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Financing your studies

Semester fees

For all students of the University a semester fee of ca. 155 € applies.

This comprises 75 € social contribution for the Studentenwerk incl. basic fee for the semester ticket, 70 € administrative fee contribution, 7 €  student government fee).


Tuition fees for international students

For EU citizens: none

For non-EU citizens: 1500 € per semester. Additional information and information about exemptions can be found here.


Living costs in Freiburg

The approximate cost of studying and living in Freiburg amounts to approx. 11500 per year. The regular program duration is four semesters; however, you should take into consideration that you might need five semesters to complete the program.


Student jobs

Students have a special status in Germany and enjoy many financial privileges. Therefore, student work ("Hiwi" jobs) next to studying is regulated by law in Germany and depends on your nationality, too.

If you are from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland, you can work as much as you want up to the limit of 20 hours per week or 80 hours per month during a semester. If you work more than that, you will lose your status as a student, and you will need to make social security contributions.

If you are a citizen of another than the above mentioned countries you can only work for 120 full days or 240 half days per year. If you want to work more, you need to receive permission from the Federal Employment Agency and the Immigration Office of the City of Freiburg (see Contact Information). As a rule, international students are not allowed to start their own business or work as freelancers. Source: DAAD

You can look for student jobs anywhere on the internet and on black boards on Campus. For example:

The job offers of the department of SSE

The University of Freiburg job board

The job boards of the Freiburg-based Fraunhofer research institutes can be found here:


Other (non-academic) jobs in and around Freiburg can be found here:




Compared to other countries, Germany rarely awards scholarships.

The first address for scholarships for international students is the DAAD.

Further scholarship information from the University of Freiburg and the Faculty of Engineering for international students can be found here and here.