How much does it cost to study in Germany?
Tuition fees used to be taboo at German universities and colleges for years, but in the past few years several states have introduced them. There were no centrally imposed regulations pertaining to tuition fees – but generally they run about 500 euro per semester. Nevertheless, this was relatively inexpensive in comparison with other countries. British universities, for examples, cost up to 3000 pounds per year. While tuition fees were a novelty to many students at public universities and colleges, students at private institutions in Germany have become accustomed to paying an abundant load of money. There are no guidelines concerning how high these fees may be and the amount often depends on the degree program in question and the organization that runs the school. As of October 2014, Germany strikes with a decision students we’re fighting for many years now; the abolishment of tuition fees for all public Universities in the country regarding undergraduate studies.
There are a lot of private and public universities in Germany. Public universities are as aforementioned free of charge, except for the mandatory semester contributions (a symbolic fee additional to the tuition fee, previously). There are a lot of public universities. In the video we have putted a map with the public universities location. You will see that there are plenty of them, not only in big cities like Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, but also in smaller cities and towns. Students are now relieved of tuition fees regardless of their origin, national or international in all of Germany.
Hopefully, the abolishment of tuition fees won’t have any say the quality of the university. As previously stated all universities charge a semester contribution which you’ll have to pay at the beginning of the semester. This contribution covers various things, like administrative costs and the studentwerk, and generally costs around 100 euro per semester, but it may vary depending on the size of your university. And don’t forget that you’ll need money to make copies of lecture notes and other materials. This is not included in the semester contribution. Some universities also offer students a semester ticket for all local public transportation. With this ticket you can travel around the entire city for free. Notwithstanding the tuition free policy, just living in Germany costs money. You or your family can pay for your living expenses or you can apply for financial aid. There are many organizations in Germany that offer scholarships so don’t worry. You’ll be able to pay for it all.
So be prepared to spend some money while you are studying in Germany. With the help of scholarships studying in Germany can be cheap and save you from those financial expenses. Also without any tuition fees studying in Germany is way more attractive and probable.