Engineering in Germany: How much does it cost?
Updated on Apr 22, 2016 - 5:20 p.m. IST by Manashjyoti
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Engineering in Germany: A popular academic destination among international students, Germany made news when it abolished tuition fees for bachelors and consecutive master’s degree programmes in public universities. Postgraduate students, though, still have to pay tuition fees in some cases. What this fee exemption has done is that it has reduced cost of pursuing undergraduate studies in Germany; for example, if you are pursuing undergraduate studies at Technische Universität Dresden, you don’t have to pay tuition fees. Instead, what you will be paying is semester fees and administrative charges, which aren’t much, around $170 in the case of Dresden, per semester. If engineering is your field of study, you definitely would like to know about the cost of studying in Germany.

Studying abroad being an expensive affair, the fee exemption is nothing sort of a whiff of fresh air for hundreds of students, for whom it presents a lifeline. But before we get deep into cost of studying in Germany, let’s pause and take a look at the top engineering universities in Germany.

Top ranked German Universities by Subject: 

QS World Ranking

University

Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing

 

Electrical

Mineral & Mining

 

CS & IS

Civil & Structural

 

Chemical

 

145

Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen

20

51-100

26

51-100

51-100

36

60

Technische Universität München

27

32

51-100

36

51-100

51-100

251

Universität Stuttgart

42

101-150

-

151-200

51-100

101-150

246

Technische Universität Darmstadt

51-100

101-150

-

101-150

151-200

-

93

Kit, Karlsruher Institut Für -Technologie

51-100

51-100

-

51-100

51-100

51-100

178

Technische Universität Berlin

51-100

50

51-100

51-100

101-150

51-100

501-550

Technische Universität Braunschweig

101-150

-

-

401-500

-

-

227

Technische Universität Dresden

101-150

101-150

-

151-200

101-150

101-150

366

Leibniz Universität Hannover

201-300

-

-

-

-

-

421-430

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

-

-

-

351-400

-

-

Engineering in Germany: Tuition fees

If you enroll at a public university in Germany and take up undergraduate engineering studies, you don’t have to pay any tuition fees, as already mentioned earlier. Also the unique thing about Germany is students from outside the EU/EEA pay the same fee as those within. This is in contrast to major study abroad destinations, be it the UK or France, where the fee for outsiders is more than three to five times the local rate. Even in countries like Australia and the USA, international students pay much more than local students.

In case of master’s degree, you don’t have to pay any fees if it is regarded as “Consecutive” or, in other words, if it follows directly from a related bachelor’s degree earned at a Germany university. You will have to pay a small amount per semester for enrolment, confirmation and administration, as well for semester ticket.

 

Non-consecutive program fees: If your master’s degree is non-consecutive type, you may have to fork out more than €10,000 (US$11,450) per semester.

 

Tuition fee at private universities: Private universities are expectedly more expensive and charge fees even for undergraduate study. Jacobs University, for example, charges around €20,000 per year for undergraduate courses while for master’s courses it is € 10,000 to € 20,000, per year.  The fee for MSc Data Engineering and MSc Supply Chain Engineering & Management at the university is € 20,000 per year.

 

No fee for PhD students at public universities: PhD study is free at all public universities in Germany – at least for the first six months of the program. PhD students, nevertheless, have to make a semester contribution of around €150 (US$170) to €200 (US$230) for administration and similar other costs. 

 

Engineering in Germany: Cost of living

A big contributor to the overall cost of studying is living cost, which encompasses a gamut of items including accommodation cost, travel expenses, recreation and entertainment. Living costs can fluctuate considerably, especially between cities like Munich and other big cities on one hand and those not-so-famous cities, say Leipzig, on the other. So, it is important that you take this into consideration when calculating the total cost of studying engineering in Germany.

 

Monthly expenses for international students in Germany:  

Item

Average cost

Food and drink

€ 165

Clothing

€ 52

Learning materials

€ 30

Car and public transportation

€ 82

Telephone, internet, TV

€ 33

Recreation, culture, sports

€ 68

Rent and utilities

€ 298

Total

€ 728

Living cost is probably the only expense where you can save some money; after all not everyone is fortunate enough to get a scholarship and has to make do with loans. Like when selecting accommodation, you can decide whether to go for shared or single accommodation. Single accommodations are costly, and you may opt for shared accommodation. At other times, you may opt between on-campus and off-campus accommodation based on convenience and cost.

Engineering in Germany: Cost of examinations

Another important component of the cost of studying engineering in Germany is cost related to admission requirements. While the language of instruction in most German universities in German, if you opt for a English language Master’s program, you have to give evidence of your English language skills, or in other words scores of TOEFL or IELTS. TOEFL test cost is US $170- $220, while IELTS costs around $170.

 

Engineering in Germany: Insurance-related expenses

Health insurance coverage is mandatory for international students seeking admission in a German university. In fact, universities in Germany demand that students submit certificates detailing their medical cover at the time of enrollment, or in some special cases, before the commencement of classes.

Students have the option of choosing between a Statutory Health Insurance Plan and Private Insurance Plan. A Statutory Health Insurance Plan costs around 80 euros per month and is meant for students who haven’t purchased a local insurance in their home country. The alternative to the statutory cover is the private insurance plan which provides comparable coverage. But before you buy a private insurance plan, make sure that it is accepted by your university; one way of doing that is to consult a public insurer in Germany, who will guide you on the type of plan you need to buy. Otherwise, there is the risk of buying a plan that isn’t accepted by your university, something you need to avoid to keep cost of studying engineering in Germany within reasonable limits.

 

Many students also prefer to buy travel insurance to cover exigencies like baggage loss, ticket cancellation and medical emergencies while studying engineering in Germany. It isn’t a mandatory admission requirement, but something that would provide you an extra layer of protection. 

 

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