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Certainly, all PhD candidates will have to come up with an outstanding research project and thorough scientific work to be awarded a scientific degree. But of course, spending the time within an international PhD program has just as well financial implications for each candidate. Please find below an estimation of costs to be faced by regular candidates accepted to the PhD Program Medical Research - International Health at CIHLMU. Please note that all costs are estimations and may vary.

Important notice: Every applicant accepted as a PhD candidate will have to transfer an advance payment of 350 EUR via PayPal or bank transfer to CIHLMU. This advance payment will be offset with the first rent once the candidate arrives in Munich. After having received the official Letter of Acceptance to the PhD program, the advance payment can be paid here.

Research costs 

As a general rule, CIHLMU does not fund research. PhD candidates have to come up with an already planned research project upon application, including adequate funding for the entire research project. PhD candidates have to be aware that projects that are interrupted by ceased funding in the course of the curriculum might lead to exclusion of the candidate from the program. In no way can CIHLMU support research funding, nor help in the quest for additional or supplementary funding. All applicants have to give a clear declaration concerning secured funding for their projects at the time of application. 

Publication fees

Graduation from the PhD Program Medical Research - International Health goes along with submitting and publishing the individual PhD candidate´s research outcome in scientific journals. Depending on the publication process, there are usually publication fees related to these publishing activities. CIHLMU cannot take over any publication fees. Any fees and costs related to publications of PhD candidates need to be covered by the candidate´s research project budget or other funds. 

Costs and living expenses for PhD candidates during stays in Munich 


Accepted PhD candidates will have to travel to Munich in the beginning of each Module Block (I and II) and the Defense Period. It is mandatory that candidates arrive before the introductory session and leave after the conclusive session at the end of each Module Block. Missing of introductory or conclusive sessions cannot be accepted and will lead to non-awarding of credit points.

In total, each PhD candidate will have to cover at least three round trips to Munich, for Module Blocks I, II and the Defense Period. At the same time, PhD candidates will have to arrange and cover their three month visa for each of the three stays in Munich.

Expected travel costs (return flight to Munich, including visa costs):

Point of departureCosts
from Europe 100-1000 EUR
from Africa 600-2000 EUR
from Asia 800-2000 EUR
from Americas 1000-2000 EUR
from Australia 1200-2500 EUR

Living costs during Module Blocks in Munich 

Each of the Module Blocks I and II lasts about three months. They are based in Munich. Since accommodation is almost impossible to be arranged for candidates for such short term stays, CIHLMU is fortunate to be able to provide accommodation for each PhD candidate in a student dormitory. The CIHLMU student apartment rents are far below average accommodation costs in Munich. Each apartment disposes of an individual bathroom, free DSL internet connection and a shared kitchen with 6-10 flatmates. The rent also includes heating and electricity. Cleaning of the apartments is not included. Apartments have to be kept tidy by the residents and handed over properly cleaned.

Important notice: No accommodation can be provided for the PhD candidate´s stay during the Defense Period in Munich by the CIHLMU!

Please note that acceptance to the PhD program is obligatorily linked to being allocated to the CIHLMU student apartments. Therefore, PhD candidates have to face the following monthly apartment rents:

Student Hall Apartment, rent per month: approx. 350 EUR

Insurance Costs in Munich 

Since insurance coverages of foreign health and liability insurances are frequently vague and at risk of not taking over essential acute health care or caused damage, CIHLMU offers to arrange proper health and liability insurance coverage for each PhD candidate. Please note that acceptance to the PhD program is obligatorily linked to a health and liability insurance package. Only PhD candidates that can provide proof of an appropriate alternative insurance both for health and liability, can be excepted from this package. PhD candidates have to face the following monthly health and liability insurance costs:

Health and liability insurance coverage, fee per month: approx. 75 EUR

Local Public Transport Costs 

All PhD candidates will have to use the Munich public transport system on a daily basis. Using the system without a valid ticket or pass will be fined heavily and may result in legal consequences for the PhD candidate and eventually also for CIHLMU. Each PhD candidate is therefore obliged to cover a ticket for the Munich public transport system:

Munich Metro Pass, fee per semester: approx. 200 EUR

Student Service Fees 

All PhD candidates will be enrolled at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Muenchen. Neither LMU nor CIHLMU charge tuition fees for PhD candidates. Nevertheless, PhD candidates will have to cover the general LMU administration fee due every semester in order to stay enrolled at LMU (i.e. for 6 semesters if the PhD is finalized within 3 years) and the monthly CIHLMU student support fee for each month spent in Munich (covering CIHLMU administration costs):

LMU Administration Fee per semester: approx. 130 EUR
CIHLMU Student Support Fee per month spent in Munich: 50 EUR

Excursion Costs 

Up to twice during each Module Block, PhD candidates will go together on excursions for a duration of 3-7 days. Participation at each excursion is mandatory. Each candidate will have to pay excursion costs directly to CIHLMU at the beginning of Module Block I and II.

Excursion Costs, fee per Module Block: approx. 500 EUR

Living Expenses in Munich 

This comprises food costs and the occasional drink in a bar or a movie on a Saturday night and an optional local phone card. Based on a standard calculation for students that cater from cheap discounter supermarkets, PhD candidates will have to face the following minimum monthly living costs:

Living Costs (depending on food and life style), per month: approx. 400 EUR

Thesis printing costs 

After successful PhD thesis defense, each PhD candidate will have to deliver 2 bound copies of the PhD thesis to the university library.

Printing costs: approx. 50 EUR

Approximated Costs (Example for a PhD candidate from Africa) 

Each Module Block (I and II)

Flight 1000 EUR arranged by candidate
Apartment 3 x 350 EUR = 1050 EUR payable directly to CIH
Health and Liability Insurance 3 x 75 EUR = 225 EUR payable directly to CIH
Munich Metro Pass 200 EUR purchase by candidates upon arrival in Munich
LMU Administration Fee
(advance for the next 3 semesters)
3 x 130 EUR = 390 EUR payable directly to CIH
Student Support Fee 3 x 50 EUR = 150 EUR payable directly to CIH
Excursion Costs 500 EUR payable directly to CIH
Living Costs and Other 3 x 400 EUR = 1200 EUR
Approximated costs for each Module Block (I and II)
4715 EUR

Defense Period

Flight 1000 EUR arranged by candidate
Hotel Accommodation (if applicable) approx. 12 x 80 EUR = 960 EUR arranged by candidate
Health Insurance (for Visa application) depending on respective country of origin arranged by candidate
Living Costs and Other approx. 200 EUR
Printing costs 2 bound copies of PhD thesis approx. 50 EUR arranged by candidate
Public Transport - if applicable, individually arranged by candidate
Approximated costs for Defense Period €2210

Living expenses for PhD candidates during Research Periods spent in home/research countries

Living expenses generally depend on local conditions in the respective home countries and individual life styles. PhD candidates will have to count on a minimum duration of 30 months that have to be spent in the research location in the course of the PhD program. The calculation of these living expenses is highly individual and therefore cannot be projected by CIHLMU.