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Costs of studying

Semester fees are charged for studying at Osnabrück University. If the standard period of study is exceeded, long-term study fees are charged. In addition, some continuing education programs require the payment of an additional fee.

In order to enable you as students and PhD students to apply for the one-time payment of the energy cost allowance of €200 as quickly as possible, we would like to inform you about important and necessary steps.

Students who are eligible to apply are those who

  • were enrolled at a university in Germany as of December 1, 2022 and
  • have their place of residence in Germany.

Here you can find general information.

It is important to know that it is mandatory for you to set up a BundID account for the
payout and in your own interest please take care of setting up this account immediately!

We are urgently asking you to set up a so-called secured BundID account through electronic ID.

If you only set up a so-called simple (password protected) BundID account, please complete the web-based application for issuance of the PIN (PDF, 158 kB), sign it, and submit it in person to the Admissions Office, presenting your identity card. 
Only then can the PIN required for the application be issued in addition to the access code (see 1.2.1) in this case. 
After your identity has been verified positively, you will promptly receive the PIN via the student portal of Osnabrück University (, in the area HISinOne - Studienservice under Bescheide/Bescheinigungen for self-download.
It is your responsibility to ensure that this PIN does not come to the attention of unauthorized third parties!

In the case of a secured BundID account, the issuance of a PIN and a personal appearance is not required.

1 Secured BundID account

1.1 Setup
You can set up your secure BundID account either via the online ID card function of your ID card or via your personal ELSTER-certificate.

Please note
If you cannot find or have forgotten your ID card PIN for using the online ID card function, you can order a PIN return letter. In this case, the PIN return letter will be sent to your registration address via "POSTIDENT" and can then be reset via an NFC-enabled smartphone using the IDCardApp2 (in German: AusweisApp2) and used for verification with the BundID account.

In case you are an international student, you can set up the secure BundID account using your EU identity, your electronic residence permit, or your EU citizen card.

It is very important that the information regarding your first and last names and your date of birth in myUOS match the information in your BundID account!
You can see in myUOS - HISinOne which data was delivered encrypted to the application office by Osnabrück University.

The application for the one-time payment itself can then be submitted via the application platform

Please note
If there are any errors in this application process, please use the contact form located on the application platform for clarification only.

1.2 The application procedure

1.2.1 Access code
The access code required for the application will be provided to you via the student portal of Osnabrueck University ( in the area HISinOne "Berechtigungscode EPPSG" via a separately set up and clearly visible so-called portlet. If this access code is available in the portal, you will receive a separate e-mail from the university about it.
Only the e-mail address provided by Osnabrueck University with the extension "@uni-" is used as the contact e-mail address! Therefore, please check the receipt of e-mails to this address regularly in order not to miss the deadline.

1.2.2 Application deadline
The application shall be possible from March 15, 2023 to September 30, 2023 via the site

If the one-off payment is not applied for by September 30, 2023, the entitlement will lapse (cf. §2 section 2 EPPSG).

If you have any general questions, please contact us by e-mail at;
For all other inquiries, please contact the authority responsible for payment (see above).

At universities in Lower Saxony, fees are charged for continuing education courses in accordance with § 13 (3) NHG.

At Osnabrück University, this is currently the case for the following degree programs:

M.Sc. Cognitive Computing
Psychological psychotherapist
Child and youth psychotherapy
​​​​​​​Master's extension courses "Erweiterungsfach Lehramt" (extension subject teaching profession)​​​​​​​

International students often need time to find their way around and become acquainted with their new environment. It is particularly important that they find out all they need to know before embarking on their studies: some subjects expect students to have special language skills, requiring proficiency not only in German but also in English.
To avoid prolonging periods of study and therefore having to cover additional expenses, international students are advised to find out all the information required to prepare for studying. For more information visit
If you have any queries, please contact the Admissions Office.

Students whose study deposits (in German: Studienguthaben) have been used up, pay a long-term study fee of € 500.00 for each semester in accordance with § 13 NHG.
However, the long-term study fee is not charged by law (§ 13 (1) sentence 2 NHG) - even if the study desposit has been used up - for a semester in which students are

1. on leave of absence,
2. caring for a child who has not yet reached the age of 14 at the beginning of the semester,
3. caring for a close relative in need of care as defined in § 7 (3) of the Caregiver Leave Act (in German: Pflegezeitgesetz) (at least 10 hours per week),
4. either complete a period of study abroad as stipulated in the study or examination regulations or complete a practical study semester.

  • For required evidence, please see the information under study deposit.

In addition, according to § 14 (2) NHG, a waiver of the long-term study fee is possible due to hardship, e.g. in the case of study time prolonging effects due to a

1. disability (presentation of the severely handicapped ID card is sufficient for 50% GdB, usually see the obligation to provide proof below under 2.
2. severe illness (proof only by official medical certificate incl. information on the duration of the effects extending the period of study)
3. in the case of consequences extending the period of study as a victim of a crime.

The application can be submitted up to one month after the end of lectures of the respective semester. For more information see dates and deadlines.

Students must pay a semester fee for each semester.
These fees, amounting to €332.60 in the winter semester 2023/2024, are made up of the following components:

contribution to Osnabrück Student Services: €93
contribution to student self-government: €147.10
contribution to administrative fees: €75

Pursuant to § 12 (2) Sentence 1 (NHG), students have a study deposit in the amount of the respective standard period of study of the chosen degree program plus six additional semesters (tolerance semesters) within the scope of a first undergraduate degree program qualifying for a profession.
In a six-semester Bachelor's degree program, the study credit thus amounts to twelve semesters, and in the ten-semester Staatsexamen Rechtwissenschaften [First Law Examination], 16 semesters.
Once these semesters have been used up, students are generally required to pay long-term tuition fees (cf. § 13 paragraph 1 NHG).

For a consecutive Master's degree program that follows a Bachelor's degree, the study deposit is increased by the number of semesters of the standard period of study for this degree program in accordance with § 12 (2) sentence 2 NHG, so that the study deposit for this "classic" course of study amounts to a total of 16 semesters.
This means that if, for example, 14 semesters have been used up for the Bachelor's degree and long-term tuition fees have therefore already been paid for two semesters, the following four Master's semesters can again be studied without long-term tuition fees.

If students have acquired the degree qualifying them for the Master's program at a university located abroad, the study deposit is determined by twice the number of standard study semesters of the selected Master's program in accordance with § 12 ( 2) Sentence 3 NHG.
Consequently, the study credit amounts to eight semesters if, after the acquisition of a foreign Bachelor's degree, enrollment in a four-semester consecutive Master's program at Osnabrück University follows.

It should generally be noted that the study deposit [at Osnabrück University] is generally reduced by the number of semesters of previous study at German universities in accordance with § 12 (2) sentence 6 NHG.
If, for example, 16 semesters of the above-mentioned classical course of study have already been used up by a previous course of study, the student is liable for long-term tuition fees upon enrollment in a further, new course of study at Osnabrück University.

However, it should also be noted that the study deposit is not used up in those semesters in which students demonstrably

1. are on a leave of absence
2. are caring for a child who has not yet reached the age of 14 at the beginning of the semester,
3. are caring for a close relative in need of care as defined in §7 (3) of the Caregiver Leave Act (in German: Pflegezeitgesetz) (at least 10 hours per week),
4. served as an elected representative in a body of the university, the student body or the student union (credit for a maximum of two semesters), or
5. hold the office of Equal Opportunity Officer (credit for a maximum of two semesters).

Evidence must be provided by
2. by the birth certificate and - new for each semester - by a household certificate from the residents' registration office
3. by a corresponding certificate from the nursing care insurance fund (in exceptional cases from the family doctor) about - for each semester anew - rendered nursing care services
4. and 5. by a corresponding certificate of the respective office responsible for the institution.