Financing Your Studies

Programme Costs

As a professional degree the MA Human Rights has to fund itself through tuition fees. These amount to 4,900 € for the entire degree. Students are also obliged to pay the general student union fee, including a basic public transportation ticket, of currently 116 € per semester.

Average Living Costs at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

As a student in Erlangen or Nuremberg, your average cost of living will be around 850 EUR per month. Here is a breakdown of costs:

Rent: 250-500 EUR/month
Health insurance: 80-150 EUR/month
Transport: minimum 65 EUR/semester (c.11 EUR/month)
Food: approx. 200 EUR/month
Study materials: approx. 50-100 EUR/month

For more information, visit the webpages of the university or of the Studentenwerk (student union, only in German).

Student Jobs

The M.A. Human Rights programme would allow you to seek part-time employment to contribute to your living costs. Normally, our students have mini-jobs at the university, in local restaurants and bars, shops, offices or in other places. Depending on your previous qualification you may also be able to find other employment opportunities in the Erlangen-Nürnberg region. However, you need to make sure that your visa allows you to work. Please check this with the German Embassy in your country.
For more information, visit homepage of the university or the Stellenwerk.

Scholarships and Student Loans

At this university homepage you find general information on scholarships.

There are opportunities for funding for students with excellent marks through the FAU Germany Scholarship (Deutschlandstipendium). One to two of these scholarships are often reserved for students in the MA Human Rights programme. The deadline for applications is usually in mid-July. New students can only apply if they have been admitted before that, which is only possible if an application is submitted in full before the end of April.

Scholarships can also be found at the German Academic Exchange Service’s (DAAD). There, you will find an exhaustive database full with different offers for funding – please mind that you will have to find your way through the offers on your own and will have to apply with every organization/foundation separately.

Additional information on schorlarships can be found at these homepages: (German)

Regarding student loans, please check these two websites for additional information: