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Student Financing

BAföG and scholarships

Except of some further education Master programmes there are no tuition fees charged at UdK Berlin.

In addition to financing through parents and additional income from part-time jobs, applying for scholarships or  "BAföG" (Federal Training Assistance Act) is certainly one of the best-known options for financing.

Under certain conditions, international students can also apply for BAföG. For more information, please contact Studierendenwerk Berlin.
An overview of finanzing and the contact to the Social Counselling Centre of the studierendenWERK Berlin can be found  here

The social counselling service of the studierendenWERK BERLIN offers counselling specifically on all topics of student financing.
https://www.stw.berlin/en/counselling.html

There are also a number of foundations that provide financial support for students. The most well-known are the large party-affiliated or confessional foundations. In addition, there is a wide range of offers sponsored by companies, associations and even individuals. It can be worthwhile to do some detailed research, e.g. with the help of the portal "mystipendium" or stipendiumplus.

We have also compiled a selection of large and relevant smaller foundations in the brochure "Studienfinanzierung" (study financing).

Starting on page 14, you will also find links to the foundations of the UdK Berlin.
An application form is attached as the last page.
However, these small foundations do not provide regular support, but usually only temporary support for students in financial need.

But there are other foundations that specifically address students at colleges of art and music, e.g. theDeutsche Stiftung Musikleben, Lieselotte Klein Stiftung, Jürgen Ponto Stiftung, you will also find these in the brochure.

Regarding special financing opportunities for international students (e.g. DAAD) , please enquire at our office for International Student Services.

Grant for the start or graduation of study

Financially needy students again have the opportunity to apply for a grant for the start of study ("Zuschuss zum Studienstart")  or a grant for the graduation of study ("Zuschuss zum Studienabschluss").

The grant can be applied for twice a year.

Application period for the winter semester: 15.09. - 15.10.
Application period for the summer semester: 15.03. - 15.04.

The "Zuschuss zum Studienstart" is intended to make it easier for students to successfully begin their studies in Berlin. The financial support can be used for necessary purchases that may arise at the start of studies (e.g. for study materials, laptop, deposit payments, living expenses to be bridged, etc.).

The Successful Completion Grant is intended to help students successfully complete their studies. The financial support can be used for necessary purchases that may be incurred upon graduation (e.g. for the final thesis). Students can also use this assistance to reduce any employment they may have in order to better focus on their degree.

The grant is a one-time support in the amount of 1,000 euros.
There is no legal entitlement.
All information on the application process can be found here:

https://www.stw.berlin/en/counselling/social-counselling-centre/overview-of-financing/one-time-opportunities-for-student-financing/zuschuss.html

"Aufstiegstipendium"

As of now, the online application for the "Aufstiegsstipenium" - the study support for experienced professionals is possible again. Prospective students and students can apply for an advancement scholarship until 28 November 2022.

The funding programme of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research supports skilled workers with vocational training and several years of practical experience in their first academic higher education studies. Detailed information can be found at https://www.sbb-stipendien.de/aufstiegsstipendium.

Applications are possible before the start of studies and until the end of the second semester. Over 1,000 advancement scholarships are awarded annually.

A full-time course of study is supported monthly with 934 euros plus 80 euros book allowance. In addition, there is a care allowance for children under 14 (160 euros for each child). For part-time students, the subsidy amounts to 2,900 euros per calendar year. The benefits are a lump sum and are not dependent on income.

"Deutschlandstipendium"

The Deutschlandstipendium supports talented and high-achieving students. In addition to outstanding academic and professional achievements, social commitment and special personal achievements are also taken into account when awarding the scholarship.

Information on the Germany Scholarship can be found here.

 

Solidarity Fund of the UdK Berlin

For students, the Corona Pandemic has meant the loss of many opportunities to earn money.  In order to help UdK students, the "UdK Berlin Solidarity Fund" was set up at studierendenWERK BERLIN. The fund is financed by donations. From it, UdK Berlin students can receive grants for projects, materials, fees, licences and work equipment. These are one-off grants. Students who are enrolled at the Berlin University of the Arts and whose financial situation requires special support are eligible to apply.

The grants will be awarded by the studierendenWERK BERLIN.

Further information on the Solidarity Fund can be found here.

Emergency funding in Corona times

Due to the current situation, many new questions arise with regard to financing your studies and securing your livelihood, e.g.:

What about BAföG for the next semester?

Where can I apply for bridging assistance?

Am I entitled to ALG II if I have lost my job?

Answers to these and other questions can be found here.