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Scholarships and Grants

Unlike other countries, most German institutes of higher education have not introduced a students loan service nor do they offer any award scholarships.

0109 StudentenhausThe largest scholarship organisation in Germany certainly is the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Bonn. However like all other grants from German scholarship organizations, these grants are announced and awarded partly in the home country of the applicant. You can obtain information about such scholarships from the German Embassy and from German cultural institutions in your home country, for example from the Goethe-Institutes or outposts of the DAAD.

Some foundations accept international students who already are studying in Germany, but normally only advanced students-in some cases only graduate and postgraduate students-can apply for a scholarship. These stipends usually are awarded for a period of six months or a year, but sometimes an extension is possible.

You can find an overview of grant-awarding organizations under:





Here are some organizations listed that offer grants for international students:

Deutschlandstipendium - German Scholarhip for Students

The German Federal Government has initiated a national scholarship programme called "Deutschlandstipendium" (http://www.deutschlandstipendium.de) to support specially gifted students of any nationality at German universities.

This programme is co-financed by the German Ministry of Education and Research and private donors. The scholarship amounts to € 300 per month and is awarded for the duration of at least one year. The Deutschland Stipendium is conceived in a way that private donors (either business, alumni or foundations) come up with half the amount (€ 150), which is then paired with federal funds.

The scholarships are awarded to highly motivated and performance-oriented students, who have excellent grades and who are expected to have a good performance during their studies and later on in the professional world. Other very important requisites are: extra-curricular engangement, willingness to assume social responsibility as well as special personal and family circumstances.

The University Regensburg awards the "Deutschlandstipendium" every winter semester to specially gifted students.

Bayhost - Yearly Post-Graduate Scholarships

Bayhost - Yearly scholarship for university graduates from Bulgaria, Croatia Poland, Rumania, Serbia , Slovakia, Czech Republic, Ucraine and Hungary

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Well-founded specialized knowledge, the ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment and international exposure are considerable requirements that European scholars need to fulfill.  A post-graduate study programme abroad can complement and deepen the skills you already gained during your undergraduate degree as well as be a great contribution to your personal development. 

Have you already decided to do a post-graduate programme in Bavaria? The Free State of Bavaria awards every year scholarships for univesity graduates that come from Eastern Europe. Supported are post-graduate programmes and dissertations.

You may find more information about this scholarship and application forms in the following website:   www.bayhost.de

Deadline is December 1st!

BayBIDS Scholarship for graduates of German Schools abroad


MotivationsstipendiumBayBIDS  vergibt Jahresstipendien an Absolventen Deutscher Auslands- und Partnerschulen, die ein Studium in Bayern aufnehmen. Den Stipendiaten wird damit der Einstieg in ihr Studium erleichtert, gleichzeitig fungieren sie als Mentoren für interessierte Absolventen Deutscher Auslands- und Partnerschulen.

Die Stipendien werden für eine Dauer von 12 Monaten vergeben; der monatliche Zuschuss beträgt 300 €.

Informationen zur Stipendienbewerbung finden Sie unter:


BAföG - Student Loan & Grant


Claims for the Bafög (a law on support for education and training) usually are reserved for German citizens. International students may file for the BAföG only in a few special cases, for example:

  • if you have been granted asylum or have been accepted as a refugee;
  • if one of your parents is German;
  • if your spouse is German;
  • if you have been employed for at least 5 years in Germany before the beginning of the degree programme;
  • if one of your parents has been working in Germany for at least three of the last six years before the beginning of the degree programme.

You can get additional information about the BaföG from the student services office of Niederbayern-Oberpfalz:

Studentenwerk Niederbayern-Oberpfalz
Amt für Ausbildungsförderung
(Studentenhaus 2. Stock), Albertus-Magnus-Str. 4
93053 Regensburg
Tel. (0941) 943-2209

Please inform yourself early (by all means before the beginning of studies) about the possibilities available!


If you are beginning to study and you are eligible for the maximum rate of BAföG, you can apply for a scholarship at Hans Böckler Stiftung. In this case you don't have to pay any of the mony back that you receive, other than with normal BAföG.

More information you can find on the homepage of the Hans Böckler Stiftung.

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Student Grants for International Students in Financial Need

UR offers financial support for international students in financial need. You can apply for such a small grant if you fulfil the following requirements:

  • Nationality of non-EU member state and non-industrialized country!
  • Bachelor/ Staatsexamen degree programmes: You must already have had completed at least two semesters in Regensburg.
  • Master- degree programme: You already must have had completed at least one semester in Regensburg.

Image Auslaendische Studierende Ar _51_As the number of applicants is very high, unfortunately not every applicant can be granted financial help.

The funds are designated only for worthy students in need. The worthiness is to be proven through certificates (for example via the intermediate examination or “Zwischenprüfung”) and a listing of proven academic achievements previously made (“Scheine”/FlexNow printout).

The number of the proven academic achievements as well as the time frame in which the achievements were made must be consistent with the requirements of the rules and regulations of the University (“Prüfnungsordnung”). If an application for extension is made, only the latest proof of academic achievements is to be provided.

The neediness of a student then is shown if the applicant does not possess his or her own means of funds and is not receiving adequate financial support from relatives or a spouse and or from a scholarship organization or another entity.

A financial situation declaration in the application form is to be submitted by the applicant. This declaration is bound by law.

The awarded educational assistance is to be repaid in the full amount should the applicant become a citizen of the Republic of Germany.

The application will only then be processed if it is complete, i.e. if all questions are answered and all required documents are enclosed:

  • Resume with photo (for first-time applicants)
  • Proof of citizenship (copy of passport)
  • Copy of certificates acquired
  • List of grades (“Scheine”) and Flex/Now printout
  • Proof of enrolment (“Immatrikuationsbescheinignung”) for the semester in which the assistance is being applied for
  • Letter of reference from an instructor in the main field of study
  • Bank statements from the past three months


Student grants cannot be awarded to guest students (for example visitors of German courses) or to students just beginning studies.

Application deadline: normally at the end of the first week of classes.

For further information, please contact the International Office, Room 0.15 (9.30 - 11.30 h)

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