Deutsches Studentenwerk



So, you would like to study in Germany? The Deutsche Studentenwerk has compiled the following information especially for international students to support you along the way.

The Deutsche Studentenwerk is the umbrella organisation overseeing the 57 Studentenwerke in Germany. The Studentenwerke are partner organisations of the universities and support around two million students with help and services regarding their studies.

Problems with the blocked account provider BAM! (Bundesweites Anlagenmanagement UG)


Some international students are currently experiencing disbursement difficulties with the blocked account provider BAM! (Bundesweites Anlagenmanagement UG).

According to current knowledge, the accounts (at Aareal Bank) are frozen and the money is therefore safe for the time being.

BaFin (the Federal Financial Supervisory authority) and the LKA are investigating.

UPDATE (23.07.2021) BaFin has ordered the settlement of the accounts. The July and August 2021 installments will be transferred to those affected in the next few days. New customers who have not yet received a payment are requested to provide their account details to Aareal Bank. BaFin requests that new blocked accounts be opened with a credit institution licensed in Germany in order to be able to arrange for the transfer of the funds paid to BAM.

The local Aliens departments have been informed of the case by the Federal Ministry of the Interior and have been asked to ensure that BAM customers do not suffer any disadvantages under residence law if they can prove that they have applied for the opening of a new blocked account with another provider in good time and have informed Aareal Bank AG of the new account details.

All relevant information can be found on the BaFin website:

If you are also affected, please contact your local Sudentenwerk or the International Office of your university or directly write to Aareal Bank at


coronavirus pandemic: Information for international students

Important information for international students in financial distress due to the Corona Pandemic:

Students in pandemic-realted emergency situations can apply for bridging assistance ( You can find further information here: .


Due to the current situation, international students are facing new challenges. The Deutsches Studentenwerk, the umbrella organisation of the 57 Studenten- und Studierendenwerke in Germany, has published FAQs for international students, which provide answers to urgent questions in German, English and French:

Further relevant information for international students and applicants can be found here:

and here:

Multilingual information and practical tips on the coronavirus in various languages can also be found at:

Your local Studentenwerk or Studierendenwerk will advise you on financial, social and legal issues, even during the corona crisis.


If you're planning to study in Germany, there's a lot to sort out first. How do I pay for it? How well do I have to speak German? Where do I have to apply?

On arrival

Just arrived? You have a lot to do! Register with the authorities, enrol at the university - our information helps you to get the most important things done quickly!
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During your studies

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Finishing your studies

Congratulations on your degree! But what happens next? Find out about help to return home and what the possibilities are for staying in Germany.

Studentenwerke are great partners!

It doesn't matter where you study in Germany - a Studentenwerk is there to help you. Your Studentenwerk advises on financial, social and legal questions and offers inexpensive accommodation and good food for those on a tight budget.