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Costs & financing

What needs financing?

Which financing or support possibilities are avaliable?

What needs financing?

Tuition fees

If you have a stay abroad in one of the Viadrina’s many partner universities, usually, there are no tuition fees to pay. Sometimes there are administrative fees to be paid, i.e. for the issuing of student identification or a mandatory membership in a student organization that entitles you to benefits.

Please note: If you organize your stay abroad yourself, in most cases, you will have to pay tuition fees. You can find the exact amounts directly on the website of the foreign university that you wish to apply to.

Living costs

There are many living costs that are connected to a stay abroad, pay particular attention to the following areas:
  • Administrative fees, Visa
  • Travel to destination
  • Excess baggage costs
  • Accommodation
  • Gas, electricity, internet, telephone etc.
  • Food
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Medicine
  • Local travel
  • Banking fees
  • Leisure activities

This list is, of course, not complete. It is simply a general overview of the possible costs. You should be aware before your application for a stay abroad of the possible costs involved. Also remember that the living costs in some countries (e.g. Great Britain or the USA and also Scandinavia) are considerably higher than the comparable costs in Germany.

Information on Living Costs can be found for example at:

Please note: If you are applying for a grant or have already received one, check to see if travel costs will be paid or if it will continue to be paid during your stay abroad.


Which financing or support possibilities are avaliable?

Erasmus+ Mobility Grant

If you have received a place in a partner university in a European country you can, during you stay abroad, receive the Erasmus+ Mobility Grant.  A direct application to the EU for an Erasmus+ Mobility Grant is not possible.

Amount of the Erasmus+ Mobility Grant
The financial support of the Erasmus+ is determined by the living costs of the destination (“Program countries”). Minimum rates for funding Europe-wide are calculated based upon three “country groups for stays abroad” (SMS). Initially you will receive the Mobility Grant for a maximum of four months.



Country Group 1: 282€ per Month / 9,40€ per day
Denmark, Finland, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Lichtenstein, Norway, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland
Country Group 2: 240€ per Month / 8€ per day
Belgium, Greece, Iceland, Croatia, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, The Czech Republic, Turkey, Cyprus
Country Group 3: 189€ per Month / 6,30€ per day
Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary

The calculation of the funding is dependent on the date of your “Letter of Confirmation of Host Institution (Confirmation of Arrival and Departure). The first tranche of 3-4 month funding will be received after sending the confirmation of arrival in your Letter of Confirmation. Depending on the country and the length of the semester you will receive the full, 4 month funding or a reduced 3 month grant. For the purposes of this funding a month is described as being 30 days. If your letter of confirmation states that you spent more than 3 months (90 days) abroad any additional payment is calculated daily. If you stay abroad longer than 4 months you will only receive an additional payment if EU funding is still available after the payment of funding to all students spending a semester abroad.

Erasmus Mundus Action 2 (HERMES, PUEDES)

If you are selected for the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Program (EMA2), you will receive a monthly grant for accommodation and living costs. Additionally the cost of flights and visas as well as health insurance costs will be paid. You can find further information on the projects homepages HERMES and PUEDES [en|es].

Erasmus+ with Partner countries KA107

  • Only for students that received an exchange place at one of the following partner universities in Ukraine:
    • Catholic University Lviv (Ukraine)
    • Kiev- Mohyla Academy (Ukraine)
    • Karazin University Kharkiv (Ukraine)
    • State University in Tbilisi (Georgia)
    • Saint Petersburg State University (Russia)

  • There is the possibility for a 5 or 10 month supported stay for Bachelor or Master students as well as PhD students of any faculty. The financial aid is 650 EUR a month. Additionally, there are travel costs covered: 275 EUR for Ukraine and 360 EUR for Georgia. You will receive further information after admission to any of above-listed partner universities. 

Contact Person: Oleksii Isakov


Please be aware that from the start of 2011 the DAAD decentralized a series of their grant programs under the name “PROMOS” and gave the responsibility for grants to the universities. The Viadrina has decided on the basis of its internationalization strategy, to use this program to ensure a high level of student mobility and its expansion into some areas.

Who are the grants for?
  1. For Bachelor and Master students of the Viadrina that wish to take a semester stay abroad at a partner university in a non-EU country in the summer semester 2016.
  2. For Master students who wish to take a non-EU semester stay abroad to produce or complete their master thesis.
  3. Bachelor or Masters Students who wish to take an internship, that is relevant to their area of study, in a non-EU-country. (Further information can be found at the Career Centers page).

What are the requirements to receive a grant?

  1. That you are a student enrolled in a course at the European-University Viadrina and that you have the intention to complete your course here.
  2. The PROMOS grant is performance related and can only be received by students that have a performance average better than 2.5 (law students: better than 9 points).
  3. The grants for the completion of a thesis are not intended for those attending courses at a university. The application for a grant is only possible when the awarding of the final thesis is confirmed and a confirmation from the relevant contact person at the foreign institution has been received.
  4. For information concerning the possibilities of combining a PROMOS grant with other grants please contact the Department for International Affairs- Contact person: Bernd Klugert

What is included in the grant?

  1. For student stays abroad a monthly grant of 300 EUR is available; the grant will be paid for a maximum of four months (even when the study stay is longer than four months).
  2. For internships a monthly grant is available; this will be paid for a maximum of three months (even when the internship is longer than three months).
  3. For a stay to complete a Master thesis a one-time travel allowance is available, the amount are determined by the DAAD specifications.

Which documents do I need to submit with my application?

  1. Application form
  2. Cover letter
  3. Confirmation from the foreign university
  4. Overview of current grades ( print-out from the HIS-Portal and/or a copy of your certificates)
  5. Language certificates (certificates from language courses/ language qualifications/ print-out from the Language Center)
  6. If you wish to complete your Master thesis abroad:
    • Confirmation of the allocation of the thesis
    • Confirmation from the inviting person or contact person abroad
    • Timetable for the work abroad
    • Written assessment from the thesis supervisor at the Viadrina
  7. Copy of personal identification or passport
  8. If so confirmation of Federal Education and Trainings Assistance Act grant (Bafög) or grants from other organizations

Application Deadline and Place
There are a number of deadlines throughout the year, which will be published here. The next prospective deadline is the 15. December 2015 (subject to approval by the DAAD). The application is to be given to the Department of International Affairs, room AM 207 (or use the post box in front of room AM 213).
For details of the PROMOS program, please contact the Department of International Affairs – Contact person: Bernd Klugert.

ISAP program

Only for Business Administration and Economics with the Pontifica Universidad Javeriana Cali/Columbia:

  • As part of the program “International Studies and Educational partnerships” (ISAP-Program) bachelor students of the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics can apply for a full grant that includes travel costs and a subsidy for health insurance.
  • Amount of support: A one-time travel allowance of 1275 EUR, monthly subsidy for health insurance of 35 EUR (for a maximum of 5 months), subsistence allowance of monthly 825 EUR (for a maximum of 5 months).

Application Requirements:

  • An enrolled student of Bachelor IBA or IBWL.
  • A minimum of four completed semesters before the date of departure.
  • Spanish proficiency to level B1-B2 before the date of departure (minimum a completed advanced course or equivalent)

Go East program

  • Only for students that have an exchange place within the GUS-Partnership of the Viadrina.
  • The application for the Go-East program is done through the Viadrina, it is not possible to apply individually for it. After the confirmation of a stay at a partner university in the relevant countries, we will inform you about the possibility of this grant.
  • A monthly grand of 300 EUR is available. The grand will be paid for a maximus of 5 month. Additionally, an one time travel and language course allowance at a max of 500 EUR will be paid.

Conctact person: Bernd Klugert

Federal Education and Trainings Assistance Act abroad grants (Auslands-BAföG)

The support from the Federal Education and Assistance Act (BAföG) is a national funding that is dependent on fulfilment of particular requirements (e.g.  nationality, age, qualifications, income). The current requirements can be found at the website of Auslands-BAföG.

Search for the answers to the following questions:

  • When do I apply to the Federal Education and Trainings Assistance Act (BAföG) for a study abroad?
  • Where is the Federal Education and Trainings Assistance Act (BAföG) office that is appropriate for me?
  • What deadlines are to be met?
  • How will the funding for a stay abroad be calculated?

Which additional payments can I receive from the Federal Education and Trainings Assistance Act (BAföG)?

Information: Even if you’re not eligible for the domestic funding (Inlands- BAföG) it is possible that your are eligible for the international funding (Auslands-BAföG ) as the requirements differ. For an estimation of your funding possibilities you can use the funding calculator (BAföG-Rechner) by typing in your destination country.

Student loans

A student loan is another method to fund your stay abroad. Student loans of this type have relatively cheap lending rates for the financing of educational projects. Further information can be found on the website of the Federal Administration Office.

Other Grants

There are many organizations and charitable foundations that can fund a part of your study abroad. Every organization has its own application processes and its own terms and conditions. The receipt of funding depends mainly on professional qualifications and personal suitability. This is determined through academic performance, written assessments of professors and lecturers and the type of course or research stay to be taken. The particular deadline of each organization must be respected, some of which are a considerable time before the planned foreign study.

Information: DPlease note: More than one funding stream is often not possible! Often you cannot be funded for a stay abroad by more than one organization. There are exceptions for funding by the the Federal Education and Trainings Assistance Act (BAföG) or EU grants. Also the Deutschlandgrantium (Deutschlandstipendium) can be combined with other funding streams in certain circumstances.

 This is a short list of possible funding organizations and further information sources for grants:


  • The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD): The deadline for application for DAAD grants depend on the type of grant and the destination country. Please inform yourself about the DAAD grants as soon as possible as the application deadlines tend to be very early. Further information can be found on the grant site of the DAAD.