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Here you will find general information about student financing options. Since you come from different countries of origin, we recommend that you use the navigation points on the left-hand side of this page to obtain important information on topics related to your studies and accommodation, e.g. specific information on financing your studies, checklists for prospective students, your stay after your studies and much more.

BAföG for students from abroad

If they meet the legal requirements, international students are entitled to aid according to the German law on higher education grants (BAföG).

This monthly aid payment depends on the student´s needs (child-care allowance if applicable).

Germans as defined by Art. 116 GG (including ethnic German resettlers and naturalised Germans) benefit from the BaföG grant, although students from migrant backgrounds may also entitled to receive it. On the other hand, international students holding a visa/residence permit for studying generally cannot receive any BAföG benefits. The requirements for international student aid are stated in§ 8 BAföG, see Information sheet for students with foreign nationality (§ 8 BAföG)

Those not entitled to it may be able to receive aid from state funding to complete their studies.

Examination scholarships for international students

International students who are ineligible for a BAföG-allowance may be awarded funding from state resources for the completion of their studies. However, there are no legal claims for this funding.

Requirements You must complete your studies no more than two semesters after applying. You must also be in need of support, that means not be receiving money from your parents or being otherwise financially secure.


Students from the following Hamburg colleges may apply:

- Universität Hamburg (UHH)

- Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg/Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW)

- Technische Universität Hamburg (TUHH)

- Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg (HfbK)

- Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg (HfMT)

- HafenCity Universität Hamburg (HCU)


Contact for students from HAW, TUHH, HfbK, HfMT and HCU

Students from these universities should contact the Studierendenwerk Hamburg (see contact at the bottom: Amt für Ausbildungsförderung (BAföG-Amt) – Application forms can also be obtained here. 

Contact for students from University Hamburg (UHH)

Students from University Hamburg see:


The deadline for the summer semester is 30.04. or 31.03. for the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW), and for the winter semester 31.10. or 30.09. for the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW).

Scholarships – the efficient way to fund studies

Unfortunately, very few students are supported by scholarships in Germany. There is no central authority to which you can apply or which forwards applications to funding institutions. You must actively look for establishments awarding scholarships yourself and apply to them individually.


The International Office at your intended university provides counselling and support for new international students. The office details can be found on the university website.


The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides funding for incoming international students. As you need to apply for a DAAD scholarship approx. 1.5 year before starting your studies, you should make sure to read through the information in the DAAD funding database well in advance.

If you are in the final phase of your studies, you can use our list (see: "Stipendien für die einzelnen Studienphase -> Stipendien für die Studienabschlussphase") of scholarships for final course phases. International students studying at German universities may also apply for some of these scholarships.

Student loans and education funds

A student loan may bridge a funding gap, but is the most expensive form of study financing. We therefore advise students to thoroughly read through the respective loan conditions before signing any contracts.

International students can request a student loan or financing from an education fund under certain conditions.

Please ask the respective provider whether you are entitled to receive funding for your studies.


State loans:

KfW student loans

Educational loan


Further information for international students can be found here
Educational funding providers:

Career Concept/Festo

Deutsche Bildung Brain Capital


Test series for loans and educational funding:


Loans offered by Studierendenwerk Hamburg

Students who are not eligible for any other financing options can apply for a loan offered by the Studierendenwerk Hamburg. There are different loans, depending on the respective study situation. The loans are interest-free, but you have to name a guarantor with a permanent residence permit for the repayment. For further information please contact the Counselling Centre for Study Financing – BeSt.


THE COUNSELLING CENTRE WILL BE CLOSED FOR VISITORS FROM MARCH 16TH UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. PLEASE CONTACT US BY PHONE OR E-MAIL. Initial advice on BAföG (German law on higher education grants) applications and answering questions on BAföG in the

Counselling centre for study financing – BeSt (student surname starts with A-Z)

Grindelallee 9

(Ground Floor)

20146 Hamburg

(near Dammtor railstation)

Telephone: +49 / 40 / 42 815 - 5107, - 5108

Fax: +49 / 40 / 41 902 - 6126


Telephone Hours

Mon 9.30 am - 3.00 pm

Tue, Thu 9.30 am - 5.00 pm

Wed, Fri 9.30 am - 1.00 pm

Please contact us also by E-Mail (best@studierendenwerk-hamburg.de)


BAföG Office (Higher Education Grants) – Examination scholarships for international students

Grindelallee 9

Room 505

20146 Hamburg

(Near Dammtor station)

Telephone: +49 / 40 / 42 815 - 5144, - 5145

Fax: +49 / 40 / 41 902 - 6126


Telephone Hours

Mon 9.00 am - 11.00 am

Tue, Thu 9.00 am - 12.00 pm and 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm

Wed 9.00 am - 11.00 am and 2.00 pm - 3.00 pm


Postal address

Studierendenwerk Hamburg
Examination scholarships for international students

Postfach 13 01 13

20101 Hamburg

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