Funding

There are various opportunities for international students to finance their living costs.

    Working while studying

    Part-time job

    International students are allowed to work for 120 full days or 240 half days within a calendar year. However, this work may neither impede on the purpose of your stay (studying) nor may extend the duration of your stay.

    Only the actual working days are counted (including weekends). If the work does not exceed four or five hours per day, it is counted as half a day. A regular working day of 8 hours means 4 hours half day; a regular working day of 10 hours means 5 hours half day.

    If you work more than 120 full days or 240 half days per calendar year, you should obtain the approval of the immigration authorities before.

    Employment as student/scientific assistant

    Student and scientific activities can be carried out without requiring approval and without time limits. This includes activities in the faculties of the university, at other scientific institutions, participation in research projects and also employment in organizations close to the university (such as tutors in dormitories of the Studierendenwerk).

    Internships while studying

    Mandatory internships

    A mandatory internship does not require approval if it is a required part of your studies (even if it is paid). This also includes the writing of final theses at a company. The 120 full/240 half working days that do not require approval are not affected and can be used additionally.

    Voluntary internships

    Voluntary internships are not a part of the curriculum and you will need to make sure that the 120 full working days have not yet been used up by other employment. If the 120 working days have already been used up, voluntary internships require a permit, even if they are unpaid. In that case, you must apply for the necessary permit with the immigration authorities.

    Scholarship for particularly committed students

    The scholarship for particularly committed students of the STIBET I programme is an initiative of the DAAD, funded by the Federal Foreign Office (AA). The scholarship is intended for enrolled international students who wish to graduate from the University of Applied Sciences Nordhausen.

    In order to be eligible for this scholarship, students must have performed well academically and have also distinguished themselves through outstanding commitment to internationalisation at their university.

    Scholarship payments: min. 250 euros a month

    Application deadline: 15 January and 15 July

    Documents to be submitted:

    • Application form
    • Current transcript from the examination office or letter of recommendation written by a professor if no grades are available
    • Curriculum vitae (tabular)
    • Letter of motivation

    Applications must be submitted as a single PDF file to: internationalhs-nordhausen.de

    Graduation scholarship

    The graduation scholarship of the STIBET I programme is an initiative of the DAAD, funded by the Federal Foreign Office (AA). The scholarship is intended for enrolled international students who wish to graduate from the University of Applied Sciences Nordhausen.

    This scholarship can be granted to students with good academic achievements (overall average grade of at least 2.0) and a successful completion of studies is to be expected within one year (final thesis already registered or no more than 30 credits may be missing until the completion of your studies). The combination of this scholarship with other scholarships (regardless of the amount of the type of the scholarship and scholarship rate) as well as the combination of the scholarship with income exceeding 450 Euros is not possible.

    If you do not meet the scholarship requirements anymore, for example by withdrawing the registration for your final exams or by receiving financial support from another institution, the University of Applied Sciences Nordhausen reserves the right to reclaim the scholarship funds. Scholarship holders must immediately notify the International Office of their examination results, even after the scholarship has ended.

    Scholarship payments: min. 250 euros a month

    Application deadline: 15 January and 15 July

    Documents to be submitted:

    • Application form
    • Current Transcript of Records (incl. grade average)
    • Curriculum vitae (tabular)
    • Current enrollment certificate
    • Copy of the application for the final thesis
    • Letter of motivation (Please explain on max. 2 pages why a financial support is necessary and if a completion of your studies within one year is realistic)

    Applications must be submitted as a single PDF file to: internationalhs-nordhausen.de

    Other scholarships for international students

    There are various opportunities to apply for a scholarship to study in Germany. See the German Academic Exchange Service’s scholarship database for further information.

    BAföG

    In some very exceptional cases, international students may be able to apply for assistance under the German Federal Training Assistance Act (BAFöG). Please contact the BAFöG office.