Tuition fees 

In Berlin all university tuition fees are covered by the state. Therefore, doctoral candidates of the the Berlin School of Mind and Brain do not pay tuition fees for their doctorate.

Administrative fees 

There are no tuition fees payable for this program. However, at the beginning of each semester (summer semester: April–September, winter semester: October–March) the university fee will have to be paid to Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, to Freie Universität Berlin, to Charité - University Medicine Berlin, or whereever you will be matriculated for the duration of you doctorate.

The university fee for doctoral candidates currently come to 58.50 euro per semester (= six months) consisting of the university’s administrative fee (50.00 euro) and student union fee (9.75 euro). You may also buy a Semesterticket (public transport student travel pass) for Berlin and Potsdam (see below).


The optional Semesterticket (public transport travel pass for students, covering the whole of Berlin and Potsdam, valid for the entire semester = six months) costs 201.80 Euro per semester. 

Living expenses

Generally, Berlin is not a particularly expensive city. However, Berlin is still very popular, prices are rising and housing has become much more costly and hard to come by over the past few years. 

Monthly living expenses (housing, food, administrative fees, insurances, public transport, etc.) should be calculated at at least 1,000 Euro per month.

This page last updated on: 19 April 2023