DAAD Scholarship: Scholarships to study at the undergraduate and graduate level offered by the German Academic Exchange Service.
Erasmus +: available for international students participating in a study exchange program in Europe. Grants are available to cover living expenses.
There are also non-governmental scholarships to study in Germany. These include:
Heinrich Böll Scholarships for International Students – Available for undergraduate and graduate study at an accredited institution.
Kurt Hansen Science Scholarships – Available to international students seeking to become science educators.
Incoming International Marie Curie Fellowships (IIF) for Developing Countries – Available for Postdoctoral Research. Many scholarships available for students from developing countries.
Deutschland Stipendium: A € 300 / month scholarship for highly talented students of any nationality who are studying at German universities.
Many institutions will offer specific university scholarships to study in Germany. These include:
Heidelberg University – There are many scholarships available for students. One of them, the Amirana Scholarship, supports students from developing countries who wish to study medicine or dentistry.
Frankfurt School of Finance and Management PhD Tuition Exemptions – PhD students in Middle English courses in Finance, Accounting, Mathematics and Business Administration will not have to pay tuition fees with this scholarship.
Universität Hamburg Merit Scholarships: for those students enrolled for a minimum of two semesters, who have demonstrated outstanding ability (any grade level, any subject).
RWTH Aachen University Scholarships: Funding available for national and international students.
Living Costs in Germany
Student residences in Germany are an affordable housing option, but they are in high demand and in short supply. Shared flats, often with common areas, cafeterias, laundry areas, and bike storage, are another good option for students. Rent can cost between € 210 and € 360 per month, depending on whether you choose to live alone, with a partner or on campus.
Larger cities will also offer higher rental prices. A student flat in Berlin is likely to cost € 430, while in Munich, a more expensive German city, the rent is closer to € 665 per month.
In addition to rent, students will also need to budget for food, utility bills, and social activities. It is recommended to budget € 850 per month when studying in Germany, although it should be increased if you are going to live in one of the larger cities, such as Munich.
Students in Germany are eligible for a “Semesterticket”, which will help with the cost of travel on buses, trams, metros and trains. The cost of this is normally covered by administration costs paid to the university at the beginning of studies.