What is student and campus life like in Heidelberg?
Heidelberg is THE quintessential German university city. Heidelberg is home to the oldest University in Germany and to some of the most advanced medical and scientific research communities in the world. (i.e. The German National Cancer Research Center and the Max Planck Institutes for Astronomie, Nuclear Physics, and International and Comparative Public Law.)
Heidelberg is a picturesque German city nestled along the Neckar river and boasts an extensive Old Town, with its famous Castle ruins tower over the city from the forested hillside. Heidelberg’s romantic cobblestone alleys and streets have all the European charm of small German towns, yet its large international and student population make it a lively city. The city itself is a wonderful representation of modern Germany; a fusion of rich culture u0026 history alongside cutting-edge technolgies, engineering, and modern high-tech industries.
Heidelberg borders the Rhine valley plains and the Odenwald (Oden Forest). It is surrunded by rolling hills, mountains, and forest in one direction- and sunflower fields and farmland to the other. Heidelberg is nestled located in the Rhine Neckar region of Germany which is one of the most economically prosperous areas in all of Germany; Frankfurt to the North, Stuttgart to the South. It is also one of the richest wine regions in Europe (primarily Rieslings).
Here in Heidelberg more than six hundred years of academic tradition underpin the latest ideas and innovations. Nowhere is education taken more seriously, or pursued in such charming and idyllic surroundings.
The SIU Heidelberg campus is situated in the Skylabs building, which is the landmark structure of the new high-tech neighborhood development named the Bahnstadt and is just a short walk from Heidelberg Hbf.
The campus is conveniently located near Heidelberg’s main train station and is only minutes from the Old Town and main shopping districts. Cinemas, theaters, groceries, cafes, and restaurants are all within easy walking/cycling distance and also reached with Heidelberg’s vast public transportation network. The Heidelberg campus also provides a useful base for activities and other international travels.
School activities are often organized by our Student Council and include trips to other cities and countries!
What are the student housing options?
We are proud to be able to offer both On- and Off- Campus housing options to our students!
On campus apartments are fully furnished newly built apartments and range from €625-680 per month. Each apartment is a single studio apartment, meaning you have your own private shower/bath, kitchen area, and a living/sleeping area. (see attached photos for examples).
Off campus housing assistance is offered through our student services office. Off campus accomodations will obviously vary depending on your accommodations, size, location etc. A typical WG (shared apartment) should run between €300-450 per month, whereas a private apartment €500+. .
Schiller has 2- 4 bedroom apartments that we rent to students as shared apartment accomodations as well.
Our students live in a combination of on-campus and off campus. (Almost 50% of our Undergraduate students live either on campus in our dorms, or in one the adjacent buildings). The neighborhood our campus is located in (Bahnstadt) has thousands of newly completed apartments to fuel the constant housing shortage in Heidelberg. Our dorms are located in the Campus Viva and adjacent buildings, next door to our Skylabs campus.
What are the start dates and application deadlines?
We are on a monthly intake system, with classes starting at the beginning of every month. With this system it is possible to begin your studies at the start at any month.
Important: Students needing Visas to study in Germany however need to apply at least 6 months in advance.
See our Academic Calendar for a list of the next upcoming start dates.
What are the tuition fees?
Undergraduate Fees including student cultural activity fee AND textbooks
No. of Courses Cost (Euros) Duration
1 course € 1,458 1 month/3 credits
4 courses € 5,832 1 academic session/12 credits
10 courses € 14,580 Average academic year
20 courses € 29,160 Full Associate Degree (2 years)
40 courses € 58,320 Full Bachelor Degree (3-4 years)
*Tuition per credit hour= €472.66, Student Activity Fee= €40/ Month
Graduate Fees including student cultural activity fee AND textbooks
No. of Courses Cost (Euros) Duration
1 course € 1,814 1 month/3 credits
4 courses € 7,256 1 academic session/12 credits
10 courses € 18,140 Average academic year
12 courses €21,768 Full MA/MIM/MBA Degree/ 36 credits
15 courses €27,210 Full MBA IB/ MBA MIT Degree/ 45 credits
*Tuition per credit hour= €591.33, Student Activity Fee= €40/ Month
All tuition and fees are due and payable before arrival in country or on campus, unless other arrangements have been made and specifically approved in writing by the President or Chief Financial Officer of Schiller International University. International tuition and fees are non-refundable.
Application fee- €50
Schiller International University reserves the right to change its tuition and fees at any time with a 30-day notice
How do I apply and what documents are required for my admission/application?
A complete Application File to SIU Heidelberg consists of:
Correctly completed and signed Application and Enrollment Forms, (with accurate start and expected graduation dates) sent to our Heidelberg admissions either through the online application or via post.
Official transcripts in English, sent directly, by courier or by post, in a sealed envelope, from your academic institution(s) to the SIU Heidelberg Campus, and/or certified copies of all diplomas.
(Minimum HS diploma or expected HS graduation equivalent required for Bachelor admission consideration. A University Bachelor degree is required for our Master degree programs.)
Students from non-US recognized schools will need…
– their transcripts/qualifications evaluated to determine their equivalency.
– 2 passport size photos
– Photocopy of a valid passport (photo page)
– For all non native English Speakers, TOEFL (80 Undergraduate, 89 Graduate) or IELTS (6 or higher for Undergraduate programs and 6.5 for Graduate) scores proving sufficient English proficiency Personal Statement/ Motivational Letter
– Non Refundable €50 Euros Application Fee (found on payment page of application)
Do I need a visa, what documents do I need and what is the Visa process like?
Do I need a visa?
All students not holding a valid European passport or from the following countries must apply for a Student Visa from their country of residence.
Exempt countries who do not need student visas and may simply apply for their student residence permits upon their arrival and within Germany include: USA, Australia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Israel, South Korea, Andorra, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Monaco, and San Marino.
Students needing Visas to study in Germany however need to apply for admission at least 6 months in advance. Students not requiring Visas may apply with shorter notice due to our monthly intake system
What documents do I need?
Once a complete Admission Application is submitted and successful decision awarded, all students needing Student Visas for Germany will be required to pay their entire first semester tuition/fees as a deposit.
Once their tuition deposit is paid, students will be issued their Acceptance Offer Letters and confirmation invoice. With these documents students can begin the process of applying for a Student Visa at a German Embassy in the country of their residence. You will also at this point need to initiate the opening of a Blocked Bank Account with the assistance of the German embassy (€8,640 must then be deposited into this account for 12 months of living expenses). You will then arrange for a Visa appointment/interview before a decision is made and Visa is issued.