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Scholarships to Study in Germany

By Laura Tucker

Updated February 22, 2021 Updated February 22, 2021

Not only is Germany one of the cheapest study destinations in Europe, the nation also has an impeccable international reputation. Home to many esteemed universities within the latest QS World University Rankings®, Germany offers a growing number of English-taught programs, particularly at postgraduate level. To find out more, take a look at our complete guide to studying abroad in Germany.

Below is a selection of scholarships for international students of all degree levels wishing to study in Germany.

Government-funded scholarships to study in Germany

  • DAAD Scholarships – The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers many scholarships for international students to study in Germany at various degree levels. Click the link to view the DAAD scholarships database.
  • Erasmus+ – The largest provider of scholarships for study in the EU, Erasmus+ is led by the European Commission, funding international students to study in Europe. It provides grants towards living costs when participating in an exchange program to study in Europe.

Non-government scholarships to study in Germany

  • Einstein International Postdoctoral Fellowship – Fellowship sponsored by the Einstein Foundation for postdoctoral research at a university in Berlin. You can find out more about studying a PhD in Germany here
  • Heinrich Böll Scholarships for International Students – Scholarships for international students at all levels wishing to study in Germany at an accredited institution. (The deadline for the 2019 round of applications has passed. Please check back later for the 2020 round.)
  • Humboldt Research Fellowships for Postdoctoral Researchers – Postdoctoral scholarships for scientists and scholars of any subject and nationality. Students from developing and emerging countries may be eligible to apply for a Georg Forster Fellowship.
  • Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Scholarships – Monthly master’s and PhD scholarships are available for international applicants under 30 who have completed a university degree in their home country. You’ll need to provide evidence of an above-average academic performance, have been actively involved in voluntary work for the benefit of society in your home country, and have an interest in political issues.
  • Kurt Hansen Science Scholarships – Science scholarships to study in Germany, funded by the Bayer Foundation and open to students who are training to become educators in the field of science.
  • Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowships (IIF) for Developing Countries – Postdoctoral research scholarships for international students wishing to study in Germany. Funded by the European Commission. More scholarships for students from developing countries are available here
  • Mawista Scholarship – Scholarships for those studying abroad while taking care of a child, including those pursuing study in Germany.
  • Deutschland Stipendium – Merit-based scholarships of €300 a month are available to highly talented students enrolled at German universities. Nationality and personal income do not affect your chances of being considered.  
  • The Helmholtz Association – Annual fellowships are available for doctoral and postdoctoral students from around the world, giving them the opportunity to do paid research at a Helmholtz center in Germany. 

University-specific scholarships to study in Germany

For more advice, download our complete guide on how to find scholarships to study abroad.

This article was originally published in September 2014. It was most recently updated in April 2019.

This article was originally published in April 2019 . It was last updated in February 2021

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Laura is a former staff writer for TopUniversities.com, providing advice and guidance for students on a range of topics helping them to choose where to study, get admitted and find funding and scholarships. A graduate of Queen Mary University of London, Laura also blogs about student life.

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Posted By Naisa Mehzabin
Sun, 09/07/2014 - 13:18

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I live in Bangladesh but i want to study abroad. Maybe in Canada or The USA. I have USA visa for five years ( upto 2018). I want to be a doctor. I am a hard worker. But my family is not that rich to bear my educational expenses. I am a good student and have achieved the highest marks in the previous board exam. I am studying in scholarship here. So I am in need of a scholarship abroad where I would be able to fulfill my dream. Please help me.

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Posted By Laura Bridgestock
Mon, 09/08/2014 - 09:17

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Hi Naisa. We have a list of scholarships for the US here, which you may want to check out: https://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/scholarships/international-scholarships-study-us

And more lists of scholarships for different types of student here: https://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/scholarships/scholarships-students-looking-study-abroad

Best of luck!

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Posted By Elisa Maharjan
Wed, 09/17/2014 - 14:39

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Hi
I m now in Germany in student visa but my study is not yet started . If i wish to study in Findland. Is it possible ? If yes what are the things that is required and also what should i do??

Posted By Afzal Hossain
Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:17

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Hi i am Bangladeshi. now i am studying BBA in bangladesh. after completing my BBA i want to complete MBA from aboard specially from switzerland, denmark. how can i get scholarship & admission??

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Posted By Laura Tucker
Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:30

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Hi Afzal,

You might be interested in taking a look at our sister site, TopMBA.com which has information of fees, funding, admissions and study locations for prospective MBA students.

There's also a forum which you can use if you still have any unanswered questions.

Hope this helps!

Laura

Posted By Himanshu Singh
Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:24

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i want to pursue an undergraduate degree in computer science engineering from abroad.My most preffered destination is Canada,but i don't have enough funds.Can u please suggest some undergraduate level funding sources??
Also i am considering Germany,n i wanted to know if all the UG level courses there are taught in english ??
And how much valued is a degree is from other Schengen countries,like Finland,Ireland n all ???Please reply as soon as possible..

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Posted By Laura Bridgestock
Mon, 11/03/2014 - 15:47

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Hi Himanshu. We have a list of scholarships to study in Canada here: https://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/scholarship-advice/scholarships-study-canada
And a list of computer science scholarships here: https://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/scholarship-advice/computer-science-scholarships
All of the other countries you've mentioned also offer excellent universities. It's relatively rare to find teaching in English at undergraduate level - this is more common for master's courses - but there are some options. You may want to take a look at our ranking of the world's top universities for computer science (https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2014/computer-science-information-systems), to get some ideas about which universities are top-performers in this field, and then check what programs they're offering at undergraduate level.

Posted By Heuk Jae Son
Thu, 10/30/2014 - 14:46

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Hello, ma'am! I am a 19 years-old (born in 96') boy in South Korea, and I definitely want to study in Germany. I am having my last year in high-school, and I and other people around me, including my friends and teachers, believe me as a sincere student, and when I take the SAT-kinda test in Korea, I belong at the top 4%. This was to say that I am quite ready to get adapted in foreign country, and be a good student. Maybe this ain't important for you, since you are not actually hiring or giving me any visas, but I wanted to express my passion to somebody. Anyway, would there be any way to live and attend university in Germany and getting tuition? And I also would grateful to know if I can be an apprentice in brewery, since making a superb beer is one of the ultimate goals of my life. And i really am thankful to you for making such a web-page.

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Posted By Laura Bridgestock
Mon, 11/03/2014 - 15:32

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Hi Heuk Jae Son. Thanks for sharing your dreams with us! I'm sure you'll be pleased to know that public universities in German are free to attend - you can find out more about studying in Germany with our guide, here: https://www.topuniversities.com/where-to-study/europe/germany/guide. I'm afraid I don't know about apprenticeships in breweries, but certainly Germany would be a great country to live in if you're interested in beer-making!

Posted By Joshua B
Tue, 11/04/2014 - 07:38

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am Blessing joshua From nigeria, i finished from rufus giwa polytecnic in nigeria, have bin dreaming to study abroad since have bin little. Please is there any possibility dat i can study wit u. I need a scholarship from your organization. Tank you. Am looking forward to hear from you

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Posted By Laura Bridgestock
Tue, 11/04/2014 - 09:13

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Hi Joshua. We offer some scholarships for postgraduate-level studies, which are listed here: https://www.topuniversities.com/scholarships
And we have lots of scholarship listings here: https://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/scholarship-advice/scholarships-students-looking-study-abroad
Take a look through and see if any could apply to you!

Posted By ahmad awan
Tue, 11/04/2014 - 07:46

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hi,I live in Pakistan.recently i am doing my Alevel program.I have math, physics, chemistry ,urdu and german as my subjects.I have got 4a*,3a and 1b in olevels.after i comlete my alevels i am looking forward to apply in any german engineering university on scholarship basis since my family is not too rich and cannot afford my expenses in germany.What i wanted to ask you is that is there any funding program for students like me.I will be very grateful to you if you reply me as early as possible.
Regards,
Ahmad Awan

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Posted By Laura Bridgestock
Tue, 11/04/2014 - 09:16

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Hi Ahmad. You can check out the German scholarship schemes featured above. You can also check with specific German universities you're interested in, to see whether they offer any financial assistance. We have a list of leading German universities here, which might be of interest: https://www.topuniversities.com/where-to-study/europe/germany/top-universities-germany-state-201415

Posted By Rakshitha Rajanna
Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:26

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Hello Laura, thanks for the information, I am a Engineering student from India and I wish to study Masters in Germany and sweden (any one) , I have secured 7 band in Ielts exam, I wish to pursue Masters in Computer science , can u let me know what are the universities for the branch and about the fundings/scholarships to indian students. Thanks

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Posted By Laura Bridgestock
Tue, 11/04/2014 - 12:47

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Hi Rakshitha. Sounds like you may be interested in our ranking of the world's top universities for computer science, here: https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2014/computer-science-information-systems
You can filter the results to see the top performers in the countries you're interested in.
We also have a listing of scholarships for Indian students, here: https://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/scholarships/international-scholarships-indian-students
If you find a university you want to apply to, I'd also recommend checking whether they offer an specific funding assistance.

Posted By sandeep singh
Thu, 11/06/2014 - 06:34

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hello mam,i live in India and i have recently completed by B.tech in Electronics and communication and i wish to do my masters in communication engineering/Telecommunication/wireless communication Europe because of the no tuition fees but i am confused ,i don't know which country is more suitable for my course and if there are any jobs in the same field there.please help me.

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Posted By Laura Bridgestock
Thu, 11/06/2014 - 09:41

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Hi Sandeep. I'd recommend you take a look at our guides to studying in different European countries, here: https://www.topuniversities.com/where-to-study/region/europe/guide
You could also check out our ranking of the world's top universities for electrical and electronics engineering, to see which European universities are strongest in the field: https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2014/engineering-electrical-electronic
Hope this helps you get started!

Posted By subhash reddy
Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:22

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Hi i live in india,i would like to do MS in germany can i get scholarship for germany because of high expenses, i am a good student with good marks in every exams. I would like to study so where can i get the scholarships

In reply to by subhash413

Posted By Laura Tucker
Thu, 11/20/2014 - 14:44

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Hi there! Depending on the master's program you choose and the university you want to study at, fees vary - some are even free. Some schools offer scholarships for international students, or for students of certain subjects, or for those with excellent grades. Details of any scholarships will be available on the website of each university. To discover some of the best universities in your subject go here - https://www.topuniversities.com/subject-rankings - choose a subject and then set the location to Germany. You can then visit the website of any university you're interested in and look at the resources for international students (here you'll find tuition fee information, scholarship info and more). Before applying for scholarship however, it's likely that you'll need to be accepted onto a program in order to be eligible for funding.

Hope this helps,

Laura

In reply to by Adetola462

Posted By Laura Tucker
Thu, 11/20/2014 - 14:57

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Hi Adetola, hopefully my previous answer can help you out with a couple of things - most importantly, your brother needs to be accepted onto a program at a German university before applying for scholarship. (To apply to a program, you'll need to go to the website of your brother's chosen university, visit the international students site section, make sure you meet the program's entry requirement, and download an application form or email the admissions department with any queries). For a look at the top universities in Germany for Law, visit this page - https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2014/law-legal-studies#sorting=rank+region=+country=162+faculty=+stars=false+search=

Alternatively, take a look at the DAAD website for more info - https://www.daad.de/deutschland/nach-deutschland/en/

I hope this helps your brother with his search for a program!

Laura

Posted By govind jha
Fri, 11/21/2014 - 18:56

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I am From India. I got 216 marks in GRE. Studying is US would be expensive for me. Could you please suggest where i should apply. I got to know that Germany would be a good option for me, and there are even colleges with no tution fee. If anyone can tell me about colleges in Germany would be great , and yup also also how i could get scholarship there. Please help me.

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Posted By Laura Tucker
Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:01

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Hi Govind, yes studying in the US is one of the most expensive places in the world to study, but there are more affordable universities that you may be interested in (you'll have to conduct your own online search for these however). Study in Germany however is likely to be much cheaper as all undergraduate programs for international students are now free of charge, as well a some postgraduate programs. For a look at the top universities in Germany go here - https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2014#sorting=rank+region=+country=162+faculty=+stars=false+search= - or find a top German university within your subject (click subject > specify 'Germany' as location) - https://www.topuniversities.com/subject-rankings .

For more practical information about studying in German , visit our guide - https://www.topuniversities.com/where-to-study/europe/germany/guide .

Hope this helps, Laura

Posted By harish chhetri
Wed, 12/03/2014 - 14:01

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Hi Im from Nepal and Im planning for studing in Germany for higher studies. so i want to know the the terms and conditions, about entrance and many more so will u please help me to find out my way and i also want to know which one is the best university or college in germany for technological field/computer field. so please help me.

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Posted By Laura Bridgestock
Wed, 12/03/2014 - 14:33

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Hi Harish. Please take a look at our guide to studying abroad in Germany, here: https://www.topuniversities.com/where-to-study/europe/germany/guide
For the top German universities in the computer & information technology field, check out our ranking of the world's leading universities in this area: https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2014/computer-science-information-systems
Hope this gives you some ideas!

Posted By Ekaterina Sosenkova
Thu, 12/04/2014 - 23:05

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Hello!
I'm from Russia. That academic year is my last in the Moscow State University, and I will get a bachelor's degree in the field 'Russian as a Foreign Language'. I would like to secure a place for further studying (master's) in the sphere of Linguistics, Media or Journalism in Germany or in the USA. Is it possible to win a scholarship the sum of which will cover the cost of the whole course? I have very good marks, scientific works and teaching experience.
Yours faithfully,
Ekaterina

Posted By ANUPAM KALITA
Mon, 12/15/2014 - 04:50

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Hello, a very good morning to all :)
i am pursuing my Bachelors in Mechanical engineering from India, passing out in june 2015, with current OGPA 8.5/10 ,
due to some financial crisis, i am unable to meet my expenses inspite of working as a housekeeper, a delivery boy etc, i want to improve my quality of life and want to study abroad ...but i cant ask anyone for money as i have none other than a mother who has been suffering from OCD, i want to cure her too by making myself a succesful engineer....if there are scholarships for me in us .please let me know...thank yoi

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Posted By Laura Bridgestock
Mon, 12/15/2014 - 09:31

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Hi Anupam. We have a list of scholarships to study in the US here: https://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/scholarship-advice/international-scholarships-study-us
And a list of scholarships specifically for engineering students here: https://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/scholarships/international-scholarships-engineering-students
Hope this helps!

Posted By gareth chats
Thu, 01/29/2015 - 15:07

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hie just finished my a level and l am pursuing to do mechanical engineering and what is the most recommended place to go if l have financially limited means and

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Posted By Laura Tucker
Fri, 01/30/2015 - 11:15

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Hi Simba! We have a ranking of the world's top 200 universities for mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering, where you can filter the results by location to find the best in your country. In terms of fees, if you are an undergraduate and want to study in Germany, tuition is free!  Outside of Germany, you'll find information on exact fees on each of the universities' websites, or for general country by country information, please see our country guides. For engineering scholarships, see this article. Hope this helps! Laura

Posted By MILOUD LACHEHEB
Sat, 01/31/2015 - 20:52

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First, thank you for the very interesting article.
I am interested to apply for PhD programs in Germany and other universities in developed countries in order to increase admission chances. However, managing applications to a different programs and universities is quit hard. Hence, I am looking for a service provided by an agent to look after my applications. Could you suggest and advice please?

In reply to by MILOUD772

Posted By Laura Tucker
Mon, 02/02/2015 - 10:07

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Hi Miloud, I'm afraid I don't know of any services like this but I recommend that you search online for a recognised service - or alternatively, ask a school you're interested in if they know of any services like this. If interested in studying in the UK however, UCAS allows you to apply to all universities of interest directly through them. Laura

Posted By Erisa Kimura
Sun, 02/01/2015 - 16:41

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hi, im from tokyo and im currently working to study abroad in germany. i finished undergraduate program last year and i have credits that i can transfer for american uni but its too expensive and my parents and the japanese bank cant support me financies. i want to complete bachelor in humanities or communication if i can go to german university. i know that i cant enroll without higher educate certificate and i dont know if i have that but i want to finish bachelor. please help me.

In reply to by Erisa171

Posted By Laura Tucker
Mon, 02/02/2015 - 10:02

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Hi Erisa, most undergraduate programs in Germany require you to have gained either a high-school diploma, school-leaving certificate or university entrance exam result, but a completed degree qualification isn't a necessity. To find exact entry requirements you should first find a selction of universities you wish to study at. The top universities in Germany for media and communications can be found here. From there you can visit the schools' websites to find the entry requirements. You can also contact the school directly if you have any queries. Good luck! Laura

Posted By NIKOLAS KOLONAS
Wed, 02/04/2015 - 23:26

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Hello!
i come from Cyprus and i have a diploma in surveying engineering from Greece.
i want to study Psychology in Germany and i was wondering if i am allowed to have a Scholarship and if there are scholarships for a second degree.
thanks in advance!

In reply to by Nikolas502

Posted By Laura Tucker
Thu, 02/05/2015 - 14:41

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Hello Nikolas! Scholarships are available for master's level students wanting to study in Germany but can sometimes be hard to find. My advice would be to research a few German universities - the top universities in Germany for Psychology can be found here -  to see the sorts of funding they offer for international students. Often before applying for the scholarship you need to gain admittance to the university. For a broader range of scholarships take a look at this article, or visit the DAAD site for further info. We also have a Study in germany FAQ that might be useful. I hope this helps! Laura

Posted By Emir Beganovic
Tue, 02/10/2015 - 11:53

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Hi!
I am 21 years old, I live in Bosnia and Herzegovina and I am finishing my university here..(Finishing 3rd out of 4 year)
I'd love to find another University after this one in Germany ( for Physical Therapist)
Now, since my country isn't in E.U it seems hard for me to go there.
Is it possible for me to go there, do I have good chances?

In reply to by Emir147

Posted By Laura Tucker
Tue, 02/10/2015 - 14:43

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Hi Emir, studying in Germany as an international student is a very common option. If you have proficiency in German you're more likely to find a public university that offers an undergraduate program for you, but if not, English-language programs are very limited at undergraduate level and more common at graduate (master's/PhD) level. We have a Study in Germany FAQ which might be useful if you have anymore queries. We'll also be publishing an article on English-language programs in Germany very shortly. Good luck! Laura

Posted By hanifa s. Vuai
Thu, 02/19/2015 - 07:12

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My name is Hanifa Said Vuai , I am 20 years old , I have finish my study at Muembeladu Secondary school in Ordinary Level.
I deserve to be awarded the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin Scholarship in order with to continue with my study because my parents haven’t enough Money to let me to Continue in studies That’s why I need your help .
My future is engineer , I ms sure when I get this post , I will work hard to so succeed ,also I will my family as well as the whole society , I want to be good Designer and Master Planning in the Country So will get me this Scholarship, it help me and I make me promise that I will study hardy in order
To achieve my goal

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Posted By Laura Tucker
Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:20

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Hi Hanifa, scholarship funding can be competitive but if you submit a strong application there's every chance you could gain funding. In order to make your applications to the school and for the scholarship as good as they can be, take a look at the following articles which may be useful for you:

Scholarship Application FAQ

Study in Germany FAQ

Scholarships to Study in Germany

(use the links within each article to learn more)

Good luck! Laura

Posted By wajid ali
Mon, 03/30/2015 - 18:22

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HELLO, MY NAME IS WAJID ALI FROM INDIA I COMPLETED MY BTECH ENGG,. I WANT TO DO MASTER IN GERMANY BUT I DONT HAVE SUFFICIENT AMOUNT CAN U SUGGEST ME SOME GOOD UNIVERSITIES AND SCHOLARSHIP

In reply to by wajidali.patna…

Posted By Laura Tucker
Tue, 03/31/2015 - 09:44

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Hi Wajid Ali! Learn more about studying a master's degree in Germany with this article and find a list of the top universities in Germany for engineering and technology in our faculty rankings. For scholarships I would advise looking on the DAAD database or visiting official university websites for any available funding opportunities. For more general info about studying in Germany see our FAQ. Good luck! Laura

Posted By Abhilash C
Wed, 04/01/2015 - 04:13

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Hi Laura, I'm abhilash from India. I want to pursue my masters in Europe and I am looking for scholarships for the same. How can i apply to all of the above mentioned scholarships and when can i apply? can you please provide me with proper links of scholarship page of different universities providing scholarships? I have good academic back ground with 97.28% in 10th and 94.67% in 12th. Thank you.

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Posted By Laura Tucker
Wed, 04/01/2015 - 09:34

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Hi, you can apply to the above scholarships by clicking the title links (in orange) and reading through the information on the new webpage. Often there are strict entry requirements so make sure to read the guidelines thoroughly before applying. If you have any queries about a scholarship, contact the provider directly (you can often find contact information on these scholarship pages). We also have an article on scholarships to study in the rest of Europe, but if you're looking for scholarships offered by a particular school, you should visit the school's official website and search for 'funding opportunities'.

Good luck!

Laura

Posted By Hamed Ahmed
Sun, 05/03/2015 - 14:03

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i am Hamed
from Egypt ,, in my second year in medical study ..
just hope to find a scholarship with suitable financial charges
and i need some kind of e-mail adresses to be in contact with universities which provide scholarships
remember that financial issues are the most important :) :)
thanks in advance

In reply to by Hamed452

Posted By Ashkhen Davtian
Fri, 05/08/2015 - 15:52

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Thank you for your interesting and very useful article. I am from Armenia. I am studying translation and I am going to be a translator / interpreter of English and German.I am in the second year. I would like to develop my language skills in German. Would you, please, recommend me universities, where I can find free scholarship? My best regards.

Posted By Sharif Munshi
Mon, 06/01/2015 - 13:13

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Hi Laura Tucker, how are you?,I am sharif from bangladesh,i am 100% interested to do my bachelor degree in computer science and information system in germany with a scholarship,please give me the best universities list for computer science and information system,Besides please help me what should i do for getting a scholarship,you are just like my sister so please help me as your brother....

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