student in the foyer using her laptop
student in the foyer using her laptop

Financing your studies

Study costs and financing options

The good news is: studying at German public universities is not expensive, in some cases even cost free. For your stay, you will require a budget for daily life and certain study expenses. Most international students finance their own studies. Side jobs allow students to earn extra money. Students with great academic credentials and community service experience can apply for scholarships in Germany. In cases of unexpected financial hardship, the university will try to help with emergency financial support.


Fees at the University of Konstanz (Effective as of winter semester 2022/2023)

Degree-seeking students / free-movers (semester fees) 179 euros/semester
Exchange students (semester fees) 109 euros/semester
Tuition fees for international Non-EU/EEA students 1.679 euros/semester
Tuition fees for a second degree 829 euros/semester
Law students LLM study programme 679 euro/semester

Instalment payment of the tuition fees

Should you face severe financial difficulties through no fault of yours, so that you cannot pay your tuition fees on time or not in full, you may apply to defer the payment and pay in instalments. Please note that this option is available in cases where financial difficulties were not a result of a student’s actions and the difficulties arose after the start of the studies. All applications will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us before you consider applying for deferral. 


For special tasks related to thesis preparation, the departments offer financial support, e.g. for test-person remuneration, postage, travel expenses:

- all Master's programmes

- only experimental Bachelor's programmes

Contact: Study programme coordinator or director of the departmental administration

Student jobs

Since the living expenses in Konstanz are currently estimated to be around 850 euros per month, many students earn money on the side. Citizens from the EU as well as Malta, Cyprus and the EEA countries (Island, Norway, Liechtenstein) as well as Switzerland can work during the entire year. All other international students (including Croatian students) are permitted to work 120 days or 240 half-days (4-hours / day) per year, if the visa or residence permit does not explicitly deny it. More information

The Service Centre of the Student Service ‘Seezeit Bodensee’ provides a job board for students in the entrance area of the university (next to the Campus Café) or on the Seezeit website.