How to finance your studies at SRH Berlin
Education fund, student loan or scholarship? There are many ways to finance your studies. We have put together some information to help you find a suitable financing option.
Please note that a lot of the options are only available to German or EU citizens, since they require a guarantor with EU citizenship or a permanent residence permit.
Overview Financing options for your studies
SRH Berlin Scholarships for international students
We do our best to support applicants in finding the right programme, one that best fits their personal and professional goals. We are also committed to bringing our contribution to cultivating a diverse culture, thus paving the way for a successful career for talented, confident young people who will make a difference across a variety of industries. With this in mind, we offer partial scholarships to financially support first year students of SRH Berlin Bachelor and Master’s programmes. If you like to be considered for one of the SRH Berlin ∙ Dresden ∙ Hamburg Scholarships below, please make sure to complete your application by the deadline.
Requirements & further information:
- Acceptance letter from SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences
- Outstanding motivation
- Something that sets you apart: previous academic performance and/or artistic portfolio where applicable or social and entrepreneurial work samples - depending on the funding and study programme you wish to take
- Scholarships cover up to 50% of your first year tuition fees
- Scholarship deadline: 2 weeks upon reception of the invitation to apply. Scholarships are granted on an ongoing basis, so make sure to apply as soon as you have received your SRH Berlin study contract
Apply for one of our study programmes and get the opportunity to be offered an SRH scholarship. If you meet the scholarship criteria, our team will get in touch with you once you have submitted your application.
Management programmes: Berlin, Dresden, Hamburg
- Performance Scholarship
We are looking for high-performing students with good grades. Did you have above average grades in your previous school or university degree? Apply for your favourite SRH Berlin management programme and get the opportunity to receive a scholarship of up to 50% on your first-year tuition fees.
Students applying for the performance scholarship should fulfil the following requirements: proof of outstanding school or academic performance and an academic IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 + letter of motivation or portfolio presentation to introduce yourself and your outstanding skills. Please do not forget to include a copy of the confirmed study offer that your SRH study advisor sent you via email.
- Entrepreneurship Scholarship
Are you an aspiring entrepreneur with a great business idea? Tell us about your concept and show us your personality! Apply for your favourite SRH Berlin management programme and get the chance to receive a scholarship of up to 50% on your first-year tuition fees.
Students applying for the entrepreneurship scholarship should fulfil the following requirements: proof of good school or academic performance and an academic IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 + a short conceptual presentation (5 slides) to introduce yourself and your entrepreneurial ideas. Please do not forget to include a copy of the confirmed study offer that your SRH study advisor sent you via email.
- Women for Leadership Scholarship
Do you have what it takes to become a great leader? Get the support to achieve your goals! Apply for your favourite SRH Berlin management programme and get the opportunity to receive a scholarship of up to 50% on your first-year tuition fees.
Students applying for the women for leadership scholarship should fulfil the following requirements: proof of good school or academic performance and an academic IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 + letter of motivation to introduce yourself and the type of leader you dream to be. Please do not forget to include a copy of the confirmed study offer that your SRH study advisor sent you via email.
Creative programmes: Berlin
- Talent Scholarship
Do you have exceptional talent in music, art, design, photography or creative writing? Then you might be eligible for our SRH talent scholarship. Show us what you've got! Apply for your favourite SRH Berlin creative programme, submit your portfolio and get the chance to receive a scholarship of up to 50% on your first-year tuition fees.
Students applying for the talent scholarship should fulfil the following requirements: letter of motivation to introduce yourself and your passion + a minimum of three artistic work samples to describe your artistic style. Please do not forget to include a copy of the confirmed study offer that your SRH study advisor sent you via email.
- Women in Sound Scholarship
Compared to their male counterparts, women sound artists are only now being discovered. We at SRH Berlin wish to play our part in promoting women artists across all disciplines. Show us your unique style and apply for your piece of the pie! Show us your artistic portfolio and get the opportunity to receive a scholarship of up to 50% on your first-year tuition fees. Please do not forget to include a copy of the confirmed study offer that your SRH study advisor sent you via email.
Technology programmes: Berlin & Hamburg
- Future of Tech Scholarship
We are looking for new tech talent! Apply for your favourite SRH Berlin technology programme, win us over with your skills and projects and get the opportunity to receive a scholarship that covers up to 50% of your first-year tuition fees.
Students applying for the future of tech scholarship should fulfil the following requirements: proof of good academic performance and an academic IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 + letter of motivation and a presentation (max. 5 slides) of your Future of Tech project. Please do not forget to include a copy of the confirmed study offer that your SRH study advisor sent you via email.
- Women in Tech Scholarship
We believe that more women should be encouraged to take up STEM programmes and tech positions. Apply for your favourite SRH Berlin technology programme and get the chance to receive a scholarship of up to 50% on your first-year tuition fees.
Students applying for the women in tech scholarship should fulfil the following requirements: proof of good academic performance and an academic IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 + letter of motivation to introduce yourself and your goals in the tech industry. Please do not forget to include a copy of the confirmed study offer that your SRH study advisor sent you via email.
Other Scholarships & Scholarship Databases
In addition to classic criteria such as academic performance or community involvement, there are many other selection criteria. Find your scholarship:
- Scholarship database by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
- MAWISTA Scholarship - Studying abroad with a child
As an SRH Berlin student you can also receive funding for a semester abroad at an SRH partner university or for doing an internship abroad within or outside of Europe. Thus, the following funding programmes are only available to SRH Berlin students who wish to get even more international exposure outside of Germany.
Deutschlandstipendium / Germany Scholarship
The Germany Scholarship is a federal government initiative that provides financial support for talented students regardless of their origin or citizenship. A monthly grant of 300 euros is awarded for at least one year and is funded in equal parts by the public sector and sponsors from the private sector.
It is awarded to all students who are enrolled in the next semester and who have an excellent school or academic performance, who do not receive other scholarships and who are still enrolled for at least one more year.
We will be informing our students as soon as new Germany scholarships are available. If you are interested, please contact Mr. Hannes Brix (email@example.com) from our Career Service.More information about our Career Service
Brain Capital's SRH Berlin Education Fund
Brain Capital was founded in 2005 and is one of the largest providers of education funds. Thanks to a "Reverse Generation Contract", repayments from alumni to the education fund enable the next generation of students to complete their studies.
Please note that you need to be an EU citizen to get funding.More information about the SRH Berlin Education Fund
Education fund by Chancen eG
Chancen eG is a social enterprise that helps you focus on your studies. Once you are employed and you earn above the minimum income threshold, your income-based repayments will fund the education of current students.
Please note that you need to be a citizen of the following countries in order to apply for funding: European Union, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Norway, Great Britain, Iceland, Monaco, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or Israel. EU Blue Card holders or people with a permanent residence permit may also apply.More information about Chancen eG
Education fund by Deutsche Bildung
Deutsche Bildung AG has been supporting students in Germany and abroad since 2006. A study grant is an alternative or supplement to BAföG or student loans.
Please note that you need to have a permanent residence permit in order to apply for funding.More information (in German)
International grants for students from Nordic countries
Scandinavian students might enjoy financial support for equivalent full-time education. Find out more by selecting your country:
FINS student loan
FINS offers student loans to both undergraduate and postgraduate students (EU citizenship required) that want to study at a university in the European Union. Students get a customised loan offer based on their budget and are able to access up to EUR 25,000 (in instalments or as needed) for a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree. Students must have a clean financial record but do not need any earnings, physical guarantees or mortgages.
Interest rates and repayment period
The repayment period starts 6 - 12 months after you have finished your studies. FINS loans have an interest rate between 9.5% and 12.5% during your studies, during the grace period, and in the first 6 months of the repayment period. Starting with the 7th month of the repayment period, you can benefit from a reduced interest rate of 9%. The repayment periods are 5 years for Master's graduates and 10 years for Bachelor's graduates. There are no extra costs if you can pay off the loan earlier.
Student loan by Studentische Darlehnskasse Berlin (daka Berlin)
SRH Berlin University of Applied Scieces is part of Studentische Darlehnskasse Berlin (daka Berlin). Daka Berlin has provided students with loans since the 1950s.
Students can receive up to €750 per month for a maximum duration of 3 years of study (36 months). A one-time payment of up to €1,500 is possible as well. This credit is also valid for semesters abroad. The amount paid out depends on the needs of each student.
Interest rate & costs:
The student loan is offered at a fixed interest rate. During the first two years the interest rate is 1% p.a.; from the 3rd to the 5th year it is 2% p.a.; from the 6th year onwards it is 4% p.a. The first repayment is due six months after the last loan instalment has been paid and – under certain circumstances – the due date can be postponed for another six months.
Students can apply for the loan regardless of age, background or their parents' income. The loan applies to all study programmes of SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences. Students need to reside in Germany, Austria or Switzerland.
You will need to provide a directly liable guarantor. Please note that guarantors need to be EU/German citizens or need to have a German permanent residence permit and need to reside in Germany. Please also see the loan requirements.
Loan applications are approved twice a month. Normally, the first payment is made as early as two weeks after the submission of the application.daka Berlin website
If you are in possession of a valid German residence permit for study purposes you are allowed to work for up to 120 full days (full day = 8 hours per day) or 240 half days (half day = 4 hours) during the calendar year. However, freelance work is not permitted.
Internships that are mandatory for the successful completion of your studies do not count towards the above named 120 full days. Employment that is considered “student part-time work” (studentische Nebentätigkeit) (e.g. student worker in a university or university-related organisation, Werkstudent activites in companies that are related to your studies) can be done without any time restriction. For detailed information, please refer to the website of the Foreigners' Registration Office.
If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen you have almost the same rights as a German citizen. You are allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours per week during the semester.
Student jobs can be found here:
In certain cases non-German students are able to apply for BAföG (Federal Education and Training Assistance Act) funding.
If you have a permanent residence permit, are a recognised asylum seeker, a refugee recognised under the Geneva Refugee Convention or are under subsidiary protection, you may be entitled to receive BAföG funding.BAföG for non-German citizens (information in German)
Non-German citizens who have a permanent residence permit might be able to apply for Kindergeld (child benefit payments). From the age of 18, child benefits are only paid if the child is in training or studying, but only until the child reaches the age of 25 at the latest.Information about child benefit payments