Costs and funding

Tuition fees

The Mundus Urbano Programme has a regular tuition fee of €9.000 per year. However, most students receive financial support and are not required to pay the full amount. 

The programme is committed to admitting the best students, rather than students with the highest ability to pay. Therefore, the selection committee takes both student needs and academic merits into account. To ensure academic excellence, most self-financed students are awarded partial fee waivers and/or research or teaching scholarships, reducing the amount they need to pay themselves. The actual reduction is at the discretion of the relevant departments and may vary from student to student and between years. 

Self-financed students, therefore, generally pay a total of €8.000 for the first year. Depending on their mobility choice (i.e. the university where they continue studies after the first year in TU-Darmstadt), the tuition fee varies between €4.000 and €9.000 for the second year.

Additional costs

Tuition fees do not cover health insurance, student union contributions, other administrative fees, living costs, books or study trips. 

German universities require an additional student union membership fee of around €250 per semester, which also covers free public transportation in and around Darmstadt, and allows for discounts at the university cafeterias. 

Health insurance is mandatory for non-EU students in order to obtain a residence permit. The cost of insurance varies between €70 and 100 per month, depending on the coverage provided and the age of the student. Insurance should be arranged upon arrival in Germany and registration at the TU-Darmstadt, with a national health insurance company (e.g. Barmer GEK, AOK, TK Versicherung), since international travel health insurance is not accepted for registering at the university.

In Germany, living costs depend on the student's personal standard and generally range from €600 to €1.000 per month. Any travel cost and overseas expenses are not considered in this estimate. In Italy, Spain and France the living costs can be up to 50% more expensive.

Approximate Costs Overviews

For the second year (winter and summer semester) it is necessary to stay registered as a student at the TU Darmstadt. Therefore, students should pay the enrolment fees in TUD as also in their second year university.

Funding Opportunities

Erasmus Mundus Scholarship. Erasmus Mundus scholarships cover the tuition fees, health insurance and compulsory administrative/operational costs. They are available to a limited number of outstanding applicants, in two categories:

Category A  – awarded to students who are nationals of a third country (all countries outside the EU member states, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey and Iceland), who have not carried out their main activity (studies, research or work) for more than 12 non-consecutive months over the last five years in one of the 27 EU member states, Liechtenstein, Norway or Iceland. (Switzerland and Western Balkan countries are third country students and are eligible for this category).

Category B  – awarded to students who are nationals of one of the 27 European member states, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey or Iceland or any third country students who have spent at least 12 (non-consecutive) months, over the last five years, working, studying or doing research in one of the 27 EU Member States, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey or Iceland.

Since the Erasmus Mundus scholarship is highly competitive, the chance of approval is typically between 5 and 10%. The principal eligibility criteria can be found at the EU website and our FAQ pageIn order to apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship, please check the 'How to apply' section.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Applicants for a DAAD scholarship are advised to apply for the urban-studies MSc course 'International Cooperation and Urban Development' and submit their Master thesis in Darmstadt. They are still eligible for the double degree if they spend one semester at our partner universities. Please consult the DAAD website for further information.

Architecture International Office. Here is a list from the International Office (Arch.) for more scholarships options.

BAföG. The Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz (BAföG) provides financial help to German students and to foreigners who have the perspective to remain in Germany. For more information for TU Darmstadt students, see here.

Other German foundations and donors. Catholic Academic Exchange Service (KAAD)Boell FoundationFriedrich Ebert FoundationKonrad-Adenauer-StiftungFriedrich Naumann FoundationEvangelische EntwicklungsdienstHans-Böckler-StiftungRosa-Luxemburg Stiftung.

Other scholarships. Mundus Urbano self-financed students are encouraged to look for third-party funding, such as national scholarships provided by employers, governments and foundations in their country of origin. International scholarship schemes are listed on specialized websites, such as Scholarship Search,International Scholarships and The World Bank, among others.