Financing your stay

Students at the University of Kassel are required to pay the semester fees; they comprise charges for administrative work, the Student Services organisation, the semester ticket for public transport and the General Students' Committee ("AStA"). These fees have to be paid when you enrol. More information can be found here.

For international students in the final phase of their study programme, the University of Kassel offers a limited number of so-called Final Exam Scholarships: STIBET Fi­nal Exam Schol­ar­ships for In­ter­na­tional Stu­dents

There are also other living costs to take into consideration, such as rent, food, health insurance, books etc, which, depending on your flat and personal needs, can vary between EUR 600 and EUR 1,000 per month. For more information, see the section on the Studierendenwerk's website.

In this section of our website, we give you an overview of the steps that you need to take to organise a successful PhD project. This covers everything – from establishing initial contact with the university to your departure after successfully completing your dissertation.

Application for a PhD and supervision

Please visit the website of the Graduate Academy for details of the application procedure and academic aspects.

Further information on:

  • registering as a student

Advice on funding (scholarships)

The Department for Internationalisation and International Cooperation advises applicants in all matters related to finding funding possibilities and applying for scholarships for their PhD studies at the University of Kassel.

Further information on:

The question of funding has to be settled before any PhD research project can be launched. It is an important factor and should be considered carefully. The following options are available at the University of Kassel:


  • A contract of employment with the University of Kassel
  • Promotion of young researchers at the University
  • A research scholarship from an external institution
  • Other options