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Study Fees

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


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



Fees for international students

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 students who began their studies before the 2017/2018 winter semester may complete them in the selected field of study and degree program without being required to pay tuition.
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 a leave of absence was submitted before the beginning of the teaching period
  2. Students in a semester of study in which they are completing the practical year in accordance with Section 1(2) Clause 1 No. 1 of the Approbationsordnung für Ärzte (German medical licensing regulations). Application to be exempt from tuition fees during the practical year (medicine) or a mandatory practical semester
  3. Students in a practical semester that is a fixed component of the study regulations to be completed within the standard period of study. Note: If you intend to complete a voluntary internship that is not a part of the study regulations for your degree program, you may only be exempted from tuition if you have applied for a leave of absence in time (see 1.). Application to be exempt from tuition fees during the practical year (medicine) or a mandatory practical semester
  4. Students with a disability that affects their ability to study to a considerable degree as per Section 2 of SGB IX (German social code)
  5. Foreigners with a residence authorization and citizenship of a country with so-called good prospects for remaining in the country
  6. Students participating in university partnerships at the state, national, or international level that do not include a tuition requirement. Also exempt from the fee are students enrolled in international cooperative degree programs that include a required study abroad at a partner institution and lead to a joint degree or a degree from each of the participating universities.

How can I find out whether I am affected?

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 summer semester 2019 runs from 23 September until 17 October 2019. For the subjects human medicine, pharmacy and dentistry, the deadline already ends on 10 October 2019.

Fees for second degrees

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.

Exemption from Tuition Fees for international students with exceptional academic aptitude

according to the statute of the University of Freiburg, published March 5, 2019

Each year, a fixed number of students defined by the ministry of science and education starting their studies at the university of Freiburg for the first time and in the first semester can be exempt from tuition fees due to their exceptional academic aptitude, in accordance with the above statute.


  1. Students admitted to the University of Freiburg, who are taking up their studies at this university for the first time and are subject to charge of tuition fees.  
  2. Please apply with your complete documents between 01.09.2020 and 31.10.2020 (cut-off deadline).
  3. The application form must be handed in with all required documents in PDF Format via email to the following address
  4. With the application, you must at least hand in your degree documentation (transcript of records and diploma) as well as a proof of identity. Documents attesting social criteria are optional and only need to be handed in, in case you wish to enforce social criteria in your application.

After the expiration of this deadline, the selection committee will make their decision about the award of the exemption of tuition fees. All applicants will receive an official notification of the decision in their individual case in writing.

Please note: If you start your studies in the summer semester, you must first pay the tuition fees for the summer semester as well as for the following winter semester. If you are exempted, the tuition fees you have already paid will be refunded. The exemption applies for the duration of your studies + 2 semesters.


  1. To be considered for an exemption from tuition fees based on the statute, applications must prove their exceptional academic aptitude; For undergraduate degrees: by presenting a university entrance qualification with minimal grade of 2.8; taking the French educational system into consideration, a minimal grade of  3.3;
  2. For consecutive Master programs by providing excellent academic achievements and a minimal average grade of at least 2,8 in your first undergraduate program; taking the French educational system into consideration, a minimal grade of  3.3
  3. The German grading system is applied, if necessary, the grade will be converted from the grading system applied on the transcript of records.

Voucher for international students

Dear students,
due to the rapid spread of the corona virus, many preventive measures are currently being taken. The possibility that courses and workshops will not take place in line with the course programme can momentarily not be ruled out. Please refer to:

Starting in the winter semester of 2019/20, the University of Freiburg will issue three education vouchers per semester to each international student who has to pay for their studies. These vouchers are worth 2 semester hours per week (equivalent to a 90-minute university seminar).

For which activities can the vouchers be used?
We offer you a voucher-system that allows you to attend selected additional courses of the University of Freiburg and its partners, which are normally subject to a fee, without having to pay for them. With the vouchers you can attend language courses at the Sprachlehrinstitut, workshops for academic, social and intercultural integration and application training for career entry.

How can I register for language courses?

For the language courses you register directly with the SLI. There you also pay the course fee. After you have attended the course, please send your confirmation of attendance to and we will refund the course fee.
A refund is only possible if you have attended at least 70% of the course time.

How can I register for the workshop weekends?

You can register for the workshop weekends via this PDF (English). Due to the corona virus the workshops will be offered as online courses. Send the filled out form to

How do I see how many vouchers I can still redeem?

Every fee-based student starts with three vouchers in the winter semester 2019/20. You can ask us by e-mail how many vouchers you still have available.

Do vouchers expire?

Each semester in which you pay tuition fees ( starting from WS2019/20) you will receive three additional vouchers. These vouchers only expire when you exmatriculate - i.e. when you finish your studies. You do not have to use all vouchers in the first semester, but can also collect vouchers and attend courses in later semesters or during the semester break.