Fees, Expenses and Scholarships
Tution fees are charged for all programmes organised by RWTH International Academy. In this section, you can find payment information and scholarship opportunities.
Tuition Fees (payable to RWTH International Academy)
30,000 EUR for the entire program (incl. Cambridge Ecosystem Practicum in Cambridge, UK) payable in three installments
This corresponds to 5,000 EUR per semester if you study part-time (i.e. 6 semesters) and 10,000 EUR per semester if you study full-time (i.e. 3 semesters).
* Students in Germany, who are self-financing their studies, might be able to deduct tuition fees from the income tax they pay within Germany
+ Social contribution fee at RWTH Aachen University: around 225,- EUR per semester
Payment Regulations for the Tuition Fees
- Tuition fees are due on 30 June for the following winter semester and on 31 December for the following summer semester. Students will be informed about the option of quarterly or monthly installments beginning from the second semester.
- The tuition fees indicated above are valid from winter semester 2017/2018 onwards.
We offer various scholarship options. For more Information, please contact your personal study counsellor below.
Living Costs in Germany
Germany is not expensive in comparison with other European countries. However, secure funding is very important for the success of your studies.
International students completing their entire (or part of their) course in Germany must take a variety of costs into consideration. To get a better overview, you can distinguish between education and living expenses.
What do German students pay money for every month?
Rent (incl. ancillary expenses): EUR 298
Food: EUR 165
Clothing: EUR 52
Travel expenses (car/public transport): EUR 82
Health insurance and medical costs, medication: EUR 66
Phone/Internet/radio/TV fees, postage: EUR 33
Course materials/learning materials (books, etc.): EUR 30
Leisure, culture and sports: EUR 68
Total: EUR 794
A German student's average monthly budget amounts to 864 euros. This includes rent, travel expenses, costs for food, clothing, study material, health insurance, phone, Internet, radio and television fees, as well as expenses for leisure activities. It does not include the semester fee which must be paid before each semester as part of re-registration. This means that further costs are incurred at the beginning of the semester. International students have significantly fewer funds than their German counterparts and have to finance their everyday activities with an average of 725 euros.
Scholarship Opportunities for Applicants
There are several scholarship opportuntities available for international students. We highly recommend students to start searching for an appropriate scholarship as soon as possible. Please find some institutions that offer scholarships or search engines for scholarships listed below.
- DAAD The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) offers a scholarship database with a broad variety of scholarship programmes for international students on its website. Please visit their website to find more information on these programmes.
- RWTH Database RWTH Aachen University also offers a Scholarship Database.
Country Specific Scholarships
ALEARG: Argentinian students may apply for this scholarship. This joint programme with the DAAD supports scholarship holders for up to two years.
ALEPRONA: Peruvian students may apply for this scholarship. This joint programme with the DAAD supports scholarship holders for up to two years.
BAföG: German students can receive BAföG if they fulfil certain requirements. For more information about the requirements visit here.
Colfuturo: Colombian students can apply for a loan / scholarship from Colfuturo. Study costs are divided in two, with Colfuturo covering one half and providing a loan for the other. More information regarding this financing possibility can be found on their website.
CONACYT: Mexican students can apply for a full or a partial scholarship. This joint programme with the DAAD covers the full tuition fees and gives additional support for monthly living for scholarship holders.
KfW-Studienkredit: Germans, EU-residents, Bildungsinländer, and applicants with a German spouse can receive a student loan if they fulfil certain requirements.
Mummert: Students from Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Rumania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, or Hungary may apply for a “Mummert” scholarship.
SENACYT: Students from Panama can apply for this scholarship. This joint programme with the DAAD supports scholarship holders for up to two years.
KAAD: Christian students from emering or developing countries from Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, can apply to the KAAD (Catholic Academic Exchange Organization) for a scholarship.
Scholarships from Political Parties
The RWTH International Academy has created a number of scholarships in order to support diversity among its students. More information:
RWTH International Academy TIME Scholarship (Partial)
RWTH International Academy TIME Scholarship (Partial) for European applicants
RWTH International Academy offers several partial scholarships for European applicants of up to 7.500€ to be awarded for academic excellence, technology leadership and technology entrepreneurship*. This scholarship has been designed to support highly qualified students from Europe to pursue a Master´s degree programme at RWTH Aachen University. The scholarship covers of up to 7.500 € of the tuition fees for the MME-TIME.
- Reference letter from a professor/advisor (max 1 page)
- Letter of Motivation (max 1 page)
- Submitted online application till the 15th of May 2017
Please send the scholarship application via email to firstname.lastname@example.org together with your application number, that you will receive after your online submission on www.rwth-aachen.de/ioam.
Additionally, we will assess your existing study results and award the partial scholarships among the best applicants.*
*This scholarship can be awarded only if sufficient financial capital is available in the RWTH International Academy student fund. The committee's decision will be final and is not subject to legal recourse.
RWTH Aachen Education Fund
RWTH Bildungsfonds (Education Funds)
Eligible to apply are RWTH students as well as future students taking up their studies. The application period is from June 1 to 30. The scholarship addresses Bachelor/Master students of RWTH Aachen University with very good results during their studies (within the regular study time). International Academy students are eligible for the „Deutschlandstipendium“ part of the scholarship that currently comprises 149 out of 589 scholarships of the education fund. Those scholarships cover 300,00 EUR per month for one year. If you are interested, please visit the RWTH Aachen University Website.
Scholarships for Enrolled Students
Enrolled students have several options for scholarships, some of them are offered exlusively by the RWTH International Academy.
Partial Scholarships/Study Loans
RWTH Bildungsfonds (Education Funds)
This scholarship is awarded to bachelor/master students of the RWTH Aachen University demonstrating exceptional results during their studies (within the regular study time). International Academy students are eligible for the „Deutschlandstipendium“ part of this scholarship that currently awards 149 scholarships. These scholarships cover 300,00 EUR per month for one year. If you are interested, please visit the RWTH Aachen University Website.
KfW Study Loan
Undergraduate and graduate studies as well as certificate courses, including part-time courses are funded. Accordingly, every degree programme offered by the RWTH International Academy can be funded. You may request a monthly payment ranging between 100,00 EUR and 650,00 EUR. The amount can be adapted within this scope for each semester seperately. The loan is given independent of income or assets. Security for a loan is not required. However, only German or EU students are eligible.
This scholarship is designed for bachelor/master students who have to work to cover their living expenses. Its purpose is to relieve them and to give financial support during examination periods. 10 scholarships of 400,00 EUR each are offered for three months per year. For more information please follow the link to the RWTH Aachen University Website.
DAAD Scholarship for International Students
The DAAD offers scholarships mainly for postgraduate education and training (doctoral studies, research). However, the selection process is highly competitive. Master's degree students from selected countries may apply for DAAD scholarships. For detailed information on available funding opportunities for international students, graduates, doctoral candidates, postdocs, and lecturers please visit the DAAD Scholarships Database. Applicants from eligible groups (i.e. students, graduates, doctoral candidates, and academic staff) must submit their applications either to the German Embassy in their home country or to a DAAD branch office there
Support Programmes for Female Students
Femtec Career Building prepares female students for their career and future leadership responsibilities, teaches interdisciplinary transferable skills and provides further support after graduation
TANDEM Mentoring Programme: The TANDEM mentoring programme has been conducted successfully for several years and is offered by the Integration Team, a Rectorate staff unit at RWTH Aachen University. In one-to-one mentoring partnerships, mentees are supported by their mentors in developing their goals and potentials typically for the duration of one, up to one and a half years.
Henry Ford Stipendium: Female students of mechanical engineering, attending the RWTH Aachen University, are welcome to apply for this scholarship which offers not only financial aid, but also an intensive support programme.
Scholarships for Alumni
The RWTH International Academy offers an exclusive scholarship for students who completed one of the master's degree programmes offered by the RWTH International Academy and who wish to pursue further research work, field research or an internship abroad.
RWTH International Academy Alumni Research Grant
The Alumni Research Grant is an exclusive scholarship for RWTH International Academy Alumni. Please find further information about the application process, requirements and deadlines here: