Financing your Studies

Tuition fees and semester contributions, plus travel and accommodation costs: a professional programme involves a range of expenses. You will find a summary of the costs and the various funding options for your degree here. And why not arrange an appointment to address your questions about funding for professional programmes?

Financing your studies at Leuphana Professional School

Professional programmes: fees and costs

The University receives no state support for professional programmes at the Professional School. Unlike for standard undergraduate and non-professional Masters programmes, this means that all aspects of the courses such as example material, administration, teaching and student support must be covered by fees.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees cover all block seminars, all teaching material, the use of the e-learning platform, support from the programme coordinators and the Professional School team, and access to coaching during your studies. Please see the website of your chosen Bachelor, Masters or certificate course for the fees that apply.

Semester contribution

A semester contribution is due each semester. It comprises the Studentenwerk contribution, a student contribution (AStA) and an administrative charge. Students at the Professional School are issued with a student ID card that offers a wide range of benefits such as discounts on cultural events and special student prices from a number of providers.

Other costs

For the block seminars on the professional programme, you may need to travel to Lüneburg and stay in a hotel or guest house. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need advice on accommodation.

Funding your studies

Once, those seeking professional development opportunities had no funding options other than those offered by their organisations. The past few years have seen a gradual change in this situation. In line with the growing demand for life-long learning, traditional funding options for training and study are increasingly being extended to continuing education, and new funding options are being developed.

Loans

One funding option is student loans and education funds (Bildungsfonds), for example

  • Deutsche Bildung student funding: Deutsche Bildung offers a conventional education fund for students: investors buy units in a fund that is then used to support selected students. After graduation, the students make repayments based on their income. The fund is open to both part-time and full-time students of all disciplines.
  • KfW student loan: The KfW Student Loan (KfW-Stu­di­en­kre­dit) has been avail­able sin­ce 2006, and with se­veral thousand new bor­ro­wers each year, it is one of the most po­pu­lar stu­dent lo­ans in Ger­ma­ny. It is of­fe­red pri­ma­ri­ly through Stu­die­ren­den­wer­ke stu­dent or­ga­ni­sa­ti­ons, selec­ted banks and sa­vings banks (Spar­kas­sen).

Scholarships

A wide range of scholarships are available and the award criteria vary. Options include:

  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD): The DAAD's ex­ten­si­ve scholarship database for for­eign stu­dents, gra­dua­tes and aca­de­mics of­fers ap­p­li­cants a wide ran­ge of tips and in­for­ma­ti­on to help them suc­cess­ful­ly ap­p­ly for a scho­lar­ship for a cour­se of stu­dy, a re­se­arch as­si­gn­ment or a teaching as­si­gn­ment in Ger­ma­ny.
  • Deutschlandstipendium: The Deutschlandstipendium pro­vi­des fi­nan­ci­al and non-ma­te­ri­al sup­port to high-achie­ving and com­mit­ted stu­dents from all over the world. Mo­del­led af­ter the prin­ciple of pu­blic-pri­va­te part­nership, busi­nes­ses, foun­da­ti­ons or pri­va­te in­di­vi­du­als spon­sor young ta­lents in col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with the Ger­man Go­vern­ment. Ad­di­tio­nal­ly, the Deutsch­land­sti­pen­di­um sup­ports you through con­cur­rent men­to­ring pro­gram­mes, net­wor­king events and in­ternships.
  • Scholarships for development: The scholars4dev (Scho­lar­ships for De­ve­lop­ment) is an up­dated lis­ting of in­ter­na­tio­nal scho­lar­ships spe­ci­fi­cal­ly for peop­le from de­ve­lo­ping coun­tries, peop­le who would like to pur­sue de­ve­lop­ment-re­la­ted fiel­ds, and peop­le who seek glo­bal and na­tio­nal de­ve­lop­ment through fur­ther edu­ca­ti­on.
  • Stipendienlotse (funding guide - only available in German): Sti­pen­dien­lot­se is a database pro­vi­ded by the Bun­des­mi­nis­te­ri­um für Bil­dung und For­schung (BMBF).
  • MAWISTA - Scholarship for students studying abroad with a child: The MAWISTA scholarship is sup­porting stu­dents stu­dy­ing ab­road with a child. The ap­p­li­ca­ti­on dead­line is Ja­nu­a­ry 15th.
  • MyStipendium.de (only available in German): MyStipendium.de pro­vi­des an over­view of scho­lar­ships that are avail­able for stu­dents with nu­merous dif­fe­rent cha­rac­te­ris­tics.

Tax Deduction

Students continuing their education after a completed vocational training or completed first degree can deduct the complete cost of their continuing education as professional expenses.  

Support from your employer

It can also be worth enquiring about possible funding or support from your employer for a professional degree. Employers often offer their staff various forms of assistance for external professional development – after all, they also benefit from their employees’ new expertise. For example, employers may contribute to tuition or travel costs, give you days off work or educational leave for the block seminars, or agree flexible working time.

Student discounts

Your student status qualifies you for a wide range of discounts, for example in the purchase of hardware such as laptops and smartphones, for Internet and mobile contracts, bank accounts, credit cards and insurance, newspaper and magazine subscriptions and travel, to name but a few. You will find a list of possible student discounts on the mystipendium site (in German).

Contact & Advising

For further information or to schedule a personal consultation please contact psfinanzierung@leuphana.de or

Ricarda Rix
Universitätsallee 1, 40.121
21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-2964
ricarda.rix@leuphana.de