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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.

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

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.

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.

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 program can momentarily not be ruled out. Please refer to: https://www.uni-freiburg.de/universitaet-en/corona/studies-and-teaching?set_language=en

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).

What is the voucher system?

The Voucher-System 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.

  • Each semester, in which you pay tuition fees, you receive three vouchers. With the exmatriculation of the University of Freiburg the vouchers lose their validity.
  • A cash payout is not possible!
  • Each voucher allows you to take part in a course with approximately two hours per week during the semester (e.g. 90min course per week during the lecture period). Complex courses may require the use of several vouchers.
  • Acceptance of registrations is effected subject to the reservation. Workshops will only take place if there are enough participants (more than 10 registrations). Vouchers will only be used when the course takes place. After the registration you will receive a confirmation from us if the registration was successful.
  • The vouchers can only be used if tuition fees have been paid – if you are exempted from the tuition fees you have already paid at a later date, the vouchers lose their validity and you have to pay for the courses.

For which activities can you use the vouchers?

  • language courses at the Sprachlehrinstitut
  • workshops for academic integration, social and intercultural integration and application training for career entry.
  • Studitours, the travel program of Studierendenwerk Freiburg

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. Please send an e-mail voucher@service.uni-freiburg.de

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.

How can I register for language courses?

Please book your courses via the website of the Sprachlehrinstitut (SLI): www.sli.uni-freiburg.de

Follow these steps:

1. Choose and book the courses via the SLI website.

2. Pay the course fee by yourself (80€ or 160€ - this corresponds to one or two vouchers).

3. Take the course (compulsory attendance of at least 70%). After the semester, you receive a confirmation of participation in the course.

4. Hand in this confirmation at the end of summer term 2020 via e-mail: voucher@service.unifreiburg.de . Please let us also know your address (street, postal code, city) and your banking details (IBAN and BIC).

5. The course fee will be refunded (80€/160€).

A refund before completion of the course is not possible! However, a refund of course is also possible if the student does not pass the final examination. The Voucher System applies to all SLI language courses which cost 80€ or 160€. You can also learn languages other than German.

How can I register for the workshop for academic integration?

2 vouchers will be charged for participation in this 2-day workshop. The course is offered online over two days. In between there is a self-learning phase.

Topics:

Studying in Germany: forms of learning, imparting knowledge, culture of discussion, relationships between teachers and students

Please let us know whether you would like to take part in workshop 1 or 2 and send an email to: voucher@service.uni-freiburg.de:

Workshop 1: academic integration

Friday, 20.11.2020:
09:15-13:15 (online)
6h self-study in between

Friday, 04.12.2020:

09:15-13:15 (online)

or

Workshop 2: academic integration

Friday, 27.11.2020

09:15-13:15 (online)
6h self-study in between

Friday, 11.12.2020:

09:15-13:15 (online)

Registrations for the courses are subject to reservation. Workshops will only take place if there are enough participants (over 10 registrations). Vouchers can be only used when the course takes place. After registration, you will receive a confirmation from us whether the registration was successful.

How can I register for the workshop for social and intercultural integration?

2 vouchers will be charged for participation in this 2-day workshop. The course is offered online over two days. In between there is a self-learning phase.

Topics:

What is culture? What is cultural competence? The cultural influence on our way to see things; The cultural influence on our values; Communication across cultures; Dealing with cultural dimensions and categories; Reflection of own intercultural experiences

Please let us know whether you would like to take part in workshop 1 or 2 and send an email to: voucher@service.uni-freiburg.de:

Workshop 1: social and intercultural integration

Friday, 13.11.2020:
09:15-13:15 (online)
6h self-study in between
Friday, 20.11.2020:

09:15-13:15 (online)

or

Workshop 2: social and intercultural integration

Friday, 11.12.2020:

09:15-13:15 (online)
6h self-study in between
Friday, 18.12.2020:

09:15-13:15 (online)

Registrations for the courses are subject to reservation. Workshops will only take place if there are enough participants (over 10 registrations). Vouchers are only used when the course takes place. After registration, you will receive a confirmation from us whether the registration was successful.

How can I register for the workshop for application training for career entry?

2 vouchers will be charged for participation in this 2-day workshop. The course is offered online over two days. In between there is a self-learning phase.

Topics:

Basics of a successful application: up-to-date CV, tips and tricks for covering letters, applying in the digital society, body language in the job interview, psychology in the job interview, access to the hidden job market

Please let us know whether you would like to take part in workshop 1 or 2 and send an email to: voucher@service.uni-freiburg.de:

Workshop 1: application training for career entry

Thursday, 05.11.2020:
1h video lecture to get started and prepare for the topics of basics and body language

17:00-20:00 (online webinar)
4h self-study in between

Thursday, 12.11.2020:

1h video lecture for deepening & preparation for the topics of psychology & hidden job market

17:00-20:00 (online webinar)

or

Workshop 2: application training for career entry

Thursday, 14.01.2021:
1h video lecture to get started and prepare for the topics of basics and body language

17:00-20:00 (online webinar)
6h self-study in between

Thursday, 21.01.2021:

1h video lecture for deepening & preparation for the topics of psychology & hidden job market

17:00-20:00 (online webinar)

Registrations for the courses are subject to reservation. Workshops will only take place if there are enough participants (over 10 registrations). Vouchers are only used when the course takes place. After registration, you will receive a confirmation from us whether the registration was successful.

How can I register for the Studitours?

You will find an overview of the Studitours offered by the Studierendenwerk Freiburg on: https://www.swfr.de/veranstaltungen/studitours/. You cannot register directly. If you want to take part in one of these tours, please send an e-mail to voucher@service.uni-freiburg.de and let us know the name and date of the tour. We will register you!

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 can be exempt from tuition fees due to their exceptional academic aptitude, in accordance with the above statute.

Application

  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. According to the statute, the application must be received at the university before the 31st of October (exclusion period) in the year the applicant takes up their studies.
  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.
  5. 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 / via Email.


Requirements

  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.

Deferment, waiver and reimbursement of tuition fees

With special consideration of the current situation and in order to avoid individual hardship for students who, through no fault of their own, have got into an emergency situation after starting their studies due to the Covid 19 pandemic, it is possible to apply for (partial) waiver, deferment or refund of tuition fees for SS 2020 and/or WS 20/21.

Please note that you must transfer the obligatory semester fee of 161 EUR in due time even if you apply for a deferment or waiver of tuition fees!

Waiver, deferment and refund of tuition fees for international students:

The Corona Pandemic has considerable consequences for international students at the University of Freiburg. International students subject to tuition fees therefore have the possibility of applying for a (partial) deferment, a (partial) waiver or a (partial) refund of tuition fees according to § 7 Landeshochschulgebührengesetz (LHGebG) in the cases listed below due to considerable financial hardship or in the case of personal or material inequity according to § 1 paragraph 2 LHGebG in conjunction with § 22 para. 2 Landesgebührengesetz (LGebG).

Please note that you have to transfer the obligatory semester fee of 161 EUR on time even if you apply for a deferment or waiver of tuition fees!

1. Deferment and waiver according to hardship clause § 7 LHGebG (because of a financial emergency after the start of studies through no fault of your own):

Please note that you must not yet have paid the tuition fees if you wish to claim financial hardship!

Before you submit the application, you must first exhaust other funding possibilities. Therefore, please enclose with your application proof that you have applied for the KfW Student Loan, the granting of which is dependent only on enrolment and a German registration address and which is granted interest-free until 31 March 2021.

The UniCross editorial office has prepared an overview for all those who have difficulties with student financing due to the Corona crisis. An overview of the Studierendenwerk (SWFR) in English on further financial aid for international students in the Corona crisis can be found here. Find out more and get advice from the above-mentioned offices!

2. Waiver and reimbursement according to § 22 LGebG - factual inequity

In the event of a complete or partial cancellation of the university's study, examination and supervision services due to the corona pandemic (factual inequity), in particular in the event of the cancellation of final examinations in the winter semester 2019/20 and the resulting unplanned re-registration for the summer semester 2020 or the cancellation of courses and study and examination services,

3. Waiver and reimbursement according to § 22 LGebG - personal inequity

In the event of a complete or partial impossibility, for which you are not responsible, to take advantage of the study, examination and childcare services offered by the university and to perform study services (personal inequity), in particular due to an entry which has been officially prohibited or delayed due to the Corona pandemic or due to the need to care for your own children due to the closure of day-care centres or schools.

Download application form

The application must be submitted by 10 September 2020 (for reimbursements of fees due in summer semester 2020 and for waiver fees in winter semester 2020/201) or 15 February 2021 (for reimbursements of fees due in winter semester 2020/2021 and for waiver fees in summer semester 2021) to

Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg

Service Center Studies

International Admissions and Services

Sedanstr. 6

D-79098 Freiburg

Information on the application procedure and the deadline for re-registration for the summer semester 2020:

Please note that the examination of the documents will take time. If you are unable to re-register in time, please contact your responsible person in the International Admissions and Services (IAS) Office at the Service Center for Academic Studies in good time. If you are exmatriculated during the period of examination of your documents, please also contact IAS to cancel your exmatriculation. http://www.studium.uni-freiburg.de/de/beratung/ias

Waiver, deferment and refund of tuition fees for second degree

Before you claim financial hardship and submit the application, you must first exhaust other funding possibilities. Therefore, please enclose with your application proof that you have applied for the KfW Student Loan, the granting of which is dependent only on enrolment and a German registration address and which is granted interest-free until 31 March 2021.

The UniCross editorial office has prepared an overview for all those who have difficulties with student financing due to the Corona crisis. An overview of the Studierendenwerk (SWFR) in English on further financial aid for international students in the Corona crisis can be found here. Find out more and get advice from the above-mentioned offices!

1. Waiver and refund pursuant to § 22 LGebG - factual inequity

In the event of a complete or partial cancellation of the university's study, examination and supervision services due to the corona pandemic (factual inequity), in particular the cancellation of final examinations in the winter semester 2019/20 and the resulting unplanned re-registration for the summer semester 2020, or the cancellation of courses, study and examination programmes

2. Waiver and reimbursement according to § 22 LGebG - personal inequity

In the event of a complete or partial impossibility, for which you are not responsible, to take advantage of the study, examination and childcare services offered by the university and to perform study services (personal inequity), in particular due to an entry which has been officially prohibited or delayed due to the Corona pandemic or due to the need to care for your own children due to the closure of day-care centres or schools.

Download application form

The application must be submitted by 10 September 2020 (for reimbursements of fees due in summer semester 2020 and for waiver fees in winter semester 2020/201) or 15 February 2021 (for reimbursements of fees due in winter semester 2020/2021 and for waiver fees in summer semester 2021) to
Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg
Service Center Studies
Sedanstr. 6
D-79098 Freiburg
.