The Coordination of Family-Friendly Universities will gladly advise you on the compatibility of studies and family and on compensatory arrangements to make your studies more family-friendly!
Further information for prospective students and students with a refugee background (e.g. on language courses, on studying despite lost certificates due to escape, and information for Kiron students) can be found here.
If you are interested, you can apply for a room in a student residence hall. Since there may be waiting times for admission to the dormitories, you should submit your application early. Information about the dormitories in Vechta can be found here.
Alternatively, you can look for an apartment with a private landlord.
Information on scholarships can be found in the DAAD scholarship database.
Students of the University of Vechta can also apply for the German Scholarship.
A semester fee of € 382.70 (one-time) per semester is charged for the study program (as of summer semester 2018). Please note that the semester fees may change from semester to semester. These must be paid before each new semester and are used to re-register students. The semester fee also includes the semester ticket.
In Germany, international students (who are not citizens of the EU) are allowed to work without a work permit for a total of 120 days or 240 half days per year. Please keep in mind that the income can by no means finance an entire academic year.
Rent costs currently range from 170 euros - approximately 350 euros per month. A rent of 200 Euro results in a cost of living of approximately 695 Euro.
The following list details the monthly costs you will incur while studying at Vechta University and serves as an aid to your budget planning. However, the figures presented here only represent approximate values, which may vary depending on your own needs. The semester contribution is not included here.
|Dormitory room (incl. heating, electricity and water)||€ 200,-|
|Health insurance and liability insurance||€ 100,-|
|Study materials||€ 60,-|
|Telephone and internet||€ 55,-|
|Leisure and sports||€ 50,-|
|means of transport, since you have a semester ticket||€ 00,-|
The academic year is divided into two semesters:
- the winter semester (WiSe) from 01 October to 31 March
- and the summer semester (SoSe) from April 01 to September 30.
In the winter semester, the lecture period lasts approximately from mid-October to mid-February and comprises 14 weeks. In the summer semester, the lecture period lasts approximately from mid-April to the end of July and also comprises 14 weeks.
The current semester dates can be found here.
Registration & Residence Permit
Newly arrived students are required to register their residential address at the citizens' office of the city of Vechta. Newly arrived students from non-EU countries must also apply for a residence permit at the district of Vechta.
For smooth and cost-effective payment transactions (e.g. payment of rent and semester fees), we recommend that students open a German bank account (if they do not already have one). Students do not pay account maintenance fees at most local banks in Vecha.
German health insurance is generally required for enrollment at the university. There are some exceptions: For students from an EU country, the EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) is accepted for study in Germany. (Exception: If you are doing a part-time job or a paid internship in Germany, you must have German health insurance). For students from Turkey, the AT/11 form is recognized for studies.
In Germany there are statutory and private health insurance companies.
Statutory health insurances currently have contributions of about 100 Euros per month. They cover almost all costs of medical treatments, which are settled directly between the health insurance company and the doctors. This means that you only have to show your insurance card when visiting the doctor and do not have to advance any money for the treatment personally. The statutory health insurance companies in Germany are obliged to insure students up to their 30th birthday at the student rate. If you are 30 or older, on the other hand, you must choose a private health insurance company, as the statutory health insurance company will no longer accept you. We recommend a statutory health insurance, if this is possible for you!
Private health insurance companies calculate premiums based on a health check. If you are privately insured, you have to pay for the doctor's visits yourself, but you will get the money back from the health insurance company when you submit the bill there. Exactly which costs are covered depends on the insurance company.
If you choose private insurance, you will need a so-called "exemption" for enrollment. This is a certificate that the insurance is sufficient. This certificate is issued by public health insurance companies. Please note that only a few private insurances meet the requirements for an exemption and you cannot rely on the fact that an insurance that was accepted by fellow students a few years ago is still accepted today.