What are the tuition fees?
Studies at DEKRA | Hochschule für Medien are privately funded. You can apply for BAföG or a study- or educational loan from KfW Förderbank starting with your first semester.
Study fees for the B.A. programmes for the standard period of study are as follows:
- Film and Television B.A. (English): 26 800.00 € - or approx. 788.00 € per month in 34 monthly instalments
- Film and Television B.A. (German): 23 800.00 € – or 700.00 € per month in 34 monthly instalments
- Communication Management B.A.: 22 100.00 € – or 650.00 € per month in 34 monthly instalments
- Journalism and PR B.A.: 22 950.00 € – or 675.00 € per month in 34 monthly instalments
As a new student, if you want to lower your monthly tuition fees to about 500.00 €*, you now have the option of making lower monthly payments over a period of 46 months. This will allow for more freedom during your time of study and you should easily manage your payments during the fourth year. If you have any questions about financing, please do not hesitate to contact our student advisory service at: +40 30 290080 233.
* exact amount depends on the chosen programme
Tuition fees include:
- Enrollment and exam fees
- Free public transport "BVG Semesterticket" (for Berlin zones ABC, including free bicycle transport)
- Technical consumables, lecture notes and copies
- The use of photo- and film equipment at the study location
- Personal laptop for lectures *
We will be happy to advise you, should you have any queries about the financing of your studies.
What are the financing options?
At DEKRA | Hochschule für Medien in Berlin students can choose from different financing options. In addition to the well-known BAföG subsidy and the credit-options from KfW Förderbank, the online platform, Strival, is a also good alternative. More information about study financing is available also from the Deutsches Studentenwerk (DSW).
The Deutsches Studentenwerk (DSW) provides detailed information about all important areas of financing your studies. This includes general tuition costs, parent support, BAföG, scholarships, loans/credit, part-time jobs, etc.
Strival is an alternative to study loans and functions like a crowd-funding campaign. You can apply for funding on the Strival online platform and the Strival team will look for possible funders. These could include companies, funding agencies (e.g. foundations or funding associations) or private individuals. If there are financing commitments, the required funds will be paid out monthly starting from the beginning of your studies. Because companies sometimes act as funders, you might have the option of an internship or some form of collaboration for your final thesis.
Which scholarships can you apply for?
There are many scholarships available from the Department of Education, from foundations and religious organisations and also from economic players. Anyone can apply, although your social involvement and /or economic situation are very important. Your academic results hardly ever play the most important role.
The following list contains an overview of the larger support funds and foundations. If you intend to apply for one of these scholarships, we offer an application overview service. To make use of this, please schedule an appointment with Anna Marta Potocka, tel. 030 290080220. Or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Stiftung Begabtenförderung berufliche Bildung (Foundation for the assistance of gifted persons in vocational training)
- Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German Academic Scholarship Foundation)
- Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (The Green Political Foundation)
- Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (Konrad Adenauer Foundation)
- Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung (Hanns-Seidel Foundation)
- Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (Friedrich-Ebert Foundation)
- Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung (Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom)
- Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (Rosa Luxemburg Foundation)
Other large scholarship providers
- Hans-Böckler-Stiftung (Hans Böckler Foundation)
- Studienfonds OWL (OWL Study Fond - Social scholarship)
- Horizont Stiftung (Horizont Foundation - study financing in the areas of marketing and media)
- Studienstiftung der Süddeutschen Zeitung (Study Foundation of the Süddeutsche Zeitung/ newspaper)
- Absolventa – demokratisches Stipendium (democratic scholarship)
- Otto-Benecke-Stiftung (Otto Benecke Foundation - international female applicants)
- Reemtsma Begabtenförderwerk (sponsor for gifted persons)
- Fazit Stiftung (Fazit Foundation)
More information about financing your studies
Aside from the classical options such as BAföG or a scholarship, there are some other options which can help you finance your studies.
Part-time work during your studies
Which job-types are available? How can I insure myself? Are there special BAföG or internship regulations?
In the portal studis-online.de you can find out which other financing options are available in addition to BAföG. And there are tips for your income tax return as well.
Online platform "studieren.de"
In the studieren.de portal you will be introduced to the most important types of financial aid, like BAföG and KfW study loans. Here you will also find advice on more ways to improve your student budget.
Since 1 January 2012 the tax office has regarded up to 6 000 € per year of your first-degree course fees as special expenses. This provision can be found in §10 (1) no. 7 of the Income Tax Act. For further education or a second degree you can usually claim your complete education expenses (tuition fees, travel expenses) as advertising costs.
The Tax Simplification Act of 2011 contains another interesting point for the parents of many students. As of 2012 the following applies: until their first vocational training has been completed it is not necessary to prove that your child works less than 20 hours a week. Therefore, the previous income limit of 8,004 € that applied to child benefits (Kindergeld), no longer applies.
However, taxation details depend on individual income situations. Advice from a tax consultant will be beneficial.
European research platform
"Europe is becoming one", yet the individual financial and social systems are still very different. The Monetos portal provides easy-to-understand "cross-national" information in several languages about topics such as old-age pension, insurance and investment. The group behind this initiative consists of young researchers from several different European Union countries.
You can find objective information and consumer tips for all kinds of money matters – from car hire to credit cards or study financing – at www.monetos.de. For foreigners planning a long-term stay in Germany, Great Britain or Italy, there are not only interesting facts about the bureaucracy in those countries, but also many practical tips on opening a bank account, finding accommodation or health care.
Spotlight on study loans
The current CHE Study Credit Test of 2011 provides a detailed analysis of study loans. 33 loan providers were investigated. Questions such as: "Which student loan allows me to stay abroad?" "Which loan has the lowest interest rate?" "Can I adjust the pay-out amount during my studies?" are all answered.