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Student Finance and Jobs

Unfortunately, it 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.

BAföG student grant


Job opportunities

International students


What does it cost to be a student?

Studying costs money. According to the survey of the German Student Services Bureau, the average cost of living over the course of studies is around 800 euro per month. By far the largest part is spent on living expenses, i.e. housing, meals and whatever else you need in everyday life. This also includes the semester fee that is customary at all universities and must be paid before each semester. It includes the semester ticket and contributions to the Student Services Bureau, the student governance (AStA and Stugas), and the administrative costs you have to pay at the University of Bremen.



Long-running studies

For students who study 15 semesters or more, the Bremen Study Accounts Act stipulates a fee of 500 euro per semester in addition to the semester fee. Students from the age of 55 are generally subject to a fee. Under certain circumstances, exceptions can be made that lead to an increase in so-called “student credits” (fee-free semesters), i.e. leave, BAföG payments, voluntary semester abroad, the care or upbringing of a child etc. Tuition fees may be deferred, reduced or waived in case of unreasonable hardship.



If parents do not have enough money to pay for their child's livelihood during their studies, it is possible to apply for the BAföG student grant (Federal Training Funding Act). The grant amount depends on the assets and income of the parents, students, or the student’s partner. The maximum rate is 735 euro per month. The BAföG is usually granted as a 50% subsidy and the other half as an interest-free loan. Further information can be obtained from the BAföG office at the Student Services Bureau. You can also seek social counseling and advice on BAföG from the AStA.

Further interesting links for BAföG:



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.

Since 2012, the University of Bremen has been participating in the Deutschlandstipendien (German Scholarship) program. Students of the University of Bremen can apply for one of the more than 100 German Scholarships allocated each winter semester.

You can find out about a variety of other sources on student finance with scholarships – here is a collection of interesting links on this topic:

University Information Office

Scholarship guide published by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Advancement scholarship Aufstiegsstipendium (for prospective students with work experience)

Scholarship database of the Federal Association of German Foundations

The Zeit newspaper Scholarship Guide:

Information at studis-online

Scholarship database at e-fellows

Research funding from the University of Bremen

Talent development scholarships in higher education

Sample tasks for self-assessment at the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

Student grant from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation


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 are 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.



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.