How much does it cost to live and study in Germany? You can find answers to this question at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) website. The Deutsches Studentenwerk (German Student Services Organization) also provides information on this topic.

THM semester fees THM is in Hesse, one of the German federal states in which there are generally no tuition fees for most degree courses. However, you do have to pay some fees each semester. You can find the current fees at the THM website.

Student Financing Resources

Working while studying In cooperation with the "Studentenwerk Gießen" (Giessen Student Services Organization), we have prepared a brochure for you called “Working while Studying”. The brochure also contains legal information (such as how much you are allowed to earn as an international student). You can also find tips on looking for regional part-time jobs in the brochure.

Information from the DAAD The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) website also includes tips and information on working while studying.

Scholarships If you demonstrate good academic performance in your degree course and are simultaneously involved in a club, association or other projects, you may want to apply for a scholarship. The International Office has prepared a list detailing foundations that support international students.

Various public and private institutions (e.g. political and religious foundations) offer scholarships for foreign students. Although the requirements vary, it is generally expected that you can demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and active social, political and religious involvement. It would be a good idea to research the various scholarships that are available to find the right one for you. You can also use the DAAD’s scholarship database to search for scholarships.

Financial support for students in need International students with financial difficulties through no fault of their own can apply to the following institutions for financial aid:

  • ESG ("Evangelische Studierendengemeinde" or Protestant Student Association) (financial aid and scholarships)
  • KHG ("Katholische Hochschulgemeinde" or Catholic Student Association) (financial aid and scholarships)
  • Förderverein für unschuldig in Not geratene Studierende e.V. (Association for students with financial difficulties through no fault of their own) (Solifonds - funding offered by Giessen universities)

'HessenFonds' for refugees

The Hessian State Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts awards scholarships to especially gifted refugee students, doctoral candidates and academics at universities in the Federal State of Hesse as part of the "HessenFonds" scheme. The aid is designed to help beneficiaries continue their degrees or research careers at universities in Hesse.


For students:

  • Entitled to political asylum or recognised as a refugee
  • Enrolled at a state university in the Federal State of Hesse
  • Outstanding academic achievement

For doctoral candidates:

  • Entitled to political asylum or recognised as a refugee
  • Accepted as a doctoral candidate and supervised at a state university in the Federal State of Hesse
  • Outstanding scientific achievement

For academics:

  • Entitled to political asylum or recognised as a refugee
  • Confirmation of research or teaching post as well as supervision at a state university in the Federal State of Hesse
  • Outstanding achievement in research and/or teaching

Amount of support

The HessenFonds scholarship provides the following allowances:

  • Students: €300/month
  • Doctoral candidates: €1,150/month
  • Academics: €2,000/month

Applying for financial aid

Applications are sent directly to the relevant Hessian university. The university nominates the applicant to the Hessian State Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts. The relevant university manages the internal application process.

State grants (BAföG)

State grants are available through "BaföG", which stands for "Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz" (Federal Education Assistance Act). These grants mainly provide support for German citizens. However, in certain cases, it is also possible for foreign students to receive this aid. In this case, however, certain conditions must be met. For further information, please contact the Giessen Student Services Organization.

German students and trainees whose parents cannot provide sufficient financial support for their university education are entitled to receive BAföG grants. This support is awarded in two parts: one half as a scholarship and the other half as a loan. This means that grant recipients only have to pay back half of their financial aid to the state. Foreign students who only have a residence permit to study in Germany cannot apply for state grants covered by BaföG.

However, the following foreign students can apply for state grants:

  • Displaced foreign nationals
  • Recognised persons entitled to political asylum who regularly reside in Germany
  • Foreign nationals with a settlement permit who regularly reside in Germany
  • Recognised refugees who regularly reside in Germany
  • Foreign nationals who enjoy protection against deportation and who regularly reside in Germany; foreign nationals with permanent residence in Germany, as long as a parent or spouse is defined as German as per the German Federal Constitution
  • Trainees who, as a spouse or child, have the right to enter and reside in Germany in accordance with the requirements of Section 3 of the Law on the Freedom of Movement/EU, or who do not have this right as a child of an EU citizen only because they are over 21 years of age and do not receive any support from their parents or spouse
  • Trainees who are citizens of another European Union member state or citizens of any of the contracting states of the Treaty on the European Economic Area, and have secured employment in Germany before the start of the training period (in principle, there should be a link between the work completed during employment and the proposed training subject)
  • Foreign nationals who have resided in Germany for a total of five years before starting the eligible section of the training period and have been lawfully employed
  • Foreign nationals with at least one parent who has resided in Germany for a total of three years within the last six years before starting the eligible section of the training period and has been lawfully employed, otherwise from the time when these requirements have been met during the course of the training scheme. The requirements are also deemed to have been met for an additional training period if the trainee had met the admission requirements for the previous training period and then started the training period immediately. The requirement for a parent to have been employed over the last six years can be disregarded if they cannot meet this requirement for reasons beyond their control and they have been employed in Germany for a minimum of six months.

DAAD final-phase degree grant for international students

The DAAD final-phase degree grant provides aid to foreign students during the final stages of their degree, with a partial monthly scholarship of approx. €250. Application requirements:

  • In financial need
  • Not eligible for BAföG
  • Foreign national
  • School-leaving qualification obtained abroad

APPLICATION DEADLINES: 30 April and 1 November

DAAD award for international students

Who can apply? Persons with:

  • Foreign nationality
  • Foreign university entrance qualifications
  • Special academic achievement
  • Noteworthy voluntary social involvement or commitment (as in associations, cultural organisations, in the social sector, at a university of applied sciences, etc.)

Third-year students or students at an advanced stage of their bachelor's degree (at least in their second year) or completing their master’s degree (at least 2nd semester), and recent graduates (must still be resident in Germany with exams taken no longer than 3 months prior) can apply.

What documents must be submitted?

  • Detailed covering letter providing information about social commitment and progress in the degree course
  • Curriculum vitae (with a photograph)
  • Current academic transcript
  • Positive letter of recommendation from a university lecturer
  • Proof of social commitment (e.g. certificates or recommendation letters)

2015 Reza Mehran prize for foreign students

The Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen awards the annual Reza Mehran prize to foreign students with outstanding academic achievement and additional social commitment. The prize is awarded every spring semester. The Reza Mehran prize is awarded to students who:

  • are pursuing a complete engineering or science degree course (not open to visiting students)
  • are not German citizens
  • have foreign university entrance qualifications (no German "Abitur" diploma)
  • are in the middle of their course (undergraduate: second year 3-4, postgraduate: second or third year)

Selection criteria are:

  • Degree duration
  • Academic evaluation (overview of academic performance)
  • Additional commitments desirable

To apply submit the following documents to the International Office: Comprehensive application letter with details about your degree, additional commitments, curriculum vitae, current academic transcript, positive letter of recommendation from a university lecturer, proof of additional commitments if necessary (e.g. certificates or letter of recommendation).