Student Finance

How much does it cost to live and study in Germany?

The THM is located in Hesse, one of the German federal states in which there are generally no tuition fees for most degree courses. However, you do have to pay some administrative fees each semester.

Keep in mind that you should expect approximately the following costs:

  • Semester fee per semester (incl. semester ticket) between €250.00 and €280.00. Here you can find the current amount of the semester fee for students as orientation.
  • As a rule, you have to pay a rental deposit of €250.00 once.

Possible costs per month:

  • Monthly rent in the dormitory (from 2 months onwards): 353.00 €
  • Health insurance approx. €110.00
  • Food approx. €170.00
  • University materials (books, learning material)
  • phone
  • Sports, culture, leisure

Since 01.08.2022, it has been officially calculated that you need a total of at least €934.00 per month. As a rule, you must also prove this amount for the extension of your residence permit.

There are several ways to finance your studies: part-time jobs, scholarships, financial aid and more.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides an overview of the cost of living in Germany and tips on how to save money when shopping.

A good overview of the requirements and options you have as an international student to finance your studies can be found in the video of the "Deutsches Studentenwerk" (German National Association for Student Affairs - DSW).



How many hours are you allowed to work as an international student? How do I find a student job?  

In cooperation with the "Studentenwerk Gießen " ( Giessen Student Services Organization), we have prepared an information brochure for you with the most important information on the topic of "Working while Studying". There you will find both legal information and tips on finding a part-time job in the region. You can find the document in the red box "Downloads" on the right.  

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) website also includes tips and information on working while studying.

How do I apply for a part-time job? Take advantage of our advice to prepare your application documents and shape your search. You can find more information in the career entry section.


Scholarships are also a good way to finance your studies. 

If you demonstrate good academic performance in your degree course and are simultaneously involved in a club, association or other projects, you may want to apply for a scholarship.

Various public and private institutions (eg political and religious foundations) offer scholarships for foreign students. Although the requirements vary, it is generally expected that you can demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and active social, political and religious involvement. It would be a good idea to research the various scholarships that are available to find the right one for you.

An information sheet with a list of institutions that award scholarships to international students can be found in the red box "Downloads". 

If you are still in your home country, you can also search for scholarships via the DAAD - Scholarship Database.

We have put together a few tips for you on how to apply for a scholarship in this Video and this PDF file

Prizes and awards recognize high-achieving and dedicated international students. More under Prizes and Awards.


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