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When it comes to financing their studies, students in Germany have various funding and support options at their disposal. One of the best-known options is the BAföG (Federal Training Assistance Act), which offers financial support in the form of a grant and/or interest-free loan. In addition, there are numerous foundations and study support organizations that award scholarships for talented students.

The "Student Union Freiberg" offers a comprehensive range of information and advice on student finance.

Student Union: Student Finance

The Federal Training Assistance Act (Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz, BAföG for short) regulates training assistance for students. You can find out whether you receive BAföG by seeking expert advice from the staff of the BAföG office at the Student Union.

A loan from Student Services may be applied for to alleviate a short-term financial hardship.

Funding Opportunities from TUBAF

Since the summer semester of 2011, the Germany Scholarship has been supporting students and first-year students whose backgrounds indicate outstanding achievements in their studies and careers. They receive 300 euros a month - half from the federal government and the other half from private donors.

At the University, there are a variety of scholarships and prizes awarded to students. The university, private donors, companies and associations provide funds for this purpose.

Friends and Sponsors of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg promotes, among other things, science and research with projects, especially of students, diploma and doctoral students, and supports scientific contacts and cooperations as well as technical excursions and internships of students.

Federal Study Grants


Very good performance in studiesHigh personal and voluntary commitment.

German Academic Scholarship Foundation

Those who have already completed vocational training and gained professional experience can apply for the scholarship. The federal government's advancement scholarship supports those with professional experience in pursuing their first university degree.

Avicenna-Study union (muslim)

Requirements: Citizenship of an EU member state or the status of a Bildungsinländer as defined by §8 BAföG, Muslim students, enrollment at a state or state-recognized German university, students have at least 4 semesters of above-average school/academic performance remaining at the time of the start of funding, social commitment, language level of C1.

Application: Self-application, end of application period is either 1.4. or 1.10. of the year.

Cusanus Foundation (catholic)

Requirements: German, Catholic students from the 2nd semester on and during the doctorate, professional qualification; intensive participation in problems and tasks of the church, participation in a vacation academy is mandatory.

Application: self-application or application by teachers, university lecturers, parish priests, etc. by 01.10. of the year

Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Study union (jewish)

Requirements: German, Jewish students, above-average school and study performance, involvement in Jewish communities, in the social sector, in youth work, in student organizations or in the social environment; high degree of involvement in the idealistic promotion and commitment within the scholarship structures.

Application: Self-application, by 31.10. or by 30.4.

Evangelisches Studienwerk e.V. Villigst

Requirements: German, Protestant students or children of foreign employees from EC or EC-associated countries, provided they have acquired their university entrance qualification in the FRG; high level of willingness to engage in interdisciplinary scientific study; assumption of responsibility as a Christian, participation in vacation seminars is obligatory.

Application: self-application only; until 01.03. or 01.09. of the year, respectively.

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (SPD)

Requirements: German and foreign students with excellent professional qualifications and interdisciplinary, social and political commitment, participation in vacation seminars desired

Application: Self-application to the foundation possible at any time (with two university lecturer reports)

Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation (FDP)

Requirements: Students and doctoral candidates with above-average performance and active socio-political commitment, application as high school graduates or as first-year students, minimum funding period of two semesters,

Application: Self-application, by 30.4. or 31.10.

Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung (CSU)

Requirements: Undergraduate and graduate students with above-average performance and active sociopolitical involvement, participation in supervisory seminars desired.

Application: Self-application

Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen)

Requirements: German nationals, foreign nationals with a first degree, application possible before the first semester up to and including the 4th semester, very good school or academic performance, social commitment and political interest, convincing reasons for application to the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Application: Self-application, until 1.3. or 1.9.

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V. (CDU)

Requirements: German and foreign students with above-average talent from the 1st semester; maximum age 32 years old

Note: Participation in seminars desired

Application: Self-application directly to the foundation

Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (Die Linke)

Requirements: Germans, foreigners with BAföG entitlement, students with a migration background who have a permanent perspective of staying in Germany, very good academic performance, strong social commitment in the spirit of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, studies within the standard period of study.

Application: Self-application, until 1.4. or 1.10.


Requirements: Immigrants who are seeking or have taken up studies in the FRG; students from the Third World who are in Germany to continue their education (further details will be provided by the Berlin Office).

Hans Böckler Foundation (DGB)

Requirements: Students from the employee sector with high professional and personal qualifications and a sense of socio-political responsibility.

Application: Proposals from the area of a DGB trade union

Studienförderwerk Klaus Murmann (Stiftung der deutschen Wirtschaft)

Requirements: German nationality or foreigner:in as defined by § 8 BAföG, high level of social commitment, grades in the upper third of the performance range, high level of social competence, interest in social, political or economic topics.

Application: Self-application, study scholarship: 30.5. to 7.7., doctoral scholarship: 1.6. to 1.8.


Promoting International Student Mobility

Erasmus+ aims to promote lifelong learning, enable sustainable growth, strengthen social cohesion and European identity, and drive innovation. The program focuses on inclusion and diversity, digitalization, civic education and sustainability.

In the current program generation from 2021 to 2027, even more students and university staff will be able to participate in Erasmus+ more easily than before. Particularly addressed are all those who have not been reached by the program so far because of their personal or social situation or because of structural factors. Overall, access should be made easier for all people and organisations.

The PROMOS scholarship is aimed at students with very good grades and a high level of extracurricular commitment, who want to go abroad outside Europe or if no funding is possible in the Erasmus programme or if there is no Erasmus+ contract with a European university. Short stays of up to 6 months (study visits, internships as well as specialized and language courses) are possible.

Scholarships for International Students

The International University Centre regularly publishes offers from TUBAF and other organisations that are aimed exclusively at international students.

The Study Completion Grant is a scholarship for international students in the last semester of their studies.
The requirements for receiving it are good study performance, graduation within nine months and financial need.
This scholarship can only be awarded once. A selection committee (IUZ Advisory Board) decides on its award. There is no legal claim to the granting of the graduation grant.

web page "Study Completion Grant"