Funding options

Big dreams despite a small budget?

There are numerous ways to fund your studies abroad.

Erasmus+

Erasmus+ gives students the opportunity to study in another EU-34 country. It enables you to receive funding in any cycle of your studies (Bachelor’s, Master’s or doctoral) to study for between three and twelve months at a host university abroad.

Benefits:

  • Mobility grant to cover additional costs related to studies abroad
  • No tuition fees at the host university
  • Assistance with preparations for the stay abroad
  • Recognition of academic achievements abroad
  • Additional grants for students with disabilities or students travelling with their children

Requirements:

  • Full-time student status at a German university
  • Successful completion of the first academic year
  • Student exchange at a partner university that the home university has concluded an Erasmus Inter-Institutional Agreement with
  • Home and host university both have a valid Erasmus University Charter (ECHE)
  • Compulsory participation in an online language test set by the European Commission in the relevant working language before the beginning and once again at the end of your stay (this will not affect your eligibility for Erasmus+ funding)

The amount of funding for Erasmus+ student exchanges depends on the cost of living in the relevant destination country. For the 2019/20 academic year, the following amounts of funding for outgoing exchange students (student mobility for studies – SMS) have been set:

  • Country group 1: 450 € for each month funded
    • Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom
  • Country group 2: 390 € for each month funded
    • Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain
  • Country Group 3: € 330 for each month funded
    • Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey

PROMOS

Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences awards PROMOS scholarships providing partial funding financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Depending on the relevant destination country, these scholarships amount to € 300 or € 400 for each month funded. Students planning international study periods outside the Erasmus programme countries with a minimum stay of three months are eligible for this funding.

Applications are to be submitted through the International Office. Scholarships recipients are selected twice a year by the Comitee of International Relations.

Application deadlines:

  • for study exchanges in the summer semester: 15 January
  • for study exchanges in the winter semester: 15 June

Application documents:

See also a step-by-step guide to study abroad.

Selection criteria:

  • Quality of the Letter of Motivation
    • Relevance to studies
    • Extracurricular activities
  • Average grades / average grades for language courses

German Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG)

Stays abroad by German students can also be funded under the German Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG). It is relatively uncomplicated to acquire funding for one or two semesters that are an integral part of a course (i.e. where credits are transferred for the academic achievements abroad). German students who do not receive BAföG in Germany are also advised to apply, as the subsidy rates are higher due to the additional costs for staying abroad. In any case, all applications are to be submitted to the BAföG office for the given destination country (not to the BAföG office in Nordhausen).

By the way: The funding can be combined with Erasmus+ or PROMOS, as these are only partially credited to BAföG.

For more information, see: https://www.bafög.de/de/auslandsfoerderung-384.php (only available in German).

Other Funding Options

In addition, there are a number of different scholarships to promote study periods abroad. An overview is given, among others, by