In exceptional emergencies, the association HILFE FÜR AUSLÄNDISCHE STUDIERENDE IN LEIPZIG E. V. can provide financial support. In response to the coronavirus crisis, it has set up SIS, its fundraising campaign for international students in need. 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.
Application forms are temporarily available here. In every case applications and financial shortfalls are carefully and individually assessed by the committee.

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, in the current situation more frequently if necessary. 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 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.

The completed application form can be sent via E-Mail to the following persons, where also counselling service is available:

Universität Leipzig

Dr. Birgit Jänichen, Ausländerbeauftragte 
(Commissioner for Foreign Students and Researchers ) der Universität Leipzig
Ritterstr. 24, 04109 Leipzig
E-Mail: jaenich(at)

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

Betina Sedlaczek , (Promotionsstudierende) Akademisches Auslandsamt ( International Centre)
Goethestraße 6, 04109 Leipzig
E-Mail: betina.sedlaczek(at)

Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur Leipzig 
Leipzig University of Applied Sciences
Dr. Birgit Päßler, Ausländerstudium, Studierendensekretariat
Eichendorffstraße 2, 04277 Leipzig
E-Mail: birgit.paeszler(at)

Hochschule für Telekommunikation Leipzig , Deutsche Telekom AG
Deutsche Telekom University of Applied Sciences
Dipl. Ing.(FH) Birgit Graf, Leiterin des Akademischen Auslandsamts
Gustav-Freytag-Straße 43-45, 04277 Leipzig
E-Mail: Birgit.Graf(at)

Hochschule für Musik und Theater „Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy“ Leipzig
Dr. Ute Fries, Referatsleiterin Studienangelegenheiten
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