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How much money do I need for studying at THGA and how can I fund it?Funding and Scholarships

Studying at THGA - the costs

Students at THGA do not have to pay tuition fees (except for the Master in Operational Safety Management), but are obliged to pay a contribution for the use of university facilities and public transport in NRW, known as the Semester- und Sozialbeitrag. Currently, this contribution is EUR 233.


Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Erasmus+ combines the previous EU programmes for lifelong learning, youth and sport as well as the European cooperation programmes for higher education. Since 1987, ERASMUS programmes have been promoting the cross-border mobility of students, lecturers and university staff. All 27 member states of the European Union participate in the programme, and they are joined by Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Turkey and Northern Macedonia.

Until 2020, around 2 million students have already benefited from Erasmus+ in all parts of students' lifecycles including doctorate programmes, part-time studies or internships abroad. You can find more information on Erasmus+: Studying abroad.

Erasmus+ also supports internships of six to eight weeks that have been organised by students themselves. These can be done in companies and organisations located in the Erasmus member states. You can find more information on Erasmus+: Internships abroad.

The Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2021-2027 can be found here, the Erasmus Policy Statement here.

International students can apply to stay in a host family outside the city whwere they are studying. This is a great opportunity to explore different parts of Germany and live with a family which also mans you can practise and improve your German. The programme reimburses the costs for food and travelling between the university and the family's place, students only have to pay a share of EUR 40. You can find more information in the flyer.

Students with a refugee background who are particularly qualified can apply for a scholarship of the programme "NRWege ins Studium". These scholarships are funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (MKW-NRW) and are awarded according to the guidelines of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). You can find more information here.

Every year, the International Office of THGA awards Stibet graduation scholarships and the DAAD Award to international studentds. To become eligible for funding, the International Office must receive the nomination of students by employees of the university by 31 August.

Conditions to be eligible for a graduation scholarship:

  • International Bachelor or Master student at THGA
  • Demonstrating motivation and commitment
  • Good study performance
  • Graduation to be completed within one year

International students that suffer hardship without their own fault can be nominated for a graduation scholarship to receive funds which help them focus on completing their study programme.

Conditions to be eligible for the DAAD Award:

  • International Bachelor or Master student at  THGA
  • Foreign university entrance certificate
  • Demonstrating motivation and commitment
  • Excellent academic performance
  • Advanced progress in their studies (Bachelor: min. 3 semesters, Master: min. 2 semesters)
  • Remarkable social or intercultural commitment

The intention of the DAAD Award is to raise public awareness of how much our community of higher education is enriched by foreign students; in addition, it intends to further motivate international students and acknowledge their commitment.

Friedrich Ebert Foundation funds foreign students of Bachelor and Master programmes who are already studying in Germany at a public or state-acknowledged university/university of applied sciences. The scholars are expected to produce study performance above average and present first graded performance creidts. In addition, they must show commitment to values of social democracy.

Konrad Adenauer Foundation funds full grants to international students who are doing a Master programme at a university/university of applied sciences in Germany. In addition to the financial support, scholars will be able to benefit from the international networks.

The Villigst Scholarship is awarded by the scholarship department of the Protestant Church and intends to support full-time students witha refugee background who are studying at a German university/university of applied sciences. The programme offers comprehensive guidance to committed young people who are enthused about their own subject and show a prominent interest in cross-disciplinary social and political issues; the successful applicants will also benefit from a versatile cross-disciplinary education programme and the opportunity to shape the organisation at all levels (co-determination). The grants follow the BAFöG guidelines and can be up to EUR 752 plus EUR 300 as a lump sum for study supplies and costs; other activities such as stays abroad are also funded.

Students, young researchers and lecturers who are planning an academic stays in Germany may wanto to consult the scholarship database maintained by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to learn more about available funding opportunities.

The Scholarship programme of the community of protestant students (ESG), funded by the charity programme Brot für die Welt, supports Bachelor and Master students with refugee backgrounds. This also includes measures to prepare people for university studies, e.g. language courses. Applications must be submitted via a community of protestant students; in exceptional cases, other organisations and communities of the Protestant Church, migration services, study guidance programmes (STUBEn) or university lecturers can submit the application.

The Scholarship programme hochform, funded by the German University Foundation in collaboration with Walter Blüchert Foundation, supports Master students with a refugee background who are in their first or latest their second semester. The programme intends to guide these students until they have successfully completed their programme and to help them join the German job market.

The Scholarship programme Welcome of the German University Foundation (DUS) is eligible for students from refugee regions who live in Germany. The unique selling proposition is that scholars receive one-on-one mentoring and support by a university lecturer who teaches the subject chosen near the city where the scholar's university is located. These lecturers are provided by DUS. In addition, the scholarship provides further immaterial support to help scholars complete their studies successfully and to join the German job market.


Sarah ZouariMitarbeiterin im International Office

+49 (234) 968 3267
G1 R019