On the following pages, we provide information on the most important ways to finance your education. For more detailed information, visit the website of the  Studierendenwerks Thüringen or contact the responsible representative in Weimar.

BAföG (The Federal Training Assistance Act)

The Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG) helps students pay for their university education. The goal of BAföG is to give young people, regardless of their social circumstances, the chance to gain an education that suits their personal abilities and interests.

The amount of financial aid awarded by BAföG depends on the student’s personal income and equity, as well as the income earned by his/her parents. The maximum funding period corresponds to the standard period of study prescribed by the student’s degree programme.

BAföG funding is comprised in equal part of an interest-free government loan and a public grant.

For more information about BAföG, application procedures and repayment modalities, please visit the website of the Studierendenwerk Thüringen or contact the responsible representative in Weimar.


Students can also receive financial assistance in the form of scholarships. Scholarships are awarded to students in recognition of outstanding academic achievement or extraordinary social commitment. Students at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar can apply for the following scholarships:

Scholarships for Students

For Study abroad:

  • PROMOS scholarship by the DAAD for foreign study and internship
  • ERASMUS scholarship for foreign European internship
  • ERASMUS scholarship for study abroad
  • Fulbright scholarship for study abroad in the USA
  • EILC language course scholarship for ERASMUS students (less common languages)
  • LEONARDO scholarship for foreign European internship

Scholarships for Graduates, Ph.D. and postdoc candidates

We look forward to receiving your application!

Working part-time during your Studies

A part-time job can be a good way to finance your studies. Many students seek employment as student assistants in their departments and in the central university facilities. Be sure to check the job openings which are regularly posted by the university.

You can also find other job openings on the job portal operated by the Careers Service and at the Studierendenwerk Thüringen. As a student, you are allowed to earn as much as you wish. However, there are some income restrictions which apply to eligibility requirements for social benefits and financial aid, e.g. BAföG or children’s allowance. Please bear in mind, however, that excessive hours or long commutes to work may significantly prolong your studies or negatively influence your academic performance.

International students are only permitted to work in Germany with a work permit. The work permit allows you to work 120 full days (1 day = 8 hours), which can be spread out over 240 half-days (1/2 day = 4 hours). This allows you to work during semester breaks. You should also keep in mind that if you earn more than 450 Euro a month, you will be subject to higher health insurance premiums.

You should also keep in mind that a job not related to your field of study can have a significant effect on the duration of your studies and cost additional time and energy. It is advisable to find a part-time job in your field, which offers practical experience for you and your subsequent transition to a

Educational Loans and Grants

You can also secure financing through educational loans and grants. There is now a relatively large selection of grants and loans which offer students exceptionally favourable conditions. The requirements and conditions of eligibility vary to such an extent that we recommend personal consultation in advance.

For contact data and more information, please visit the website of the Studierendenwerks Thüringen.

Applications for 2019/2020

The call for applications for scholarships in 2019 (April) will end on 15 January 2019. As a rule, the awarding committee for scholarships of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar will select the scholarship holders in February/March.

Students who want to apply for the second round for the Bauhaus Degree Completion Scholarships could apply until 15 May 2019.
Alumni of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar can apply for one of the Start-Up Scholarships for a Doctorate at any time until 31st of August 2019.

The application period for the next funding year (April 2020 - March 2021) will start in the winter semester 2019/20, the next applications are expected to be submitted until 15 January 2020.

Scholarship holders 2017 (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Henry Sowinski)

You find an overview of scholarships awarded at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar for students, graduates, doctoral candidates and postdocs below - please click on "Scholarships".

The scholarship holders of the actual funding period have been honoured on 06 June 2018: the picture gallery will be published soon. Please find here impressions of the Scholarship Award Ceremony 2017.

The Scholarship Award Ceremony 2019 will take place on 22 May 2019.