Scholarships and Funding for International Students
Studying at the University of Göttingen is relatively inexpensive. There are no tuition fees, instead students only pay for administrative expenses. Nonetheless, it is essential that students have a secure source of funding to successfully complete their studies. Keep in mind that a visa or residency permit can only be acquired once students have shown that they have sufficient financial resources to cover their living expenses. Good financial planning and a secure financial basis is essential for students so that they can concentrate and successfully complete their studies.
With the exception of the so-called Deutschlandstipendiums, German universities do not normally provide scholarships. Instead, applicants should refer to external organisations for finding funding, both in Germany and in their home countries. New undergraduate students in particular are rarely considered for scholarship programs prior to starting their studies. Instead, students are first considered for scholarships and funding programs once they are able to demonstrate adequate achievements during their studies.
The largest and most important provider of scholarships for international students is the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). In addition to its own programmes, it also offers scholarship programmes in cooperation with local partners and agencies. As a rule, scholarships are performance-oriented, but providers will also consider applicants' voluntary activities. It is usually easier to prove one's own achievements and commitment after one has already studied for some time.
With the enrolment in your study programme, you will become eligible to apply for scholarships. Many organisations provide "liason lecturers" (Vertrauensdozenten) as contact persons for student applicants seeking funding opportunities.
The following list does not include all funding providers. There are still many private donors and smaller organisations, which have not been included. Most donors in this list only grant scholarships to international students who are enrolled in postgraduate programmes.
In addition to scholarships, one time or short term grants and subsidies are also available. There grants must be applied for in advance and can be used to finance research projects or conference participation, such as:
Through funding provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the bursary and financial assistance committee (STIBA) awards partial scholarships to international students. They are intended for students who have financed most their studies on their own and are about to complete their studies at the time of application. Bursaries provide financial assistance without completely covering all living expenses.
If you are applying to a doctoral programme, please contact the graduate schools for further information on the different funding schemes for your subject/programme.
Most students use several sources of income to finance their studies. For many students in Germany it's quite normal to work part-time while studying. In addition to savings and financial support through parents and families, part-time work is also also an option: for many students in Germany it is normal to work part-time while studying. International students from non-EU/EEA countries are allowed to work 240 half days (or 120 full days) per year. Many students work as student or research assistants, others in cafés and restaurants or at trade fairs. If you plan on financing your studies by working part-time, it is essential that you speak German. Speaking the language is often a precondition for successfully finding a part-time job.