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When we talk about education in Germany, many are surprised. After all, education is free there. Moreover, in Germany you can get an academic scholarship. Yes, for free education 🙂

And that makes sense. Studying in Germany is inexpensive. Living there is expensive.

The Germans believe that cultural diversity in educational institutions creates a better learning environment. That is why it is easier to enter German universities, and there is support from the state.

All the important things about scholarships and study grants in Germany we have collected below. Let’s start with academic scholarships, of which there are only three.
DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst)
DAAD is a huge organization supporting the exchange of students from different countries. They have been doing this since 1925 and during their existence they supported about 2 million students and scientists from around the world.

The organization has big goals – to open opportunities for young people. It sounds like a cliché, but it works. Young people travel, study at different universities, better understand foreigners, and become more open.

There are a number of scholarships that DAAD offers to foreigners.

Summer language courses

Duration 3-4 weeks.
For whom – second and third year students, as well as fifth-year students (if they are not graduates).
The selection criteria are to have high academic achievements and good knowledge of German.
The amount of the scholarship is 950 euros plus travel expenses.
Apply for a scholarship:

Scholarships for studies (for masters)

Duration – 1-2 years.
For whom – bachelors, graduates of Ukrainian universities (maximum 6 years after graduation).
The amount of the scholarship is 850 euros per month.
When selecting, the commission will pay attention to your academic achievements. You will also have to explain to the commission your personal motivation to study in Germany, and also to tell what exactly you plan to research.

The same scholarships for various specialties:

What is it about: trips to Germany in order to get acquainted with their universities and the education system.
Duration – 7-12 days.
For whom – for students of 2-6 courses, a group of up to 15 people under the guidance of a teacher.
The amount of the scholarship is 50 euros per day for each.

By the way, DAAD prepared step-by-step instructions on their website on how to enter a German university.

This scholarship is suitable for everyone who wants to enter a German university both for undergraduate and graduate programs. There are also no restrictions on specialties, but not all universities provide scholarships for study. But this is not a problem, since the list of universities is quite large.

The amount of the scholarship is 300 euros per month (some of them are German public funds, the other part is private donations). The scholarship is granted for a minimum of two semesters, that is, for a year of study. But they can extend, subject to good academic success.

Scholarship applications are selected based on academic excellence and social activity. An advantage will also be sports or scientific achievements, for example at competitions or olympiads.

Applying for such a scholarship is usually necessary through the university you plan to enroll in. Therefore, it is better to look for information on the websites of universities. We have attached the link to the list above.

This scholarship provides an opportunity to study for one semester in Berlin, Hamburg or Munich. Suitable only for those who are currently studying for a bachelor. During this exchange, students live in German families or student dormitories.

Scholarship expenses:
accommodation and utilities;
road to Germany and back;
visa costs.
In addition, students are paid monthly 220 euros for pocket expenses.
Students applying for the Copernicus Fellowship are required to:
Know the language at B2 – C1.
Complete at least three semesters at the university and continue to study at it.
Have experience in volunteering in your home country.
Submit the necessary documents.
Optional, but students are expected to attend events organized by the Copernicus Foundation. More information about the scholarship and fund is here.

Other funds
In addition to the scholarships we have listed above, in Germany there are still scholarships from various foundations that also support students. Some of these funds exist under political parties. But do not be afraid of this in any way, and explain why.

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