By reducing their financial burden, the Double Degree Program enables students to study abroad. No tuition fees will be charged. Several state programs may help to cover additional expenditures abroad.
Funding Opportunities, Finland
The international office of HAMK awards Erasmus-grants for studies abroad and abroad internship. The student fills in the grant application form after the host designation has accepted the exchange. The student applies for a grant using the forms published by the international office on their web pages approximately one month before the planned exchange period commences.
Funding Opportunities, Germany
State Funding for Exchange Students
The German government provides financial aid (AuslandsBAföG) for entire degree programs, partial studies, internships or student exchanges with other countries within and outside of Europe. Students eligible for state aid while living and studying in Germany (InlandsBAföG) will also be eligible for funding when studying abroad (AuslandsBAföG). However, even students who are not entitled to InlandsBAföG may be granted AuslandsBAföG when studying abroad. Due to higher expenditures abroad, more students may be eligible for this kind of grant. Contrary to the InlandsBAföG, grants for studying abroad are not repaid. For further information, please refer to the Foreign Office of the West Saxon University of Applied Sciences, Zwickau.
Erasmus Mobility Grant
The European Union runs an educational action program called Socrates/Erasmus, which is promoted by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD – Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst). It includes a wide range of measures to support European activities of higher education institutions and to increase student mobility and exchange within Europe. Hence, Erasmus-funded support is available for both semesters abroad during the Double Degree Program (fifth and sixth semester). The Erasmus grant acts as a mobility grant, intended to help balance the cost differences between living at home and abroad. However, it is not a full scholarship. The amount to be granted depends on the respective country and is updated regularly. Grants are awarded by the Foreign Office of West Saxon University of Applied Sciences. The Foreign Office also provides more detailed information on the amount of the grant, application deadlines and details of the application procedure.
DAAD Scholarships for Internships Abroad
In the framework of the Socrates/Erasmus program, the DAAD provides scholarships for students at German universities and colleges intending to do an internship with a company outside of Germany. For more detailed information on the amount of the grant, application deadlines and details of the application procedure, please refer to the Foreign Office of West Saxon University of Applied Sciences. The Leonardo Office of the Technical University Dresden provides a comprehensive database with potential host companies and institutions and offers help before and during internships.
DAAD Short-term Scholarships for Theses Abroad
The DAAD supports students of German colleges who are more than averagely qualified with short-term scholarships for writing a bachelor’s thesis or preparing a final project abroad. The funding period may vary between two and six months. The scholarship includes the reimbursement of travel costs and the monthly payment of partial scholarships, which depend on the conditions in the host country. Students receiving BAföG aid will be granted additional funding. For more detailed information on the amount of the grant, application deadlines and details of the application procedure, please refer to the Foreign Office of the West Saxon University of Applied Sciences.
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