If an international student faces exceptional financial hardship, HILFE FÜR AUSLÄNDISCHE STUDENTEN IN LEIPZIG E.V. grants financial support. This grant can be used to tackle financial bottlenecks and cover the most urgent expenses, for example, to clear rent arrears or solve possible debt problems with an health insurance company. Awards are made as a one-off payment; there is no funding on a permanent basis.
In every case applications and financial shortfalls are carefully and individually assessed by the committee. Application forms are available from the official commissioner for Foreign Students and Researchers, staff members of the universities’ International Centres and officials from the internationalisation of study programmes unit and the Referat Ausländischer Studierender (agency for foreign students). Additionally, the applicant can contact of foreign studies representatives and members of the Catholic and Lutheran student congregations.

There are counselling interviews in which the applicants can discuss their emergency situation with a trusted confidant. They will be expected to briefly explain their current hardship situation and provide proof of the financial emergency, by producing a bank statement, for example. As a rule, the board discusses the received applications once a month. Of course, every application is treated as strictly confidential. In order to remain unbiased and uninfluenced by personal feelings and experiences, there is no personal contact between the applicant and the board members prior to the decision-making. In this way only the relevant facts will be considered. A necessary assessment of the hardship situation by the universities’ confidants or the churches’ student congregations can be helpful, but by no means decisive in the process. To be eligible for financial support, students must complete the application form and produce credible proof of the financial emergency.

For administrative reasons, applications cannot be accepted via e-mail.

Application forms and counselling service are available from the following:

Universität Leipzig

Dr. Birgit Jänichen, Beethovenstraße 15, 04107 Leipzig
E-Mail: jaenich(at)

Martina OttoInternational Centre
Goethestraße 6, 04109 Leipzig
E-Mail: Martina.Otto(at)

Betina Sedlaczek , (phd students)  International Centre
Goethestraße 6, 04109 Leipzig
E-Mail: betina.sedlaczek(at)

Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur Leipzig 
(Leipzig University of Applied Sciences)

Juliane Keil, Counselling for international students
Eichendorffstraße 2, 04277 Leipzig
E-Mail: juliane.keil(at) 

Hochschule für Telekommunikation Leipzig , Deutsche Telekom AG

Deutsche Telekom University of Applied Sciences
Dipl. Ing.(FH) Birgit GrafInternational Office
Gustav-Freytag-Straße 43-45, 04277 Leipzig
E-Mail: Birgit.Graf(at)

Hochschule für Musik und Theater „Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy“ Leipzig

Dr. Ute Fries,  Prorektorin für Lehre und Studium
Grassistraße 8, 04107 Leipzig
 E-Mail: ute.fries(at)

Studentenwerk Leipzig 

Jana Kuppardt,  
Social Counsellor and Coordinator for International Issues
Studenten Service Zentrum, Goethestraße 6, 04109 Leipzig
E-Mail: kuppardt(at)
Website:   english