Tuition fees for the Neuroscience Program are covered to a great extent by the German government, with the exception of a nominal fee of approximately 180 and 250 Euros per semester, depending on the type of scholarship a student receives. The semester fee includes the so-called Semesterticket, which entitles you to use local trains (Nahverkehrszüge) within the federal states of Lower Saxony and Bremen for free.
Living costs (including accommodation in a student dormitory and health insurance) in Göttingen are approximately 750-800 Euros per month for a single person.
Single rooms are available in student dormitories administered by the Studentenwerk Göttingen. The monthly rent starts at approximately 150-200 Euros including fast internet connection and utitilies. The Neuroscience Office will, upon request, assist in reserving a dormitory room. Off-campus housing (mostly private) is usually more expensive, but offers a wider range of options. Assistance in finding off-campus housing is offered by the International Office of the University and the Studentenwerk Göttingen.
German health insurance is obligatory for all students who are not citizens of the European Union. Special student insurance is available at low rates to all Master's students under 30 years of age. This insurance covers the costs of normal medical treatment (including dental care) in Germany. The monthly payment is currently approx. 80 Euros.
Throughout the first year, the Neuroscience Program covers the costs for private liability insurance for all students.
Financial Aid / Scholarships
First Year (MSc studies)
The program supports every student with an IMPRS stipend of 800 Euros/month throughout the first year unless he or she receives a full scholarship from other sources (e.g. government, home university, DAAD, companies, etc.).
Every student is required to declare all stipends, fellowships, grants etc. she/he receives from other sources to the Neuroscience Office.
Students may apply for a loan of up to 250 Euros/month. The loan (no interest rate) is paid back by the student within 12 months upon entering the PhD phase of the Neuroscience Program.
Subsequent Years (PhD studies)
Students who qualify for a three-year doctoral project in one of the participating research groups after the first year receive funding of approximately 1,300-1,500 Euros per month from one of a variety of sources, including individual fellowships, research grants, corporate and foundation funds, or university and departmental funds. For students working on a Master's thesis, a limited number of projects funded by the respective departments is available.