You come from abroad and want to study at the Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences? The International Office answers some of the most frequently asked questions.
If you have organizational questions regarding your application for a Bachelor's or Master's degree at the Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences, uni-assist will help you first.
Then you are welcome to contact the corresponding admission/enrolment office (Studierendensekretariat) of your study programme.
If you have any questions regarding the content of the selection of a suitable study programme, please first contact the departmental coordinator
For organisational and other questions, the team of the International Office will be happy to assist you, depending on your university location.
If you study at the Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences, you must be able to finance your life in Germany. The following overview helps you to estimate the costs.
You do not pay tuition fees in the federal state Rhineland-Palatinate.
Social contribution (Sozialbeitrag):
The amount of the current social contribution of the Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences can be found here
The student's service union (Studierendenwerk) is responsible for the students of the Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences, which operates the dormitories and the cafeteria, among other things. The food in the cafeteria is cheaper than in a restaurant, the rent for a room in the dormitory is lower than for a normal flat. As a compensation, all students support the student's service union through the social contribution.
The semester ticket for the university locations Kaiserslautern and Pirmasens is included in the social contribution; there are no additional costs. The VRN Semester Ticket plus West Palatinate is valid in a large area between Saarbrücken and Mannheim/Ludwigshafen.
Health insurance for students costs between 30 and 70 euros per month, depending on the provider and scope of services.
In Germany, all students are required to take out health insurance. This insurance covers the costs for medical treatment in case of illness. Therefore, you have to present proof of health insurance at the beginning of your studies. The health insurance must be valid for the entire semester (01.03.-31.08. or 01.09.-28.02.).
The costs for your living expenses, i.e. accommodation, clothing, food and drink, etc., naturally depend on your living habits. Calculate your individual living costs
Further information on money and costs of studying in Germany can be found here
If you are not a citizen of an EU country, you must submit a so-called proof of financing. This proves that you have secured your livelihood for at least one year. As a rule, a blocked account is set up from which you can withdraw a fixed amount every month during your stay in Germany.
You can find out whether you can apply for financial support for your studies (not guest semester) according to the German Federal Education and Training Assistance Act (BAföG) here
The Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences awards the following scholarships to international students:
You are an international student from
a) the EU, the European Economic Area or Switzerland with EU citizenship: then you do not need a visa
b) a country that does not require a visa to enter Germany: then you do not need a visa
c) a country with visa requirements for study purposes (not a or b): then you must apply for a visa for study purposes at the German embassy/consulate in your home country before entering Germany
Here you will find helpful information on how to apply for your visa.
You are an international student from
a) the EU, the European Economic Area or Switzerland: then you do not need a residence permit
b) a country that does not require a visa to enter Germany: then you do need a residence permit, then you need a residence permit if you want to study in Germany for more than 3 months
c) a country with visa requirements for study purposes (not a or b): then you will receive your first residence permit upon entry with your visa, which is usually valid for three months.
Afterwards you have to apply for an extension of the residence permit at the aliens' registration office (Ausländerbehörde) in your place of residence.
Important: If you change your course of study or your place of residence, you must inform the aliens' registration office (Ausländerbehörde) responsible for you in advance, otherwise you will automatically lose your residence permit and have to leave Germany for a certain period of time.
You must have health insurance for studying in Germany. You must present proof of your health insurance when you register at the admission/enrolment office (Studierendensekretariat). Here you can find more information and recommendations of the DAAD concerning your health insurance
It is also common in Germany to have a liability insurance. Please check whether you are insured with your parents or not.
If you would like to spend a guest/Erasmus semester at the Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences, you generally need German/English language skills at level B1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
If you want to study a study programme tought in German at the Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences, you usually need German language skills on level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Here you can find information about the language certificates
Our degree programmes tought in English generally require English language skills at level B2 as well as German language skills at level B1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).