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 country inside our outside the  EU-33. It enables you to receive funding in any cycle of your studies (Bachelor’s, Master’s or doctoral) to study for between two and twelve months at a host university abroad.

Requirements:

  • Full-time student status at a German university
  • Home university has a valid Erasmus University Charter (ECHE)
  • Student exchange at a partner university that the home university has concluded an Erasmus Inter-Institutional Agreement with

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 a chronical illnessor disability & students travelling with their children
  • Grant for sustainable travel

Funding rates:

The amount of funding for Erasmus+ student exchanges depends on the cost of living in the relevant destination country.

For the 2021/22 academic year, the following amounts of funding for outgoing exchange students have been set:

  • Country Group 1: € 450 for each month funded
    • Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden (+ Faroe Islands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom)
  • Country Group 2: € 390 for each month funded
    • Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain (+ Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican)
  • Country Group 3: € 330 for each month funded
    • Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey
  • Country Group 4: € 700 for each month funded

Students traveling to the partner university by sustainable means (e.g. train, bicycle) will receive a one-time grant of € 50 and may receive up to 4 additional days of funding.

Students with a proven chronic illness or disability will receive an additional € 250 per month and a one-time travel grant when traveling to Group 4 countries..

Students travelling with children also receive an extra € 250 per month and a one-time travel grant when traveling to Group 4 countries.

Erasmus+ Blended Mobility

Erasmus+ Blended Mobility gives students the opportunity to participate in a combined programme in another country inside or outside the EU-33, consisting of a virtual component and a physical stay of 5 to 30 days in the host country.

Requirements:

  • Full-time student status at a German university
  • Home university has a valid Erasmus University Charter (ECHE)
  • Student exchange at a partner university that the home university has concluded an Erasmus Inter-Institutional Agreement with

Benefits:

  • Mobility grant to cover additional costs related to studies abroad (for the period of stay in the host country)
  • Assistance with preparations for the stay abroad
  • Recognition of academic achievements abroad
  • Additional grants for students with a chronical illnessor disability & students travelling with their children
  • Grant for sustainable travel

Funding rates:

For the academic year 2021/2022, the following funding rates for blended mobility have been set:

  • Day 1-14: 70 € per funding day
  • Day 15-30: 50 € per funding day

Students traveling to the partner university by sustainable means (e.g. train, bicycle) will receive a one-time grant of € 50 and may receive up to 4 additional days of funding.

Students with a proven chronic illness or disability receive an additional €100 (€150 for stays longer than 14 days) as well as a travel grant.

Students travelling with children also receive an extra €100 (€150 for stays longer than 14 days) as well as a travel grant.

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 between € 350 and € 550 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

Want to learn more about PROMOS? Look here.

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 by the scholarship database of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).