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How to finance your studies

If you’ve decided to study at a German university, congratulations: Universities are state funded. A real rarity in the world today. But of course, you’ll still need money during your time at university in order to afford your student life. Do you want to know what TU Darmstadt offers for financing your dream degree? Then this article is for you!

Published: 8th September 2020, Last update: 4th August 2022

Cognitive Science B.Sc.

As a member of Tutor International, I often meet international students. Our group offers help and advice in a relaxed atmosphere about all of the important issues that students from abroad have to deal with. And of course the issues are often about financing their degree. So here’s my advice: Take advantage of the tons of counselling out there and get some support for your search for scholarships and grants!

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ISS: For a successful start at TU Darmstadt

Have you been accepted at TU Darmstadt and you can’t wait to get started? Great, we can’t wait to meet you! A great place to start for international students with their questions about studying at TU Darmstadt is the International Student Services (ISS). The ISS supports international students, exchange students and refugee students in all non-academic areas and help to make sure they have a successful start at TU Darmstadt.

The mission of ISS is to promote diversity on campus and to provide the necessary services in order to meet the needs of international students, to support you when you arrive in Germany and to welcome you to TU Darmstadt. Furthermore, a main priority of ISS is to help make your time at TU Darmstadt your own personal success story! ISS also provides information and advice about visa and health insurance, financing your degree, finding a flat and any other questions about life in Darmstadt.

Scholarships: the perfect help for financing your studies

There are various ways to receive financial support during your studies. Here we present a few of the most important scholarships that you can apply for as a TU student. Our list is only a selection; there are many other scholarships, for example from political or religious foundations. You can get an overview of the various programmes at Stipendium Plus or the DAAD. They are definitely worth taking a look!

Scholarships have the advantage that you don't have to pay anything in return and you don't have to pay back the money you receive – so they help you to concentrate better on your studies. The amount of funding varies from programme to programme and also changes regularly. We have divided the amount of funding into two categories: Full funding (amount based on student living costs) and partial funding (financial subsidy).

Scholarship For whom? Conditions How much? Application period For how Long?
Deutschlandstipendium Students who study within the regular period of study - Bachelor's degree programme – no later than the 4th semester
- Master's degree programme – no later than in the 2nd semester
- teaching degree programme – no later than the 7th semester
- Social and civic engagement
Partial funding From 12th of September till 7th of October 2022 12 months
Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes Students who study full-time Passing the selection procedure Based on BAföG Depends on the type of application 12 months
Thomas Weiland Foundation Bachelor's and Master's students with STEM-related subjects - Outstanding Abitur student (Bachelor) or student (Master)
- Only for TU students
- Separate, simplified application procedure for participants of “Jugend forscht” or “Schüler experimentieren”
Full funding Twice a year: till 30th of June or 31st of December Regular period of study
Scholarship For whom? Conditions How much? Application period For how Long?
EPOS (DAAD) For professionals and managers from developing and emerging countries - A few years of professional experience, depending on the degree programme
- Above-average marks in your previous studies
- English or German test certificates
Full funding Depends on the programme Complete study period
DAAD-Scholarships Incoming Foreign students who want to do a degree in Germany The conditions for receiving funding vary depending on the country of origin and the type of scholarship.
Among the standard requirements are:
- Knowledge of German and English
- Above-average marks
- Extracurricular activities would be an advantage
Depends on the programme Depends on the programme Complete study period
Motivationsstipendium Pupils from German schools abroad - Application and nomination of the students take place via the respective German school abroad
- Admission to the TU Darmstadt
Partial funding Till 15th of September First Semester
Graduation Scholarship Foreign students who have registered a thesis or will do so in the next 6 months - Foreign citizenship
- University entrance qualification acquired abroad or at a preparatory course in Germany
- Enrolment at the TU Darmstadt in a Bachelor's, Master's or teaching degree programme 
- Overall GPA ≤ 2.74
- Thesis has already been registered or will be registered within the next six months
Partial funding Twice a year: from 1st till 15th of April and from 1st till 15th of October 1 to 6 months
Scholarship For whom? Conditions How much? Application period For how Long?

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Outgoing in Europe (Erasmus Programme) - Home University must participate in Erasmus + programme.
- A student shall do an exchange also in the country-participant of the Erasmus+ programme
- Further may depend on the university.
- For TU Darmstadt the condition was that an exchange takes place in presence and not virtually.
Partial funding Till 30th of November 2022 for the academic year 2023/24 In TU Darmstadt: Minimum 3 months (90 days) and maximum 4 months (120 days)
Promos (DAAD Outgoing
- One-semester study stay (no longer and no shorter!) at partner universities outside Europe
- Writing a final thesis (Bachelor's/Master's thesis) at partner universities outside Europe
- Students apply directly at TU Darmstadt
- Student must be enrolled at TU Darmstadt
- The semester abroad is at least the third semester
- Student has sufficient knowledge of the language of tuition at the partner university (at least B2)
- Student must be nominated by the home university
- Students can be rewarded with PROMOS for 6 months per study level
Depends on the country From 15th of October till 15th of November (For an exchange in the period January to June of the following year)
From 15th of April to 15th of May (For an exchange in the period July to December of the same year)
The duration can range from one month to six months, depending on the DAAD funding available in the sponsorship year
Fulbright - Outgoing to the USA
- Four to nine-month study stay at Master's level at a US university
- Covering of travel costs
- Those conducting research in USA related to the dissertation
- Be a master's student or a graduate wishing to do a master's degree
- Selection criteria: good academic performance, social commitment and the potential to work for transatlantic relations
Partial funding / full funding Till 21st of August 2022, 23:59 (CEST) for the academic year 2023/24 From 4 to 6 or 9 months
Future Leaders Scholarship (FLS):
Read more about the scholarship in Satoshi's Blog
Outgoing to China, Taiwan and Japan.
Students must be enrolled in the following Master's degree programmes:
- Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Computer Science, Mechatronics (Japan);
- Law and economics, Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry (Taiwan);
- Mechanical Engineering, Law and Economics, Electrical Engineering & Information Technology, Computer Science (China).
- Top 20 % of the study programme
- Very good English skills
- Only for TU students
- The stay abroad consists of an exchange semester and a compulsory internship of several months in the host country
Partial funding Till 15th of November 2022 for the academic year 2023/24 10 months

The Deutschlandstipendium: definitely worth a look!

TU Darmstadt, with the support of companies, foundations and private individuals, was able to award almost 400 grants for the Deutschlandstipendium each year. That is a relatively large number of grants, which means the chances are good! The Deutschlandstipendium promotes outstanding achievement at school and university, encourages social engagement, experiences abroad, internships, and provides particular support in social, family and personal circumstances that may make being a university student difficult. In addition to financial support, scholarship holders also have access to a network of potential partners in business and industry. This gives them the opportunity to make contacts for their future dream job while still at university.

A graduation scholarship supports international students at the end

Have you ever heard of a graduation scholarship? This scholarship is designed for international students when they are in the phase of writing their bachelor’s or master’s thesis. You can apply if you’re enrolled in a bachelor's, master's or a teaching degree programme at TU Darmstadt and your thesis has already been approved or will be approved within the next six months. More info in the table above!

Students in need

Are you in a difficult financial situation and need support?

TU Darmstadt will help you! The Association for Students in Need (Förderverein der in Not geratene Studierende e.V.) provides financial support in emergencies and special hardship cases. The association members work purely on a voluntary basis and with money from private donations, as well as AStA and TU Darmstadt.

More information about how to find help quickly and unbureaucratically can be found via the AStA.

The Students’ Union also supports you

If you’re still not sure about what help you need and how it all works, the Student Union can help. Especially when it comes to the tricky issue of financing your degree, the team at the Student Union can support you with advice and assistance.

You might also think of BAföG when it comes to financing your studies. By the way, this kind of awkward abbreviation stands for the Federal Training Assistance Act (“Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz”), which has provided young people with a whole bunch of educational opportunities since 1971. BAföG supports students, depending on their family's financial situation, to complete a university degree that suits their aptitudes and interests. A pretty cool thing, which by the way is not only valid for German citizens. International students can also apply for BAföG under certain conditions. You probably want to know now whether this also applies to you, right?! Then the best thing to do is to make an appointment with the Students’ Union at .

TUtor International: By students for students

The TUtor International Team of the AStA is a wonderful place for international students to meet. It works closely with the Student Union and international student associations. The team consists of tutors from all over the world and their advice is tailored specifically to the needs of international students. Tutor International supports international students socially, culturally, and professionally as advisors, companions and friends. The team also offers advice on questions about financing your degree.

Tutor International brings together students from lots of countries around the world with a programme of study groups, training sessions, workshops, and consultation hours, but also a wide range of fun activities (cuisines of different cultures and cultural trips, excursions and parties).

Cometogether helps you find the right scholarship

You want to learn even more about funding opportunities? Go and get some advice from the Cometogether-team at TU Darmstadt. Because of course, there are a lot of other scholarships that are aimed at international students. Lots of these scholarships are awarded by foundations with various goals, profiles and award criteria. Finding the right endowment isn’t so easy unfortunately because there are a bunch of different requirements for the awarding of a scholarship. For example, there are special scholarships for women, for students with a migration background and lots more. So, it’ll take some research to find the right match.

What many soon-to-be students don't know is that being eligible for a scholarship doesn’t necessarily mean you have to have the best grades in the whole class. Many of the foundations also look at soft skills and are looking for students active in their community who stand up for social, societal, or political issues. So, your social and volunteer activities outside of your degree programme, with active participation in youth groups s, university clubs s, student communities, student organisations and other kinds of volunteering might be rewarded with a scholarship. But even your heritage, age, socio-economic circumstances (low income, family relationships, need), university location and degree subject, as well as gender may also qualify you for a scholarship.

Find a part time job with "Stellenwerk"

Are you wondering how you can finance your studies? Where you can put what you've learned into practice and gain valuable experience? You would like to look for a job, but you don't know which portals you can trust? Or would you like to work as a student research assistant directly at your department?

TU Darmstadt offers many jobs for students via the web portal Stellenwerk. The portal is very popular among students, hundreds of students have already found a job there. New job advertisements – internal and external – are posted regularly. The offers range from student jobs and holiday jobs to internships and graduate jobs. Check it out and find the job that's best for you!

As an international student, you should be aware of the number of hours you are allowed to work in Germany with your residence permit.

Portraitfoto Laura
Picture: Britta Hüning


Ciao! I am Laura and I am majoring in Cognitive Science. I think my degree programme is amazing: I deal with the interfaces between humans and computers every day and I am diving deeper and deeper into the topic of artificial intelligence. This exciting combination of IT and psychology immediately convinced me to study Cognitive Science in Darmstadt.