How do I finance my studies?

What does a degree actually cost?
In addition to food and drink, clothing and accommodation, students must also include the costs of learning materials, semester fees, trips home, etc. in their Calculation. If your parents don't pay for your studies, or don't pay for them in full, you should look for alternatives at an early stage. There are many possibilities. First of all, everyone should submit a BAföG application, because even if the maximum funding is not approved, there could be support.


All information about BaföG and student financing is available on the website of the Studentenwerk Göttingen and the university.
All information about BaföG and student financing is available on the website of the Studentenwerk Göttingen and the university. Most students finance their studies from several sources and many work part-time. The university's student job exchange and the forest blog for vacancies at our faculty provide an overview of vacancies.


Scholarships are an alternative way of financing your studies. The University of Göttingen awards partial scholarships and one-off financial grants within the framework of public-private partnerships. The "Germany Scholarship" offers students a monthly subsidy to finance their studies. Students can apply for a one-time subsidy for the "Lower Saxony scholarship". Furthermore, scholarships are awarded by various foundations, so-called "gifted scholarships". There is a good overview of all types of scholarships in the scholarship guide of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and for international students in the scholarship database of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).


Information on scholarships for international students can be found here.
The program to increase the mobility of students at German universities (PROMOS) of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), which is financed with funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Science (BMBF), is intended to enable universities to set their own priorities in the international mobility of students, to place students and offer them suitable mobility measures from a bundle of different funding instruments. The program is also intended to offer those students the opportunity to spend time abroad whose project or destination is not eligible for funding in any of the structured DAAD programs. More information can be found here.
The faculty supports stays abroad for its students as part of its "measures for internationalization". It makes a total of EUR 10,000 available annually, from which grants for stays abroad can be granted. This requires a formal application, the details of which are explained in detail in a leaflet (see below). The application is made online.
The stays abroad are to be organized by the students themselves. The heads of department and academic staff at the faculty as well as the representatives for the partner faculties will be happy to help you establish initial contacts; all departments have extensive international networks.
For sample stay reports, see Report Internationalization Mexiko 2019 and Stay Abroad Mexico 2019.

The "Internationalization Officer" of the faculty, Prof. Dr. Christoph Kleinn, is happy to receive suggestions for further student internationalization measures that can be submitted to the faculty.

For advice on an internship abroad, please contact Jutta Hohlstamm, the internship officer at the faculty, or the partnership officers at the faculty's partner universities.