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The University of Cologne does not charge any tuition fees.

Each semester, all enrolled students of the University of Cologne have to pay a social fee ("Semesterbeitrag"). The social fee is freshly calculated each semester and consists of a social contribution fee for the "Kölner Studierendenwerk" (KSTW) as well as for the General Students´ Commitee ("AStA"). Additionally, it finances university sports and the semester ticket (use of public transport in the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia). Please find the current amount of the social fee contribution in this overview (only in German).

The application via Uni-Assist however requires some handling fees.

Financing your studies

One of the key aspects when planning your studies in Cologne as an international student is the financing of your studies. A lot of international students depend on

  • a scholarship
  • a job

International students can apply for a DAAD scholarship. For more information click here.

Visit the Costs & Financing pages of the International Office for more tips on financing your studies.