10 Universities in Germany + The Available Scholarships

Germany is one of the most popular education destinations for international students who seek high-quality education. The quality of higher education in Germany is among the best in the world. The long tradition of education in Germany is widely respected. Germany has approximately 450 universities accredited by the state and there are 17,500 study programs for degrees in the country. Almost every subject is catered by the universities at all academic levels. In most cases, the German universities do not charge any tuition fees. Even if they do, the fees tend to be quite low. In addition, the German government, as well as many foundations, provides financial support for German students and incoming students from other countries. They also support student exchange programs in order to help students gain study abroad experience. The following are the scholarships and awards offered through the top 10 universities in Germany.

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  1. Technical University of Munich

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is a research university with campuses in Munich, Garching and Freising-Weihenstephan. Established in 1868, TUM is one of Europe’s best universities. It is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and the active promotion of promising young scientists. It ranks among the best European universities in international rankings by Times Higher Education and QS.

There are a number of scholarship opportunities that you can take to study at TUM.

  • Scholarship for International Students: merit-based/need-based, one-time financial aid of €500 to €1,500 per semester, for currently-enrolled undergraduate and graduate students with non-German university entrance certificates.
  • General Scholarship: merit-based scholarship for currently-enrolled undergraduate and graduate students with university entrance certificates from Germany or abroad. It is part of the German National Scholarship Program (Deutschlandstipendium). Values €300 per month.
  • Nicolaus Scholarship Fund: need-based, one-time scholarship valued €150 to €450, for currently-enrolled undergraduate and graduate students with university entrance certificates from Germany or abroad.
  • Loschge Scholarship: merit-based scholarship valued up to €550 per month, for undergraduate and graduate students of the School of Mechanical Engimeering (in the field of thermal engineering) with university entrance certificates from Germany or abroad.
  • Oskar Karl Foster Scholarship for Books and Learning Materials: merit-based/need-based financial aid for books and learning materials, valued from €100 to €500, for currently-enrolled undergraduate and graduate students with university entrance certificates from Germany or abroad.
  • Leonard Lorenz Foundation: merit-based awards for doctoral and post-doctoral students. Valued up to €1,500 for conference participation and up to €5,000 for research projects.

Further details can be found on the Scholarships page at www.tum.de.

  1. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU or the University of Munich) is a public research university located in Munich, Germany. It is German’s sixth-oldest university in continuous operation. Originally established in Ingolstadt in 1472, the University was moved in 1800 to Landshut before being relocated to its present-day location in Munich in 1826. Since the 19th century, the University of Munich has been considered as one of Germany’s as well as one of Europe’s most prestigious universities.

In cooperation with other institutions and organizations, LMU offers scholarships to its outstanding students and researchers.

Visit the Scholarships page for further details. Learn more about LMU at www.en.uni-muenchen.de.

  1. Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Heidelberg University is a public research university in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Founded in 1386, Heidelberg is Germany’s oldest university and one of the world’s oldest surviving universities.  The university consists of 12 faculties and offers degree programs at undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels. Heidelberg comprises 3 major campuses: the humanities are predominantly located in Heidelberg’s Old Town, the natural sciences and medicine in the Neuenheimer Feld quarter, and the social sciences within the inner-city suburb Bergheim. The University is ranked 64th on the QS World University Rankings 2019.

The University of Heidelberg offers its students and doctoral students various scholarships and funding opportunities.

Further details can be found on the Scholarships page at www.uni-heidelberg.de.

  1. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is a public research university and one of the largest research and educational institutions in Germany. KIT was created in 2009 when the University of Karlsruhe merged with the Karlsruhe Research Center. KIT is one of the leading universities for engineering and the natural sciences in Europe, ranking 6th overall in citation impact. Ranked 26th worldwide in computer science in the internationally recognized Times Higher Education ranking, KIT is among the leading universities worldwide in computer science.

KIT offers a number of scholarships to German and non-German students.

Further details can be found at www.irm.kit.edu/138.php. Learn more about KIT at www.kit.edu.

  1. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Humboldt University of Berlin is a university located in the central borough of Mitte in Berlin, Germany. It was established in 1809 as the University of Berlin, and opened in 1810, making it the oldest university in Berlin. The University comprises 9 faculties, has around 32,000 students, and offers 189 degree programs in undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels. The University is known worldwide for pioneering the Humboldtian model of higher education, which has strongly influenced other European and Western universities. It has been widely called “the mother of all modern universities”.

The Humboldt University of Berlin offers scholarship opportunities to all its undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students, including the researchers.

Further details can be found on the Scholarships and Grants page at www.hu-berlin.de.

  1. Freie Universität Berlin

The Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin) is a research university located in Berlin, Germany. As one of Germany’s most distinguished universities, it is known for its research in the humanities and social sciences, as well as in the field of natural and life sciences. The Freie Universität Berlin was founded in West Berlin in 1948 with American support during the early Cold War period as a de facto western continuation of the Frederick William University, which was located in East Berlin. The Freie Universität Berlin is one of 11 German elite universities in the German Universities Excellence Initiative. It ranks 130th on the QS World University Rankings 2019.

The Freie Universität Berlin recognizes the students’ excellence in their studies, therefore the University offers scholarships and awards to its academically exceptional students, through its cooperation and partnership with the German government and other local and international organizations. These scholarship opportunities include:

Further details can be found on the International page at www.fu-berlin.de.

  1. RWTH Aachen University

The RWTH Aachen University is a research university located in Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. With more than 45,000 students enrolled in 157 study programs (of which 16 are private courses of study), spread across a total of 9 faculties, it is the largest technical university in the country. Established in 1870, RWTH Aachen University is one of Germans top 10 universities. It is also ranked in the top 150 universities by QS.

RWTH Aachen has compiled a list of scholarships awarded, administered, or arranged by RWTH Aachen.

  • AICES Graduate Studies: scholarship for doctoral students who hold a Master’s or Diploma degree. Includes a monthly stipend of €2000.
  • BRIDGEWORK Scholarships: for students admitted to RWTH Aachen University in any study program and degree.
  • Education Fund (National Scholarship): two scholarship programs: the NRW Scholarship Program from the State Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research, and the Deutschland Scholarship fro the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The Education Fund provides students with €300 monthly and offers non-monetary support in the form of a framework program.
  • Erasmus+ Student Mobility: covers living costs, tuition fees, intensive language courses fees.
  • Heinrich-Hertz-Scholarships: merit-based scholarships awarded to doctoral and postdoctoral students for study and research.
  • Henry Ford Scholarships: merit-based scholarships which include monthly stipend of €300 for at least one year, for female students at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.
  • IDEA League Research Grant: for doctoral students from any field of study related to engineering.
  • PROMOS Studienresen: funding for 5-15 doctoral students from any faculty, who are planning on pursuing a study trip in one of the eligible countries. Valued €45 per person, per day, and can be funded with a partial scholarship from DAAD.

The full list of scholarship opportunities can be found on the Scholarship Overview page at www.rwth-aachen.de.

  1. Technische Universität Berlin

The Technische Universität of Berlin (TU Berlin) is a research university located in Berlin, Germany. It was founded in 1879 and has become one of the most prestigious education institutions in Europe. TU Berlin is known for its highly ranked engineering programs, especially in computer science, mechanical engineering, economics and management. The University is home to two innovation centers designated by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. It is also ranked in the top 200 universities by QS, and is one of the top 10 universities in the country.

TU Berlin supports the students’ studies by offering scholarships to all its undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students. The scholarships include:

Further details and more scholarships can be found on the Scholarships page at www.tu-berlin.de.

  1. Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen is a public research university located in the city of Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Established in 1477, the University has 7 faculties, more than 330 study programs, and over 28,000 students enrolled. As a German Excellence University, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen is regularly ranked as one of the best universities in Germany and is especially known as a center for the study of medicine, law, and theology and religion. The University is ranked among the top 200 universities worldwide according to QS.

The Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen does not grant any scholarships. However, there are a number of scholarship opportunities and students loans that are offered through partnerships with other organizations to support the students’ studies.

Please note that all scholarships and loans offered are not offered as financial assistance to begin your studies. You can only apply for the scholarships or loans during your studies at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen.

Further details on the scholarships and loans can be found on the Costs and Funding page of the University’s website (htps://uni-tuebingen.de).

  1. Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet Freiburg

The Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg is a public research university located in Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The University was founded in 1457 as the second university in Austrian-Habsburg territory after the University of Vienna. Today, Freiburg is the 5th oldest university in Germany, with a long tradition in teaching the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. The University is made up of 11 faculties and attracts students from across Germany as well as from over 120 other countries. Named as one of elite universities of Germany by academics, political representatives and the media, the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg stands amongst Europe’s top research and teaching institutions. According to QS, it is ranked among the top 200 universities worldwide and among the top 10 universities in Germany.

The Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg does not provide scholarships for its students. Therefore, if you need financial support to study at this university, you must apply for scholarships in your native country before arriving in Germany. You are suggested to make an appointment for scholarship advising. To do so, visit the Student Service Center in person or contact the University by telephone or e-mail:+49 (0)761 203-4246 / studienberatung@service.uni-freiburg.de.  To make an appointment to discuss study abroad scholarships, please contact the International Office at the Student Service Center.

The scholarship opportunities that you can apply for from your home country to study at Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg are as following:

Further details can be found on the Scholarship Advising page at www.studium.uni-freiburg.de.

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