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 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 will be announced during the winter semester 2021/2022. 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. A template can be found here.
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.
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.