Heidelberg University: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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    As Germany’s oldest higher education institution, Heidelberg University first opened its gates in 1386. From just being a centre of Calvinism in the 60s, the university has progressed to become a leader in the field of engineering, medicine, life sciences, and classical & ancient history. Currently, an array of Heidelberg University courses include 58 bachelor’s, 69 master’s consecutive, 10 master’s non-consecutive, and 21 masters of education programs.

    Along with achieving a globally impressive reputation as an educational institution, the public university is also a leader amongst research-based universities in Europe. A survey conducted by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) revealed that the university is among the most popular venues for international doctoral candidates. A result of its collaboration, on research activities, with organizations like the German Cancer Research Centre.

    Heidelberg University Rankings

    • Ranked #3 in Germany, #17 in Europe, and #66 in the world by QS World University Ranking 2022.
    • Ranked #3 in Germany, #13 in Europe, and #44 in the world by Times Higher Education 2021.
    • Ranked #1 in Germany, #12 in Europe, and #47 in the world by Shanghai Ranking of World Universities 2019.

    As per other ranking agencies as well, the Heidelberg University ranks amongst the top 100 universities in the world.

    Heidelberg University Highlights

    University Type Public
    Establishment Year 1386
    Total Enrollment 31,908
    Total Funding Received (2018) 764.9 million EUR
    Number of Degree Programs (Winter 18/19) 164
    Mode of Programs Full-time; Part-time
    Total Appointed Professors 458
    International Student Percentage 18.6%
    Female Student Percentage 54.6%
    Annual Estimated Cost of Attendance (international) 14,500 EUR
    Contact International Office +49 6221 54-5454 |

    Heidelberg University Programs

    • The university comprises 12 faculties, 2 of which are medical centers. Around 180-degree programs are offered at Heidelberg University at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.
    • 14 master’s programs are offered at Heidelberg University for both continuing students(minimum 1 yr of work experience) and consecutive masters students.
    • Some of the master’s programs offered in English include Biomedical Engineering, Computational Linguistics, Economics, International Health, Molecular Biosciences, and Physics.
    • Many disciplines offered by the university are among the top-ranked subjects in the world. Some of the top-ranked subjects offered by the university include Life Sciences, Medicine, Classics & Ancient History, Biology, Pharmacology, Geography, etc.

    Heidelberg University Campus and Accommodation

    The Heidelberg student union operates 65 halls of residence. However, due to high demand for rooms, only 13% of all new students can find cheap accommodation with the student union, nearly half of which are international students. Some of the accommodation options include

    Room Rent per month
    Heidelberg (sharing)* €250-€350
    Heilbronn* €231 and €315
    Bad Mergentheim* €231 and €315
    Mannheim* €315 and €363
    Mosbach* € 180 - € 282

    Many students decide to stay in hostels before they can arrange a proper housing facility. Boarding House Heidelberg, Steffi’s Hostel, Lotte Hostel, and are some of the cheap hostels available in the city.

    The cost of living in Heidelberg is comparatively higher than cost of living in most parts of Germany, hence, international students should be financially adept before choosing to pursue an education here.

    Heidelberg University Admissions

    The academic year at Heidelberg University is divided into two semesters: Winter Semester (October 1 to March 31) and Summer Semester (April 1 to September 30)

    Application Deadlines

    • For Undergraduate Programs, applications must be submitted before July 15 (Winter) and January 15 (Summer).
    • For Masters and Research Programs, the admission application deadlines vary.
    • For Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Medicine programs, the deadline is July 15.

    Due to COVID 19 outbreak, the university has extended the upcoming winter semester deadline till August 20, 2020. The deadline extension is applicable for UG and selective PG programs whose admissions are conducted internally by the university itself.

    How to Apply?

    All applicants from non-EU/EEA countries are required to apply for admission online on the university website.

    Candidates seeking admission to courses with national restrictions (medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry) should apply through Uni-assist for document verification.

    Admission Requirements

    While there may be specific a few specific program requirements, overall admission requirements at the university are:

    • Certification: High School Official Transcripts; Undergraduate Degree Certificate (master’s applicants)
    • Tests to Study in Germany (Language Proficiency): DSH- Level 2; Goethe Certificate 2; TestDaF (TDN 4 or above); Certificate of ”telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule”
    • Supporting Documents: Motivation letter; CV; TestAS result (for select graduate-level programs)
    • Financial Statement: Bank Statement/Tax return showcasing the ability to spend 725 EUR per month
    • Health Insurance: Proof of substantial health insurance.
    • For admission to doctoral programs, prospective students must find a supervisor willing to support their research proposal.

    Inability to meet the German language requirements is a problem that can be solved by taking up language preparatory courses at the Heidelberg University, or in your own home country. The university also has an International Summer School which offers 4-week German courses at different levels.

    English Language Requirements

    Test Grade
    IELTS 6.5
    TOEFL-iBT 79
    ACT 21
    Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) 180 (CEFR level C1)
    PTE (Pearson Test of English) 53

    Visa Requirements

    To pursue any program at Heidelberg University, it is mandatory for international students (non-EU nationals) to apply for and obtain a German student visa. Documents required along with the visa application are listed below:

    • Cover letter stating the purpose and duration of your stay
    • Two recent passport-size photographs
    • Acceptance letter from the university
    • Proof of available finances ( 8,700 EUR per year) and health insurance
    • Proof of proficiency in English and German

    The German student visa application costs 75 EUR and takes around 25 days to process.

    Heidelberg University Cost of Attendance

    Heidelberg University charges its international students from non-EU/EEA countries a tuition fee of EUR 1,500 per semester for the winter semester 2020/2021.

    Expense Annual Amount in EUR
    Tuition Fee (non-EU/EEA) 1,500 x 2= 3,000
    Semester Fee 169.25 x 2= 338.50
    Health Insurance ( 90 EUR/mo) 105 x 12= 1,260
    Living Expenses ( 735 EUR/mo) 835 x 12= 10,020
    Total 14,618.50

    The table above shows the estimated cost of attendance for international students (non-EU/EEA) studying at Heidelberg University. In some special cases, candidates may apply for exemption from the tuition fee.

    Heidelberg University Scholarships & Financial Aid

    Presently, the university doesn’t offer any scholarships or financial aid programs to students. While international students will have to bear the cost of living themselves, they can apply for scholarships offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and other German organizations. Some of these scholarship programs include

    • DeutschlandStipendum: Offered to high performing international students commencing UG/PG coursework program at a German university. The scholarship is offered through the partnership of federal government and private sponsors. Recipients get an award of 330 USD per month
    • German Chancellor Fellowship: 50 scholarships worth 2170 EUR, 2470 EUR, and 2770 EUR are awarded to students from India, Brazil, the USA, China, and Russia.
    • KAAD Scholarship: Awarded to students from Africa, Asia, Middle East or Latin America, commencing PG studies at German University. Recipients are awarded a substantial tuition fee waiver amount that varies every year.

    Apart from these, the institution recommends international students to seek scholarships by the organizations in their own countries.

    Heidelberg University Placements

    University allows students to practice more practically so that students can learn and develop their skills. The university provides Students with networks, and others will guide Students for their placements.

    Some of the highest paying degrees at Heidelberg University are:

    Degree Average Salary (in EUR)
    Masters in Finance 95,000
    Masters in Science 94,000
    Bachelor of Arts 90,000
    Doctorate 71,000

    As per THE World University Rankings 2019, Heidelberg University was placed at #45 globally and #4 in Germany. The university graduates (both domestic and international) can earn an annual salary between 50,000 EUR to 100,000 EUR. Furthermore, few top employers in the area like Heidelberg Cement, SAP, ABB Ltd. offer generous annual packages worth even 120,000 EUR.

    Important Dates

    ProgramApplication DeadlineFees
    M.Sc Computer Engineering
    winter (15th Jul 2020)
    summer (15th Jan 2020)
    $382 /Yr
    M.Sc Economics
    winter (15th Jul 2020)
    $382 /Yr
    B.Sc Applied Computer Science
    winter (15th Jul 2020)
    $382 /Yr
    B.Sc Economics
    winter (15th Jul 2020)
    $382 /Yr

    Master of Science [M.Sc] Computer Engineering

    2 years
    On Campus
    Full Time
    USD 382/Yr
    Application Deadline: 15 Jul, 2020
    USD 382/Yr
    Application Deadline: 15 Jul, 2020

    Master of Science [M.Sc] Economics

    2 years
    On Campus
    Full Time
    USD 382/Yr
    Application Deadline: 15 Jul, 2020

    Master of Education [M.Ed] Chinese Studies

    2 years
    On Campus
    Full Time
    USD 382/Yr
    Application Deadline: 15 Jul, 2020

    Bachelor of Science [B.Sc] Economics

    3 years
    On Campus
    Full Time
    USD 382/Yr
    Application Deadline: 15 Jul, 2020


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    9.2 /10

    World university ranking and the rich infrastructure are my only reasons for which I got attracted and opted for this university. One of my cousins also graduated from this university and now is doing great and earning a handsome amount. I have applied online through the official website of the university. No application fee was charged.

    Fees :

    Annually I have to pay € 3000 as the tuition fee, € 300 as the tuition fee, and € 1100 as the health insurance fee. All in all, it came to be around € 3500 in total for a year. I think the amount is having the worth here at this university.

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    8 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    9 /10 extracurricular
    8.5 /10

    Studying at one of the renowned and well-established university has always been my aim. So I applied to various universities in Germany. And luckily I was selected in two to three of them. Then after a research work, I selected Heidelberg University to pursue my further studies.

    Fees :

    Per semester I pay 171.75 € for my course.

    9 /10 academic/food
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    6 /10 extracurricular

    Heidelberg University comparison

    Heidelberg UniversityLudwig Maximilian University of Munich
    collegedunia score5.7 Out of 106.2 Out of 10
    ranking (overall)# 42 Times Higher Education 2022
    # 42 Times Higher Education 2021
    # 54 US News 2021
    # 32 Times Higher Education 2022
    # 64 QS World University 2022
    # 32 Times Higher Education 2021
    subject strength# 42 for Sports Sciences by Times Higher Education 2022
    # 42 for Psychology by Times Higher Education 2022
    # 42 for Mathematics by Times Higher Education 2022
    # 32 for Performing Arts by Times Higher Education 2022
    # 32 for Media Studies by Times Higher Education 2022
    # 32 for Business by Times Higher Education 2022
    programsUG Programs -37
    PG Programs -59
    UG Programs -49
    PG Programs -22
    exam scoreGRE - 320
    TOEFL - 105
    IELTS - 7.5
    GRE - 330
    GMAT - 700
    IELTS - 8
    TOEFL - 110
    cost to studyAverage Tuition Fees   USD 382
    [For UG Program]
    Average Tuition Fees   USD 382
    [For PG Program]
    Hostel + Meal - USD 22375 Per Year
    Average Tuition Fees   USD 287
    [For UG Program]
    Average Tuition Fees   USD 287
    [For PG Program]
    Hostel + Meal - USD 12920 Per Year
    placement (average package)

    Graduate Employability Rankings (THE- 2019)- #45; Average salary 62,000 EUR; Top recruiters- Heidelberg Cement, SAP, ABB Ltd., etc.; Highest paid degrees include: Masters (163,000 USD), Masters in Finance (114,000 USD), Masters in Science (112,000 USD), Bachelor of Arts (108,000 USD), Doctorate (78,000 USD), etc.

    Graduate Employability rankings: #121-130.
    Masters in Management: $180,000
    PhD: $130,000
    Masters (others): $101,000
    MA: $91,000

    application requirements

    German language proficiency (DSH); English language proficiency (for programs taught in English); higher-education entrance qualification equivalent to German qualification; assessment test (if the higher education qualification does not meet the German equivalency); Professional experience; other subject-specific requirements; Academic transcripts; writing statement; Additional documents (motivational letter, CV, language certificates, etc.)

    German language proficiency is required for most UG program and some PG programs, aptitude tests are conducted for various advanced courses

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    Heidelberg University Admissions

    Winter Deadline Deadlines

    June 15

    Application deadline

    Summer Deadline Deadlines

    November 15

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    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $382 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $382 / Year
    On Campus
    Private Apartment, furnished
    $7,978 / Year
    Apartment shared by 2, furnished
    $5,700 / Year
    Apartment shared by 3, furnished
    $8,697 / Year


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    Grabengasse 1, 69117 Heidelberg

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    Helipark 20.22 km
    Helipark0.23 km
    Hubschrauberlandeplatz0.26 km
    Heliport0.26 km
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    Shopping Mall

    Mathematikon B0.39 km
    FlixBus Bus Stop1.46 km
    GALERIA Karstadt Kaufhof1.97 km
    OTOPARK2.01 km
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    Train Station

    Heidelberg Central Station1.73 km
    Heidelberg Hauptbahnhof1.74 km
    Heidelberg1.74 km
    S-Pfaffengrund/Wieblingen2.24 km
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    Bus Station

    Kopfklinik0.35 km
    Kopfklinik0.35 km
    Technologiepark0.38 km
    Technologiepark0.44 km
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    Book Store

    ACADEMIA-PRESS/STUDENTEN-PRESSE Internationale Presseauslieferungs GmbH1.41 km
    Schreibwaren Hofmann1.52 km
    Schmitt & Hahn Buch und Presse1.71 km
    Thomas Rabe1.82 km
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    Super Market

    Kaufland Heidelberg-Weststadt1.80 km
    Scheck-in Center1.90 km
    denn's Biomarkt2.01 km
    dm-drogerie markt2.03 km
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