

Germany got rid of tuition fees because they don’t want higher education to depend on the wealth of the parents. Germany believes, tuition fees are unjust. Tuition fees discourage people who do not have traditional academic family background from taking up study.

Saving money and getting high quality education is the main motivation of most of the students heading to Germany.

What good does free education bring to Germany?

Some experts say, if 40% of graduates stay in the country for five years, Germany recovers it’s costs.

Germany Tuition Fees

What is the difference between tuition fee and semester fee in Germany?

Germany consists of 16 federal states. Fields like defense or foreign policy are only in the decision making-power of the state whereas a field like education is in the decision-making-power of every federal state. If a federal state sets tuition fees, they apply to this certain area and are used to finance the educational system there. The semester fee is something different and only relates to the university. It’s a fee for administrative costs, the student union and sometimes also the semester ticket.

For example, if someone is a long-term student in Rhineland-Palatinate, one has to pay 650 Euro per semester + the semester fee (depending on his university). If someone wants to study a bachelor at HU Berlin, one only has to pay semester fee, which lies around 300 Euro.

Let’s find out how much tuition fees/semester fees are charged by each state in Germany:

Baden-Wurttemberg

  • General Tuition fees: none
  • Other Costs: 60 € (charges for enrollment and administration)

Bavaria (Bayern)

  • General Tuition fees: none
  • Tuition Fees for occupational studies: up to 2500 €

Berlin

  • General Tuition fees: none
  • Other Costs: 51 € (charges for enrollment and administration)

Brandenburg

  • General Tuition fees: none
  • Other Costs: 51 € (charges for enrollment and administration)

Bremen

  • General Tuition fees: none
  • Other Costs: 50 € (charges for enrollment and administration)
  • Long-term charges: 500 € from 15 university semesters

Hamburg

  • General Tuition fees: none
  • Other Costs: 50 € (charges for enrollment and administration)

Hesse (Hessen)

  • General Tuition fees: none
  • Other Costs: 50 € (charges for enrollment and administration)
  • Long-term charges: from € 500 (graduated according to the degree of violation)

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)

  • General Tuition fees: none
  • Other Costs: <=50 € (charges for enrollment and administration)

Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen)

  • General tuition fees: no
  • Other Costs: 75 € (charges for enrollment and administration)
  • Surcharge for students studying for more than 5-7 years (according to the field of study chosen). All terms count including even former fields of studies : 500€

North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen)

  • General Tuition fees: none

Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz)

  • General Tuition fees: none
  • Long-term charges (Tuition fees for senior citizens &Tuition fees for post-graduates starting a new and different subject.): 650 € per semester

Saarland

  • General Tuition fees: none
  • Surcharge for students studying for more than 5-7 years (according to the field of study chosen). All terms count including even former fields of studies & Tuition fees for post-graduates starting a new and different subject : <=400 €
  • Tuition fees for senior citizens: 50-500 €

Saxony (Sachsen)

  • General Tuition fees: none
  • Long-term / secondary tuition fees (Surcharge for students studying for more than 5-7 years (according to the field of study chosen). All terms count including even former fields of studies): 500 €
  • Other Costs: 25-150 € (charges for enrollment and administration)/Optional charges for learning aids, libraries and other facilities of the university.

Saxony-Anhalt (Sachsen-Anhalt)

  • General Tuition fees: none
  • Lanzeitstudiengebühren: € 500 per semester

Schleswig-Holstein

  • General Tuition fees: none
  • Lanzeitstudiengebühren: none

Thuringia (Thüringen)

  • General Tuition fees: none
  • Long term fees (Surcharge for students studying for more than 5-7 years (according to the field of study chosen). All terms count including even former fields of studies): € 500 per semester
  • Tuition fees for senior citizens: € 50-500

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