Tuition fees apply to all international students who have enrolled at a higher education institution in Baden-Württemberg since the fall semester 2017/
Students from the EU and the EEA, or international students who obtained their Abitur or equivalent in Germany, are also not required to pay tuition fees.
The law provides for a few exceptions in which international students are not required to pay tuition fees:
Exceptions on the basis of a German residence title (Aufenthaltstitel):
Employment in Germany:
Degrees obtained in Germany:
For more detailed information on the exemptions from the obligation to pay tuition fees and the documents to be submitted, please contact the bursar’s office.
The exemption must be proven in due time before the enrollment or the re-registration, unless the exemption could not be proven at this point in time or the reason for the exemption occurred within one month after the beginning of the lecture period.
Please submit the information form (Auskunftsformular) including the relevant proofs by mail to the bursar's office. You have received the information form upon your admission. Read more about the exemptions. If you do not submit the necessary forms and documents which prove that the criteria for an exception are fulfilled in accordance with section 5 of the LHGebG by the enrollment or re-registration deadline, we will assume that you are obliged to pay the tuition fees for international students.
Reasons for exemption:
Please apply for the exemptions due to an academic leave of absence in the comments sections of the requests for an academic leave of absence in Portal2. On the website of the School of Humanities for the degree program Master of Education (M.E.) in Teacher Education, you will find the exemption request for the placement semester. If other reasons for exemption apply to you, print out, complete, and submit the form together with the necessary proofs. Requests for exemption from tuition fees must be submitted before the beginning of the lecture period.
In individual, exceptional cases and after extensive review, it is possible to defer the payment of the tuition fee or to be granted a tuition fee waiver. The requirement for submitting a request is that you are in severe financial difficulties that occurred through no fault of your own after you have started your studies. For example, this is the case if the financing of your studies suddenly and unexpectedly falls through. In order to be granted a waiver or a deferral of payment of your tuition fees, specific requirements need to be met. You need to submit suitable documents to prove that you are in need of and eligible for a tuition fee waiver. In addition, you need to submit proof that other financing options are not available. Applications for scholarships may be relevant here, for example.
The tuition fee waiver or the deferral of payment only refers to the tuition fee. The semester fee still has to be paid. If you have already paid the tuition fee, you are no longer eligible to submit a request for a tuition fee waiver or deferral of payment.
If you fulfill these requirements and intend to apply for a tuition fee waiver or a deferral of payment, please contact the bursar's office before the re-registration deadline ends (in the fall semester between 15 October and 1 December, in the spring semester between 1 May and 15 June) and explain your situation in sufficient detail. The deadline for submitting a request is two weeks after the re-registration deadline.