International Affairs

Students Exempt from the Obligation to Pay Tuition Fees

The following international students are exempt from the obligation to pay tuition fees for international students in the amount of EUR 1,500:

  • Students of EU/EEA citizenship
  • International students who have passed  the German “Abitur” in Germany or at a German school abroad
  • Students with established living conditions in Germany (click here for details)
  • Students with a severe disability under certain conditions, upon request (click here for details)
  • Refugees (click here for details)
  • Students coming to KIT under cooperation programs with partner universities (Erasmus Mundus, ERASMUS+, double-degree students, EUCOR, direct exchange partnerships, state programs for students exchange)
  • Doctoral students
  • Graduates of “Studienkolleg” (preparation course for Feststellungsprüfung) for Foreign Students Baden-Württemberg, who attended Studienkolleg in the academic year 2016/2017 and for the first time register for a degree program (details)
  • Some students in the Master's program Regional Science (details)
  • Students with a scholarship from Baden-Württemberg Stiftung
The above-mentioned students of first-degree studies (first bachelor’s and first consecutive master’s programs) are exempt from the obligation to pay tuition fees. However, students are obliged to pay tuition fees for studies for a second degree!

Remission of Tuition Fees According to Article 7 LHGebG

Due to potential restrictions of the studies by the Corona pandemic (so-called undue hardship), international students of KIT may apply (Application (pdf)) for remission of tuition fees. The application deadline for applications according to §7 LHGebG (financial reasons) is July 31 for the following winter term and January 31 for the following summer term. Applications according to §22 LGebG (hardship) need to reach us by February 28 for the winter term and August 31 for the summer term. Decisions about the application for remission are made on a monthly basis. An application for remission of tuition fees may be submitted in the following cases:

  • §7 LHGebG: You are facing hardship without your fault and unforeseeably (due to the Corona crisis) due to a loss of funds, because your student’s or side job can no longer be pursued or because your parents, who funded your studies, can no longer work due to Corona. Please note: Applications according to §7 LHGebG can only be accepted if the tuition fees have not been paid. In the instant tuition fees can be paid, financial hardship is not given.
  • §22 LGebG: You cannot enter Germany due to the Corona crisis and cannot participate in the online courses of the university.
  • §33 LGebG: You start your studies and cannot enter Germany due to the Corona crisis, as a result of which you cannot participate in examinations and on-campus courses (e.g. laboratory exercises).  
  • §22 LGebG: Contrary to your plans, you had to reregister again due to canceled examinations.
  • §22 LGebG: You cannot pass the required courses or coursework due to closures of laboratories or closures of childcare facilities and schools and the resulting need for childcare etc. in the summer semester.

Please note:

  • Semester fees for administraion and student services must be paid in any case during the re-registration period. This is independent from your application for remission of tuition fees.
  • Students, who are on leave, are exempted from the obligation to pay tuition fees for the semester on leave according to Article 6, par. 2, No. 1, LHGebG. Applications for leaves have to be submitted to the Students Office of KIT (https://www.sle.kit.edu/imstudium/antraege-formulare_719.php) (in German).

According to Article 5 LHGebG, international students who have come to Germany not because of their studies (stays with family/spouse, several years of professional activity in Germany, etc.) and international students who already passed a bachelor’s AND master’s program in Germany, or a diploma program in Germany, are exempt from the payment of tuition fees. To prove this status, however, these students are obliged to submit additional documents:

International Students Information Request Form

Submission deadline: In case of admission, please download the form and send it by regular mail, together with the necessary documents, to the International Students Office by September 15 / March 15 (address please see form).

Depending on their current residence status, refugee students can request exemption from the payment of tuition fees (1) or are exempt from the payment of tuition fees (2). In either case, you have to submit additional documents to the International Students Office in case of admission!

  1. Foreign refugees of Eritrean, Iraqi, Iranian, Syrian or Somalian citizenship who have a temporary residence permit with pending asylum procedure (“Aufenthaltsgestattung”) and have not yet been recognized as refugees may request exemption from the obligation to pay tuition fees. Upon your admission, please fill in the request for exemption from the obligation to pay tuition fees and send it, together with the listed documents, by regular mail to the International Students Office (address, see request). The request form has to be submitted at latest before enrollment resp. re-registration. 

    Request form will be available soon.
     
  2. Under certain circumstances, foreign refugees (tolerated foreigners, foreigners recognized as refugees, etc.) are exempt from the obligation to pay tuition fees according to Article 5 LHGebG. The conditions are outlined in the form on exceptions according to Article 5 LHGebG. In case of your admission, please download the form and send it, together with the necessary documents, by regular mail to the International Students Office by September 15/March 15 (address, see form).

    International Students Information Request Form

International students who have a disability that considerably aggravates studies as outlined in Article 2 of Volume 9 of the Social Insurance Code can request exemption from the obligation to pay tuition fees according to Article 3 LHGebG. Upon your admission, kindly send the completed request form, together with a certified copy of your pass for the severely disabled, to the International Students Office (address, see form) by regular mail. The request form has to be submitted at latest before enrollment resp. re-registration. 

Request form will be available soon.

 

Applying for a Pass for the Severely Disabled:

The pass for the severely disabled ("Schwerbehindertenausweis") may be applied for with the responsible Versorgungsamt (maintenance office) in Germany. For persons living in the city or district of Karlsruhe, the responsible office is Landratsamt Karlsruhe – Amt für Versorgung und Rehabilitation, Wolfartsweierer Straße 5 (office hours Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8 – 12 a.m., Thursday 2 – 5 p.m., closed on Tuesdays). At these offices as well as at social security offices (Sozialamt) and citizen offices (Bürgerbüros) of the city of Karlsruhe, you may obtain application forms for a pass for the severely disabled. This form can also be downloaded here (in German only).

For application for a pass for the severely disabled, please submit the following documents:

  • Application form
  • Medical evidence in German, English, French, or Spanish
  • Residence permit (please note that for application, you must be registered in Germany)

Application for a pass for the severely disabled is cost-free.

More information can be found at www.landkreis-karlsruhe.de (in German only)

Students in the Master's program Regional Science at KIT are exempted from paying the tuition fees for international students in case they

  • are DAAD scholarship holders or
  • are citizens of one of the member states of AKP (Pdf) or
  • are citizens of one of the least developed countries on the UN-list (Pdf)

Leave of Absence according to § 61 LHG

Students who are on leave for one or two semesters may request exemption from the payment of tuition fees, provided that this request is submitted prior to the start of the lecturing period.

Reasons for leaves of absence can be found on the pages of the Students Service (in German only)

 

Exemption from the obligation to pay tuition fees due to a practical semester (Bachelor of Education/Master of Education)

Students who have to pass a practical semester in accordance with their studies and examination regulations (only applies to Bachelor of Education or Master of Education) may request exemption from the obligation to pay tuition fees. The request must be submitted prior to the start of the lecturing period.

Request form will be available soon.

  1. Graduates of Studienkolleg for Foreign Students with Feststellungsprüfung 2016/17
    Applicants for studies who passed the Feststellungsprüfung with any Studienkolleg in Baden-Württemberg in the academic year 2016/17 and for the first time register for studies in the winter semester 2017/18 can attend the first-degree program without being obliged to pay tuition fees.

     
  2. Transition regulations: Students who started their degree studies before the winter semester 2017/18 will be allowed to complete their current degree program at their university without the obligation to pay tuition fees. Please note: If students switch to a new study programme they generally have to pay tuition fees. This includes beginning a Master's programme after completing a Bachelor's programme at KIT or beginning a study programme after completing a German language course at KIT.

Tuition fees according to Article 3 LHGebG will be reimbursed entirely in the following cases:

  • De-registration within one month upon the start of the lecturing period
  • If the requirements outlined in Article 5 (international students with established living conditions in Germany) were met prior to the registration already and could not be proved until registration/re-registration without any fault on the part of the student
  • If the requirements for exception according to Article 5 LHGebG are met within one month upon the start of the lecturing period

If the requirements outlined in Article 5 LHGebG are fulfilled later than one month upon the start of the lecturing period, no tuition fees will be reimbursed for the current semester. In this case, kindly submit the form and documents for students with established living conditions in Germany (Article 5 LHGebG) (LINK) prior to re-registration for the next semester in order to request exemption from the obligation to pay tuition fees as from the following semester.

 

Tuition Fees for Studies for a Second Degree (Article 8 LHGebG)

Students who already have a German bachelor’s degree and register for a second (or another) bachelor’s program will have to pay second-degree tuition fees in the amount of EUR 650 per semester from winter semester 2017/18 on. International students who already pay tuition fees for international students will not be obliged to pay tuition fees for second-degree studies.

Students who already have a German master’s degree and register for a second (or another) consecutive master’s program will be obliged to pay second-degree tuition fees in the amount of EUR 650 per semester as from winter semester 2017/2018 on. International students who already pay tuition fees for international students will not be obliged to pay tuition fees for second-degree studies.

Transition regulations: Students who started their studies for a second degree before the winter semester 2017/18 will be allowed to complete their program without the obligation to pay tuition fees for the second degree.

The wording of the law can be found on the website of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research, and the Arts (in German only). 

Overview of Fees and Charges per Semester

All students who want to acquire a degree at KIT will be obliged to pay the following fees/charges every semester:

General fees per semester Amount Who?  
Administrative contribution * €70.00 All students  
Administrative contribution for student services * €77.70 All students  
Contribution for the General Students‘ Committee? * €5.99 All students  
      total
€153.69 *

 

Additional tuition fees per semester Amount Who?  
Tuition fees for second-degree studies €650.00 Second-degree students  total
€803.69
Tuition fees for international students €1,500.00 Non-EU students total
€1,653.69
Tuition fees for post-graduate program for professionals Building Restauration ** €1,500.00 All students of the study program Building Restauration total
€1,653.69 €

* The possibility of the above-mentioned exemption and exception from paying the tuition fees for international students or second-degree students does NOT apply to these general semester fees. They need to be paid each semester by every student.  

** The possibility of the above-mentioned exemption and exception from paying the tuition fees for international students or second-degree students does NOT apply to these general semester fees. They need to be paid each semester by every student.  

Updated: May 2017