Financing your Studies

Is the financial investment in part-time study worth it? What costs will I incur and how can I best manage them? There are many questions surrounding the financing of part-time studies. Before you start your part-time studies at the Professional School, we recommend that you draw up an individual financing plan. The information on this page will help you to determine the total costs of your studies, to reduce your own contribution with discounts and tax savings and to select suitable financing options.

You are also welcome to use our advisory service to clarify your financing questions in a personal conversation.

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 for almonst every programme.. 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.


Student loans and education funds are one way to fully cover the costs of part-time study. With most providers, you can apply for loan amounts of up to five figures to finance your studies. The loan must be repaid, usually with interest, after completion of the degree and a grace period of up to two years. However, there are also some providers who offer interest-free loans. Please note the different funding requirements of the providers: Unfortunately, international students and part-time studies are not always considered. To show you one example for a student loan we have compiled some information on the KfW studen loan:

  • 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). The following people can apply for a KFW student loan: 
    • German nationals residing in Germany
    • EU nationals who have been permanently resident in Germany for at least 3 years and are registered here
    • family members (regardless of citizenship) of a German or EU citizen who reside with the latter in Germany and are registered here

(December 2022. All information is without guarantee for completeness and correctness).


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.
  • (only available in German): 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