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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Department of Social Sciences

Program Costs and Funding

The „GeT MA Berlin Track / GeT MA for Refugees Initiative” wants to enable refugees in Germany to continue their academic education in the field of Social Sciences. The specific asset of the initiative is that students with a refugee status in Germany can study the regular GeT MA program at Humboldt-Universität. The whole program will be conducted in Berlin. Applicants do not have to prove German language skills.

Students of the GeT MA Berlin Track / Initiative for Refugees do not have to pay tuition fees for the program. Enrolment fees of around 315 € have to be paid every semester at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. This amount includes service fees (around 115 €) as well as a  seasonal student ticket for public transport (Semesterticket) in and around Berlin for six months (around 200 €).

Students can apply for subsidy to the Semesterticket at the Referent_innenRat, short RefRat of Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.

The GeT MA Program does not offer any scholarships.

Students with a permanent address in Germany and a secure and long-term residence permit status can apply for federal financial support(BAFöG).

Furthermore there is a variety of foundations that provide financial support to students, the most famous ones being those affiliated with German political parties. Moreover, there are several funding options offered by corporations, union and even by individuals.

An internet search is highly recommended (i.e. Association of German Foundations). Each foundation chooses the candidates according to its own criteria for eligibility. It might even be the case that you cannot apply on your own but have to be recommended by a third person.

Most foundations offer a special academic support program alongside the student’s regular studies. Additional counseling is provided by the Studienkompass (website in German).

GeT MA applicants are encouraged to apply for external funding. Following, further information on scholarships as well as a list of relevant scholarship institutions can be found: 


BAföG (Funding by the German government)

The status under residence law is particularly important for obtaining BAföG. Without waiting time you can apply for BAföG as

  • recognized as entitled to asylum,
  • recognised refugee under the Geneva Convention,
  • beneficiary of subsidiary protection.

Fugitives who are tolerated must have been in Germany for 15 months without interruption, legally, permitted or tolerated, before they are entitled to BAföG. In addition, asylum seekers whose asylum procedure has not yet been completed cannot yet receive BAföG, but usually continue to receive funding under the Asylum Seeker Benefits Act (AsylbLG).

For students, the monthly BAföG maximum rate is 735 euros. Half of the funding is provided as a non-repayable grant and half as an interest-free loan from the German government. This half of the loan must be repaid later, up to a maximum of 10,000 euros.

We recommend all accepted students of the GeT MA Track to immediately start submitting a BAföG application, even if they do not yet have all the required documents together, as processing can take a very long time.

The GeT MA Office will be happy to help with specific questions regarding the BAföG application and the completion of the forms.


Scholarships during Studies

Below you can find a list of scholarship opportunities for all applicants. Some scholarships require German language skills. The German websites mostly offer far more information on the application procedures.


Please also use search engines to find suitable Scholarships

The international office of the Humboldt-Universität may also provide some extra information:



For further inquiries please do not hesitate to contact us at any time through info.getma@sowi.hu-berlin.de or +49 (30) 2093-66547:


Christian Wilhelm Dipl.- Sozialwiss. Christian Wilhelm

Manager Int. MA Programs

Tel.: +49 (30) 2093-66547
Fax: +49 (30) 2093-66549