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TU Munich is no longer free for Non-EU Students. Is it the only university increasing the fees?

Tuition Fees Return for Non-EU Students at TUM

September 7, 2023

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is bringing back tuition fees for non-European Union (EU) students. Starting in the winter semester of 2024/2025, non-EU students will have to pay fees ranging from 2,000 to 3,000 euros per semester for bachelor's programs and 4,000 to 6,000 euros per semester for master's programs. This means annual costs of 4,000 to 12,000 euros. [src]

TUM's decision follows a change in the law, allowing Bavarian universities to charge fees to non-EU students. Currently, TUM is the only one planning to do this, with one other university, the Technical University of Deggendorf, considering similar fees.

TUM's President, Thomas Hofmann, says the fees are necessary to improve teaching quality and compete internationally. He expects the fees to generate millions of euros annually, which will be spent solely on education.

Hofmann also notes that TUM's fees are lower compared to many other countries. Scholarships, up to 20% of students, will be available to those facing financial difficulties. Academic performance may also play a role in scholarship awards.

Despite these arguments, the Student Representation opposes the fees, believing that education should be accessible to all, regardless of financial background.

While TUM is taking this step, other Munich universities are watching closely. The Ludwig Maximilian University has no plans for fees, and Bavarian universities are still discussing the matter.

President Hofmann acknowledges concerns about TUM being the first to introduce fees in Bavaria. However, he believes that investing in teaching quality is essential for the university's future. As TUM moves forward with this change, it will shape how education is funded for non-EU students.

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