How to fund your studies

The easiest way to fund your studies is to rely on the financial means at your own or your family's disposal – but not everyone is that lucky.

To earn your own money while studying is not only difficult, but registered students are also limited in terms of hours they can work (there is a maximum number of hours allowed per week) and wages (only a certain amount is allowed). It is important to inform yourself about the current regulations.

More information (in German)

For students from outside the European Union, the regulations are even more rigorous: a maximum of 120 days full-time work is allowed – compulsory internships not included.

The DAAD provides information about student work regulations in English.

Nevertheless, there are some possibilities to help you finance your studies.

Before beginning your studies

Applying for – and obtaining – a scholarship from your home country to finance your studies in Germany might be complicated, unless it occurs within the framework of international agreements. In all cases, the application process will take time.

In order to be able to participate in the European scholarship programme Erasmus+, your home institution must have signed an agreement with the corresponding department at Mannheim University of Applied Sciences and specifically selected you for the scholarship.

The German state of Baden-Württemberg offers a limited number of scholarships each year. Only a select number of partner universities are given the right to nominate students for this scholarship. The application and selection process occurs at each institution after Mannheim University of Applied Sciences informs its partners about the call for scholarship applications.

Every year, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers numerous study scholarships on its own or in cooperation with national institutions in different countries. The application process usually takes place a long time in advance, so it is highly recommended that you enquire about deadlines and requirements early on.

The DAAD website provides comprehensive information about their scholarships and how to apply.

The DAAD data bank will help you find many other opportunities for obtaining financial aid, besides the DAAD scholarships.

Financial aid available during your studies

Students are generally expected to demonstrate good or even excellent academic performance, especially when applying for scholarships.

We carry out numerous R&D projects in many labs, as well as design and social projects in the non-technical departments. Some of them are financed to include student cooperation that can be remunerated (so-called HiWi jobs). If your professor believes you are suitable, you may be able to participate in such projects, or alternatively offer tutorials to other students in a determined area.

INTERSTIP is an exclusive scholarship programme organised by Mannheim University of Applied Sciences in order to offer partial funding for both academic semesters abroad and international students at our university. For more information, contact our International Office.

Did you know that small and medium-sized enterprises represent 99% of all German employers?

This model is an entrepreneurial initiative in cooperation with Mannheim University of Applied Sciences and supported by the CCI Rhine-Neckar. Regional small and medium-sized enterprises sponsor selected students with scholarships with EUR 500 per semester. For more information about the firms involved, the scholarships available and the application procedure, visit this page (in German) or contact the Career Center.

Mannheim University of Applied Sciences awards and administers the so-called Deutschlandstipendium (Germany scholarship). Donations from different companies as well as private foundations facilitate this funding option.

Some calls for applications are specifically related to a department, whereas other opportunities are completely independent of the focus area.

For more information about the current scholarships and the application procedure, visit this page (in German) or contact the Career Center.

Find out more about financial aid

on the central website (in German)

Funding opportunities are regularly offered in research and management for postgraduate students. Watch out for calls for applications!