Financing and scholarships: Numerous scholarship programmes for foreign students

There are many ways to finance your studies in Germany. Students from Europe can take advantage of the Erasmus+ programme. To find out which programme is right for you, we recommend checking out the DAAD’s scholarship database.

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Mortarboard on stack of coins © DAAD/Contentküche
Mortarboard on stack of coins . © DAAD/Contentküche

A wide range of institutions in Germany offer scholarships to international students, e.g. the DAAD, party-affiliated foundations, religious organisations and commercial enterprises. You can also look into scholarships or other funding opportunities available in your home country.

The DAAD offers many scholarship programmes targeted at German and foreign students, graduates and researchers. Please note that the DAAD and most other institutions for that matter do not provide scholarships for entire degree programmes, i.e. from the first to the last semester. The selection process is very rigorous and first-time students are rarely eligible for funding. You should bear in mind that no applicant is ever entitled to a scholarship!

International student at a computer looking for scholarships in the DAAD data base  © DAAD/Jan Zappner
Student looking for scholarships in the DAAD data base . © DAAD/Jan Zappner

Using the DAAD database, you can search for specific types of scholarships – and not only those offered by the DAAD, but other funding organisations as well. You can find the scholarship database on the DAAD website.

Funding for students from Europe

If you come from one of the 28 EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey or Macedonia, there are a number of special exchange programmes for which you can apply. One example is the Erasmus+ programme.

Erasmus+ provides scholarships for periods of study and internships abroad for three to twelve months (for studying only) or for two to twelve months (for internships only). Depending on your phase of study, you may be eligible for a total of twelve months of Erasmus+ funding. You can receive this funding per each cycle of your studies.


With Erasmus+, you receive a scholarship instalment each month. Your home university determines the exact amount according to guidelines provided by the European Commission. As an Erasmus+ student, you are exempt from paying tuition fees at your host university.

The conditions and requirements for student exchange are stipulated in bilateral agreements between universities. This means that if you wish to apply for Erasmus+ funding to study in Germany, you will be a guest student at a partner university, with which your home university has signed an Erasmus+ agreement. Internships at various organisations and companies are also eligible for funding.

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