While undergraduate tuition fees in public universities are free for international students.If you want to do a master’s degree or a doctorate, you will have to pay the registration fees. However, there are more scholarships for international students interested in continuing their higher education in Germany through the Government, non-governmental institutions, and universities.  

Here are nine scholarships to start:


 Every year, the German government gives a certain amount of money for scholarships of international students who begin their studies in the country.

 1. DAAD Scholarships

 The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers the widest range of scholarships funded by the Government at different levels. It also has an easy-to-use database to get a scholarship, click here

 2. Erasmus +

 If you are European, you can apply for an Erasmus + scholarship. Funded by the European Commission, Erasmus + offers financing to cover living costs during an exchange program in Europe. Interestingly, Germany is one of the most popular study places for Erasmus students. If you are interested, click here.

 Funded by non-governmental institutions

There are a number of scholarships funded by non-governmental institutions also available to international students. These scholarships are awarded for merit to students who do various research and academic courses.

1. Heinrich Boll Scholarships for International Students

 Both national and international students are entitled to undergraduate, master’s, or doctoral scholarships with the Heinrich Boll Foundation. There are two application dates during the year. Apply online now, click here!

2. Deutschland Stipendium

 International students with a very good grade point average can qualify for € 300 per month financing through this program. On the basis of a public-private partnership, companies, organizations, and individuals sponsor talented students from € 150 per month which then correspond to other Government funds. Apply, click here!

3. Kurt Hansen Science Scholarships

 International students who plan to become science educators can apply for this scholarship, which is funded by the Bayer Foundation. The funding areas available include

  • study projects,
  • internships,
  • summer courses,
  • preparatory and complementary courses, and
  • teacher training.

If you are interested, click here.

 Scholarships form specific universities

 Like most major study places, a number of renowned German universities offer their own scholarships. We pick the four.

1. Frankfurt School of Finance & Management Doctoral Tuition Waivers

Each year the Frankfurt awards grant ten exemptions of tuition payment to doctoral students who are studying an

  • English program in Finance,
  • Accounting,
  • Mathematics, and
  • Business Administration.

You can apply here.

2. Scholarships from RWTH Aachen University

This university ranks in the top 100 of the Times Higher Education Ranking and is also generous with scholarships. Funding opportunities are available for national and international students and can be searched using this practical tool, click here.

3. Scholarship Program for International Researchers FRIAS Cofund

 Famous for its research strengths, the University of Freiburg offers a series of scholarships for international students enrolled in a research program. Scholarships are generally announced during the summer months in order to keep an eye on students from abroad! Do not hesitate. Apply here!

 4. DRD Scholarships for Sub-Saharan Africans

Funding opportunities for master’s students from sub-Saharan African countries are available for you to apply. To apply, you have to submit a research plan proposal when you are studying full time in Germany. If you want to know the requirements and get detailed information, click here.

 Now that you have the necessary information about the scholarships they offer, why not start reviewing the courses available in Germany?

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