Advisors for international students (International Office)

Katja Kaboth-Larsen

+49 (0)441 798-4783

Christine Trappe


Office hours

Availability by phone
Mondays: 9 -12 a.m. and 14-15.30 p.m. 
Thursdays: 14 p.m.-15.30 p.m.

Online office hours
Tuesdays: 9.30 a.m.–10.30 a.m. in our virtual meeting room (BigBlueButton)

Office hours in presence
Tuesdays: 14.00 p.m.-16.30 p.m. (SSC)
Thursdays: 10.00 a.m.-12.30 p.m. (SSC)


For enrolled students we offer a community forum in Stud.IP (IO.003 International Students)

Finances: Tuition, costs and scholarships

Tuition fees

The University of Oldenburg is a state financed institution, and most courses of study do not require tuition fees. However, all students do have to pay a semester contribution (semester fee), among other things for the semester ticket.
Information on tuition and semester contribution

Studies in Oldenburg – How much is it?

You should expect to spend about EUR 1000 per month for accommodation, health insurance, and food.

Estimated monthly expenses:

  • Accommodation: EUR 200 to 450
  • Health insurance: approx. EUR 120
  • Food: EUR 250 to 350
  • "Rundfunkbeitrag": monthly amount of EUR 18.36 per flat (can be splitted between flatmates)
  • Miscellaneous expenses (e.g. leisure, books, materials, etc.)

Other expenses:

  • Application fee uni-assist e.V.: EUR 75
  • DSH language exam: EUR 80
  • Semester contribution/ semester fees (including semester ticket): EUR 399.82
  • Residence permit for students from non-EU countries: EUR 110
  • Trips for international students: EUR 60 to 80 per weekend-trip


International students can apply externally to foundations and organisations for scholarships.

DAAD scholarship database

Within the University, the International Office offers the following opportunities:

Our Servicepoint Scholarships provides information on funding opportunities for Oldenburg students. Further funding programmes offered by the University of Oldenburg that are suitable for international students:

Financial emergencies

Various circumstances can lead to a difficult financial situation. This can greatly affect the academic success of international students and doctoral candidates.

Interest-free loans

The Student Council (AStA) can grant an interest-free loan of up to EUR 1,000 to bridge financial bottlenecks. Please contact the AStA by e-mail at  and state your request and a telephone number.

The Studienstarthilfe (Studentenwerk Oldenburg Studienstarthilfe) is a one-time interest-free loan of up to 500 euros. Its aim is to enable prospective students to take up their studies. The loan is intended in particular to help prospective students from basic income households to finance the enrollment fee.

The Nothilfefonds of the Studentenwerk Oldenburg (Studentenwerk Oldenburg - Nothilfefonds ( supports students in bridging an acute financial emergency situation when other funding or assistance is not effective. A loan from the emergency fund is intended to give students the opportunity to continue their studies.

Financial aid

The International Office can provide a one-off grant in urgent financial emergency situations. Please contact with your request and a telephone number.

The Protestant Student Congregation (ESG) ant the Catholic University Congregation (KHG) can also make one-off payments in justified cases. Please use the consultation offer of the respective institution.

BAFöG for non-German students

BAföG is the state support for education in Germany. In many cases, non-German students are also entitled to it. The law links the entitlement to BAföG, among other things, to the nationality and, in particular, the residence status of the student. Detailed information and advice is available from the Studentenwerk Oldenburg:

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