Costs and Financing

Before commencing a degree at the German Sport University, all applicants must ensure and be able to prove that they have sufficient funds to cover the costs of the whole degree course. Currently non-EU full-time students have to provide proof of € 11,200 annually on their blocked bank account.

Proof of financial means

If you want to apply for a degree at the German Sport University, you have to attest that you have sufficient financial means to pay for your studies.

Semester fee

The semester fee (approx. € 330 per semester) must be paid by all students, it is part of the enrollment process. The amount contributes to the cost of the facilities provided by the Studentenwerk (student’s union) and the AStA (general students’ council). The Studentenwerk is responsible for the provision and organization of student accommodation and catering, childcare facilities and social and legal advice. The general student’s council represents the students’ interests. The NRW travel ticket (free travel on municipal transport in Cologne and the surrounding area) is also included in the semester fee. For the current payment information, please click here.

Semester dates


                                                                Summer semester 2023                                Winter semester 2023/2024

Beginn and end of the semester

01.04.2023 - 30.09.2023

01.10.2023 - 31.03.2024

Lecture period

03.04.2023 - 14.07.2023

09.10.2023 - 02.02.2024

Freshmen reception  

to be announced                                   

to be announced


07.04.2023 (Good Friday)

10.04.2023 (Easter Monday)

01.05.2023 (May Bank Holiday)

18.05.2023 (Ascension Day)

29.05.2023 (Whitsun Monday)

30.05.-03.06.2023 (Whitsun Holidays)

08.06.2023 (Corpus Christi)


01.11.2023 (All Saint´s Day)

23.12.2023 - 06.01.2024
(Christmas holidays)

Living costs

Every three years, the German student services organization analyses the economic and social situation of students. The results are published together with the cost of living which varies greatly from federal state to federal state. At present, the average living costs for students at the GSU including rent amount to approximately € 870 per month. 

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Living in Cologne

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