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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.

For exchange students. 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.

If you have questions regarding your Erasmus+ scholarship, please contact the International Office of your home university.

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.

Scholarships administered by the International Office

This scholarship is provided by the DAAD and administered by the International Office of the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences.

Target group / program description:

International exchange students from partner universities of the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences are to be funded in order to increase the internationalisation of the university.

Application requirements: 

Applicants must already be in a higher semester and have good academic standing.

Funding amount and duration: 

Funding can be granted in the amount of € 250 to a maximum of € 861 per month and for a maximum of 12 months.

Application: 

Deadlines: February 28, April 30, August 31, October 31 

Documents: The application must be submitted in full, in German or English, with the documents listed below. Incomplete applications will not be considered.     

  • Cover letter which also shows who you are, what you are doing at HS Mannheim (semester, project, etc.), why you are applying for financial aid, why you are the right person for this scholarship.    
  • Complete curriculum vitae in tabular form (true to the month) with photo    
  • Current status report / transcript of records    
  • Budget (a table for the previous financing and a table for the application period, see Excel table provided!)    
  • Datasheet - Scholarship Application 

Send your application to the International Office at stibetstip.io@hs-mannheim.de

The payment of the scholarship is subject to the allocation of sufficient funds. 

This scholarship is provided by the DAAD and administered by the International Office of the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences.

Target group / program description 

International students at the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences are to be financially supported and relieved with this scholarship in the phase of graduation.

Application requirements 

Applicants have to demonstrate good academic performance or have got into financial hardship through no fault of their own. The graduation must be expected within a maximum of 12 months from the application.

Funding amount and duration:

Funding can be granted in the amount of € 250 to a maximum of € 861 per month and for a maximum of 12 months.

Application: 

Deadlines: February 28, April 30, August 31, October 31 

Documents: The application must be submitted in full, in German or English, with the documents listed below.     

  • Cover letter which also shows who you are, what you are doing at the HS Mannheim (final thesis), why you are applying for financial aid, why you are the right person for this scholarship.    
  • Complete curriculum vitae in tabular form (true to the month) with photo    
  • Current status report / transcript of records   
  • Budget (a table for the previous financing and a table for the application period, please use the excel table provided)    
  • Datasheet - Scholarship Application    
  • Confirmation of the supervising professor with the topic, beginning and end of the thesis and the amount of the payment, if work is being written at the university    
  • Contract with the company where you do your thesis (if applicable)

Send your application to the International Office: stibetstip.io@hs-mannheim.de

The payment of the scholarship is subject to the allocation of sufficient funds.

Target group / program description 

Scholarships for particularly committed international students are intended to improve support for international students. The scholarship holders perform supervisory tasks or similar services that serve the international exchange.

Application requirements 

Applicants have to be of good academic standing and demonstrate commitment to looking after international students, e.g. social and technical support, linguistic tandem cooperation, participation in the cultural program and excursions, country-related events, support activities in the dormitories, language courses etc. The Applicant must be in a higher semester (not at the beginning of their studies).

Funding amount and duration 

Funding can be granted in the amount of € 250 to a maximum of € 861 per month and for a maximum of 12 months.

Application: 

Deadlines: February 28, April 30, August 31, October 31 

Documents: The application must be submitted in full, in German or English, with the documents listed below. Incomplete applications will not be considered.     

  • Cover letter which also shows who you are, what you are doing at HS Mannheim (semester, project, thesis), why you are applying for financial aid, why you are the right person for this scholarship.    
  • Complete curriculum vitae in tabular form (true to the month) with photo    
  • Current status report / transcript of records    
  • Budget (a table for the previous financing and a table for the application period, see Excel table provided)    
  • Datasheet - Scholarship Application    
  • If possible: evidence of voluntary work 

Send your application to the International Office at stibetstip.io@hs-mannheim.de

The payment of the scholarship is subject to the allocation of sufficient funds. 

This scholarship is provided by the DAAD and administered by the International Office of the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences.

Target group / program description 

Excellent international students at the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences who do not come from a partner university, are not about to graduate and do not receive any other scholarship, can exceptionally be supported with this scholarship.

Application requirements 

Applicants must already be in a higher semester, be of good academic standing. Only in exceptional cases can students who are in need through no fault of their own be given short-term support.

Funding amount and duration 

Funding can be granted in the amount of € 250 to a maximum of € 861 per month and for a maximum of 12 months.

Application: 

Deadlines: February 28, April 30, August 31, October 31 

Documents: The application must be submitted in full, in German or English, with the documents listed below. Incomplete applications will not be considered.     

  • Cover letter which also shows who you are, what you are doing at HS Mannheim (semester, project, thesis), why you are applying for financial aid, why you are the right person for this scholarship.    
  • Complete curriculum vitae in tabular form (true to the month) with photo    
  • Current status report / transcript of records    
  • Budget (a table for the previous financing and a table for the application period, see Excel table provided)    
  • Datasheet - Scholarship Application 

Send your application to the International Office at stibetstip.io@hs-mannheim.de

The payment of the scholarship is subject to the allocation of sufficient funds.

Target group:

This programme is aimed at students and doctoral candidates with a recognized refugee status and / or a right to asylum who can be shown to be at risk in their country of origin due to their ethnic, sexual, gender or religious identity or their political or civic engagement formally or de facto the right to education is denied. 

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers the “Hilde Domin-Programm” scholarship programme with funds from the Federal Foreign Office. The programme is designed to support endangered students and doctoral students who are formally or de facto denied the right to education in their country of origin to start or continue studying in Germany in order to obtain a degree or doctorate at a German university. The students and doctoral candidates nominated and selected within the framework of the program are enrolled in courses of their personal choice and individual qualifications and receive a scholarship that covers the necessary costs of the study or research stay. 

The long-term goal of the scholarship programme is to enable students and doctoral candidates to study at a university or a research stay in a safe environment so that they can make an important contribution to the political, economic and social development in their countries of origin after completing their studies or research project (respectively in Germany or third countries). All recipients of the scholarship programme receive interdisciplinary qualifications in an accompanying social science programme in order to increase the chances of free personal development and a contribution to society. 

The nomination and selection process:

Potential candidates cannot apply for the Hilde Domin programme independently, but are nominated by the management (president / rectorate) of an institution that is based in Germany as a legal entity. The nominating institutions and organisations must submit a nomination form provided by the DAAD with a declaration of nomination to be added. Then, on the basis of an initial plausibility check, suitable candidates will be contacted by the DAAD and asked to apply via the DAAD's online application portal. The application documents submitted by the candidates are then checked by the DAAD for completeness and formal correctness. The final selection of the candidates is made by independent selection committees appointed by the DAAD. As part of the selection process, both the risk and the academic performance are assessed. 

Further information on the DAAD website

Contact:

International Office, Karin Plattner, incoming.io@hs-mannheim.de

Other possibilities

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.

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

The Mannheimer Modell Mittelstandsstipendien 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. 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 the 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!