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ViSiB emergency assistance

The Association for International Students in Bielefeld (Verein für Internationale Studierende in Bielefeld, ViSiB) has been a point of contact for (new) international inhabitants of Bielefeld to help them with problems since 1985.

Financial support by ViSiB in case of emergency

The Coronavirus pandemic does not only challenge our daily routines, but also faces many people with the question how they can manage financially. At Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, this especially affects international students. Sometimes you slip into financial trouble faster than you might have thought. If this is happening to you and other support is not available (in time), please do not hesitate to turn to the International Office.

Thanks to the support of ViSiB, the International Office is able to provide one-time emergency assistance, in some cases also over the course of several months.

We will be happy to talk about your financial trouble confidentially and anonymously.

Please contact us at international.office@fh-bielefeld.de

Information for those who receive BAföG

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the standard time to degree increases by a semester for students who are enrolled in a study programme with a state final exam. As a consequence, the maximum funding period of BAföG will also increase by a semester. This is also valid for students on leave (§10 (1) sentence 2 of the Coronavirus Epidemic University Regulation).

Loans (until the end of 2021)

The current situation faces many students with financial challenges. In cooperation with KfW (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) supports students in acute crisis due to the current pandemic situation for a limited time. The basic idea is that students can quickly obtain support in the form of a short-term loan, so that they will not have to give up their studies.

Who can apply for support?

On the one hand, the KfW study loan as a short-term loan is available to the group that was eligible for it in the past: Students aged 18–44 from all state-recognised universities in Germany who fulfil one of the following conditions:

- German citizen with a registered address in Germany

- Family members of a German citizen who reside with them in Germany and are registered here

- EU citizens who have been legally residing in Germany permanently for at least three years and are registered here

- Family members of such EU citizens who reside with them in Germany and are registered here

- Persons who have been educated in Germany and are registered here

 

International students – i.e. third-country nationals and EU citizens who have been in Germany for less than three years – can also take out the loan, provided that their primary residence is in Germany.

 

Please find information on the online application process for KfW loans at: https://www.bmbf.de/de/wissenswertes-zur-ueberbrueckungshilfe-fuer-studierende-11509.html