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Fees for International students and for a second degree

>> Act on Fees in Higher Education of the Land of Baden-Württemberg (LHGebG)

 

The state of Baden-Württemberg will implement study fees for International students, as well as for those studying a second degree, from winter semester 2017/18.

 

 

Who is affected?
Affected will be International students who are neither nationals of a member state of the European Union (EU), nor another contracted member state of the European Economic Area (EEA), this means from Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, and who will take up a bachelor degree, consecutive master degree or state examination from winter semester 2017/2018.
How much are the fees?
The fees will amount 1,500 Euro per semester. On top of this the usual semester contribution (currently 155 Euro per semester) will also need to be paid.
What about students who are already enrolled?
International students who are already enrolled will be able to complete their studies without paying the fees. If one is enrolled into two subjects (e.g. a Bachelor of Arts with a major and a minor), one is permitted to change one subject without paying the fee.
International applicants who are enrolled into a preparation course for an assessment test at a preparatory college (Studienkolleg) in winter semester 2016/17 or in summer semester 2017, and who, after successfully completing the assessment test, immediately take up their studies at the University, must not pay the fee.
Who does not have to pay?
Furthermore the proposed legislation intends that the following International students are not liable to pay the fees:
  1. Holders of a German high-school diploma
  2. Relatives (Spouse, Child) of EU/EEA nationals in accordance with § paragraph 3 of the Freedom of Movement Act/EU.
  3. Foreign nationals with a residence visa or with a permit of permanent residency/EU in accordance with the Residence Act.
  4. Foreign nationals with a permanent abode in Germany and a permission to reside according to international law, humanitarian, political, family and other grounds and with a good prospect of staying in the country (e.g. entitled to asylum, acknowledged refugee status in accordance with the Geneva refugee convention, or from family reunion to German, or to foreign nationals, with a permanent abode).
  5. Foreign nationals with a permanent abode in Germany who stay legally for 15 uninterrupted months in the country and who possess a specific residency permit.
  6. Tolerated foreigners with a permanent abode in Germany who stay legally for 15 uninterrupted months in the country.
  7. Foreign nationals who have been living in Germany for 5 years and who are legally employed.
  8. Foreign nationals who have a parent who has been been living in Germany for 3 years overall during the last six years, and who is legally employed.
  9. Foreign nationals with a completed bachelor and consecutive master degrees in Germany; a second degree fee will nevertheless be applicable.
     
  10. Phd students
  11. Erasmus Students
  12. International students, who within the framework of the agreement at country, state or international level, and who are guaranteed to be free of paying fees, become matriculated. (see section 6 subsection 1 sentence 1 LHGebG)
  13. Short-term students, who within the framework of an exchange program from the Albert-Ludwigs-University and a partner university, and whose exemptions from fees are expected to be reciprocated, become matriculated.
    Note: so called Freemover, which means students, who study at the University of Freiburg on a self-organized short-term basis which is not part of an exchange program, are liable to pay the fees.
The following International students will be exempt from student fees
  1. Students on a leave of absence provided that the application for the leave of absence has been submitted before the start of the lecture period.
  2. Students on an internship, which is an obligatory part of their degree.
  3. A student with a significant disability, which subsequently has a negative impact on their studies in accordance with § paragraph 2 SGB IX
  4. Foreign nationals who hold a temporary residency permit, and who are, with regards to their nationality, likely to be able to stay in Germany.
  5. Students within the framework of a university cooperation scheme, on a national, state or international level, and which do not include fees.
     
When you apply and get accepted for a Bachelor, consecutive Master or State Examination degree program, you will receive a separate payment request (notification of fees) in the post. Additionally you will receive a ready-made application with your individual candiate number. On this application will be listed under which conditions you would not have to pay the study fees and which evidence (certificates, residence permit etc.) you must provide in order to be exempt. This application can be submitted to the University for assessment. Subsequently you will receive confirmation on whether or not you have to pay the fees.

If you are required to pay the fees then you must pay by the end of the matriculation deadline at the very latest. The matriculation deadline for winter semester 2017/18 runs from 18 September until 12 October 2017.
According to the proposed legislation all future students who have already completed a bachelor or a master degree in Germany, and who take up a second or further degree program, in an undergraduate degree (bachelor, or state examination), or in a second or further consecutive master degree, will have to pay fees amounting to 650 Euro per semester.

A fee for a second degree will not be levied, provided a fee for International students has already been charged. A degree obtained abroad will not be taken into consideration.

According to the proposed legislation a taker of a second degree will be exempt from paying the fees if, according to professional regulations, the attainment of an additional qualification is required (e.g oral surgery). The same is valid for the study of an extension subject in the framework of a teaching profession.

The following shall be exempt from paying the fees:
  1. Students on a leave of absence provided that the application for the leave of absence has been submitted before the start of the lecture period.
  2. Students on an internship, which is an obligatory part of their degree.
  3. A student with a significant disability, which subsequently has a negative impact on their studies in accordance with § paragraph 2 SGB IX
     
A course change within a study program will not lead to the levy of the fee for a second degree program.

Both students and applicants are compelled to provide relevant documents and information evidencing an exemption at the time of enrolment or re-registration respectively, at the very latest.



If you have any questions then please email us at international@service.uni-freiburg.de



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