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College Fee

The comprehensive fee is 15,000 Euros for one academic year (subject to change every year). The fee covers the following items:

  • Tuition
  • Housing (all students can stay on campus between terms during the academic year, BA students all year round)
  • Board (during academic terms for all students)
  • Health insurance for all students who do not yet have German/EU-wide insurance coverage
  • Use of course materials during the academic year
  • Study-trips (including entrance fees to sites and museums)
  • A choice of transportation tickets at a reduced fare
  • Access to a sports and fitness centre
  • Computer and internet access
  • Orientation activities
  • Student support services
  • Official transcripts
  • ECLA trips during the academic year 
  • Berlin public library (Staatsbibliothek) passes for PY and fourth year BA students

The comprehensive fee does NOT cover:

  • Liability Insurance

    We recommend you to make sure that you have a valid liability insurance in Germany (Haftpflichtversicherung, app. 80 Euros/year).

  • Visa fees
    All students from non-EU countries except for the countries listed below need a student visa in order to study in Germany and establish a place of residence in Berlin. Please inquire with the German consulate responsible for your area about the cost of the visa. This fee is not covered by the ECLA comprehensive fee. Students from the following countries do not require a visa to study in Germany: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea and USA.
  • Residence Permit
    Depending on your citizenship, you will need a permit to establish a place of residence in Berlin. This permit typically costs between 50 and 60 Euros and is not covered by the comprehensive fee.
  • Security Deposit
    ECLA requires a 50 Euro security deposit for keys, electronic chips, books and other items issued to students at the start of the academic year. This deposit is returned to the student, if and when all borrowed items have been returned in appropriate condition. Should an item be lost, damaged or destroyed, the student is responsible for covering the full cost, including any cost in excess of the 50 Euros of the security deposit.
  • Bike Deposit (Optional)
    If you are planning to use one of 19 ECLA bikes, please be prepared to bring an additional 50 Euro security deposit.
  • Personal expenses (e.g. phone charges, personal care items, entertainment)
    Expenses in this category range widely depending on the individual student lifestyle. Students should budget for at least 10 Euros per week. With 30 term weeks in an academic year, the minimal annual cost thus amounts to 300 Euros. This budget will support a modest student lifestyle and may be covered or increased through part-time jobs on campus. Some examples of prices for expenses in this category are:
1 tube of toothpaste 1,29 euros
1 toothbrush 0,29 - 1,99 euros
1 bottle of shampoo (400 ml) 1,75 - 3,95 euros
1 pair of shoes 20,00 - 100,00 euros
1 t-shirt 5,00 - 30,00 euros
1 pair of jeans 20,00 - 100,00 euros

Living costs in Berlin are relatively low compared to other large cities in Germany and living in Germany is in general not as expensive as in many other European countries.  However, expenses for going out and entertainment run considerably higher as you can see on the example of prices listed below: 1 slice pizza in a cafe costs as much and sometimes more than a whole pizza bought from a supermarket. A glass of any soft drink at a cafe or restaurant is 2 to 3 times more expensive than the same amount at a supermarket. A cinema ticket costs for students 5,50 Euros on weekdays and 6,50 Euros on weekends. Here are some examples:

1 cup of coffee (in a cafe) 1,80 - 3,50 euros
1 glass of softdrink (in a cafe) 2,00 - 4,00 euros
1 slice of pizza (in a pizzeria) 1,80 - 6,00 euros

Fortunately, many cultural events such as theatre performances and arts exhibitions are promoted through public subsidies, which allows for considerably low prices, especially, for students. Museums in Berlin also offer free admission to permanent exhibitions every Thursday afternoon for four hours before closing.

1 cinema ticket (reduced fare) 5,50 - 6,50 euros
1 museum ticket (reduced fare) 2,00 - 8,00
1 theatre ticket (reduced fare) 6,00 - 30,00 euros
  • Transportation to/from Berlin
    This expense depends not only on the place of residence, but also on good information and a timely booking. Flight rates on,,,,,  can often compete with train or bus rates. It is advisable to reserve early, especially for the trips around Christmas and Easter (Winter- and Spring Breaks at ECLA).
  • Expenses for on-campus stays between terms
    Stays on campus during the winter and spring breaks (approximately three weeks each) are permitted. The BA students can stay on campus during the summer break as well. The cafeteria will be closed and no meals will be served during the breaks. ECLA does not charge an extra living fee for the students who stay on campus, but the cost of food and other items will typically amount to no less than 40 Euros per week. Some examples of prices are:
1 Broetchen (bread roll) 0,35 euro
1 packet of salami (200g) 1,09 euros
1 litre of milk 0,90 euro
1 kilo of apples 1,99 euros
1 kilo of potatoes 0,99 euro
500g noodles 0,79 euro
500g rice 1,29 euros
1 bottle mineral water (0,75L) 0,80 euro

Payment of Comprehensive Fee

Each student's acceptance form indicates his/her contribution along with the payment schedule. Students can pay with credit card, bank transfer or in cash. Credit card payments can be made with Visa or MasterCard. For detailed instructions, please contact the Accounting or the Financial Aid Office.

Payments should be wired to ECLA's account:

Account Number: 2 485 818
Sort Code: 700 202 70

Leibnizstr. 100
10625 Berlin, Germany

IBAN:   DE51 7002 0270 0002 4858 18

Late Payment

Unless otherwise specified, tuition payment for each term must be made by Friday of the first week of classes.  Please refer to the Academic Calendar for the exact dates.

If tuition payment is not received by the deadline, a 30 Euro late fee is charged. If the tuition and the late fee are not received within 14 days after the deadline, the student jeopardizes his/her registration status and the college may take legal steps.

Refund Policy

Refund of any portion of the comprehensive fee is based on the student's effective date of withdrawal.  A student withdrawing is charged according to the following scale:

1st term of the programme:

Note: The down payment is included in the calculation of the contribution towards the comprehensive fee in the first term. It is 10% of the contribution, but a minimum of 100 Euros.

Withdrawal Comprehensive Fee Charged
Up to Friday Week 2 (5pm) Downpayment
Up to Friday Week 3 (5pm) 30%
Up to Friday Week 4 (5pm) 40%
Up to Friday Week 5 (5pm) 50%
After Friday Week 5 (5pm) 100%

Any term following your 1st term of the programme:

Withdrawal Comprehensive Fee Charged
Up to Friday Week 1 (5pm) 10%
Up to Friday Week 2 (5pm) 20%
Up to Friday Week 3 (5pm) 30%
Up to Friday Week 4 (5pm) 40%
Up to Friday Week 5 (5pm) 50%
After Friday Week 5 (5pm) 100%

Financial Aid

All financial aid at ECLA is need-based. The awards vary widely and aim to cover the full amount of demonstrated need toward the ECLA comprehensive fee.

Financial Aid Renewal

Financial aid is awarded to students for one year as their financial needs may change from year to year. Therefore, students enrolled in the BA programme must reapply every year to receive financial aid. To reapply, returning students must complete and submit the Financial Aid Renewal Application with the supporting documentation to the Financial Aid Officer by Friday of week 5 in the spring term. Failure to meet this deadline may result in cancellation of your financial aid.

Financial Aid Revision

Students may ask for a re-evaluation of their current financial aid package if a drastic unexpected change in their financial situation occurs. A request form supported by relevant documentation needs to be submitted to the Financial Aid Office. The financial aid will be reviewed and the student will be informed about the decision. Forms can be obtained from the Financial Aid Officer.

Merit-based Scholarship

Each year ECLA offers a limited number of merit scholarships not dependent on financial need to BA students with exceptionally promising applications. This Endeavor Scholarship, named after the Endeavor Foundation in New York, covers the full comprehensive fee for one academic year. The comprehensive fee covers tuition, accommodation in student housing, all meals during the academic terms, books on loan, and medical insurance. In addition, Endeavour Scholars receive a free copy of all major core course books used in the relevant year.

The Endeavor Scholarship is renewable on an annual basis and may, on the basis of excellent academic performance, be awarded for up to four consecutive years, i.e. for the duration of the BA programme.

Students cannot apply for this scholarship. Every student applying to or already in the BA programme is automatically considered.

Conference Support Fund

ECLA students, who have been invited to give a conference paper outside Berlin, or Germany, may apply for conference support to cover the relevant expenses (travelling, accommodation and conference fees). ECLA will be able to support up to 3 students each term with up to 200 Euros. Support will be granted according to the following criteria:

  • The conference paper must have been selected in a serious review process.
  • The student must apply for funding from the conference organizers themselves, if such funding is available.
  • Only students in good academic standing will be considered.
  • Participation in the conference should not undermine the student's studies at ECLA.

A student can only receive conference support once a year. Those interested should download and fill out the application form on the ECLA website and submit it with the supporting documentation to the Financial Aid Officer.

Student Employment

ECLA offers student employment as part of its commitment to building a community on campus. Student employment is a valuable means of gaining practical experience and earning a supplementary income.

Although ECLA strives to offer student jobs wherever possible, students should be aware that ECLA may not be in a position to offer enough jobs to meet the full interest of students. There is therefore no guarantee of student employment at ECLA.

Student employment tasks are not meant to compete or to interfere with creative student participation in ECLA life. Student projects and activities such as the yearbook or literary magazine, films or music, enrich the life of the entire community.

While ECLA's financial aid programme is designed in such a way as to avoid student reliance on employment as a necessity for tuition or room and board expenses, a student's spending money may depend, to a considerable extent, on part-time earnings through student jobs. 

Student employment may not exceed 6 hours per week during the academic term. This limit applies both to on-campus and off-campus jobs. Exceptions require approval from the student's academic supervisor and the Financial Aid Office. Students may work longer hours when classes are not in session, provided that the student's employment supervisor can offer such additional hours.

All student jobs are on-campus jobs and are paid at the rate of 7 Euros per hour for a maximum of 6 hours per week.

Apply for a Student Job

All ECLA students are eligible for applying for student employment as defined in this document, provided that they are in good academic standing as determined by the faculty. 

The Residential Life Coordinator informs students of student job openings per email. Additionally, students can look for openings online. Students apply directly to the supervisor mentioned in the opening notice and the Residential Life Coordinator. If the student has been successful in acquiring the job, he or she must request the supervisor to sign the hiring form and submit it to the Residential Life Coordinator for registration.


Each student employee at ECLA has a supervisor who is the primary contact person for questions and concerns regarding the position. The supervisor is responsible for providing adequate training and guidance to the student. The goals of the job should be communicated clearly and the duties summarized in a job description. 

The supervisor is also responsible for setting up a time schedule with the student. The supervisors are obliged to give consideration to academic priorities of students when scheduling work hours. Correspondingly, the students are obliged to give their supervisors adequate notice of schedule changes or expected periods of particularly heavy academic workload. 

Performance of the student should be followed and supported continuously. The student and the supervisor are encouraged to hold an informal review a few weeks into the job in order to be certain that the student understands and feels comfortable with the goals and expectations. If the performance is unsatisfactory owing to absences or weak results, the supervisor is entitled to terminate the work relationship earlier than planned. If the student wishes to end employment before the specified time, he or she should discuss this issue with the supervisor.

Time Sheets and Payment

Students whose employment contract runs for more than one month submit time sheets signed by their supervisors on a bi-weekly basis. Students who have short-term single-project jobs are paid in one instalment upon completion of the project. The sheets should be submitted bi-weekly to the Residential Life Coordinator during the financial office hours. Disbursements in cash are made by the Residential Life Coordinator.