Costs and funding

Tuition fees

The Mundus Urbano Programme has a regular tuition fee 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 €80 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

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.