Recognized refugees (those entitled to political asylum, refugees granted refugee status or subsidiary protection according to § 23 Par. 1 or Par. 2 AufenthG) can apply for the educational grant according to BAföG as soon as the legal status has been granted.

Starting June 1st 2016 those tolerated or holding certain humanitarian legal statuses (§ 25 Par. 3, § 25 Par. 4 Sentence 2, § 25 Par. 5) and those with a residence permit due to family circumstances (§§ 30 through 34) may apply for BAföG after a stay in Germany of at least 15 months.

If there is a general eligibility to receive educational grants according to BAföG, the individual case will be reviewed (for example age limit) as well as all details concerning the course of study and the previous academic history. It is therefore advisable to already start organizing the BaföG during the study preparation period, because previous completed semesters (also abroad) can be deducted and might reduce the period of financial granting. Those affected may seek guidance at the Studierendenwerk.

Attention - to drop out the studies or change subject is unproblematic for the educational grant according to BaföG till the beginning of the 3th semester. If you change your study subject after that normally no BaföG will be granted anymore. Further information is available in right column.

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There are various foundations and programs through which one may receive a scholarship. Most scholarships will ask for particularly talented students or those with exceptional grades. However, there are various scholarships which are aimed at supporting students in need or those who show an exceptional social engagement.

The Bildungsserver's website provides an overview of scholarships open to foreign students. The DAAD's scholarship database is also helpful in gaining a good overview.

In addition to that, there are various other helpful websites. These include: The scholarship database of the federal ministry of Education and Research, the federal association of charities' portal and the Begabtenförderungswerke.

Most scholarship programs are currently aimed at students who come to Germany to pursue their studies and want to return to their home countries upon completion of their studies. However, there are numerous charities specifically aimed at supporting refugees with their studies. The relevant information can be found on the mentioned websites. One may also find additional information on a personal guidance opportunity on the Studierendenwerk's Website, as well as at the scholarship counselling at the University of Freiburg.

The website provides a good overview on this topic. Attention - the financing opportunities depend on the legal status!



Further possibilities


Under certain circumstances the Studierendenwerk may approve a student loan if the student is about to graduate. The relevant Studierendenwerk will offer financial guidance for anybody interested in a loan.

Employment / Student Jobs

It is always helpful to take a look at the faculties' bill-boards. Usually one can find many postings regarding jobs, internships and the like. Furthermore, the Studierendenwerk offers an employment service through the Studijob portal.

There are also nationwide portals which are specifically targeted at refugees in Germany. Two of them are Welcome2Work and Workeer. The initiative Science4Refugees helps refugee scientists and researchers to find a suitable job in the European Union.

Health Insurance

A student does not only have to cover the cost of subsistence, but also the cost of health insurance and a nursing care insurance. For all students younger than 30 years of age athe cost of insurance will be about 107 €. Students who are older than 30 years old need to pay beetween 180 - 200 € per month.


Bildungsberatung Garantiefonds Hochschule

The federal government supports those with a legal status according to § 23 Par. 1 and Par. 2 AufenthG and who also want continue their studies or gain a university entrance qualification through the Bildungsberatung Garantiefonds Hochschule.

Among others, supported activities include language courses in preparation for university, training courses, Studienkollegs and academic internships. The application and its review will be conducted by the guidance centers of the Bildungsberatung Garantiefonds Hochschule. However, one may also use the online registration.

The application must be filed no later than 2 years after entering Germany or one year after being recognized. Furthermore, approval of support must be given prior to reaching 30 years of age.