Big dreams despite a small budget?

There are numerous ways to fund your studies abroad.


Erasmus+ gives students the opportunity to study in another EU-33 country. It enables them to receive funding in any cycle of their studies (Bachelor’s, Master’s or doctoral) to study for between three and twelve months at a host university abroad.


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


  • 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 beggining 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 or ‘programme’ country. For the 2019/20 academic year, the Committee of International Relations at Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences has set the following amounts of funding for outgoing exchange students (student mobility for studies – SMS):

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


Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences awards PROMOS scholarships providing partial funding and 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 visits outside the EU-33 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 exchange visits in the summer semester: 15 January
  • for exchange visits in the winter semester: 15 June

Application documents:

In addition to a completed online application for the PROMOS scholarship, the PROMOS / free mover Learning Agreement and, where applicable, a language certificate, you are also required to submit the current Transcript of Records from QISPOS as well as a letter of motivation.

Selection criteria:

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

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

Other Funding Opportunities

All members of the university who are interested in a longer-term international study visit are eligible for funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and other organisations. For more information on this, see the Scholarship Database of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

A number of scholarships are also available for funding studies abroad.

1. Funding for the US

The Fulbright Commission awards full and partial funding for scholarships and travel grants for studies in the US.

The application deadline for full and partial funding for scholarships for studies at American universities is normally June for the academic year beginning the following autumn.

The application deadline for the Fulbright travel grant is January for the next academic year. This grant is aimed at students of German universities who arrange and (partially) finance their visit to the US through a German-US university partnership programme. The following students are eligible to apply:

  • Bachelor's students who at the time of taking up their studies in the USA have verifiably completed a minimum of four semesters and who wish to complete their Bachelor's programme at their German university after the end of their course in the US;
  • Master's students who intend to finish their studies at their German home university once their course in the US has ended.

A smaller number of scholarships will also be awarded for a Study Plus Internship (which covers one semester of study followed by a study- related internship in the US).

For more information see:

2. Funding for Australia and New Zealand

Besides providing assistance with completing the necessary formalities for applications to Australian universities, GOstralia! offers - in cooperation with selected universities- a number of scholarships for studying in Australia that will cover tuition fees for one semester of study or for a Master's course.

For more information, see (in German only):

The Ranka-HeinemannInstitute awards grants to students spending a semester 'down under'.These cover ten percent of the tuition fees for one semester at all universities for all courses, provided that international fees are charged. These grants are not based on academic achievements.

For more information, see (in German only):

The IEC team of consultants supports and awards grants to Free Mover students who wish to spend a semester at a university in Australia or New Zealand.

For more information, see (in German only):

3. Funding for Asia

Asia Exchange arranges university places in Asia and has several partnerships with renowned universities that take overseas students. Asia Exchange also gives scholarships.

For more information, see:

IEC arranges places at universities in China, Indonesia and Thailand for applicants from Germany only, which may be funded through an IEC scholarship, for example.

For more information, see (in German only):

4. Funding worldwide

Stays abroad by German students can also be funded under the German Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG). Within the European Union, 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). Applications are to be submitted to the BAföG office for the given destination country.

For more information, see:

Every semester the company Eidam & Partner gives 15 German students a grant to atudy abroad amounting to 450 Euro per month. There are no restrictions in terms of destination country or university.

For more information, see:

In addition to providing advisory services and arranging university places abroad, College Contact also offers scholarships advising and arranging study places abroad, College Contact also offers scholarships to its partner universities.

For more information, see (in German only):