Dear students, due to the overall situation created by the CORONAVIRUS, the personal office hours will be canceled immediately and until further notice. Please note our modified office hours: www.uni-potsdam.de/en/international/service/center/io/incoming .
You can still contact us via e-mail.
The information is updated continuously.
The information is continuously updated on the following web page:
https://www.uni-potsdam.de/en/studium/studying/corona - "Consequences for international students who want to or have begun to study with the aim of obtaining a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree".
Further information on the Aid for quarantine-related expenditures of international students and international PhD-students: www.uni-potsdam.de/en/international/incoming/international-students/degree/finance/unterstuetzung-quarantaenebedingter-ausgaben-internationaler-studierender-und-promovierender-der-universitaet-potsdam
Below you will find a list of options that you can check in order to secure your cost of living during the corona crisis:
Due to the current situation, additional financial support for students in need is offered by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The bridging subsidy is available for students in Germany who can prove that they have financial hardship caused by the pandemic.
Eligible for application are students who are enrolled at a state or state-recognized university in Germany at the time of application and are not on a Leave of Absence. There is no age limit.
The application can be only submitted online at: https://www.überbrückungshilfe-studierende.de . Student applications will be then automatically forwarded to the Studentenwerk Potsdam via the portal.
The amount of the grant (between 100 and 500 euros per month) depends on your account balance at the time of your online application.
You can submit applications for the months of November 2020, December 2020, January 2021, February 2021 and March 2021. A new application is required for each month (by the last day of the month).
For foreign students, applying for bridging subsidy does not have a negative impact on your legal situation.
Further information can be found here: https://www.bmbf.de/de/wissenswertes-zur-ueberbrueckungshilfe-fuer-studierende-11509.html .
The KfW Student Loan is a low-interest loan (until 31 March 2021 0.00% if your loan is in the disbursement phase), which is used to cover your living expenses. The interest rate is fixed until 31 March 2021, after which it is adjusted every six months on 01 April and 01 October of each year.
Due to the current situation KfW offers student loans for foreign students who study in Germany and have a registered address here, too.
International students who have obtained their university entrance qualification abroad (Bildungsausländer) can apply for the loan from 1 June 2020 and receive up to 650 euros per month on your current account from 1 July onwards. Applications can only be submitted until 15th February 2021 with start of financing on 1st March 2021.
- Enrolment at a state or state-recognized university in Germany;
- Registered address in Germany;
- First, supplementary and second degree with Bachelor's, Master's, state examination or doctorate;
- maximum 10th departmental semester at the beginning of the contract period;
- Age up to 44 years.
More information and application forms here:
When applying, you must present a valid certificate of enrollment. The certificate of enrollment must state your first field of study, semester and intended degree. You can find this information on the certificate of enrollment, which you can download via PULS.
An extra confirmation or extra certificate from the university is not necessary!
Students of an additional, supplementary, postgraduate or doctoral study program: In addition to the certificate of enrollment you must submit your final examination certificate for an undergraduate or master's degree.
Daka is the Studentische Darlehnskasse Berlin, which grants loans with low interest rates. The loan is granted regardless of the parents' income, origin, age, BAföG and the number of semesters.
The Studentische Darlehnskasse e.V. is a student self-help institution with the task of supporting students. The loan can be paid out over 3 years, with a maximum monthly payment of 750 Euros.
- The enrolled study in Germany in Bachelor, Master, Diplom, Magister, exam and doctorate,
- A directly enforceable guarantee (relatives or acquaintances with an income of at least 1,000 euros)
Members of daka will be happy to advise you in their office or by telephone. You can find further information at: dakaberlin.de/credit-for-students-in-berlin/
Right from the start we will be by your side. We are there for you during your studies until you complete your degree. The following consultation services are available to all international students, and we encourage you to make active use of them and to approach us with your individual needs.
You can also turn to us with personal concerns or problems during your studies. We will do our best to ensure that you receive individual and competent consulting and support, for example in the following matters:
Admitted and enrolled students, visa/residence permit, finances, health insurance
Campus Am Neuen Palais 10
House 8, room 0.37
Prospective students and applicants, orientation at the university and during the course of your studies
Campus Am Neuen Palais 10
House 8, room 0.37