Your tuition fees contribute to the success of Witten/Herdecke University. All students together support 25% of the university budget. University and StudierendenGesellschaft (SG) specify tuition fees by mutual agreement. On average you pay always the same, independent of which of the three options to pay you choose.

Below you find, as example, the contributions for the Philosophy, Politics & Economics Master valid for enrollment in winter semester 18/19 or summer semester 19.

Payment option 1: income-related payment

You do not pay tuition fees while studying. As soon as, and only if, you start earning money, you will pay back a fixed percentage of your income agreed on in your contract with the SG. You repay over a contractually fixed period.

  • Those who earn little pay little; those who earn more pay more.
  • You are exempt from repayment if your decisive income is below EUR 21,000.
  • There is an upper limit to your repayments.
  • Study for as long as you like – your fees won’t change.
degree coursestandard study periodpayment duration2% of income3
MA Philosophy, Politics, and Economics [external]44 semesters (120 ECTS)10 years6 %
MA Philosophy, Politics, and Economics [internal]44 semesters (120 ECTS)10 years5 %
Payment option 2: fixed direct payment

You can also pay your tuition fees immediately. In this case
you pay a fixed monthly amount, which sums up to the average contributions made by those choosing the income-related repayment.
After the standard period of study your tuition fees are payed, and there are no further obligations. You can continue your studies without any further payments.

degree coursestandard study periodmonthly rate tuition fees total
MA Philosophy, Politics, and Economics [external]44 semesters (120 ECTS)895,00 €21.480,00 €
MA Philosophy, Politics, and Economics [internal]44 semesters (120 ECTS)775,00 €18.600,00 €
Payment option 2: later and direct payment by halves

This way of payment combines the income-related payment and the direct payment.

  • The fixed monthly amount and the percentage for repay- ment are halved.
  • At the end of the standard period of study you will have payed half of the total fixed sum.
  • After graduation, you will pay „the other half“ proportionately to your income.
degree coursestandard study periodpayment duration2% of income3monthly rate
MA Philosophy, Politics, and Economics [external]44 semesters (120 ECTS)10 years3 %447,50 €
MA Philosophy, Politics, and Economics [internal]44 semesters (120 ECTS)10 years2,5 %387,50 €

Regulation on Fees

Tuition fees for degree programmes offered at Witten/Herdecke University are listed in the Regulations on Fees, which you can find here on the university website. The Regulations on Fees of Witten/Herdecke University contain details of tuition fees payable for individual programmes.

model contract

Furthermore, you can download a model contract (exemplary for a medicine degree, not up to date) which students may conclude with StudierendenGesellschaft if they opt for payment after graduation or later payment by halves.

The StudierendenGesellschaft makes no guarantees for the correctness, completeness or topicality of information pertaining to contribution rates. This information serves solely non-binding, general purposes of information and is no substitute for individual one-on-one counseling. Only the contribution regulations of the Universität Witten/Herdecke are legally binding. The liability of the StudierendenGesellschaft for information relevant to contribution rates is limited to typical and predictable damages resulting from the violation of a cardinal duty (an obligation whose fulfillment only makes the use of this information possible in the first place, and which fulfillment the user of this information may trust in on a regular basis) on the part of the StudierendenGesellschaft. This applies neither to damages resulting from injury of the user’s life, limb or health based on culpable non-fulfillment of obligations by the Student’s Association, its legal representatives or proxies, nor to any other damages resulting from intentional or grossly negligent dereliction of duty. Spelling errors may occur and this information in english is just for easier understanding of the Contribution Guidelines. The student needs to consent with the original Beitragsordnung as it is presented in german.