The program now receives a 3-year DAAD funding running until September 2015 which allows us to provide full DAAD scholarships for a period of 9 months (currently 760€/month plus 225€ travel allowance).
There are no tuition fees charged for participants of the program. Bilgi students coming to Viadrina have to pay the university’s registration fee of approximately 200 €.
Living expenses in Istanbul
Regarding living expenses, Istanbul can be compared to any West European city. Accomodation (one room in a shared flat) is about 300 €/month, all inclusive. Food, clothing and transportation is cheaper than in Germany. Students will need at least 600 €/month to cover all living expenses. German participants are eligible for a monthly DAAD scholarship which provides sufficient funding to cover living expenses during their stay in Istanbul.
Living expenses in Frankfurt (Oder) / Berlin
Housing in Frankfurt (Oder) is easier to find and cheaper than in Berlin (about 200 €/month per room). However, Berlin is affordable for students (about 250/300 €/month per room). Students can travel for free to Berlin (one hour by train), because the train ticket is included in their student card. Complete living expenses in Germany are at least 500€ per month.