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Student Finance and Jobs

Unfortunately, studying is not cheap - housing rent, books, semester contributions and leisure-time activities. Here you will learn everything worth knowing on the topic of money and studying, especially about tuition, other costs, and student finance.

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Scholarships for students on social benefits

First-year students from particularly low-income families or those in other financial need can apply for a one-off scholarship of 800 Euros from the BaföG office with a minimum of bureaucracy. Only persons who have received a place at a Bremen university as freshmen for the winter semester 2021/22 can apply for the scholarship. Please note that the scholarship must be applied for before enrolment.

Details on the requirements and the application procedure (only in German) can be found on the website of the BaföG Office.


Scholarships are not only for gifted students: In addition to particularly high achievement, social commitment also plays a major role. Scholarship providers such as churches, political parties, companies and trade unions choose their scholarship holders themselves. Before applying, it is advisable to obtain information about their principles and the goals they pursue.

A lecturer in the full lecture hall.

Talent Programs

In Germany, there are 13 large funding organizations that support outstanding students with scholarships.


Scholarship Database

Stipendienlotse (only in German) is a database with more than 1000 scholarships.


Tips For Applying

If you want to apply for a scholarship, there are some important points to keep in mind. On (in German) you you will find helpful tips.


Liaison Lecturers

The liaison lecturers represent the foundations and funding agencies at the University. You can get in touch with them to submit your application to their foundation.



The University of Bremen has been participating in the "Deutschlandstipendien-Programm" since 2012. Students of the University of Bremen can each apply for one of over 100 scholarships each winter semester.


Student Jobs

Many students work alongside their studies in order to earn some extra pocket money or because the money they get from their parents and / or the BAföG is not enough to support them. In addition to an additional income, you can already gain professional experience during your studies, as long as the job has something to do with your field of study. Whether you work in a pub or in a museum – it is important to make sure that you do not neglect your studies and that you also take into account the taxes you might have to pay. The brochure “Jobben” published by the German Student Union offers a useful overview.

Students concentrated during a lecture

International Students

Students from the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland have free access to the German labor market and are practically equal to German students. However, if they work more than 20 hours per week, they (as well as German students) have to pay certain insurances. Special legal rules apply for students from other countries. Here you will find information about the legal framework for the employment of foreign students and graduates and other ways to finance the studies of international students.