German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) STIBET Programme

HFU can offer a limited number of scholarships and other types of financial assistance (Studienabschlussbeihilfen) to outstanding students every year through the DAAD STIBET Programme.

STIBET – a scholarship and support programme – is financed by funds from the Foreign Office and serves for improved support of international students and provides scholarships for international students. Eligible are all degree-seeking students enrolled in Bachelor or Master programmes.

There are two types of scholarships:

1. Graduation scholarship

Prerequisite for this scholarship is that the students have achieved good grades and the successful graduation is to be expected within one year. The Graduation scholarship can be granted for maximum six months.

2. Scholarships for students who have shown high commitment to their fellow-students

Prerequisite for this scholarship is that the students have achieved good grades in addition to being particularly committed with regards to the international context at their university. The scholarship can be granted for 12 months. In exceptional cases an extension may be granted.

Scholarship amount:     Generally 300 € per month at HFU

Duration:                           Generally 2 – 4 months at HFU

Application deadlines:    1 March and 1 September.

Application documents

  • STIBET Application form
  • CV/résumé
  • Certificate of enrolment
  • Current transcript of records stating all exams (passed and not passed)
  • Copy of passport incl. residence permit
  • Letter of recommendation by a professor (only applicable for Graduation scholarship)
    (Form for reference from professor)
  • Recommendation Letter of someone who can confirm your commitment(only applicable for scholarship for students who have shown high commitment to their fellow-students)


In case you should have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact the International Center.

Campus Furtwangen: Brigitte Minderlein, min(at), 07723/920-1310
Campus Schwenningen: Katrin Haberer, hak(at), 07720/307-4290
Campus Tuttlingen: Jenny Sailer, sai(at), 07461/1502-6226

Emergency Financial Assistance - HFU

Students experiencing acute financial hardship can apply for financial assistance from the Friends of Furtwangen University Funding Association or from the Ministry of Science and Research (Wissenschaftsministerium).

Please contact the Director or Assistant Director of the International Center to discuss your personal situation prior to application.

This assistance cannot be used to finance a semester abroad or a study semester.

Help in financial emergencies - Information Sheet

Application form for Assistance in Financial Emergencies

Emergency Financial Assistance - Churches

Students who find themselves in an acute financial situation can also apply to the church congregations at the university. 

Schwenningen Campus

Ms Märit Kaasch
E-Mail: Maerit.Kaasch(at)
Tel: 07720 33345

Ms Lucia Feuerstein
E-Mail: Kirche-at-campus(at)
Tel: 015753324021


Furtwangen Campus

Mr Michael Schlegel
Tel.: +49 7723-91160


Further information on the university churches can be found here.

Caritas, a charity run by the Catholic Church, offers counselling and some financial support which is also available to students.

Germany Scholarship (Deutschlandstipendium)

A small number of Germany Scholarships (Deutschlandstipendien) are available for both German and non-German undergraduate students who have achieved outstanding academic results. Click here for more general information about the Germany scholarship and here for information about scholarships currently being awarded.



Scholarships for Master's students

A limited number of scholarships for Master's students are available through some HFU faculties. For more information please contact the faculty directly.

Financial Assistance from Student Services Freiburg

Student Services Freiburg offers HFU students various types of financial support such as student loans, emergency funds and free lunches coupons for the dining halls. Click here for further information, check under MONEY - Financial Aid

Further scholarships and types of support

International HFU students who have achieved outstanding results in their foundation studies (first two semesters), can apply to various organizations for financial support, e.g. Kölner Gymnasial- und Stiftungsfonds. Further information about other possible funding organizations can be found on the webpages of the Association of German Foundations or the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Prize

The DAAD prize is awarded annually by Furtwangen University for outstanding performance by a foreign student. Foreign students who have gained excellent academic results and have shown outstanding social or intercultural involvement are recommended by faculty staff and selected in consultation with the university executive and the International Center. Prize money of €1000 is also awarded. The prize-giving ceremony takes place during the first semester welcome in October.

German Scholarship Foundations

A complete list of all large German Scholarship Foundations can be found here. (Login with your FELIX password.) In line three under "Zielgruppen" you can see whether the respective scholarship is also available for international students.