How Much Does it Cost to Study in Germany – Tuition Fees and Cost of Living

Guest post by a student in Germany names Alexander (Bachelor of Science) Industrial Engineering with specialization in Electronics at the Fachhochschule Landshut.

Tuition fees were disestablished in most Bundesländer (German States).

You pay in just 3 State in Germany tuition fees.

You pay in Hamburg, Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony), and Bayern (Bavaria). ~ 500 Euro a semester.

For example – Tuition fees:

  • Fachhoschule Landshut (University of Applied Sciences Landshut) 300 euro /semester
  • Location: Lower Bavaria, about 80 km away from Munich.
  •  TU München (Technical University Munich) 500 Euro / semester
  • Location: Upper Bavaria, Munich.
  • TU Berlin (Technical University Berlin) 300 Euro/semester
  • Location: Berlin
  • FH Westküste (University of Applied Sciences Westküste ) 0 Euro / Semester
  • Location: Schleswig-Holstein, Heide, about 100 km away from Hamburg

In any case you have to pay some fees for the Studentenwerk (student union): It is about 60 Euro per semester

My advice:

Go to a smaller Town. Not the biggest Cities.

The Costs of Living were cheaper in smaller towns. You get to know the people much better and the mentality.

And you might have more money to Visit bigger Cities for partying. But be assured in Smaller Towns are good parties too.

Costs of Living in Germany for Students

  • Accommodation: 200 – 500 Euro (depends)
  • Food – 300 to 600 Euros  (if you cook yourself about you will spend about 10 Euro a day, if you eat in Mensa you will spend 15 Euro a day, if you eat at restaurants you spend about 20 a day… it depends on lifestyle)
  • Travel: ~ 50 Euro. There are programs for cheaper travel. Depends on your City.
  • Office Supplies  ~ 50 Euro (Papers, Pens, Books)

The rest depends on you. You should plan accordingly because you might want to go out on evenings have some party or just get to know the area.

But you should think about at least 600 Euro a month.

If you need to save money. You might pay 800 Euro a month for living and accommodation.


Readers Question About Germany

  1. Job Prospects – what are criteria, like language, nationality
  2. Immigration Rules. Are the rules favorable or stringent like in the states?
  3. Campus Jobs
  4. TA, RA, admin jobs
  5. I have passed out in 2009, have already applied to some univ. Though fees are low, I tried for scholarships in daad, but seems like they are available only for current students. What are other avenues for Indians?

Job Prospects in Germany

Job prospects for academics are very good. For common work not quite good.

For common work, the unemployment rate is about 15%. For academics, the unemployment rate is about: 2%.

Immigration Rules in Germany

Again for academics or students, you shouldn’t have a problem. But a language test is the basis of immigration.

Campus Jobs

There are quite some possibilities.

Companies do their best to get the professionals fast. And I mean as paid interns, working students, etc.
All you need to do is to send an application with your field of studies, expertise, salary requirement, to an engineering company and they tell you within a couple of weeks whether to work with them or not.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarships in Germany are a little bit rare. They are hard to get for anyone, doesn’t matter where you are from.

Following answers was posted by Alexander, who was studying (Bachelor of Science) Industiral Engineering wita h special field in Electronics at the Fachhochschule Landshut.  

 

29 Comments

  1. Gemechu on January 27, 2018 at 6:19 PM

    Hi I’m Gemechu from Ethiopia currently attending my grade 12 lessons and I want to learn my bachelors degree in Germany so how can join any university in Germany

  2. saransh on December 11, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    can i doing job during my UG courses in german

  3. Rama Shankar Pd. Shah on August 12, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    can you tell me the master in computer science study in Germany for free universities and process ? and how many GPA required from bachelor degree ? and how to apply ?

  4. Rama Shankar Pd. Shah on August 12, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    can you please tell me about the master in computer science courses in Germany for free universities and process? how many GPA required from bachelor degree?

  5. John promise on January 4, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Pls, whats is the requirements to apply and how much estimate will you budget for the application process and air tickets

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  7. sanjeev dutta on September 18, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    wish to study in germany. plz help me to get details. I’m 10+2 indian student. willing to join mba
    i need to know fee and other cost

    • Raghuram Sukumar on September 19, 2015 at 11:17 AM

      MBA is after Bachelor degree.

  8. moinuddin on May 19, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    i want to study at aeronautical engineering in canada.what is the living cost and tution fees in canada?????????

  9. mohit on May 19, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    hiiiii i am in last semester f btech plzzzz give me details f B schools in germany and fee criteria and cst f living there

  10. ankush on May 19, 2012 at 4:31 AM

    Hi ,
    I am just done with my btech in Electrical & Electronics Engg from NIT Calicut ,India . I wanted to know what all factors should we look for while selecting the university ?? how different is technical university from university of applied science ??

  11. bsdageme on May 18, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    I need learn in Germany university without fee please help me so If give these chance I know more effective

  12. Haraprasad on May 18, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Hi,
    I want to know about MSc in financial engineering course in germany, France.

  13. anand on May 17, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    I am interested in studying aeonautics specilaization in MS, Please guide me regarding universities & fees.
    Thanks a Lot– Anand

  14. Haroon Tunji on May 16, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    I have a degree in political science and conflict resolution and I want to study masters on international relation..wat r d things I need to do

  15. tapan on May 16, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Awesome post

  16. Sashank on May 16, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    As far as my info goes, RWTH aachen charges around 3,900 euro per semester for some international course(ie courses taught in english). These include CAME,PSE and combustion engines
    Course fee for GPE(global production engineering) in TU Berlin is about 14,000 euro.
    The semester fee of 220 is an addition to above course fee.
    So, the fee also depends on the course nd is not the same for every course

    • Karthik on June 18, 2012 at 11:56 PM

      HI Sashank

      Have you got admit in GPE??

      Karthik

  17. yashie on May 15, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    I seriously do not want to study in Germany because, going through the posts of those who study in Germany, I feel like those guys are more intertested in Partying than studies.

    I am seriously waiting to see any posts by anyone who is studying/studied in germany about the research in Embedded Systems and VLSI areas..

    Cost of Education is low but, As to what I heard, Germans give first preference to Their people while recruiting .. How sad it is ??

    Thats why I say.. Go to US for a better life..

    • Rahul on May 15, 2012 at 11:59 PM

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! this shows how much you know about Germany… I’m from Mechanical engg, but i’m sure ppl who are in electronics would love for you to go to US cos there is one less competition for the actual ppl who like to go to Germany to “PARTY”!!

      and to make it clear, you should know good German if you want a job there.

    • jones akanyare on February 25, 2016 at 7:03 AM

      Wow
      Thanks for the enlightenment

  18. Rahul on May 15, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    I have got an admission in TU Freiberg (CMS) . And have applied for Ruhr-Bochum (Computational Engineering). I would like to know about the city/town of Freiberg and Bochum. As in how easy/difficult it is for living there and also are these places a uni town, in the sense that you find more students around? It would be of great help if you can give me a ballpark figure of the living expenses in these two cities.

  19. Mark Ayoub on May 15, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    I wanna know which university better in construction engineering ?!
    I’ve studied civil engineering in egypt and wanna continue my studies in Germany
    Is there any requirements like specific GPA, TOEFL or IELTS???

  20. Avneet Dharni on May 15, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    I am thankful to Admin of this blog and all the members of this blog for their contribution to thi blog. The information is really really helpful to much extent.

  21. Suri on May 15, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Its quite interesting.. thank you for the inputs. i think HSB can start a seperate blog for Germany…

  22. ashray sharma on May 15, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    i am currently studying in germany and as far as my experience goes the FEE is still in those state around 500 euro per semester plus you would have to pay anything from 200-250 euro extra for a student card which includes free public transportation in your state and student association.in university with 0 tution fee you still have to pay the same amount of money i.e. 200-250 and yeah living in the big cities like hamburg berlin or frankfurt will be a bit expensive but don’t go for a very small city you can apply for any university in NRW and cities like cologne,dusseldorf,essen,aachen are the best places to live.plus in cities like berlin,frankfurt you can eaisly get indian food supply like flour,okra, other stuff to and life in interesting their to.

    • Mahmood on May 17, 2012 at 2:31 AM

      Hi! Mr Ashray, I am persuing BE(3/4 2nd sem) in MECH, I want to know the minimum eligible percentage in BE and the no of cleared backlogs eligible for persuing MS in GERMANY. Is percentage between 60-70 is eligible in any any univer in GERMANY.

    • Rohit on May 17, 2012 at 7:34 AM

      Hi Ashray,
      I would like to know more about for masters education in germany like how to apply for masters degree in Mechanical Engg.Do they require a strong academic score?

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