Tuition fees for international students and for a second degree

From the winter semester 2017/18 onwards, higher education institutions in Baden-Württemberg will charge tuition fees for international students and for students taking up a second degree.

This page provides information on the regulations in the Act on Fees in Higher Education of the Land of Baden-Württemberg (Landeshochschulgebührengesetz, LHGebG). Please note that this text is solely for information purposes and only the Act itself is legally binding. The staff of the Admissions Offices can in no way influence the legal situation or take decisions regarding exceptions and exemptions from tuition fee payments or reductions in the fee amount.

This page will be updated regularly; any new information will be added as soon as possible.

The tuition fees will be collected upon enrollment or re-registration via C@MPUS. Read here for more information on the collection of fees, and exception/exemption criteria.

Tuition fee for international students

As of the winter semester 2017/18, international students who are not citizens of an EU/EEA country and who are taking up or switching to a Bachelor's, a consecutive Master’s or a state examination study program have to pay tuition fees of EUR 1,500.00 per semester. Additionally the regular semester fee of currently EUR 175.60 has to be payed.

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In these cases the tuition fee will automatically not be charged:

  • students from an EU/EEA country (acc. § 3 subs. 1 sent. 1 LHGebG);
  • non-German students who completed their university entrance qualification (e. g. Abitur) at a German school according to § 58 LHG (acc. § 3 subs. 2 LHGebG); in the case of Delta exams, professional qualifications and other recognized qualifications, the following conditions have to be fulfilled:
    • the advanced technical college certificate as the basis of the Delta exam according to § 58 subs. 2 no. 4 LHG must have been completed in Germany,
    • the Aufstiegsfortbildungsprüfung according to § 58 subs. 2 no. 5 LHG must have been completed in Germany,
    • the vocational training and work experience required according to § 58 subs. 2 no. 6 LHG must have been completed in Germany,
    • other qualifications recognized by the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs must have been acquired in Germany (see § 58 subs. 2 no. 12 LHG).

Please note: Due to technical reasons a university entrance qualification which was acquired at a German school abroad and the advanced technical college certificate (in combination with Delta exam or undergraduate degree), cannot be identified automatically. So the tuition fee will be charged at first. If you acquired such university entrance qualification please submit the Application for Exception/Exemption from Tuition Fees when you are going to enroll.

Please note: A university entrance qualification as defined in § 58 subs. 2 nos. 7 to 11 LHG, in particular, a Bachelor’s degree earned in Germany (§ 58 subs. 2 no. 8 LHG), does not qualify students for an exception.

  • students taking up a continuing education Master’s study program or a doctoral degree program (acc. § 3 subs. 1 no. 1 and § 20 subs. 1 no. 3 LHGebG);
  • exchange students and double degree students under certain circumstances (acc. § 6 subs. 1 sent. 2, 3 LHGebG);
  • participants in a language course who are not yet enrolled on a study program (acc. § 3 subs. 1 sent. 1 LHGebG).

If you fulfill the criteria for an exception of this kind, you need to submit the Application for Exception/Exemption, the Information Form for International Students (“Auskunftsformular”) and the required documents in the course of your enrollment or re-registration.
Please note: The Applicaton for Exception/Exemption may only be submitted after the acceptance of the university place and the application of the notification of tuition fees. It is not possible to submit the application beforehand!

Students who fulfill one of the following criteria qualify for an exception:

  • family members (spouse, registered life partner or child) of an EU/EEA citizen according to § 3 of the Freedom of Movement Act/EU (acc. § 5 subs. 1 no. 1 LHGebG),
  • international students with a settlement permit or permanent EU residence permit (acc. § 5 subs. 1 no. 2 LHGebG),
  • international students with a permit to reside in Germany who are recognized abroad as refugees according to the Geneva Convention on Refugees (acc. § 5 subs. 1 no. 3 LHGebG),
  • international students who are homeless according to the Law on the Legal Status of Homeless Aliens in the Federal Republic of Germany (acc. § 5 subs. 1 no. 4 LHGebG),
  • international students who are mainly resident in Germany and have a residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis) for reasons of international law, or humanitarian, political, family-related or other reasons with good prospects of remaining in Germany in the long term (e. g. persons entitled to asylum, refugees recognized according to the Geneva Convention on Refugees, or family members joining Germans or foreigners with a settlement permit) (acc. § 5 subs. 1 no. 5 LHGebG),
  • international students who are mainly resident in Germany and hold a certain residence permit (e. g. on the basis of a non-refoulement or another obstacle to deportation), and who have been living in Germany legally, permitted or tolerated for at least 15 months without interruption (acc. § 5 subs. 1 no. 6 LHGebG),
  • tolerated international students who are mainly resident in Germany and who have been living in Germany legally, permitted or tolerated for at least 15 months without interruption (acc. § 5 subs. 1 no. 7 LHGebG),
  • international students who have resided and legally worked in Germany for at least 5 years (acc. § 5 subs. 1 no. 8 LHGebG),
  • international students with a parent who has resided and legally worked in Germany for at least 3 years within the last 6 years prior to the start of the study program (acc. § 5 subs. 1 no. 9 LHGebG),
  • international students who have completed a Bachelor's study program and a Master's study program, or a state examination study program, or a Diplom study program in Germany (then, see tuition fee for a second degree) (acc. § 5 subs. 1 no. 10 LHGebG).

The following documents of proof may be required:

  • Residence permit: residence card, residence permit, certificate or passport entry certifying the status as a stateless person, confirmation from the foreigner's office
  • Employment: employment verification form, tax assessment notices, birth certificate
  • Studies: degree certificate, enrollment certificate, assessment test certificate, in case of a scholarship, letter of confirmation

If you fulfill the criteria for an exception, please submit the Application for Exception/Exemption from Tuition Fees, the Information Form for International Students and the required documents of proof in paper form to the Admissions Office by the enrollment or re-registration deadline (for the summer semester 15 February, for the winter semester 15 August). The date on which your request is received by the Admissions Office shall be decisive!

Students may request exception/exemption from tuition fees after they have accepted the university place and received the official notification of tuition fees if they belong to one of the following groups:

  • international students with a temporary resident permit (Aufenthaltsgestattung) according to § 55 subs. 1 of the Asylum Act who are nationals of a country with a protection rate of at least 50 % (set by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees on the basis of the announcement of the Federal Ministry of the Interior; currently: Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Somalia and Syria) (acc. § 6 subs. 6 LHGebG);
  • students with a disability as defined in § 2 of the Ninth Social Code (Neuntes Sozialgesetzbuch, SGB IX) which causes considerable difficulties during their studies (acc. § 6 subs. 7 LHGebG);
  • students completing a practical semester which is part of the standard period of study (at present only study programs with degree Staatsexamen and Master of Education) (acc. § 6 subs. 2 no. 3 LHGebG);
  • students who are taking an academic leave of absence, if the applications for the academic leave and for exception/exemption were submitted before the beginning of the lecture period (acc. § 6 subs. 2 no. 1 LHGebG).

Please submit the Application for Exception/Exemption from Tuition Fees and the required documents of proof in paper form to the Admissions Office before the beginning of the lecture period (winter semester 2017/18: 16 October 2017). The date on which your request is received by the Admissions Office shall be decisive!

Tuition fee for a second degree

Students who are taking up a second or further Bachelor's study program or a second or further consecutive Master's study program after they acquired a higher education degree in the Federal Republic of Germany, have to pay tuition fees of EUR 650 per semester from the winter semester 2017/18 onwards. Additionally, they have to pay the semester fees, which currently amount to EUR 175.60.

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Students do not have to pay the tuition fee for a second degree if: 

  • they already have to pay the tuition fee for international students (acc. § 8 subs. 1 sent. 3 LHGebG);
  • they take up an additional subject wihtin the scope of a teacher education program (acc. § 8 subs. 3 sent. 2 LHGebG);
  • the second degree is mandatory according to regulations governing the profession in order to obtain a vocational qualification (e. g. oral surgery) (acc. § 8 subs. 3 sent. 1 LHGebG).
  • if the first degree was completed abroad and no other degree qualifying as a first degree was completed in Germany.

Please note: Exceptions are usually registered through the application process or enrollment procedure.

If you qualify for an exception after the lecture period has begun, please submit the Application for Exception/Exemption from Tuition Fees, the Information Form for a Second Degree and the required documents of proof in paper form to the Admissions Office by the enrollment or re-registration deadline (for the summer semester 15 February, for the winter semester 15 August). The date on which your request is received by the Admissions Office shall be decisive!

Students may request exception/exemption from tuition fees after they have accepted the university place and received the official notification of tuition fees if they belong to one of the following groups:

  • students with a disability as defined in § 2 of the Ninth Social Code (Neuntes Sozialgesetzbuch, SGB IX) which causes considerable difficulties during their studies (acc. § 8 subs. 4 i. c. w. § 6 subs. 7 LHGebG);
  • students completing a practical semester which is part of the standard period of study (at present only study programs with degree Staatsexamen and Master of Education) (acc. § 8 subs. 4 i. c. w. § 6 subs. 2 no. 3 LHGebG);
  • students who are taking an academic leave of absence, if the applications for the academic leave and for exception/exemption were submitted before the beginning of the lecture period (acc. § 8 subs. 4 i. c. w. § 6 subs. 2 no. 1 LHGebG).

Please submit the Application for Exception/Exemption and the required documents of proof in paper form to the Admissions Office before the beginning of the lecture period (winter semester 2017/18: 16 October 2017). The date on which your request is received by the Admissions Office shall be decisive.

Transitional regulations

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International students and students pursuing a second degree who were already enrolled at the University of Stuttgart at the time the law came into effect (17 May 2017) do not have to pay tuition fees and can complete their current study program as planned (acc. § 20 subs. 1 sent. 1 LHGebG). This also applies to students enrolled in two or more study programs at the time the law came into effect.

If the study program combines partial programs (multi-subject-program), one change of one subject remains free of tuition fees (acc. § 20 subs. 1 sent. 2 LHGebH). Then, please, submit the Application for Exception/Exemption and the Information Form for International Students or for a Second Degree in paper form till your personal enrollment deadline or till the re-registration deadline (summer semester 15.02., winter semester 15.08.) to the Admissions Office. The receipt date is decisive!

International students should also take note of the following:

If students want to change their study program, they generally have to pay tuition fees. This includes beginning a Master’s program after having completed a Bachelor's program or beginning a study program after completing a language course at the University of Stuttgart.

Second degree students should also take note of the following: If students want to change to a new study program of the same type (i. e. from a Bachelor’s program to another Bachelor’s program or from a Master's program to another Master's program), they generally have to pay tuition fees. Changing from a Bachelor's program to a Master's program does not lead to tuition fees if it is the student's first Master's program.

International applicants who were enrolled at a preparatory college in Baden-Württemberg during the academic year prior to the beginning of the winter semester 2017/18 to prepare for the assessment test do not have to pay tuition fees for the first study program they take up immediately after passing the assessment test (acc. § 20 subs. 2 sent. 1 LHGebG).

If you are exempt from tuition fees, please submit the Application for Exception/Exemption from Tuition Fees, the Information Form for International Students and the required documents of proof in paper form to the Admissions Office by the enrollment deadline. The date on which your request is received by the Admissions Office shall be decisive!

International applicants who were granted a scholarship from a public funding organization before the law came into effect (16 May 2017) do not have to pay tuition fees for the first study program they take up immediately after having been granted the scholarship (acc. § 20 subs. 2 sent. 2 LHGebG).

If you are exempt from tuition fees, please submit the Application for Exception/Exemption from Tuition Fees, the Information Form for International Students and the required documents of proof in paper form to the Admissions Office by the enrollment deadline. The date on which your request is received by the Admissions Office shall be decisive!

Joint degree programs

Students who have to, or choose to, study at more than one higher education institution at the same time due to stipulations of the study regulations or examination regulations only have to pay tuition fees to the higher education institution at which the main courses are taught (acc. § 4 subs. 1 sent. 2 LHGebG).