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Fully Funded Scholarships Available for Students to Study in the Nordics!

Fully Funded Scholarships Available for Students to Study in the Nordics!

The Nordic countries are a geographical region in Northern Europe consisting of Norway, Finland, Iceland, Denmark and Sweden.  For years, these five countries have been attracting students from all over the world through exchange programs, institutional agreements and free mover agreements. Students are drawn to the multicultural environments and the high priority placed on internationalization in each country’s education system, in terms of courses offered, recognition, and outreach.  Moreover, each country also offers international students low tuition fees, numerous programs taught in English, and several internationally ranked universities.

Some great scholarships available to international and EU/EEA students are provided below:



All public universities in Norway offer free tuition to international and domestic students.  However, some students may need some extra funding to help pay for housing and additional expenses. Two scholarships available for students:

Government Scholarships

  • EEA and Norway Grants – International scholarships from the EEA including the Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal and Spain.


Tuition is free for students from Denmark, EU/EEA citizens and exchange students. International students from outside the EU/EEA are expected to pay for their tuition fees and must show proof of funding to be accepted to a Danish university and to receive a residence permit. Four fully funded scholarships to study in Denmark are provided below:

University Scholarships

  • Roskilde University – Scholarships and tuition fee waivers are awarded to graduate students from outside the EU/EEA to at Roskilde University in Denmark.

Government Scholarships


For students from Sweden and the EU tuition free.  Students from outside the EU/EEA are charged tuition fees to study in Sweden.  International students pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree should expect to pay from around SEK80,000-140,000 (~US$9,660-16,900) per year. However, PhD programs in Sweden are free of charge. Scholarships are available to help international students cover tuition and housing costs:

University Scholarships

  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology KTH offers tuition-fee waivers and academic scholarships to master’s students.
  • Linköping University  – Merit-based scholarships and tuition waivers to international Master’s students studying at Linköping University.
  • Lund University  – Offers merit-based scholarships to bachelor’s and master’s international students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • Malmö University – Scholarships for master’s and bachelor’s students, from outside the EU/EEA to study in Sweden at Malmö University.
  • Stockholm University – Scholarships offered to non-EU/EEA students that covers tuition costs only.
  • Umeå University – Various scholarships for graduate students undertaking a master’s degree at Umeå University.
  • Uppsala University – There are many funding opportunities for non-EU/EEA students at Uppsala University.

Government Scholarships

  • Swedish Institute Scholarships – The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students and researchers interested in studying in Sweden.


While tuition fees for students from Finland and EU are free in Finland, students from non-EU/EEA countries are charged tuition at a minnimum of $1,771.18 per year. However, tuition fees in Finland are generally much lower than in the US, UK and Canada.

University Scholarships

  • University of Helsinki – 50 scholarships are available to graduate students pursuing a master’s degree at the university. Non-EU students pursuing an English taught program are charged tuition fees.
  • University of Oulu – Tuition fee waivers are offered to master’s degree seeking students international students studying at the University of Oulu.

Government Scholarships

Finnish Government – Scholarships from the Finnish are government are offered to graduate students pursuing doctoral level study in Finland. Available to students and researcher from selected countries.


Public universities in Iceland charge students a registration fee to study, while tuition is free. Private institutions charge tuition fees to all students and may be higher for non-EU students . Tuition fees for EU students starts at around $3,680 a year, while non-EU fees start at $12,075 annually.

University Scholarships

  • Reykjavik University – Merit-based scholarships awarded to first-year international and domestic students studying at Reykjavik University at bachelor’s level.
  • University of Iceland Scholarships and research grants are available to existing students currently studying at the University of Iceland.

Government  Scholarships 

Icelandic Scholarships – Scholarships are available to students pursuing bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Iceland in the Icelandic language.


54 UK Scholarships for International Students

54 UK Scholarships for International Students

Fancy the idea of studying in the United Kingdom? Scholarships are a great way of bridging the gap between the increasing cost of tuition and what you and your family can afford to pay out of pocket.

Take a look at our list of 54 scholarships available to international students interested in pursuing a degree in the UK.



Available to Students From:ScholarshipsEligibility
Multiple RegionsAga Khan Foundation International Scholarships / LoansMasters & PhD. Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar and Mozambique.
Multiple RegionsAll Saints Educational TrustVarious.
Multiple RegionsBellerbys Colleges Outstanding Achievement ScholarshipsUndergraduate. Open to international students who are currently studying at Bellerbys College in Brighton, Cambridge, London or Oxford.
Multiple RegionsChevening Scholarships160 countries, Masters only.
Multiple RegionsCommonwealth Shared ScholarshipStudents from developing Commonwealth countries, selected subjects only. Masters only.
Multiple RegionsCommonwealth ScholarshipsStudents from developing Commonwealth countries, selected subjects only. Masters and PhD.
Multiple RegionsCommonwealth BEIS Scholarships for PhDStudents who are resident/citizens/refugees in Australia, The Bahamas, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cyprus, Malta or New Zealand
Multiple RegionsDistinguished Alumni ScholarshipsAny country. University of Birmingham alumni seeking to undertake a Masters.
Multiple RegionsFoundation PathwaysAny country, foundation study
Multiple RegionsGen Foundation ScholarshipsAny country. Postgraduate. Study and/or research in the field of natural sciences, in particular food sciences/technology.
Multiple RegionsIslamic Development Bank Scholarships56 countries, PhD only.
Multiple RegionsOpen Society Foundations Grant ProgrammeVarious grants, scholarships & fellowships with varying requirements.
Multiple RegionsRoberto Rocca FellowshipsStudent from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Mexico, Romania, Venezuela. Candidates from the fields of Materials Science, Mechanical, Metallurgical or Petroleum Engineering and whose research offers potential benefits to the steel industry. PhD only.
Africa & Middle EastBeit Trust ScholarshipsMalawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe. Masters and PhD.
Africa & Middle EastEgyptian Government Research ScholarshipsEgypt. PhD. Awards are administered by the Egyptian Cultural Centre & Educational Bureau in London.
Africa & Middle EastEgypt Qalaa Scholarship (also know as ‘Citadel Scholarships’)Egypt. Masters.
Africa & Middle EastIsrael AJA Karten ScholarshipIsrael. Masters & PhD.
Africa & Middle EastIsrael Kenneth Lindsay Trust ScholarshipsIsraeli citizens (including those from all religious or other communities).
Africa & Middle EastKenya Higher Education Loans Board Loans & ScholarshipsKenya. Postgraduate.
Africa & Middle EastLebanon ‘The British Lebanese Association’ ScholarshipsLebanon. Masters.
Africa & Middle EastNigeria ‘Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Company’ (SNEPCo) Postgraduate ScholarshipNigeria, MSc Geotechnical Engineering only
Africa & Middle EastOman Government ScholarshipsOman. Undergraduate & postgraduate.
Africa & Middle EastPalestinian Territories Gaza Fakhoora’s ScholarshipPalestinian students from Gaza. Undergraduate & Postgraduate.
Africa & Middle EastPalestinian Territories ‘Higher Education Scholarship Palestine’ (HESPAL) ScholarshipJunior academic staff in Palestinian universities.
Africa & Middle EastSaïd Foundation ScholarshipSyrian, Palestinian (including Palestinians inside Israel), Lebanese or Jordanian students. Masters only.
Africa & Middle EastSaudi Arabia Government ScholarshipsSaudi Arabia. Various levels.
Africa & Middle EastSudan Gordon Memorial College Trust ScholarshipsSudan and South Sudan. Masters.
AmericasArgentina BEC.AR FundingArgentina.
AmericasCanadian Centennial Scholarship FundCanada. Postgraduate.
AmericasCanada Student Loans ProgramCanada. Government of Canada offers student loans to students who demonstrate financial need in most provinces and territories across Canada.
AmericasChile CONICYT (Comision Nacional de Investigacion Cientifica Y Tecnologica) ScholarshipsChile. For leading Chilean students to undertake postgraduate study abroad at Masters and PhD level in a range of subject areas which includes science, engineering, architecture and business.
AmericasColombia COLFUTURO FundingColombia.
AmericasMexico CONACYT (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología) ScholarshipsMexico. CONACYT will consider most subjects for funding, however applicants to priority areas are at an advantage. PhD research applicants are a priority but masters applicants will also be considered. Note applicants must hold an ‘unconditional’ offer to study at a UK University before they can apply for a CONACYT scholarship. Applicants can apply to both the Federal level calls and State level calls which have different deadlines.
AmericasMexico FIDERH LoansMexico. Masters. Loans to support the education and self-improvement of technical and higher-degree specialists in scientific, technological and administrative fields that significantly contribute to the country’s economic and social development.
AmericasMexico FUNED GrantsMexico. Masters. Subjects: Business Administration and Financing, Economics, Law, International Trade and Political Science, Engineering, Architecture, International Relations.
AmericasPeru PRONABEC FundingPeru.
AmericasSantander ScholarshipsStudents from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, USA or Venezuela. Masters.
AmericasUSA Federal Student Aid / Sallie Mae LoansUnited States citizens or permanent residents may be eligible. Many universities throughout the UK are approved by the U.S. Department of Education to offer the Federal Direct Loan Programme and the Funding, Graduation & Awards office process loan applications from July-Aug each year.
AmericasUSA Fulbright ScholarshipUSA, Postgraduate.
AmericasUSA Marshall ScholarshipUSA, Postgraduate.
AsiaAviva ScholarshipChina, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan & Vietnam. Masters only. Must be an Aviva customer or son/ daughter of Aviva customer.
AsiaAzerbaijan SOCAR ScholarshipsAzerbaijan. Masters.
AsiaCharles Wallace Trust Bursaries & FellowshipsStudents from Bangladesh, India, Myanmar or Pakistan. Various funding opportunities available at Masters or PhD level.
AsiaChina Medical Board Next Generation FellowshipsChina. Masters degree in fields related to Health Policy and Systems Sciences.
AsiaHong Kong Scholarship for Excellence SchemeHong Kong, Undergraduate and Masters.
AsiaIndia Goa Education Trust ScholarshipsGoan students, India. Masters.
AsiaIndia Inlaks ScholarshipsIndia. Masters (Excluding: Engineering, Computer Science, Business Studies, Medicine, Public Health, Fashion Design, Music and Film Animation).
AsiaIndia JN Tata Endowment Loan ScholarshipsIndia. Masters & PhD.
AsiaIndia Lady Meherbai D. Tata Education Trust ScholarshipsOpen to Indian women seeking postgraduate study.
AsiaIndia Ravi Sankaran Fellowship ProgramIndia. Masters in ecology or conservation fields.
AsiaIndonesia LPDP ScholarshipsIndonesia. Postgraduate.
AsiaKazakhstan Bolashak ScholarshipsKazakhstan. Masters
AsiaPakistan Higher Education Commission ScholarshipsPakistan. Postgraduate.


You can also find UK scholarships at  Scholarship Portal has the most comprehensive database of scholarships online. also has a great online search tool for students searching for financial support to study in the UK, with over 36,300 scholarships to choose from.

If you are still not able to find a scholarship opportunity from the list provided above, or from the various search tools, we recommend searching online for UK scholarships for international students.

Once you have found a scholarship, verify the deadline and APPLY.  Millions of dollars in scholarships go unclaimed every year! 


Scholarships for International Students to Study in Sweden

Scholarships for International Students to Study in Sweden

If studying in Sweden is on your wish list but your not sure if it’s within your budget, there are plenty of available scholarships for international students.  Students can find scholarships offered by the Swedish government and numerous universities located throughout the country to help fund your studies.  Some of these scholarships will cover tuition, living costs and even your travel costs. Other scholarships will help pay a percentage or all of your tuition costs.

Read more to learn which government and university scholarships are available to you: 

Institutional Scholarships

Swedish Institute Study Scholarships

The Swedish Institute awards full scholarships for international students from 138 countries.  These scholarships covers tuition fees, living expenses of $949 a month, a travel grant of $1,779, plus health insurance.

The Global Study Awards

Global Study Awards offers up to $13,393 to 9 students from around the world each year. For more information visit Study Portals by clicking the link provided above.

Rotary Scholarships

Rotary clubs offer scholarships for secondary, undergraduate, or graduate study. Rotary club scholarships are given by individual clubs and are open to anyone from any country. The minimum budget for a global grant scholarship is $30,000 which can fund the following: Passport/visa, Inoculations, Travel expenses (as specified in the grant terms and conditions), School supplies, Tuition, Room and board,  Household supplies, Language training courses (but not if university admission is contingent on improvement of language skills).

University Scholarships

Universities offer a range of different scholarship programs for international students to help cover tuition fees or living costs. The exact scholarships on offer vary between universities. Most universities offer students a tuition discount or a full tuition waiver. Follow the links below to find out more about available university scholarships and how to apply.

If the university you’re interested in is not listed here, try searching for ‘scholarships’ on their website.  Apply for scholarships today!


Study Abroad Scholarships That Cover Your Tuition and Housing

Study Abroad Scholarships That Cover Your Tuition and Housing

One of the best ways to fund an overseas study experience is with a scholarship.  However, not all scholarships are the same.  Some scholarships just cover tuition costs, and then others may just cover your living expenses.  A full study abroad scholarship covers all of your expenses, including tuition, living expenses and sometimes will even cover your travel costs, books and health insurance coverage.  

There are two types of full scholarships for studying abroad, scholarships offered by governments and institutional scholarships offered by the university. 

We have compiled a list of some fully funded scholarships at both the government and institutional levels that cover both tuition and living expenses for students interested in studying overseas:

Organizations Offering Scholarships

 Rotary Foundation Global Study Grants

The Rotary Foundation offers scholarship funding through the Rotary Foundation Global Grant scholarships. The scholarship funds graduate-level coursework or research for one to four academic years.  The minimum budget for a global grant scholarship is $30,000 which can fund the following: passport/visa, inoculations, travel expenses, school supplies, tuition, room and board, etc.

OFID Scholarship Award

OFID (The OPEC Fund for International Development) offers a fully-funded scholarship to interested in pursuing a Master’s degree at an accredited University around the world. The scholarships are worth up to $50,000 that covers the tuition fees, monthly allowance to cover living expenses, accommodation, insurance, books, relocation grants, and travel costs.

Australia Scholarships

Government Scholarships

The Endeavor Postgraduate Awards provide full funding for international students interested in pursuing a Master’s or PHD degree in any field of study in Australia.  The scholarship provides full funding and covers tuition, travel costs, living expenses, and both health and travel insurance.


The University of Adelaide offers scholarships to international students interested in pursuing postgraduate studies at the University of Adelaide.  The scholarships include course tuition fees, annual living allowance, and health insurance.

The University of Sydney awards scholarships to eligible eligible student interested in a Postgraduate Research Degree or Master’s the University of Sydney.   The scholarships covers tuition fees and living allowance for up to three years.

USA Scholarships

 Government Scholarships

Fulbright Foreign Student Program is available for students interested in studying in the United States for either a master’s or PHD degree.  This scholarship provides funding for tuition, living expenses, and health insurance and is for the entire duration of the students degree program.

Sweden Scholarships

 Government Scholarships

The Swedish Institute grants scholarships to international students from developing countries who want to pursue a Master’s degree in Sweden.  It is a full funded scholarship that covers tuition, living expenses, some travel and health insurance.

New Zealand Scholarships

Government Scholarship

The New Zealand Development Scholarship grants scholarship to international students from developing countries in Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa to pursue post-graduate study in a subject related to the development of their home country.  The scholarship covers tuition, living expenses travel costs and health insurance.

United Kingdom Scholarships

 Government Scholarships

Chevening Scholarships are awarded by the UK government to students interested in a Master’s degree.  Most Chevening scholarship cover tuition, living expenses, travel costs and other essential expenses.

Institutional Scholarships

The Clarendon Scholarship Fund is a prestigious graduate scholarship scheme offering around 140 new scholarships every year to eligible graduate applicants (including international students) at the University of Oxford.  The scholarships cover tuition and college fees in full and a generous grant for living expenses.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are for graduate study and research in any subject at the University of Cambridge and are available to international students. The scholarships cover tuition, travel costs and living expenses.

The Warwick Graduate School awards 25 scholarships to PHD international students from any discipline available at Warwick. The scholarship covers tuition and living expenses.

University of Westminster awards scholarships to international students interested in pursuing a Master’s degree in any fields at the University of Westminster. The scholarship covers tuition, living expenses and travel costs.

The University of Bradford Global Development Scholarships are awarded to international students interested in a Master’s degree. The scholarship is available to students with a financial hardship that are living in a country in crisis due to war, natural disaster, political troubles, etc. The scholarship covers tuition, living costs and other essential expenses. 

Switzerland Scholarships

 Government Scholarship

The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships are awarded to students from all fields interested in pursuing doctoral or postdoctoral research in Switzerland.  This scholarship covers tuition, living expenses, and health insurance.

Institution Scholarship

ETH Zurich awards scholarships to international students interested in pursuing a Master’s degree at ETH. The Excellence Scholarship covers living and study expenses and a tuition fee waiver.

 Netherlands Scholarships

Institutional Scholarships

University of Maastricht High Potential Scholarships are awarded to international interested in pursuing a Master’s degree in the Netherlands. The scholarships cover tuition, living expenses, and other essential expenses.

The University of Amsterdam awards scholarships to international students interested in pursuing a Master’s degree from the University of Amsterdam. The scholarship covers tuition and living expenses.

The Delft University of Technology awards scholarships to international students interested in pursuing an MSc degree at TU Delft University.  The scholarship covers tuition fees and living expenses.

The Erik Bleumink Fund awards scholarships for 1 or 2 year Master’s degree programs at the University of Groningen. The scholarship covers tuition fees, travel costs, living expenses and other associated expenses.

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Study Overseas in Germany

Study Overseas in Germany

A study abroad opportunity in Germany will provide students with a fantastic educational opportunity. Students will be exposed to so much more than they could possibly learn from a textbook or traditional course of study. Historically, Germany holds a major role in the politics and financial aspects of Europe, making the country a huge draw for those who are interested in international business programs. In addition, the strong focus on engineering, science and technology means that the rich education that you receive will be second to none around the world.


The German educational system is internationally recognized and is also much more affordable than its American competitors. German universities rank among the best in the world, with over 40 universities listed in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.  There are also 29 public universities offering students FREE tuition to international students.  You can find a list of these universities here.

Tuition Range for Universities in Germany


Public University Tuition Costs



Tuition is FREE to all EU/EEA students. However, students are responsible to pay their admission and registration fees, including accommodation and living expenses.


Most public universities offer free tuition to international students. However, students are responsible to pay their admission and registration fees, including accommodation and living expenses.

*You can find a list of Public universities in Germany offering FREE tuition here.

Some public universities have started charging international students tuition. Since 95% of the universities in Germany are Public,  tuition is still very affordable compared to other countries like the United States and the United Kingdom. 

Private University Tuition Range

Bachelor Degree

$7,500 to $25,500 annually

Master’s Degree

$9,500 to $25,500 annually

Tuition estimates based on 2017/2018 calendar year.

Application Deadlines in Germany

The following dates are general deadlines at most universities in Germany.  However, it is important for students to inquire with the university before applying.

Winter Semester:

  • Application period: from around the end of May to 15 July
  • Acceptance letters are sent out in August / September.
  • Rejection letters are sent out in September / October.

Summer Semester:

  • Application period: from the beginning of December to 15 January
  • Acceptance letters are sent out in February / March.
  • Rejection letters are sent out in March / April.

Deadlines vary between universities. Some degree programs only commence in the winter semester, which means that the application period may end earlier than indicated above. Inquire at the university of your choice about application deadlines and when your desired degree program will begin.

Admission Requirements in Germany

Students applying to a Bachelor’s program will need a high school diploma and need to have met the following academic requirements:

  • 4 units English with a minimum grade C: English IV or Honors or AP English,
  • 2 units Second Language,
  • 3 units Social Studies,
  • 5 units in total Mathematics and Science:
  • 2 or 3 units Mathematics with a minimum grade C: Algebra II or Trigonometry and Precalculus,
  • 2 or 3 units Science with a minimum grade C: Biology, Chemistry or Physics,
  • 2 academic units free to choose.

*GED – high school equivalency exams are not accepted.

Student’s Applying to a Master’s Program

Anyone with a degree from a university or a higher education qualification is eligible to apply to study in Germany.

How to Apply to a Program in Germany

There are different ways to apply to a university in Germany.  How you apply will depend on the school, the program and degree level.  It is also important that students are aware of the varying deadlines between universities.

There are three places where international students can apply to a university in Germany:

The Trust for Admission to Higher Education

Allocates a certain number of places in subjects that have a restricted admission policy.


A student is able to prepare one application that can be used to apply to several universities in one centralized location.  The final admission decision is made by the university not Uni-Assist.

Apply Directly to University

Students can submit their application and apply directly to the university.

Financing Your Studies in Germany

Student’s have the following options for financing their study abroad experience in Germany:

Financial Aid

The U.S. Department of Education makes Direct Un-subsidized Loans and Graduate Plus Loans available to eligible student borrowers at participating institutions in Germany. Students may apply for a Direct Un-subsidized Loan up to $20,500 per academic year or a Graduate Plus loan (amounts vary).


The DAAD German Academic Exchange website  offers a comprehensive list of scholarships available to international students from around the world.  You will find the tool to be very intuitive and easy to use. Select your country and start searching for scholarships today.

Local grants and loans for foreign students

Non-EU/EEA students may be eligible for the BAföG grant (use Chrome or Google Translate – website is in German)However, 50% must be paid back by the student. Students will need to apply for it through their university’s Student Union or Financial Aid office. International students must be legal residents and under 35 years of age to apply.

Non-EU/EEA students may also be eligible for the Deutschlandstipendium grant.  It is awarded by the university, it is merit-based and there is no residency requirement.  The grant consists of a monthly payment of 300 €, provided on a 50/50 basis by the state and private businesses.

Loans are also available to foreign students, but a co-signer will usually be required and the applicant may have to show that they intend to remain in Germany to work after graduation.

Student Jobs in Germany

There are many jobs to be found for international students in the tourist industry, such as at hotels, cafes, clubs and restaurants.

Non-EU/EEA students are allowed to 120 full or 240 half days a year, without authorization, to help support themselves during their studies in Germany.  Non-EU/EEA students must also have a valid residency permit. To work more than the required hours stated above, a student will need to get permission from the Employment Agency and the Aliens Department.  However, there are exceptions for research and PHD students working at a university.

 EU/EEA students have free access to the job market in Germany.


To study in Germany you will need to have health insurance.  If you do not have health insurance you may not be able to enroll in a German university.  Either before you enter the country or quickly upon arrival, you must enroll in some type of health insurance.

There are two types of health insurance for students:

  • Public/Compulsory health insurance
  • Private health insurance

EU/EEA Students

If you have statutory health insurance from your home country, you can register this insurance to have coverage in Germany. You will need to contact your home country health insurance agency to convert.

Non-EU/EEA Students

There are two types of possible health insurance plans for students, Public/Compulsory or Private health insurance. Most students are required to hold at least Public/Compulsory health insurance. However, there are exceptions for post-graduate students, participants in language courses, students 30 years and older, etc.

Private Medical Insurance

 If you are a post-graduate student, visiting scientist, participant in a language course, student 30 years and older, or a student studying for 14 semesters or longer, then you are required to have private health insurance.

List of Private Health Insurance Providers in Germany

There are many health insurance companies in Germany to choose from.  Some health insurance companies provide special offers for students from abroad. Please contact the particular insurance companies for advice and compare different offers yourself.

If you have any questions regarding plans or services offered, please contact the insurance provider directly.


EU/EEA Students

Students from within the EU or from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland or Liechtenstein, do not need a visa to study in Germany.

Non-EU/EEA Students

If you are a Non-EU/EEA student from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, North Korea, Japan, or Israel you do not need a student visa to enter the country.  However, if your studies require you to stay in the country for longer than 90 days, you will need to apply for a resident permit for purpose of study within your first two weeks in Germany.

Non-EU/EEA Students from other Countries

A student visa is required to enter the country.  You will need to apply for your visa from the nearest German embassy or consulate in your home country.

How to Apply for a Resident Permit for Purpose of Study

Several documents are necessary when applying for a resident permit:

  • Permit fee
  • Birth certificate/marriage certificate
  • Acceptance letter from university stating length of program
  • Proof of registration at university
  • Proof of private or public health insurance
  • Proof of Funds ($9,390 dollars )
  • Valid passport (must be valid for entire length of stay)
  • Proof of residence (Rental agreement, contract)
  • Two passport photos

How to Apply for a Student Visa

It can take up to three months to process a student visa application. Therefore, it is important that you start the process as soon as you receive your letter of acceptance from the university.  You will need to contact the German embassy or consulate in your country to start your application.

A list of the documents you will need to apply for a student visa in Germany:

  • Proof of sufficient funds in the amount of at least $9,390
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Letter of acceptance to a university
  • Official transcripts from previous study
  • Valid passport with two passport photos

How to find Student Housing in Germany

If you want to study in Germany you will have to make your own housing arrangements. German universities do not offer accommodation to international students upon enrollment. Therefore, students are encouraged to begin their housing search as soon as they receive their acceptance letter from a university.

Student Housing Options Vary in Germany

There are many housing options in Germany ranging from dormitories to flat-share arrangements. The different types of accommodation that can be found include the following:

Room in Residence Hall

Students do not need to be in the country to apply for a room at a student residence.  Students can expect to pay from around $325 to $600 a month, depending on the size and living arrangement.  Another advantage is that the rooms are furnished.

Flatshare/Single Room

Students have their own room in an apartment they share with other students.  Everyone shares the bathroom and kitchen.  The benefits of this arrangement are that it can be very economical for students.  Students can expect to pay anywhere from $333 to $450 a month.  However, the apartments are generally not furnished and will require the student to buy furniture.

Single or Double Apartment/Flat

Renting an apartment is the most expensive and difficult option for international students. You will not be able to rent an apartment before moving to the country.  You will need to have some type of temporary housing lined up before entering the country.  It could also take some time finding this type of accommodation.

Student Hostels

Students can find affordable temporary accommodation with local student hostels throughout Germany.  However, this type of accommodation is only temporary and will eventually require a student to find a more permanent housing situation.

Students Should Start Searching for Housing through their University

Many universities offer a Student Union or International Office that can offer advice and provide suggestions for housing.  They may also have a housing bulletin board or newsletter advertising available accommodation. Many universities in Germany also work with different student housing providers to help students find accommodation. Some common housing providers include:


There are 58 Studentenwerke throughout Germany providing support to international students and 180,000 students with accommodation.  They also run over 700 refectories and cafeterias.  Some Studentenwerke also manage several colleges and universities in smaller German towns.


The Studentendorf-Schlachtensee  and Studentendorf-Aldershof provide high quality student flatshares and furnished apartments, including all utilities,  in Berlin, Potsdam and Wildau.  Both student villages offer accommodation with easy access to universities in all three areas and a fast and reliable internet connection.   Students also benefit from many social opportunities.

Studierendenwerke Berlin

Studierendenwerke-Berlin is part of the Studentenwerk throughout Germany and provides subsidized housing and support to international students studying in the Berlin area.

Apartment Rentals in Germany

There are many housing portals online which a student can use to find long term and short term apartment rentals.

Immoblien Scout24 is one of many housing portals available for students online. Use Chrome or Google translate to translate into English. 

Interim Housing Options

If you do not have accommodation when you arrive, there are several interim options available to students:

Student Sublet – Many students traveling or studying abroad may offer their apartments to sublet. You can often find listings in the Student Union or International Office for Students.

Hostels – There are hostels located all over Germany.  A quick search online will offer many options available in your area.

Bed and Breakfast – B&B’s are known for being very affordable temporary accommodation.  You can also find this type of accommodation by doing a quick search online in your area.

Student Hotels/Hostels/Guest HousesSingle or Double Apartments to Share

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