Child support, BAföG, part-time job – studies can be financed from various sources.
The University of Bayreuth's Central Student Advisory Service can tell you which forms of support and financing are available and what opportunities a scholarship can open up.
The German National Association for Student Affairs (Deutsches Studentenwerk) also offers an overview of the most important funding options and gives you further information.
In particular, students from third countries who require a visa for study purposes should ensure that they have sufficient financial resources. Before you come to Germany, you will be required to present proof of financial resources. This serves as a guarantee that you can afford the cost of studying in Germany. Since January 2020 you will be expected to demonstrate funds of 10,236 EUR per year or 853 euros per month. Acceptable forms of proof include proof of parental income, an allocated amount on a blocked account (“Sperrkonto”) or proof of receipt of a recognised scholarship. This means that it is often not enough to apply for a scholarship or a part-time job when you arrive in Germany.
One of the largest scholarship databases is provided by the DAAD. The International Office of the University of Bayreuth also offers international students the opportunity to apply for a study grant. Unfortunately, first-semester students cannot be funded, i.e. applications cannot be submitted until the 2nd semester of study for funding starting in the 3rd semester of study.
Of course, it is also possible to find a part-time job, either at the University as a student assistant or in a company in the city. It should be noted, however, that a good knowledge of the German language is often necessary for this. Furthermore, international students who have a visa for study purposes must note that the maximum working hours are usually set there. The DAAD has compiled a clear overview of all important information on the topic of “Part-time jobs in Germany”.