Costs of a Non-EU Study Semester

Spending part of their degree course abroad is desirable and dear for many students, but the costs are often more expensive than a comparable period at their home university. Allow for at least 1,000 EUR per month and plan in good time!

If you have been awarded one of the WORLDWIDE exchange placements that OVGU maintains and have been nominated officially by us as an exchange student, you will be exempt from paying tuition fees at the partner institutions in most cases.

Nonetheless, you will need to expect the following costs to occur:

  • possible costs for proof of knowledge of English language TOEFL test (250 US$ as of 2021);
  • if applicable, costs for renewal of/application for a passport;
  • vaccinations and vaccination certificates;
  • visa fees (between 70 and 250 EUR depending on destination);
  • costs for foreign health insurance, which - depending on your programme and host institution rules- must either be taken out compulsorily at the host institution (mostly US and Canada) or can be taken out in advance in Germany.
  • financial proof (required especially by U.S. and Canadian universites): Be prepared to evidence, at the time of application, bank deposits in the range from 5,000 to 12,000 EUR.
  • accommodation costs abroad (vary widely, but certainly up to 600US$ per month); even on-campus housing is usually unsubsidised and more expensive than student residence halls in Germany. Often shared bedrooms are the norm. If you want to live alone, you will have to pay more respectively. In order to learn more in this topic, check out the study reports of your predecessors in our exchange database.
  • potential application and registration fees at the host institution (75 to 200 US$ non-recurring);
  • depending on the region and currency exchange rates, generally higher costs of living;
  • travel costs.

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