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Semester and Semester Fee


Lecture Period and Lecture-Free Period

The academic year starts in October and consists of two semesters. Each semester includes a lecture period and a lecture-free period. Courses take place during lecture period, exams are usually held during lecture-free period.

Winter Semester
Summer Semester
Semester 1 October to 31 March 1 April to 30 September
Lecture Period early/mid-October to early/mid-February early/mid-April to mid-July
Lecture-Free Period
early/mid-February to 31 March mid-July to 30 September 
Christmas/Whitsun Break Christmas to early January long weekend around pentecost
For information on the current semester dates and lecture period as well as important dates check Deadlines and General Dates.
Please note that the academic calendar does not include exam periods. Exam periods are scheduled by the respective school or department and may vary. For further information on exam dates contact your examination office.

Semester Fee

International Students are currently not charged tuiton. A semester fee of approx. EUR 260 has to be paid before in-person registration and before each semester of study as part of re-registration.

International degree as well as Erasmus, exchange and short-term students pay the semester fee for their first semester in cash at the cashier's office. The semester fee for the second semester is to be paid by bank transfer. Payment notices for the upcoming semester are sent to your student mail account at the end of lecture period.

 Semester Ticket

Students of the University of Siegen receive their student ID and the semester ticket after their in-person registration. The costs for the semester ticket are included in the semester fee.

The City of Siegen offers a one-time refund for the costs of the semester ticket to students who register their main residence in Siegen. Please refer to the AStA for further information.

The semester ticket is valid for one semester. Once you re-register for the following semester by paying the semester fee, you receive a new semester ticket.

First semester students or freshmen, who are about to start their studies in Siegen, may use the ticket one month before semester start.

During the semester the semester ticket can be used in Siegen and in the entire federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia for city buses and regional buses, lightrail and suburban trains as well as underground trains, regional trains (RB) and regional express trains (RE). Long-distance buses, InterCity trains (IC) and InterCityExpress trains (ICE) are not included. On the AStA website you will find further information on the area of validity.

Please note that the semester ticket is only valid upon presentation of an identity card or passport and student ID! The ticket must also not be laminated.