A 8. How much will my studies in Germany cost? What expenses will I have each month?
Living expenses in Germany are very dependent on your lifestyle, which city you stay in, and which university you are enrolled at. For Jena, it is recommended to have about 860 Euro available per month. For a rough estimation, the following expenses must be taken into consideration:
Living expenses: When it comes to accommodation there are many options. The first and best option is to stay in a university dormitory (Studentenwohnheim), because the fee is subsidized. Monthly rent will cost you approximately 150 - 300 Euro. In addition, you will need some budget (at least 200 Euro / month) for food, drinks, and other living expenses such as communication costs, entertainment, travel expenses etc., which will cost you around 100 - 300 Euro. The university is equipped with cafeterias and dining halls (Mensa). The meals offered in the Mensa come at favorable prices, compared to having lunch in a restaurant or Imbiss (kind of snack bar). Another option is: cooking at home (which is cheaper). A broadcasting fee has to be paid (follow the link for the details).
Semester contribution: While our students do not have to pay any tuition fees, a semester contribution must be paid in order to matriculate. The semester contribution is approximately 240 Euro. This amount covers the fees for the Student Government Body (Studentenschaft), Student Services (Studierendenwerk) and the Semester Ticket. The Semester Ticket allows all students to travel by public transport within Jena (JeNah) and by regional trains within Thuringia (Deutsche Bahn). First-semester students must pay an additional one-time fee of 20 Euro to obtain their student ID card, called THOSKA.
Insurance: For students, health insurance costs ca. 105 Euro per month (= 85 Euro health insurance fee + compulsory long-term care insurance ca. 15 Euro + a small administrative fee of ca. 4-6 Euro depending on the health insurance company, for all students under the age of 31. The Abbe School of Photonics recommends students to organize their health insurance through the Abbe School of Photonics, rather than on their own. All students in Germany are required to be insured by law. Students are expected to be insured starting from the first day of their first semester (i.e., beginning October 1st for winter term, regardless of date of arrival). This reduced student fee applies to all students under 31 years of age and if their home country has no bilateral agreements on recognition of local health insurance in Germany. A different price rate applies to students over 31 years of age or with children. The university will not accept any private travel or emergency insurances as proof of insurance. The Abbe School of Photonics recommends, however, that students have travel insurance for their journey to Jena and for the time before the semester starts on October 1st).
Books and course materials: Many books and course materials can be borrowed at the university library for free. However, there may be additional materials that you might need to purchase. Calculate approximately 100 Euro per semester for these costs (copies, books, course material etc.).
Electronics devices: Since some parts of teaching will take place online, you will need a computer or laptop with a microphone and a camera.