Although our university does not charge study fees, a study course is nevertheless associated with regular costs for rent, shopping or the social contribution. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), for example, estimates the average livelihood costs at about 800 Euros per month. More details on the costs involved are available in the German, English and Spanish languages at the DAAD website.
Other useful information pertaining to costs is available here
German Student Union
BAföG (German state student financial assistance)
There exist various possibilities for your study to be financed. Many students receive BAföG, work in their spare time, obtain scholarships or participate in competitions.
BAföG is a state-funded system designed to support German students. General information on how to apply, on supplementary earnings as well as loan repayments is available on the website of the Essen-Duisburg Student Union.
Unfortunately, BAföG funding is not available for students from abroad.
More details on funding possibilities are available here.
Part-time avocational activity
In addition to receiving BAföG, there also exists the possibility of part-time avocational activity. One of the examples of current offers in this regard is available here:
Folkwang artists' engagement agency
The University of Duisburg-Essen Job Board
Please note: international students in the possession of a study visa may only work 120 days (or 240 half-days) a year. More information is available on the Essen-Duisburg Student Union website or in the guidelines of the German Academic Exchange Service.
Scholarships and competitions
Another self-financing possibility is by the granting of scholarships or by successfully taking part in competitions. An overview of current scholarships and competitions is available here.