Refund of Fees

If you have already transferred the student fees for the upcoming semester to Goethe University but wish to withdraw from you registration or deregister after completing the re-registration, you can apply for a refund of the student fees:

I. First-year students who withdraw from enrollment before the start of the semester will receive a refund of their semester fee minus the administrative cost of €50 and a fee of €30. The same applies if the withdrawal occurs after the start of the semester but no later than the end of the first month, provided that the unvalidated student ID card (Goethe Card) is presented. Refer to: Withdrawal from Registration/Re-registration.

II. Higher-semester students who deregister retroactively by the end of the first month of the semester (by September 30 for the end of the summer semester or March 31 for the end of the winter semester) will receive a refund of the semester fee minus the administrative cost of €50 if they present their unvalidated student ID card (Goethe Card). Any late registration fees will not be refunded. Refer to: De-Registration (exmatriculation).

III. Students who apply for de-registration at the end of the semester after they have already re-registered for the next semester will receive a full refund of the semester fee paid for the next semester. Any late registration fees will not be refunded.


Deadlines: The refund of semester fees can be requested in accordance with the aforementioned regulations until October 31 for the winter semester and April 30 for the summer semester.

Procedure: The form is available for download on this page. The completed and signed application, along with any required documents (see below), can be submitted by regular mail to the Registrar's Office.

Application address: Goethe University, Registrar's Office, 60629 Frankfurt

Documents: Proof of payment (e.g. copy of bank statement) and Goethe Card.