Ministry of Labour, Social, Family Affairs and Integration

Study & Research Financial Support (BAföG)

BAföG stands for “Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz” (Federal Education and Training Assistance Act), the law which determines students rights to financial support for courses of education and training in Germany. This includes support for university studies.

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BAföG is intended to enable young people to choose a study programme that suits their skills and interests. BAföG support is granted if the prospective student’s own financial means or those of his or her parents or spouse or partner are insufficient for this purpose. Application is mandatory. If they meet the legal requirements, international students are also entitled to apply.

For those interested in applying for BAföG support: The BAföG Office can be reached by e-mail at You can also consult the Counselling Centre for Study Financing.

Counselling Centre for Study Financing – BeSt
Grindelallee 9 (ground floor)
20146 Hamburg
phone: +49 40 42815 -5107, or -5108

Office hours:
Mon: 9.30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tue, Thu: 9.30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fri: 9.30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

You can find further, more detailed information about applying for financial support at the website of Studierendenwerk Hamburg.