Students should expect to spend at least € 600,- per month on general living expenses.
Heidelberg University now offers a grant that exempts international students from paying either partial or total tuition. The grant is university wide and will be awarded to a total of 5% of students who demonstrate excellent academic and extracurricular standing. For more information please visit the university's Scholarships for Students website or send your inquiries to the international relations office. It is nonetheless expected that international students have sufficient funding at their disposal when they come to Heidelberg University. Therefore, Heidelberg University requires you to present a document explaining how you are going to finance your study visit (not applicable for EU / EEA nationals).
Information on scholarships is available with the German diplomatic and consular representations and German cultural institutes all over the world. For German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarships please see DAAD scholarship informations.
Students should expect to pay most or all of the following fixed expenses:
Please note that starting from Winter Semester 2017/18, international students from non-EU/EEA countries are required to pay tuition fees for Master's degree programmes in the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg, of which Heidelberg is a part. The tuition fee per semester will be 1.500€.Students currently qualified at the masters level will have to pay an extra fee.
All students are legally required to have medical insurance until they reach their 14th semester or their 30th birthday, whichever comes first. Medical insurance premiums are currently approx. € 45 to € 95 per month.
EU citizens can be exempted from this obligatory medical insurance if they can prove, by means of an E 111 certificate, that they are covered by medical insurance in their home country.
Please note that finding accomodation in Heidelberg takes time and students should start looking right away. Students admitted to the university do not automatically receive a room in a student residence, and must therefore make their own living arrangements. At present the monthly rent for a room or small flat is approximately € 300 to € 500. You may find a room in one of the residence halls of the Studentenwerk, in off-campus student residencies provided by other organizations, or you look at the private housing market. Please see: Student Services Heidelberg (Studentenwerk).
The Semesterticket, which costs € 145 and allows students to use almost all forms of public transportation in the Heidelberg area for free for a semester, can be purchased after registration at the University.