In comparison to other large cities in Germany, living in Mannheim is not very expensive. You should budget about EUR 700 to EUR 750 per month (made up of EUR 250-300 rent, about EUR 80 health insurance and the remaining money for groceries, clothing, etc.). Your expenses of course heavily depend on your lifestyle. Factor in some additional expenses during your first months in your new home as you will need to buy many new things, such as dishes or books.
In addition to the scholarships that are available to all students at the University of Mannheim, we are also offering scholarships especially for international degree-seeking students. There are also many scholarships and financial support options available from external organizations.
The Graduation Scholarship (Studienabschlussstipendium) is a scholarship providing financial support for students working on their final theses and/
or final exams. The funding period is limited to a maximum duration of six months. In order to be eligible, students must prove their need for financial aid. They must also demonstrate strong academic performance and need to take their final exams within the next 12 months. Application forms are available and must be submitted at the International Office. Here, you will also obtain information about which documents are required for an application.
Deadlines: Applications have to be submitted by the end of February (for scholarships for the spring semester) or by the end of June (for scholarships for the fall semester).
Scholarships for especially committed students
The International Office offers scholarships for especially committed students of the University of Mannheim. These scholarships are financed with funds from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Applicants are required to have good grades and show outstanding commitment in the international context at the university. International students will receive the current calls for applications via e-mail.
Deadlines: Applications are to be submitted by the beginning of June at the latest.
BAföG (Federal Education and Training Assistance Act) is a federal subsidized student loan program providing financial assistance to students. Students who qualify for BAföG receive a monthly amount of money during the course of their studies to help meet their costs of living. In return, students repay this sum in installments five years after their graduation.
Not only Germans but also many international students are eligible for BAföG. Due to changes in legislation, the number of international students eligible for BAföG has grown considerably.
Essentially, students who are eligible for BAföG are those who have a prospect of remaining in Germany and have been integrated into society. This could be someone who has the right of permanent residence according to the EU law stipulating freedom of movement, a long-term resident – EC or a settlement permit.
Since regulations are very complex, we recommend contacting the BAföG office at an early stage.
More information is available from the Studierendenwerk Mannheim or from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Funding options of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
The website of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides information about study programs for both German and international students, graduates, and post-doctoral researchers. The online magazine offers a valuable insight into the activities of the organization, its grantees and alumni. In addition, the Stipendiendatenbank (scholarship database) contains scholarships for various study programs.
The activities of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) focus on development cooperation, economic, technological, labor and social policies, as well as on social and contemporary history. At the same time, they promote the political and academic dialog on foreign and security policies. International students and graduates can apply for various scholarship programs.
The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) is a political foundation and its activities focus on talent development as well as on historical and political research and consulting. The foundation promotes international students pursuing their degree at academic institutions of higher education in Germany. International students or doctoral candidates who are already studying in Germany have to apply directly in Germany. International students who are still in their home country can apply at the respective outpost of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.
The Bronnbach Scholarship is a program of the “Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft” of the Federation of German Industries (BDI e.V.) and is open for students and alumni of the University of Mannheim.
The scholarship program of the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung is open to foreign students and postgraduates of German universities provided that the applicants qualify according to the scholarship requirements. International students can apply if they have been admitted to a German university for a postgraduate degree course or for a doctoral program.
Katholischer Akademischer Ausländer-Dienst (KAAD)
Fulbright (for US citizens only)
The German-American Fulbright Program implements Senator J. William Fulbright's visionary concept: The promotion of mutual understanding between the United States and Germany through academic and cultural exchange.
The Fulbright Program has international outreach, providing exchanges between the United States and over 180 countries and territories worldwide.
The Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung is open to students and doctoral candidates with outstanding achievements and a high level of commitment to socio-political matters. Work in the social sector, involvement in non-confessional or confessional youth work, active participation in student organizations or in a political environment is considered socio-political commitment.