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Info & tips on funding studies abroad


As an Erasmus+ institution, Kempten University of Applied Sciences offers funding to help students spend periods in other European countries / Erasmus+ universities – either working as an intern or studying abroad. Erasmus+ doesn’t provide financial assistance for attending summer/winter schools. You can find plenty of information underthe Erasmus+ programme.

BAföG and funding abroad

Studying at foreign universities both throughout European and beyond is eligible for funding.

The following basically applies:

  • Additional costs can be considered beyond requirements rates (travel expenses, foreign weighting for higher living costs, etc.)
  • Subsidies (non-repayable) are available for foreign tuition fees (around 4,600 euros max.)
  • Higher requirements rates abroad can mean that certain students might be eligible for funding who aren’t so in Germany due to parental income level
  • Applications for funding abroad should be submitted at least six months in advance
  • The different regions are covered by separate BAföG Foreign Departments. You can find out which department is responsible for your destination country on the BAföG website .

As BAföG regulations can change at any time, this information is provided without guarantee. It is absolutely vital that you check the current regulations personally in good time with the appropriate office:

Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Augsburg Student Union (Details can also be found in this flyer)

Education loan

The federal government runs a an education loan programme that offers e.g. students at an advanced point in their training a opportunity to take out a straightforward, low-interest loan that is flexible enough to meet their specific requirements and is not means-tested.

In contrast to BAföG funding, this education loan is not dependent upon your income and assets, nor that of your parents, spouse or partner.

Loans are managed by the Federal Administration Office (Bundesverwaltungsamt – BVA) in Cologne.

Bursaries from Kempten University of Applied Sciences

International University Fund

This scheme run by the Bavarian State Ministry for Science, Research and the Arts is intended to further the process of internationalisation at Bavarian universities of applied science. It provides bursaries for students – selected by the universities themselves based on the relevant guidelines for awards – to promote international exchange between highly qualified young people. The aim is to encourage intercultural connections that foster mutual understanding, intensify specialist collaboration and thus cultivate Bavaria’s global network in the fields of teaching, research and culture.

This bursary scheme is directed at students with limited financial means, enabling them to undertake internships or study abroad. This scheme doesn’t cover specialist courses (e.g. summer schools) or language courses.

Application deadline for students planning to go abroad:

  • Winter semester / second half of the year: 15 June
  • Summer semester / first half of the year: 15 December

Fact sheet             Application form



The programme to increase the mobility of German students is managed by the DAAD, using funds provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Universities award these scholarships in line with their own internationalisation strategy and are responsible for selected suitable recipients.

This scholarship scheme is directed at academically advanced studentsto fund (apart from a few exception) time spent abroad beyond Europe / the Erasmus+ area (as European destinations are covered by the Erasmus+ programme).

The scheme covers foreign internships, studying abroad, and specialist or language courses abroad.

Application deadline for students planning to go abroad:

  • Winter semester / second half of the year: 30 April 
  • Summer semester / first half of the year: 31 October (7 November in 2022)

Fact sheet            Application form

Third-party funding

Bavarian University Cooperation Centres
with China, France, India, California, Latin America and central, eastern and south-eastern Europe offer a range of funding programmes and regularly invite applications for bursaries. It’s worth checking their websites, listed under related links.

DAAD funding
The DAAD’s grants database lists all the funding options to help students spend time abroad.


DAAD: HAW.International

The HAW.International scheme run by the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD) assists with spending time abroad to study and/or work on final theses, and can also be accessed for internships abroad by students at universities of applied sciences. You can find information about these scholarships & bursaries by clicking on the links in the text.

Deadlines for application 2023:

  • 28 February 2023 for scholarships starting between July and October 2023
  • 30 June 2023 for scholarships starting between November 2023 und February 2024
  • 31 October 2023 for scholarships starting between March and June 2024


Fulbright Association for the USA
To help students wishing to spend time at a U.S. university, the Fulbright Association regularly awards annual scholarships and scholarships for entire master’s programmes in the USA.

Further funding programmes, third-party benefactors
The extremely wide range of sources for funding (e.g. foundations, organisations) makes it rather difficult and time-consuming to uncover them all. In any case, you are going to need plenty of initiative and patience for scouring the internet. Some organisations that help arrange semesters abroad also run their own funding schemes. We have pooled some useful contacts under Bursaries.

And keep checking for fresh posts under News.  We regularly publish information about third-party funding there.


Tuition fees at partner universities

Collaboration agreements between universities often have the advantage that partner universities waive their tuition fees for exchange students.

However, if an imbalance exists between incoming and outgoing students, you might well find that fees are charged nonetheless, but perhaps at a reduced rate.

Erasmus+ students will certainly not be expected to pay tuition fees.

You will find details of tuition fees in the info sheet for your intended partner universities.