Program Costs & Expenses
The BW-Germany Exchange is a reciprocal exchange program. You will pay your home university tuition and fees (as well as Study Abroad Fee if applicable) and then trade places with a student from Baden-Württemberg.
There is a one time $650 BW-Germany Exchange program fee. Once you are accepted, we will send a bill to your home address.
When arriving in Germany, Connecticut students must pay a student registration fee which is approximately €75 per semester.
Health insurance is mandatory for all student participants. The German health insurance costs approximately €75 per month. Students in the past have used AOK (Allgemeine Ortskrankenkasse), which is one of Germany’s biggest and most reliable insurance companies.
If you are over the age of 30, please look into this option: www.auslandsversicherung.de. AOK does NOT provide health insurance for students over 30.
Note: Your German health insurance will only go into effect at the start of the semester: October 1st for fall semester, or April 1st if you are participating during your spring semester.
Room and Board
Each student assumes financial responsibility for his or her rent and personal expenses while studying abroad. As a Baden-Württemberg participant, you will live in a student dormitory. Your dorm room reservation will be made by the International Office of your host university. German dorms have only single occupancy rooms and are equipped with shared kitchen facilities. There is usually a mixture of German and other international students. The cost of dorm rooms varies depending on size, age and location. The average cost of a dorm room is €275 per month.
There are no meal plans. Inexpensive meals are available at university cafeterias. Students tend to prepare their own meals in their dormitory kitchens as well as enjoy the local cuisine in a restaurant or café.
Most students report they can live quite well within a budget of €780 per month. This includes rent, health insurance, food, transportation, books and travel. Spending money varies from student to student.
Most students purchase a Student Semester Ticket to commute throughout their city. Some prefer to purchase a bicycle.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Unlike many study abroad programs, the BW-Germany Exchange is affordable due to available financial aid and BW-Scholarships.
Most forms of financial aid for which you are eligible at your home university can be applied to the BW-Germany Exchange. This means that if you already qualify for student loans or grants, or receive a scholarship, you can likely keep these awards for the year you spend at your German university. Check with your university’s financial aid office for specific details.
In addition, the Parliament of Baden-Württemberg offers scholarships available for most Connecticut students. Please check your university’s application to see if you are eligible. The maximum scholarship is €400 per month for ten months. Scholarships range from €2,000 to €4,000 for participants who commit to a full year of study and half that amount for those going abroad for one semester.