Fees & insurances  


No tuition fees 

In Berlin all university tuition fees are covered by the state. Therefore, Master’s students of the Berlin School of Mind and Brain do not pay tuition fees.

Administrative fees 

There are no tuition fees payable for this program. However, at the beginning of each semester (summer semester: April–September, winter semester: October–March) the university matriculation fee will have to be paid to Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Matriculation fees for Master’s students are currently (winter semester 2018/2019) set at 314.39 Euro for each semester (six months) consisting of: an administrative fee (50.00 Euro), contributions to the student union and student facilities (8.50 + 54.09 Euro) and the public transport travel pass for Berlin and Potsdam (201.80 Euro - the latter is obligatory for Bachelor’s and Master's students) (up-to-date prices can be found here: https://www.hu-berlin.de/de/studium/bewerbung/imma/semesterbeitrage).

Health insurance

Please see section Health insurance (internal link)

Private liability insurance (Privathaftpflichtversicherung)

It is highly recommended that students and visiting researchers take out a personal liability insurance.

The website “How to Germany” writes: “The most important and yet the least expensive insurance cover you will need in Germany is private liability insurance (Privathaftpflichtversicherung). It will provide cover to you or to any insured member of your family in the event that you commit an act for which a German court would consider you ordinarily negligent. Ordinary negligence could be a simple matter of damaging someone else’s property, for instance knocking over a vase while visiting a friend or in a shop, or causing an accident as a pedestrian by not crossing at the zebra crossing, causing bodily injury whilst engaging in sports activities.”

Third-party private liability insurance costs only around 38–50 euro per year, i.e. 3–4 euro per month. The cost of one mensa meal per month could save you literally millions of euros.

Read more about this and all other insurance on “How to Germany”: www.howtogermany.com/pages/insurance.html

Living expenses

Berlin is very popular, and as a result prices are rising and housing has become much more costly and hard to come by over the past few years. Master’s students should calculate at least 1,000 Euro per month for housing, subsistence, the university's administrative fees (once a semester; they include public transport, see above), and insurances.

This page last updated on: 07 January 2019

Master’s program coordinator

Dr Dirk Mende
mb-education-please remove this text-@hu-berlin.de
Tel. +49 30 2093-1792

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Berlin School of Mind and Brain
10099 Berlin