Spending part of their degree course abroad is desirable for many students… and expensive, at least more expensive than a comparable period at their home university. Allow for at least € 1,000 per month and plan in good time! You can expect to incur the following costs:
- possible costs for proof of knowledge of English language TOEFL test (240 US$ as of 2011);
- costs (up to € 300 depending on destination country);
- new passport or passport extension where necessary;
- costs for immunisation/immunisation certificate;
- travel costs;
- accommodation costs (highly variable, but usually up to US$ 600 per month). On-campus housing is often not subsidised and is more expensive than a student room at home. In many places shared two-bed rooms are usual. If you wish to live alone, you must expect to pay more.
- Costs for foreign , which - depending on your programme - must either be taken out compulsorily at the host university or be taken out in advance in Germany (at least € 400 for ten months);
- registration fees (approx. US$ 75 to 200);
- depending on the region and exchange rate, possible higher living costs;
- costs for travelling in the host country.