Big dreams, but small purse?

There are numerous ways to get financial support for studying abroad.


With Erasmus +, students have the opportunity to study in another EU-33 country. Students can get financial support in every study cycle (Bachelor, Master, Doctorate) for a study period of between three and twelve months at a foreign host university.


  • Mobility subsidy
  • Exemption from tuition fees at the host university
  • Assistance in the preparation of the stay abroad
  • Academic recognition of study achievements abroad
  • Special grants for students with special needs


  • Enrollment at a German university
  • Successful completion of the first academic year
  • Study period at a partner university with which the home university has concluded an Erasmus cooperation agreement (inter-institutional agreement)
  • Home and host university have a valid Erasmus University Charter (ECHE)
  • Mandatory participation in the online language test of the European Commission in the working language before and after the end of the stay (no eligibility criteria for the Erasmus + program)

The financial support for Erasmus + students is based on the different living costs in the target countries (program countries). For the academic year 2017/18, the International Advisory Council of the university of Applied Sciences Nordhausen has decidedc the following funding levels for study visits (SMS):

  • Country group 1: 420 € per month of sponsorship
    • Denmark, Finland, Great Britain, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden
  • Country group 2: 360 € per month
    • Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus, Austria
  • Country Group 3: € 300 per month of sponsorship
    • Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Turkey


The Nordhausen University awards PROMOS-scholarships funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Depending on the country of destination, they amount to € 300 or € 400 per month of sponsorship. International study periods outside the EU-33 with a minimum stay of three months are eligible.

Applications shall be sent to the International Office. The scholarship holders are selected twice a year by the International Advisory Council of the University of Applied Sciences Nordhausen.

Application deadlines:

  • for stays abroad in the summer semester: 15 January
  • for stays abroad in the winter semester: 15 June

Application documents:

In addition to the online application for the PROMOS scholarship and the Learning Agreement for PROMOS / free mover and, if applicable, a language certificate, we also need the latest extract from QISPOS and a letter of motivation.

Selection criteria:

  • Conclusion of the Letter of Motivation
    • Related to the field of study?
    • Extracurricular activities?
  • Grade average / grade average for language courses

See also further Steps to Study Abroad.

Other Funding Opportunities

All university members who are interested in a long-term international exchange can get support from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and other organisations. More information can be found in the Scholarship Database of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

In addition, there are a number of scholarships to promote study periods abroad.

1. Funding for the USA

The Fulbright Commission awards full, partial and travel grants to study in the US.

The application deadline for full and partial grants to study at American universities usually ends in June for the following academic year.

The application deadline for the travel grant ends in January for the upcoming academic year. It is aimed at students of German universities who arrange and (partly) finance their study period in the USA via a German-American university partnership program. Eligible are:

  • Bachelor students who have successfully completed at least four semesters by the time of admission to the USA and will complete their Bachelor's program at the German university after their studies in the USA.
  • Master students who finish their studies at the German university after completing their studies in the USA.

There will also be a (smaller) number of scholarships for a Study Plus Internship stay (including a one-semester course followed by a study-related internship in the US).

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2. Funding for Australia and New Zealand

GOstralia! assists in completing the documents for applications to Australian universities. Moreover, Gostralia! cooperates with some universities and offers a number of scholarships for study periods in Australia, covering tuition fees for a semester or master's degree program.

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The Institut Ranke-Heinemann offers study grants for students who spend a semester in Down Under. It covers 10% of the tuition fees for one semester (all universities, all courses of study) as far as international fees are charged. The subsidies are not awarded on a performance basis.

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The IEC advisory team supports free movers who want to spend a semester abroad in Australia or New Zealand and also grants scholarships.

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3. Funding for Asia

Asia Exchange arranges study places in Asian countries and has several partnerships with renowned universities. In addition, Asia Exchange grants scholarships.

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IEC arranges study places at universities in China, Indonesia and Thailand, which can be funded by an IEC scholarship.

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4. Funding worldwide

Stays abroad of German students can also be funded according to the Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG). One or two semesters of study integrated into the study program (that is, the services provided abroad are credited to the course) within the European Union can be financially supported. The application must be submitted to the BAföG office responsible for the destination country.

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The company Eidam und Partner grants scholarships of 450, - Euro per month to 15 German students per semester. There are no restrictions on the destination country and the target university.

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In addition to advising and arranging study places abroad, College Contact also offers scholarships from its partner universities.

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