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What does it cost to study?

Studying costs money. Your first own apartment, textbooks, clothing, food and leisure activities - you will incur some costs during your studies. In contrast to vocational training or, for example, dual studies, you do not have an income and need financial means to cover your living expenses. Expenses during your studies are mainly the semester fee and learning materials (books, computers, copying or stationery). The semester fee at TU Dortmund University is around 315 euros, is paid per semester - i.e. twice a year - and includes a semester ticket for NRW and, among other things, a theater flat for the Dortmund theaters. Other monthly costs depend heavily on your personal living situation (living with your parents or in your own apartment) or the course of study you have chosen (learning and working materials). To get a more precise idea of potential costs, you can take a look at the so-called Social Survey of the German Student Union, which regularly surveys students about their financial situation. This is what students spent money on average in 2016:

Monthly expenses for... Euro
Rent including utilities 323
Food 168
Clothing 42
Learning materials 20
Car and/or public transport 94
Health insurance, medical expenses, medication 80
Telephone, internet, radio and television fees, postage 31
Leisure, culture and sports 61
Total 819

Source: The economic and social situation of students in Germany 2016,21st Social Survey of the German Student Union

How can I finance my studies?

How can I finance my studies? Do I need a part-time job? What options are there for students to cover the costs of studying?

Before you start your studies, you should think about how you will finance your studies. Most students are supported by their parents (86%), work part-time (61%) and/or receive BAföG (25%) to finance their studies.

You should also consider scholarships when planning your studies. Top grades are not always required for a successful application. Often, for example, honorary commitment, political interest or special musical or artistic abilities carry more weight.

For a first overview on the topic, have a look at the scholarship website of the TU Dortmund or the website Stipendienkultur.

TU Dortmund University not only provides information and advice on scholarships, but is also committed to making a large number of German scholarships available to you. Information on this can be found on the Deutschlandstipendium website.

In addition, there is the possibility of financing your studies through an educational loan.

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If you have any questions or problems regarding financing options for your studies, please contact the following persons:

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