financing options and give you advice on what you should consider when planning your stay abroad.
Many scholarship programmes involve lengthy application processes, which is why it is important that you inform yourself about the expected costs at an early stage and consider what financing might look like.
The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst, DAAD)) is the largest funding organisation for international academic exchange and offers a variety of scholarship programmes. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of subject-related qualifications and personal suitability. The application documents must be sent directly to the DAAD.
Under the Go East programme, funds from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) can be used to fund study stays at partner universities in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe (not at Erasmus partner universities) and the CIS countries.
No separate application is required for the Go East Scholarship. If you have applied for a place at a higher education institution in the above-mentioned countries, you will automatically be considered for the scholarship selection. However, this depends on the funds available.
*** Please note: Unfortunately, the Go East Scholarship is not available this year. Please apply to other possible programmes ***
For individual regions with which Bavaria traditionally maintains close contact and cooperation, the Bavarian University Centres support individual activities in the fields of science, teaching and research. These are the university centres:
Bavarian University Centre for China
Bavarian University Centre for Latin America
Bavarian University Centre for Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe
Bavarian American House
An overview of the profiles of the various Bavarian Academic Centres can also be found in the brochure of the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts.
Fulbright Scholarships for Study Stays in the USA
The Fulbright Commission is a renowned scholarship provider that promotes academic exchange between the United States and more than 180 countries worldwide. The German-American Fulbright Programme was founded in 1952 and has financially supported the study visits of more than 45,000 Germans and Americans to date. Partial and full scholarships as well as travel scholarships are awarded.
The scholarship is aimed at students and graduates of all disciplines who wish to study in the USA. German citizenship is a prerequisite for an application for German-American cultural exchange.
The following scholarships are offered every year:
- Travel scholarships
- Doctoral scholarship programme
- Fulbright Diversity Initiative
Further information on the scholarships can be found on the Fulbright-Germany website.
Fulbright academic adviser Professor Solomon
Professor Dennis Solomon Professor. Dennis Solomon is the academic adviser for the Fulbright Programme at the University of Passau. He is the contact person for German students who are interested in the scholarship as well as for American scholarship holders who come to the University of Passau and offers additional local support.
Professor Dennis Solomon, LL.M. (Berkeley)
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GFPS (Community for student exchanges in Central and Eastern Europe)
Studies for FIM Students, Master’s Degree
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The Ranke Heinemann Institute arranges study places and fund students who pay international tuition fees in Australia and New Zealand. The funding amounts to 10 percent of the tuition fees for a semester, applies to all universities and is also aimed at Bafög recipients and DAAD scholarship holders.
Foreign student loans and grants
You can also support your studies abroad financially with statutory grants such as the Auslands-BAföG (international student loans and grants), if necessary even if you are not receiving a domestic BAföG in Germany. Necessary tuition fees of up to 4,600 euros per academic year can be covered. Scholarships from the DAAD or also PROMOS or ISAP remain credit-free up to an amount of EUR 300.
The University of Passau has funds from the State Ministry of Science and the Arts at its disposal to promote internationalisation. These funds can be used to grant you travel allowances. Only the travel costs actually incurred (return flight, transfer, up to 500 euros within Europe, up to 1,000 euros outside Europe) are eligible.
Foundations and other institutions
Educational loan programme of the Federal Government
The Federal Government’s Education Loan Programme is designed to offer financial support to students in advanced semesters through a low-interest loan. The loan can be individually adapted to the needs of the borrowers.