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Costs and financing

Study fees for international students?

Policymakers in NRW are currently discussing whether to introduce study fees for certain groups of international students.

Up to now, however, there is neither a corresponding law nor any draft legislation.


Tuition Fees

Bielefeld University does not charge tuition fees but every student has to pay a semester fee of 268,80 € per semester (as of Summer Term 2016). The fee includes the contribution to the "Semesterticket" for free public transport in the city and the surroundings of Bielefeld as well as on regional trains and busses in North-Rhine Westphalia.

Living expenses

Planning your budget will depend on the type of accommodation selected and your own spending habits. The estimated average costs for accommodation, living expenses and mandatory health insurance are around 800€ per month.

More information on living expenses can be found here.

Scholarships and grants

Students who come to Bielefeld University with an exchange program should check with their home university whether there are any additional options for scholarships. Bielefeld University only has a limited scope of possibilities to support international non-degree students financially and it does not bear responsibility for students who run out of money. The 'partnership grant' is given to specific students who are nominated by partner institutions.