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Costs of studying

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

Semester fees

Students at Osnabrück University are required to pay semester fees each semester. These fees, amounting to € 349.84 in the summer semester 2019, are made up of the following components:

  • contribution to Osnabrück Student Services: € 69
  • contribution to student self-government: € 205,84. This component includes the semester ticket for buses and trains, which costs € 187,34, and the culture semester ticket € 1.
  • contribution to administrative fees: € 75

Long-term study fees and study credit system

In accordance with § 12 NHG, all students receive a study credit in the amount of the standard period of study for the chosen undergraduate course plus six additional semesters. For a consecutive Master's Program , the study credit will be increased by the number of semesters of the standard period of study of the respective degree program.

If an undergraduate degree was acquired at a university outside of Germany, the study credit for the consecutive Master’s program will amount to the number of semesters of the standard period of study for the chosen Master’s course (usually four semesters) plus four additional semesters.

The study credit is reduced by the number of semesters of a previous course of study at German universities.

The study credit is not used in semesters in which the student

1. is on leave,

2. cares for a child that has not yet completed the age of 14 at the beginning of the semester ,

3. cares for a close relative in need of care under the Nursing Act,

4. works as an elected representative in an institution of the university , the Student Body or Student

    Services  (credit for a maximum of 2 semesters) , or

5. assumes the position as Equal Opportunity Officer (credit for a maximum of 2 semesters) .

Students whose study credit is used up, pay the long-term study fee of 500 Euros per semester in accordance with § 13 NHG . The previous system for differentiated long-term tuition fees between 600 to 800 Euros will be omitted.

The long-term study fees, even when the study credit is used up, will not be charged for a semester in which the student

1. is on leave ,

2. cares for a child that has not yet completed the age of 14 at the beginning of the semester,

3. cares for a close relative in need of care under the Nursing Act,

4. is completing a study semester abroad as intended by the Study or Examination Regulation or

5. is completing an internship abroad as intended by the Study or Examination Regulation.

 as well as

  • PhD students
  • students who are over the age of 60 and already pay higher semester fees

A remission of the long-term study fee, due to a prolonged duration of study, can be requested until one month after the end of lectures of the respective semester. Reasons for a prolonged duration of study may include disability or serious illness (official medical certificate required) or the consequences of being a victim of crime.

 The new regulations have already been taken into account in the request for payment for the winter semester 2014/15, which was mailed along with the study documents. During the reregistration period for the winter semester 2014/15 Osnabrück University will perform a separate hearing for the purpose of determining the study credit for those students whose previous study times led to an increase in long-term study fees.

 International students

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 studieren-in-niedersachsen.de. If you have any queries, please contact the Admissions Office.

Fee-based degree programs

Tuition fees are charged for continuing education programs at universities in Lower Saxony.

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

Taxation

Business Criminal Law

A fee of € 3,000 (two semesters) or € 4,000 (four semesters) is charged for Taxation; € 2,500 is charged per academic year for Business Criminal Law.

Psychtherapy

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy