Scholarships & Financial Aid

Studying in Germany is not expensive in international comparison. No tuition fees are charged at state colleges and universities, including the University of Applied Sciences (EAH) Jena. Only if you exceed the standard period of study by four semesters, you will have to pay so-called long-term fees in Thuringia, as in most German states. Only education and living costs are incurred, about which you should inform yourself in advance. An overview of education and living costs can be found on the website of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Scholarships & DAAD Prize at the EAH Jena

The End-Of-Study Scholarship of the DAAD supports international students to focus on the successful completion of their degree courses in the last phase of their studies. The prerequisite for the application is that the successful completion of the studies can be realized within one year. The selection of the scholarship holders is carried out by a commission of the EAH Jena taking into account the study achievements and the financial situation of the applicants. The announcement takes place once per semester. If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact Ms Schopf.

  • Next application period: Winter semester 2022/23

Prize of the German Academic Exchange Service for outstanding achievements of international students at German universities


Awarded with €1,000, the DAAD Prize is tendered for the 20th time at the EAH Jena. The DAAD Prize shall draw attention to the increasing number of international students at the EAH Jena and connect interesting stories with faces.

What is honoured?

The DAAD Prize honours international students of the EAH Jena who have achieved excellent study results and showed remarkable social or intercultural commitment.

Who can be nominated?

You may nominate international students, who have obtained their university entrance qualification abroad, and who are targeting a degree at the EAH Jena. Candidates shall be in an advanced stage of their Bachelor (min. second study year) or Master study (min. second semester). It is also possible to nominate doctorate students and alumni (if the degree has been obtained not more than 3 months ago). The prize shall only be given to one person and not be shared among several candidates.

Who can nominate students?

Individual persons as well as bodies or groups, which are associated with the EAH Jena, may submit nominations. It is not possible to nominate oneself.

What must a nomination include?

The outstanding achievements of the candidate must be described in an informal recommendation letter (1-2 pages). In addition, the candidate must submit a current transcript of records or copy of the degree and a CV. More documents are not necessary.

When is the deadline for nomination?

Nominations may be submitted by 15 June 2022 to Gabi Schopf by email.

How is the awardee selected?

The DAAD awardee 2022 is selected by an internal commission of the EAH Jena, consisting of employees of the International Office and the ServiceCentre Study and Study Counselling. Shortly after selection, all candidates as well as nominating people will be informed on the commissions’ decision by email.

The Deutschlandstipendium is a scholarship for gifted and talented young people who also show special social commitment. This scholarship opportunity is open to international students too. The application is made via the Career Service of the EAH Jena.

  • Next application period: Summer semester 2022

Scholarship search on the Internet

TheGerman Academic Exchange Service(DAAD) offers the most comprehensive funding programme. In addition, there are a large number of scholarship providers in Germany with a wide variety of social and political orientations and target groups. Databases and scholarship guides make it easier for you to find a suitable scholarship provider.

Selection of search engines for scholarships:

Financially distressed?

Auch wenn Sie in finanzielle Notsituationen geraten, gibt es verschiedene Hilfsangebote, die Sie nutzen können, das sind ​u.a.:

Students who are currently in a difficult financial situation due to the Corona crisis can apply for an interest-free short-term loan from the Studierendenwerk Thüringen in the amount of 800 euros on a one-time basis. The application for the loan can be made at the General Social Counseling of the Studierendenwerk.Only half of the loan (max. 400 euros) has to be repaid, the other half is paid by the Free State of Thuringia as a grant. This applies to new applications as well as to loans that have already been disbursed since April 2020.

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The "StudiumThüringenPlus" study start-up assistance is a one-time support for financially needy first-year students prior to the start of their studies in the first university semester in the amount of € 500 from the summer semester of 2021 until the winter semester of 2023/2024. The "StudiumThüringenPlus" start-up aid is intended to make it easier for students to start their studies and is granted to financially needy first-year students who are admitted to a state or state-recognised Thuringian higher education institution for the first time.

Applications must be submitted before the start of the course of study and in due time by

  • March 15 of each year for the upcoming summer semester and
  • 15 September of each year for the upcoming winter semester.

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International students can apply to the Evangelische Studierendengemeinde Jena for financial aid from the emergency fund of the Diakonisches Werk of the EKM or be nominated for a scholarship from "Brot für die Welt". The contact person is the university pastor who is entrusted with the university and student work of the ESG in Jena.

The university chaplain of the Catholic Student Community Jena is the contact person for all questions regarding the scholarships (Cusanuswerk, KAAD), national university policy and administration as well as for all concerns regarding community life.

Short-, medium- and long-term interest-free loans as well as tokens for the Mensa regular meal can be applied for at the Studierendenwerk Thüringen. These options are intended for needy students who, through no fault of their own, have found themselves in a financial emergency that jeopardizes their studies. The contact person is the General Social Counseling of the Studierendenwerk Thüringen.

International students who find themselves in a serious financial, personal, political or illness-related emergency situation can apply for one-off funding from the DAAD Foundation's Emergency Fund. In order to apply, it must be proven that, in principle, no funding is possible from other DAAD funds, public funds or other third-party funds. The DAAD Foundation is the contact person.