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Costs & Fees

The Master Program of the Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics (KSOP) is funded by the State of Baden-Württemberg and thus the M.Sc. Program has no tuition fee for EU students and low tuition fees for non-EU students like any other Master Program at a public university in Germany.

The following fees are charged for your studies:

 

  Costs per semester
EU Students approx. 153.69 € (administrative contribution)
Non-EU Students* approx. 1,500 € (tuition fees) + 153.69 € (administrative contribution)

 

*Please note: According to Article 3, LHGebG (Baden-Württemberg Act on State University Fees), international students (from third countries/non-EU countries) attending bachelor’s, teacher’s, and consecutive master’s programs as well as free movers will have to pay tuition fees of 1,500 € per semester. Some international students are exempt from the obligation to pay enrolment fees. For more information click here.

 

Additionally, you will need to consider the living expenses for the duration of your studies. Average monthly expenses of a student in Karlsruhe range from 600 € to 800 € depending on his or her personal situation. You can find more details about the living costs in Karlsruhe here.

 

As funded under the German “Excellence Initiative”, the Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics (KSOP) is in a position to offer scholarships to the best students, which is quite unusual for German graduate schools. Additionally, you can apply for scholarships offerd by external institutions.

 

COVID-19 Update

Students that have been hit financially by the current COVID-19 crisis may also apply to an interest-free loan (“Studienkredit”) by the KfW (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau). The loan of up to 650€ per month is available for national and international students, the duration of support is determined individually.

 

IMPORTANT for INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:

The application for international students is only possible within the period May 16th, 2020 – February 15th, 2021! The funding period begins at the earliest on July 1st, 2020 and at the latest on March 1st, 2021. If funding has not started in March 2021 at the latest, no further funding is possible. For this purpose the application must be received in full by KfW on February 15th, 2021 at the latest.

 

Further information can be found in German and partly in English.

 

The toll-free service number (0800-539-9003, Monday – Friday: 8 am – 6 pm) will help you if necessary in English. First there is a tape announcement, after which you have to enter "eins" (one) by pressing the telephone-button “1” or by language, after that you will be connected to an employee.