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 provisions 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 Office 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 and exemption criteria.

Tuition fee for international students

As from the winter semester 2017/2018, international students who are not citizens of an EU/EEA country and who are taking up or switching to a Bachelor's study program, a consecutive Master’s study program or a state examination program have to pay tuition fees of EUR 1,500.00 per semester. Additionally, all students have to pay the regular semester fee, which is currently EUR 175.60.

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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 no. 1 LHGebG);
  • non-German students who completed their university entrance qualification (e. g. Abitur) at a German school according to § 58 LHG; in the case of Delta exams, professional qualifications and other recognized qualifications, the following conditions have to be fulfilled:
    • the technical college entrance qualification 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 Culture must have been acquired in Germany (see § 58 subs. 2 no. 12 LHG).

      Please note: A university entrance qualification as defined in § 58 subs. 2 no. 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 (acc. § 6 subs. 2, 3 LHGebG).

  • students taking up a continuing education Master’s program or a doctoral 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 no. 2, 3 LHGebG).

We are currently developing a solution for the exemption of participants in language courses who are not yet enrolled on a study program. Further information will be published on this page shortly.

If you fulfill the criteria for an exception of this kind, you need to submit the Application for Exception/Exemption for International Students (“Auskunftsformular”) and the required documents of proof upon enrollment or re-registration.

Please note: The Applicaton for Exception/Exemption will only be accepted after the acceptance of the university place and the receipt of the notification of tuition fees. It is not possible to submit requests 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 who enjoys freedom of movement 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 and are recognized as refugees according to the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (acc. § 5 subs. 1 no. 3 LHGebG),
  • international students who are stateless according to the Law on the Legal Status of Stateless Aliens in the Federal Republic of Germany (Gesetz über die Rechtsstellung heimatloser Ausländer im Bundesgebiet) (acc. § 5 subs. 1 no. 4 LHGebG),
  • international students who are mainly resident in Germany and have a residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis) on the grounds of reasons recognized under 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 Convention Relating to the Status of 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 have been legally living in Germany for at least 15 months without interruption after being temporarily admitted, or permitted to stay in the country, and who hold a certain residence permit (e. g. on the grounds of the principle of non-refoulement) (acc. § 5 subs. 1 no. 6 LHGebG),
  • temporarily admitted international students who are mainly resident in Germany and who have been living in Germany 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 three years within the last six 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 (see tuition fee for a second degree) (acc. § 5 subs. 1 no. 10 LHGebG).

Students may request 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:

  • foreigners who have been granted permission to remain pending the asylum decision according to § 55 subs. 1 of the Asylum Act (Asylgesetz, AsylG) and are a national 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 publications 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 placement semester which is part of the standard period of study (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).

Request forms: please see below.

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 already having 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 no. 3 LHGebG);
  • they take up an additional subject in a second teacher education program in order to qualify themselves to teach a further subject (acc. § 8 subs. 3 no. 1 LHGebG);
  • they are required to complete a second study program according to regulations governing the profession in order to obtain a degree which allows them to practice the profession (e. g. oral surgery).

Please note: A higher education degree obtained abroad is not considered a first degree and therefore does not automatically require students to pay tuition fees.

Students may request 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 placement semester which is part of the standard period of study (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. § 4 i. c. w. § 6 subs. 2 no. 1 LHGebG).

Request forms: please see below.

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 study program as planned (acc. § 20 subs. 1 no. 1 LHGebG). This also applies to students enrolled in two or more study programs at the time the law came into effect. In the case of multi-disciplinary programs, one change of one subject remains free of tuition fees (acc. § 20 subs. 1 no. 2 LHGebG).

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

International applicants who are 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 no. 1 LHGebG).

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 no. 2 LHGebG).

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 no. 2 LHGebG).