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How much money do I need for studying abroad and how can I fund it?Funding and Scholarships

What does it cost to study abroad?

The cost of studying abroad depends very much on where you study. Cost of living, tuition fees and travelling expenses vary strongly.

However, there are funding opportunities that you can make use of to cover at least a part of these costs.


Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Erasmus+ combines the previous EU programmes for lifelong learning, youth and sport as well as the European cooperation programmes for higher education. Since 1987, ERASMUS programmes have been promoting the cross-border mobility of students, lecturers and university staff. All 27 member states of the European Union participate in the programme, and they are joined by Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Turkey and Northern Macedonia.

Until 2020, around 2 million students have already benefited from Erasmus+ in all parts of students' lifecycles including doctorate programmes, part-time studies or internships abroad. You can find more information on Erasmus+: Studying abroad.

Erasmus+ also supports internships of six to eight weeks that have been organised by students themselves. These can be done in companies and organisations located in the Erasmus member states. You can find more information on Erasmus+: Internships abroad.

The Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2021-2027 can be found here, the Erasmus Policy Statement here.

The funding programme Go East is run by the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD and enables German students to study in countries of Central, South-east and East Europe as well as in Central Asia and the southern Caucasus states.

The German Academic Exchange Service and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research continuously support PROMOS scholarship programs for a stay abroad. The funding can be applied for language courses as well as for summer schools or studies in another country. All students who are regularly enrolled at the THGA can apply. Application deadlines for the 2022 academic year are December 15, 2021 (for a study abroad start date of January 2022) and June 30, 2022 (for a start date of August 2022). The application must be accompanied by either a letter of recommendation from a faculty member or an evaluation form completed and signed by the faculty member. More information can be found here.

As part of the HAW.International program, which intends to make students fit for the international labor market of the future, THGA awards several scholarships to motivated students in 2022 and 2023. The project is financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

What is funded:
• Up to 12 months at a partner university of the THGA
• Monthly support  (depending on the country, e.g. Italy 1,025 €; Thailand 1.200 €; USA 1.200 €)
• One-time travel allowance (depending on the country, Italy 375 €, Thailand 1,100 €, USA West 1,275 €)

Who can apply:
• Bachelor and Master students of all disciplines who are enrolled at the THGA 
• The promotion of students from further education and part-time studies is possible as long as the planned
   study abroad is in full-time.
• The promotion of students who are  enrolled at German universities but lack German citizenship is possible
   if they are degree seeking. Funding in the home country is usually not allowed.

How to apply:
• Fully completed application form
• Curriculum Vitae
• Current certificate of enrolment
• Current transcript of records
• Proof of language proficiency, insofar as the studies do not take place in the native language (can be
  handed in later during the application process)
• Recommendation of a lecturer or completed form “Academic performance of the applicant”

The necessary application documents can be found in the application form.

An application for 2022 and 2023 is possible at any time. The latest possible application for this scholarship is at the end of September 2023 for the winter term 2023/24. Please note the application deadlines of the partner universities in programme and partner countries.

Please send complete application documents by email to


Alena PoluektovaStaff member in the International Office

+49 (234) 968 3265
G1 R019

Rise Worldwide

RISE stands for Research Internships in Science and Engineering. RISE Worldwideoffers summer research internships across the world to German undergraduate students with academic training in biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, earth sciences, engineering or a closely related field. RISE Worldwide is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

The application period for a research internship in Canada is already open and ends on Sept. 22, 2021. You can find detailed information here. Applications for other countries will be accepted from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15. The scholarship includes a monthly DAAD full scholarship rate, a one-time travel allowance (both depending on the destination country), health, accident and liability insurance. You can find more information on the homepage.

HAW International

The German Academic Exchange Service supports study-related stays abroad worldwide for three to six months with the HAW International Program. The application deadline is November 2, 2021 for a scholarship start between March and June 2022. Further information can be found here.