WHat does a study abroad semester cost and how can i finance it?
Exchange students do not have to pay tuition at Hochschule Esslingen. It depends on your individual living style how much money you will spend during your study abroad semester. The following list may give you a rough orientation (last updated October 2020):
Semester fee for "Studierendenwerk"
120.40 € per semester
Contribution for excursions (all exchange students except freemovers)
20 € per semester
approx. 260 - 350 € per month
Health insurance (not for students with EHIC)
approx. 110 € per month
|Public transportation ticket (VVS-Studiticket) || |
approx. 207 € per semester
Miscellaneous (minimum for food, clothing, leisure etc.)
e.g. lunch at student cafeteria
approx. 300-400 € per month
approx. 3-5 € per meal
Additional costs for freemover students: administration fee and contribution for support programme and extracurricular courses of approx. 575 € per semester.
- Students who do not need a visa will be required to show proof of their finances (min. 850 € per month) when applying for the residence permit. The same applies to students holding a visa when they need to extend their visa. Further information will be given to you by the International Office during orientation.
- Some students ( e.g. from China, India) have to open a so-called blocked bank account by themselves before applying for their visa, where they have to deposit the above-mentioned amount. You will receive further information at the German Embassy.
- All other students will open a German bank account during the orientation programme which may be used for regular payments such as dormitory rent, health insurance etc. You will receive a debit card for withdrawing money.
- There are places in Germany where payment by credit card is not possible and withdrawing money by credit card is quite expensive. In order to have cash available, we recommend to bring about 500 € cash for the first few days. Afterwards, the easiest way is to transfer money from your home country to your German bank account and withdraw it here with your debit card.
Usually, you have to apply for scholarships in your home country. Therefore, we recommend to ask your home university which financial support might be available.
For students from EU-partner universities (ERASMUS+):
ERASMUS+ is an EU-funded programme supporting mobility between European universities. Therefore, students are only eligible for this grant if their home university has been awarded an ERASMUS charta. Application always has to be made at the home university.
for students from non-european partner universities (Baden-Württemberg-scholarship)
The Baden-Württemberg-SCHOLARSHIP is open for exchange students from certain non-European partner universities. Please ask your home university if you are eligible for the Baden-Württemberg SCHOLARSHIP.
Exchange students have to be nominated by their home university at the latest by 15 May for the next academic year (winter semester and summer semester).
Further information can be found in the information sheet.