Costs & Funding

Studies are expensive, but it's worth

As a student at the Cooperative State University, you have a great advantage over your contemporaries studying at other universities and higher education institutes: you enjoy a regular income. Nevertheless, it is worthwhile to apply for a grant which frequently offers you more than a mere month’s salary. In addition, you can augment your salary through BAföG assistance, provided your income is below the regular BAföG rate.
We have provided information for you on this page on this assistance and other options relating to the funding of studies. Moreover, you can also find out about which costs apart from living expenses you can expect to face

Tuition fees for international students

Starting with winter semester 2017/18 universities at Baden-Württemberg will begin charging tuition fees to the amount of 1.500 Euro per semester for international students who are non-EU-residents. According to federal law there will be provided some exemptions.

In the following downlink section (form: “Auskunftsformular Int. Studierende nach §5 LHGebG”) you will find a list of possible exemptions. If one of these exemptions will fit to your certain case, you are kindly asked to fill out this form (only provided in German!) and hand it in with all necessary documents that are required.

Please hand in the filled out “Auskunftsformular…” (if applicable) to the responding university where your enrollment will be processed.

Incomplete requests, i.e. missing documents, will not be processed and will automatically lead to a liability to charges.


Holder of a scholarship of Baden-Württemberg Stiftung (foundation) will be exempted of tuitions fees as long as they draw benefit of this foundation. As a proof of this exemption we ask you to hand in the corresponding note of Baden-Württemberg Stiftung to the below mentioned point of contact.

Payment Arrangements:

All payment arrangements will be separately given in a specific payment notice which will be handed out as a written letter via mail. The tuition fees are due every semester according to date of payment given in the payment notice.

Be aware that international money transfer could lead to additional fees by your financial institute that has to be considered.

Note: The "reason for payment" for tuition fees that has to be used for money transfer is different to the "reason for payment" for paying the administration and services fees. Your are asked to use the given reason for payment for paying the fuition fees.

Payment acknowledgement / bill:

Tuition fees will be imposed by a payment notice which is valid throughout the duration of your study. This payment notice can only be issued to the student who is liable to these specific fees by federal law. A payment notice cannot be issued to a third party. Payment acknowledgements or bills will not be issued either, please use your bank receipt for payment verification.

Point of contact:

Zentralstelle "DHBW Studiengebühren Internationale"
DHBW Lörrach
Hangstr. 46 - 50
79539 Lörrach


Tel.: +49 (0) 7621 2071-414 oder -412
Fax: +49 (0) 7621 2071-419


Note: The documents that you will find in the download section, as well as all payment notices or notices for tuition fee waivers will only be provided in German language. In the above-mentioned link "Information about...." you will find a list of possible tuition fee waivers which are partly listed in the form "Auskunftsformular...." that you find below.

Info/Note: Länder mit einer Schutzquote von 50% und mehr / Countries having a high protection quota

  • Eritrea
  • Irak
  • Iran
  • Syrien
  • Somalia

Die Liste der Länder mit einer Schutzquote von 50% und mehr wird in regelmäßigen Abständen vom Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge neu festgelegt. / The list of countries having a high protection quota will be subject to changes on regular basis.

Social Insurance

Information on the Fourth Law to amend the Fourth Volume of the Social Security Code (Sozialgesetzbuch) and other laws of 22 December 2011 Inclusion of students of career-integrated study programmes in the insurance obligation relating to health, nursing care, pension and unemployment insurance With the coming into force of the Fourth Law to amend the Fourth Volume of the Social Security Code (Sozialgesetzbuch) and other laws of 22 December 2011 (published in Federal Law Gazette No. 71 of 29 December 2011, page 3057 et. seq.), students in career-integrated study programmes are faced with certain changes: The amendment to the law means that the insurance obligation for participants in career-integrated study programmes is governed in a uniform fashion for all career-integrated study programmes and for the entire duration of the study programme. Among other things, participants in career-integrated study programmes are equated under the law with employees in professional training and, as such, uniformly subject to the insurance obligation relating to health, nursing care and unemployment insurance for the entire duration of the respective study programme. The corresponding legal provisions came into force on 1 January 2012 (cf. Article 23 of the law). The law can be accessed at (free access). Stuttgart, 9 January 2012

Can I afford my studies?

In addition to remuneration from your corporate partner, it is possible to receive funding for your studies through grants and BAföG assistance. Further information on these options is available under the respective categories. Furthermore, the initiative can provide help and tips on the funding of studies. They support students from a non-academic background on the road to successful completion of studies.


General information


  • Studies at a university or higher education institute
  • No age limit if the higher education entrance qualification was gained due to professional qualification or through an admission examination (the age limit is otherwise 30)

BAföG application

Form 2

Form 2 should be both completed and signed by the applicant (student) in the "Signature of corporate partner" position.

Certificate pursuant to Section 9 BAföG

The "Certificate pursuant to Section 9 BAföG" is required in addition to the application (you can find this in your enrolment certificates).

Form 5

The performance certificate pursuant to Section 48 BAföG (Form 5) is issued by the respective examinations office.

Authorised signatories and BAföG officers:

  • School of Social Work: Prof. Dr. Süleyman Gögercin
  • Business School: Prof. Dr. Markus Schoor
Submitting your application
The application should be submitted to the Studentenwerk Freiburg:
Studentenwerk Freiburg
Schreiberstrasse 12
79098 Freiburg


  • Anybody interested in studies who has been particularly successful in gaining a professional qualification and has at least two years of work experience. Particularly successful means:
    • a professional qualification examination or professional advancement training with at least an average mark of 1.9 or a minimum of 87 points or
    • particularly successful participation in a professional competition on a national level or
    • a substantiated proposal of a company or social institution
  • Admission to studies in a public or officially recognised higher education institute in Germany, the European Union or Switzerland.
  • Applications are permitted until completion of the second technical semester
Funding amount:
  • €2,000 can be paid per annum in the case of career-integrated study programmes [DHBW studies are classified as such]
Further information:

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Brief information on the Upgrading Scholarship


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KfW Educational Loan

  • Full-time studies in an advanced educational phase
  • Independence from own income and assets or those of the parents or spouse
  • The credit volume is €1,000 to €7,200. Payment is made in up 24 monthly instalments of €100, €200 or €300 Euro. An additional one-off payment of up to €3,600 is possible, provided the maximum level of €7,200 is not exceeded.
  • Interest rate through federal guarantee: 1.33% effective annual interest (last updated: 01.10.2013)
  • Repayment rates of €120 monthly. Repayments begin four years after payment of the initial instalment, and unscheduled repayments are possible at any time.

50728 Cologne
Hotline for educational loan: 022899 / 3584492
E-mail: bildungskredit(at)

KFW Student Loan

  • Studies in a public or officially recognised higher education institute with headquarters in Germany
  • German citizenship
  • Candidate has not yet reached the age of 35
  • No higher education degree qualifying for entry into a profession
  • Students in the first study programme or students who complete a master’s study programme directly after a bachelor’s degree
  • Foreign candidates who have gained their higher education entrance qualification in Germany or in a German school abroad
  • EU citizens who have been living in Germany for at least 3 years
  • Funding is between €100 and €650 per month
  • The loan is awarded for up to 14 technical semesters.
  • The interest rate is the same level for all borrowers.
  • The loan is granted independently of income.
  • No securities are necessary.
  • Repayment is made over a maximum of 25 years.

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Tel: 0800 539 9003 (freephone from the German landline service)