How to finance your studies

BAföG for Refugees

Approved refugees (refugees approved and entiteled to be granted asylum, refugees holding asylum status respectively subsidiary protection, BAföG § 8 Abs. 2 Nr. 1) will be able to apply for BAföG, irrespective of the time period they have been residing in Germany.

In the case of receiving BaföG, refugees are futhermore permitted to earn up to 4,800 € a year in addition. Starting 01.01.2016, same applies for people with exceptional leave to remain for humanitarian reasons, if already been residing in Germany for at least 15 months.

Asylum-seekers on whose application has not yet been decided, are not permitted to request BaföG. They are granted support in accordance with the Asylum Seekers’ Benefit Act (AsylbLG). After three months, refugees will be able to work under the condition that a priority check has occurred beforehand.

The AsylblG furthermore allows guest auditor status for refugees at Kiel University.

Support Program – Guarantee funds of Otto-Benecke-Trust

The support program appeals to younger migrants who are:

  1. interested in obtaining the general qualification for university entrance
  2. preparing for a course of study and are aiming at an academic career
  3. refugees, Jewish immigrants or late repatriates currently residing in Germany

Its purpose is fast social integration, especially focusing on continuing the education that was interrupted in the home country.

Böckler-campaign for education

The Hans-Böckler Trust (website only in German avaiable) set itself the goal to contribute more chance-equality in the German education-system by awarding scholarships. They want to support especially those people that do not see studying as a matter of course. They support young people that showed good performance by working in a trade union and/or that show commitment in social-political groups.

Deutschlandstipendium (Germany-Trust)

In the program of Deutschlandstipendium students in any phase of their studies and in any subject will be supported for over 1 year with 300 Euro per month. Most important condition – so says the German law - is that the career of the students let expect an outstanding performance in studies and work.

Solidarity fund of Friedrich-Ebert-Trust

The ground funding for foreigners (website only in German available) offers a financial help for an efficient study, a comprehensive seminar program that strengthens soft skills as well as professional skills and that gives interesting insights in the German social debates. PhD students get an all-round support, including financial security, professional mentors, networking with university-groups and working committees, plus a seminar comprehensive program and lasting international contacts.

Sponsorship for talented students in the academic area

The institute of sponsorship for talented students StipendiumPlus supports students who are participating in full time courses of study performed at public or publicly approved colleges (usually a university or advanced technical college). If respective requirements are fulfilled, it is possible to give support regarding international study or internship programs that are promoting the particular field of study.