Semester Fee

Winter semester 2017/18 semester / tuition / service fee

The semester fee should be paid upon registration and sunsequently as part of re-registration prior to each semester. The total amount of the semester fee (€ 280,58) consists of contributions to various institutions cooperating with the University of Kassel (see below).

For all students

Amount (in Euro)

Total Required Fee € 280,58
inclusive of:  
1. Studentenwerk € 80
2. Administration Fee € 50 (*)
3. AStA (Student Council) € 10.50
3.1. Hardship Fund € 0.20
3.2. Semester ticket € 133.46 (**)
3.3. Bicycle Rental System € 3 (***)
3.4. "Kulturticket" € 3.42
Late Re-Registration  
Payment fine € 30

*The administration fee does not apply to exchange students. 

**The price of the semester ticket has increased by € 0.13 (from € 133,33 to € 133,46) and is distributed to the following transport associations:

  • NVV € 124,63 
  • RMV € 4.48 
  • VPH € 1.30 (increased by € 0,03)
  • NWL € 2.92 (increased by € 0,10)

The AStA (student council) website provides further information on the bicycle rental system.

1. Studentenwerk

The Kassel Studentenwerk (Student Services) provides a range of support services for the students of the University of Kassel. The Studentenwerk is responsible for processing financial aid applications in accordance with the Federal Training Assistance Act (Bafög) as well as for applications related to student accident insurance programmes. Furthermore, the Studentenwerk is responsible for running students canteens and cafeterias, for constructing and operating student housing , as well as for providing private accommodation. In terms of social services, the Studentenwerk offers universal, psychological and legal counseling services. For further information see the Studentenwerk's website

2. Administration Fee

The administration fee covers a range of general services, including enrolment, leave of absence, re-registration, deregistration, student advising, internship placement, and international student services.  The fee is regulated according to § 56 of the Hessian Higher Education Act, which can be viewed on the Rechtsgrundlagen (Legal Affairs) page. 

3. AStA (Student Council)

According to the Hessian Higher Education Act, university students form a student body which constitutes a legal entity under public law and collects contributions from its members.  The “Allgemeine Studierendenausschuss” (AStA) is the executive agency of this student body.

3.1. Semester ticket

The semester ticket allows students (with the exception of students of the International Sustainable Agriculture Master programme) the free use of buses, trams and trains in the area of the North Hessian Transport Association (NVV – “Nordhessischen Verkehrsverbundes”).  Transportation is also free on certain routes outside the NVV area (for example, to Eisenach, Paderborn, Göttingen, and Fulda).  The semester ticket can be used during the semester as well as semester breaks.  Obligation to pay the semester contribution (€ 129.73) is the result of a contractual agreement between AStA and the relevant transport associations.  Any questions in this regard should be directed to the AStA at 0561/804-2886.

Students with free travel authorization due to severe disability may be exempt from the payment of the semester ticket contribution (this must be arranged with the AStA).

Further information on the semester ticket as well as detailed information on transportation within the authorized coverage area(s) can be found on the website of the AStA or at the relevant transport associations.

3.2. Hardship Fund

The Hardship Fund serves to fund reimbursements as well as the work of the university’s hardship office. 

3.3. Bicycle Rental System

Konrad (“K[assel] on Rad“) is a bicycle rental system that was set up in cooperation with the city of Kassel, the KVG (Transport Company Kassel) and the NVV (North Hessian Transport Association). Students may use Konrad at reduced costs, including a free ride within the first 45 minutes. 

3.4. “Kulturticket” (Culture Ticket)

For further information on the “Kulturticket”, please contact the ASTA

Payment fine

Payment fines are applicable only in cases of late re-registration.  The semester fee is considered late if the payment is not made or not made in full within the registration period. The calculation of the payment fine amounting to € 30 is set by the Hessian Ministry for Science and the Arts which can be found here: Rechtsgrundlagen (Legal Affairs).

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