Who has to pay tuition fees?

Tuition fees are payable by students who come to Germany to study in Baden-Württemberg, who are neither citizens of a state which is a member of the European Union (EU) nor of a state which is a member of the European Economic Area (EEA: Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein).

Normally these students have a residency permit issued according to paragraph 16 of the Residency Laws (§ 16 Aufenthaltsgesetz).

Tuition fees have to be paid for a Bachelor's study programme or a consecutive Master's study programme.

How high are the tuition fees?

€1,500 per semester

Who is exempted from paying the fees?

In principle the following persons are exempted:

  • German citizens
  • Citizens of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) state
  • Most refugees
  • Non-German students who have gained a German university entrance qualification (Abitur) in Germany or at a German school abroad
  • Doctoral candidates
  • Students with a "well-established relationship" ( "gefestigten Inlandsbezug") to Germany (see § 5 of the State University Tuition Regulations - LHGebG)
  • Family members (spouses, life partners and children) of EU or EEA citizens under § 3 of Act on the General Freedom of Movement for EU Citizens Freedom of Movement Act/EU - § 5 Abs. 1 Nr. 1 LHGebG
  • Non-EU or EEA citizens who hold a Permanent Settlement Permit (Niederlassungserlaubnis) or a EU Long-term Residence Permit (Erlaubnis zum Daueraufenthalt - EU) under the Residence Act (AufenthG)
  • Refugees whose habitual abode is in Germany, who are recognized under the Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, and whose entitlement to reside in Germany is not merely provisional (§ 5 Abs. 1 Nr. 3 LHGebG).
  • Displaced persons according to the Legal Status of displaced persons in Germany Law (Gesetz über die Rechtsstellung heimatloser Ausländer im Bundesgebiet)
  • Non-EU or EEA citizens who have their permanent residence in Germany and hold a residence permit under international law or on humanitarian, political, family or other grounds, who have good prospects of being allowed to remain (e.g. persons entitled to asylum, refugees recognised domestically under the Geneva Convention for Refugees or dependents who join family members who are German or are foreigners with permanent residence status). This includes all those who hold a residence permit under §§ 2223 paragraph 1, 2 or 4, §§ 23a25 paragraph 1 or 2, §§ 25a25b283738, paragraph 1, sentence 1, number 2 and § 104a of the Residence Act (AufenthG), or those who have a residence permit as spouse, life partner or child of a foreigner with permanent residence status under §§ 30 or 32 to 34 of the Residence Act (AufenthG).
  • Non-EU or EEA citizens who reside permanently in Germany and hold a residence permit under § 25 paragraph 3 or 4, sentence 2, or paragraph 5 or § 31 of the Residence Act (AufenthG) or hold a residence permit under §§ 30 or 32 to 34 of the Residence Act (AufenthG) as the spouse, life partner or child of a foreigner with a residence permit and who have been legally present in Germany without interruption for at least 15 months in Germany, with authorization (gestattet) or with temporary suspension of deportation (geduldet) status.
  • Non-EU or EEA citizens who have temporary suspension of deportation (§ 60a of Residence Act), who have their permanent residence in Germany and who have been legally present in Germany continuously for at least 15 months and who have a residence permit which allows temporary suspension of deportation (geduldet).
  • Non-EU or EEA citizens who have lived for a total of 5 years in Germany and were in lawful employment (§ 5 Abs. 1 Nr. 8 LHGebG).
  • Non-EU or EEA citizens with at least one parent who has lived in Germany for a total of 3 of the 6 years prior to the start of the applicant’s studies and who was legally employed (§ 5 Abs. 1 Nr. 9 LHGebG).

Exemption from tuition fees is allowed in the following cases (§ 6 State University Tuition Regulations - LHGebG):

The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and The Arts can pass legislation for the reduction of or exemption from tuition fees. Currently such legislation does not exist.

What about students who have already begun their studies?

Students who were enrolled in a study programme at Furtwangen University in summer semester 2017 (at the time the new LHGebG law came into effect) are protected under the existing law for this study programme.

Students can complete the study programme in which they were enrolled at the time when the law came into effect, at the university where they are enrolled, free of tuition fees. If the study programme or university is changed, tuition fees will be payable. In cases where study is interrupted by ex-matriculation, tuition fees are payable upon re-enrollment.

Please note: Changing from a Bachelor's programme to a Master's programme will involve the payment of tuition fees. The same applies if the student changes courses during the Bachelor's or Master's degree programme to another programme at the same or a different university.

The Technical Orientation prep course is not regarded as a study programme. Course participants must pay tuition fees if they apply for a degree programme after completing the prep course.

Do exchange or ERASMUS students have to pay tuition fees?

  • International students on exchanges (generally limited to 2 semesters only) arising from partnership agreements with their host university (e.g. ERASMUS), pay no tuition fees if mutual tuition fee waivers have been agreed upon within the partnership agreements.
  • International students who are enrolled in an international cooperation study programme pay no tuition fees if the joint programme includes a mandatory study semester at the partner university which leads to a double degree, i.e. a joint degree or to a degree at both universities, and mutual tuition fee waivers have been agreed upon.
  • International students who are enrolled within the framework of agreements at state, federal or international level, which guarantee non-payment of tuition fees, pay no tuition fees. This would be the case, for example, within the framework of the Baden-Württemberg Programme.
  • So-called "free-movers" must pay tuition fees, even if they do not wish to complete a degree at Furtwangen University: international students who come to the university as temporary students normally for 2 semesters, to take part in a Bachelor's or consecutive Master's degree programme, but who do not come within the framework of a university cooperation, must pay tuition fees in accordance with § 60 para. 1, sentence 5 of the State University Regulations (LHG).

Do international students who are taking a second degree, have to pay twice?

No. Those who have completed a Bachelor's and a Master's degree/a state teaching qualification (Staatsexamensstudiengang) or a diplom programme (Diplomstudiengang) in Germany, pay for a further study programme only the second course of studies (Zweitstudium) fees of €650/semester.

If no Bachelor's and Master's degree has been completed, international students must pay the international student tuition fees of €1,500/semester.

If international student take a further degree (e.g. a second Bachelor degree) they must pay tuition fees of €1,500/semester. If international students are exempted from these tuition fees in accordance with § 5 of the State University Regulations (LHGebG), they must pay the fees for a second degree (§ 8 LHGebG).

Further information can be found below under: Tuition Fees for a Second Course of Studies (Zweitstudium)

Do other standard student fees and contributions have to be paid, too?

Yes.

All students have to pay semester fees which consist of administration fees, student services fees and a student union contribution every semester. Tuition fees do not replace or include these fees.

Semester fees are currently €130. (Winter semester 2017/18)

Why do I have to fill out an official questionnaire?

Every applicant who is likely to have to pay tuition fees, will be provided with a questionnaire by Furtwangen University which must be filled out. With this questionnaire, it will also be possible to apply for exemption, or to explain why you are an exceptional case and should be exempted from paying the tuition fees.

The questionnaire must be filled out immediately and sent to the Admissions Office of Furtwangen University within the given deadline before the lecture period begins. The required proof and documentation must be submitted together with the form. This is normally the proof of residency status, the electronic residency status (eAT) and sometimes the supplementary sheet from the Foreigner Registration Authorities (Ausländerbehörde).

The earlier the documents are submitted, the faster these can be checked. If, through no fault of your own, the documents and supporting documents are not available or are submitted later, any tuition fees already paid will be refunded. This is also the case if the legal grounds for exemption are submitted within a month of the start of lectures.

After examination of the information in the questionnaire and the documents submitted, the applicants or students who must pay tuition fees will receive notification of fees. Legal appeals can be made against the notification.

Applicants or students who do not receive a questionnaire or notification of fees, or whose application for exemption or as an exceptional case is accepted, are not required to pay tuition fees.

Obligation to cooperate (§ 10 State Universities Regulations - LHG)
Applicants and students are obliged to cooperate. Information and documents which are required for the charging of the fees, for exceptional cases, for exemption or for reduction of fees, must be submitted at latest at the time of enrollment or re-enrollment.

Furtwangen University must be informed promptly of any changes to the information. Furtwangen University is not duty bound to ascertain the facts of the case.

What can I do in a financial emergency?

In accordance with § 7 LHGebG, the tuition fees for students who have started their study programme but through no fault of their own find themselves in financial difficulties, can be partially or completely deferred or waived.

When are tuition fees refunded?

A refund can be given, if at the time of enrollment the conditions for a legal exception were fulfilled according to § 5 of the State University Regulations (LHGebG), but for which, through no fault of their own, international students could not provide evidence before enrollment, for example because the relevant documents were not available due to circumstances beyond their control. The students must provide evidence under the requirements of § 32 of the State Administration Procedures Regulations (LVwVfG).

Tuition fees will be refunded if international students fulfill the conditions for an exception and provide evidence of such within a month of begin of the lecture period (§ 10 para. 4, sentence 1 LHGebG).

In the case of exmatriculation within a month of begin of the lecture period, any already paid tuition fees will be refunded.

If tuition fees are not charged despite the fact that they are chargeable, these can be charged at a later time. (§ 10 para. 4, sentence 3 LHGebG).

What can I do if I wish to appeal a claim for tuition fees?

An appeal regarding a claim for tuition fees can be filed with the appropriate administrative office within a month of receiving the claim. This must be done in writing (not by email) or verbally to the office which issued the document.

Tuition fees for a second course of studies

What is meant by a second course of studies (Zweitstudium)?

Starting in the winter semester of 2017/2018, Furtwangen University will charge tuition fees on behalf of the State of Baden-Württemberg for a second course of studies (Zweitstudium), i.e. a second or further Bachelor's degree (Bachelor's or other degree programme under § 34 para. 1 LHG), or for a second or further Master's degree, if either of these or equivalent qualifications was awarded in Germany (§ 8 Abs. 1 LHGebG).

What exactly does this mean?
The first course of studies (Erststudium) consists of a Bachelor's and a Master's degree. Only if a student wishes to take a second Bachelor's or a second Master's degree, are tuition fees payable. Those who must take two degrees in order to pursue a certain career, such as orthodontic surgery for example, are exempted from paying tuition fees. Doctorates remain tuition-free. Degrees earned abroad are not subject to this regulation.

"Double tuition fees" will not be charged, i.e. international students who have already paid tuition fees, do not have to pay tuition fees for a second course of studies.

 

 

 

How high are the tuition fees for a second course of studies?

€650 per semester

Who is exempted from paying tuition fees for a second course of studies?

The following are exempted from paying tuition fees for a second course of studies:

  • Students who have changed courses within a degree programme or have changed their degree programme without completing the degree (§ 8 Abs. 2 LHGebG)
  • Students who have already been awarded a degree abroad
  • Doctoral candidates
  • Students taking a parallel degree (§ 8 Abs. 5 LHGebG)

What other possibilities are there to be exempted or refunded?

Exemption:
Tuition fees for a second course of studies can also be waived under § 8 para. 4 LHGebG in connection with § 6 para. 2 and 7 LHGebG in the following cases:

Refund:
Paid tuition fees can only be refunded if a student exmatriculates within a month of the start of the lecture period.

Do other standard student fees and contributions have to be paid, too?

Yes.

All students have to pay semester fees which are composed of administration fees, student services fees and a student union contribution every semester. Tuition fees do not replace or include these fees.

Semester fees are currently €130. (Winter semester 2017/18)

Why do I have to fill out an official questionnaire?

Upon application for admission or application to enroll, you must declare whether you have already studied and whether you have already been awarded a degree.

Every applicant who has to pay tuition fees, will be provided with a questionnaire by Furtwangen University which must be filled out.

With this questionnaire, it is also possible to apply for exemption from paying the tuition fees. The questionnaire must be filled out immediately and sent to the Admissions Office of Furtwangen University within the given deadline before the lecture period begins.

After examination of the information in the questionnaire, the applicants or students who must pay tuition fees will receive notification of fees payable. Legal appeals can be made against the notification.

Obligation to cooperate (§ 10 State Universities Regulations - LHG)
Applicants and students are obliged to cooperate. Information and documents which are required for the charging of the fees, for exceptional cases, for exemption or for reduction of fees, must be submitted at latest at the time of enrollment or re-enrollment. Furtwangen University must also be informed promptly of any changes to the information. Furtwangen University is not duty bound to ascertain the facts of the case.

What is the situation with the Master's programmes?

Tuition fees are charged for Professional Master's degree programmes, such as the MBA programmes (weiterbildende Masterstudiengänge). Students in these Master's programmes do not pay tuition fees for a second course of studies. Furthermore no additional tuition fees are paid by international students.

Tuition fees for the Professional Master's degree programmes are set down in the specific regulations of each programme.

What can I do if I wish to appeal a claim for tuition fees?

An appeal regarding a claim for tuition fees can be filed with the appropriate administrative office within a month of receiving the claim. This must be done in writing (not by email) or verbally to the office which issued the document.

Official regulations and further information

Information from the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts

Tuition fees for international students and for a second course of studies

Questionnaires for tuition fees and fees for a second course of studies

Contact

Furtwangen University
Tuition Fees
Robert-Gerwig-Platz
78120 Furtwangen
Germany

studgeb(at)hs-furtwangen.de