For financial assistance to cover tuition fees and/or living expenses, students may apply from their first semester for an interest-free loan from the Student Education Fund, which is run by »The Friends of the ifs internationale filmschule köln Society«. Approval of the interest-free loans is based on the applicant’s financial situation and the funds available. Repayment of the loans begins six months after graduation/termination of studies.
Students are generally eligible for BAföG, the Federal Student Financial Aid Program, if this is their first study program. The responsible Federal Student Financial Aid Office decides upon applications for student state loans or grants. A prerequisite for the application is the enrollment at the University of Applied Sciences Cologne, the ifs cooperation partner (tuition fee for the Summer Semester 2020: 276,70 euros). This grant includes all the services of the University of Applied Sciences Cologne as well as the semester ticket. Both German and foreign students are eligible applicants. International students must observe: BAföG § 8
Another way to finance your studies is to apply for a repayable loan. The collection of links in the following is not exhaustive and is only sorted in alphabetical order.
Education and/or Student Loans:
Bachelor’s program »Film«: »The Friends of the ifs internationale filmschule köln Society« currently offers scholarships that run until the end of the Bachelor’s program, for students with outstanding academic achievement or for those who require financial assistance. These scholarships cover the tuition fees as well as an additional allowance to cover living expenses, paid throughout the course of studies until completion of the Bachelor’s program. After sucessfully passing the entrance examination, students can apply for both a scholarship and a loan.
Master’s program »Serial Storytelling«: »The Friends of the ifs internationale filmschule köln Society« offers second-semester students two scholarships that run until the end of the Master’s program, for outstanding academic achievement (one scholarship for each »Track«). These scholarships cover the tuition fees as well as an additional monthly allowance up to 500 euros to cover living expenses (up to a total of 9,000 euros), paid throughout the course of studies until completion of the Master’s program.
Master’s program »Digital Narratives«: »The Friends of the ifs internationale filmschule köln Society« offers one scholarship to one student of the »Digital Narratives« program for outstanding academic achievement. The scholarship runs from the second semester until the end of the Master’s program. It includes covering the tuition fees as well as a monthly contribution towards the cost of living until the end of the Master’s program.
Beyond the ifs, several German and international foundations offer scholarships to support tuition fees and costs of living during studies. The requirements for the award of a scholarship vary between individual foundations. In any case, the enrollment at the TH Köln, cooperation partner of the ifs, is mandatory.
Overview of German Scholarship Funds:
- ELTERNKOMPASS (BA students only)
- Kölner Studentenwerk
- Master and More (MA students only)
- Stipendienlotse des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung
- Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (SPD related)
- Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung (FDP related)
- Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung e.V. (CSU related)
- Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen related)
- Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V. (CDU related)
- Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (Linkspartei related)
- Avicenna-Studienwerk e.V. (for Muslim students)
- Cusanuswerk (for Catholic students)
- Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk (for Jewish students)
- Evangelisches Studienwerk e.V. (for Protestant students) / (BA students only)
- Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst e. V. (DAAD)
- Hans-Böckler-Stiftung (DGB)
- Kölner Gymnasial- und Stiftungsfonds (BA students only)
- Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft – Studienförderwerk Klaus Murmann
- Stiftung Begabtenförderung berufliche Bildung (BA students only)
- Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes e.V.
- VFF Verwertungsgesellschaft der Film- und Fernsehproduzenten (BA students only)
Working besides studies
Students must decide for themselves whether it is possible for them to pursue a job while studying. Our study programs are full-time degree programs. In the following you will find information on the specific scope of our study programs:
The study workload is assessed using a credit point system, according to the principles of the European Credit Transfer System. 30 credits are awarded per semester. In the standard 7-semester period of study, 210 credit points are required to achieve the »Bachelor of Arts« degree. The FILM program is a fulltime study program. Courses usually require 80 percent compulsory attendance.
MA Serial Storytelling
The program is a full-time master’s degree with 120 credit points over two years. In the first three semesters, we expect attendance at the school for a period of 14 weeks each semester, with courses running five days a week from 10:00 am till 4:00 or 5:00 pm. Inbetween lecture periods there will be extensive writing assignments. During the fourth semester while the master’s thesis is being written there is no obligatory attendance, but at the end of the fourth semester students will be expected to attend a colloquium and presentations.
MA Digital Narratives
The program is a full-time master’s degree with 120 credit points over two years. In the first three semesters, we expect attendance at the school for a period of 8 weeks each semester, with courses running five days a week from 10:00 am till 4:00 pm. During the fourth semester while the master’s thesis is being written there is no obligatory attendance, but at the end of the fourth semester students will be expected to attend a colloquium and presentations. During semester break, the project work will also partially continue.
MA 3D Animation for Film & Games
The program is a part-time master’s degree with 120 credit points over two years. During the lecture period students will attend 12 hours of seminars, lectures and mentoring sessions per week. These will take place on Mondays (all day) and Wednesday evenings. The self-study time varies, but students should plan for at least 12 hours per week to do their project work and to prepare for or follow up on classes.
Students are explicitly encouraged to pursue their career in the media industry while taking part in the program. Based on experience the working hours should, however, not exceed 24 hours per week.
Information for international students
Citizens of member states of the European Union, the European Economic Area (EEA) – that is Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein – as well as Switzerland have equal legal status on the labor market as German citizens. This means that they have the same access to the labor market as German students and are permitted to work as much as they would like to without having to obtain prior approval of German authorities. Students are advised, however, not to work longer than 20 hours a week, as you would have to pay social insurance contributions should you exceed this number of hours.
International students from countries which are NOT member states of the EU, the EEA or Switzerland are normally permitted to work 120 full or 240 half days per year if they are in possession of a valid residence permit for Germany. The immigration office will record these provisions in your residence permit. Should you wish to work more days per year, you will need to obtain approval from your immigration office and the German Federal Employment Agency.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR FURTHER EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
Bildungsprämie (The Grant Voucher of the Continuing Education Grant)
»The Grant Voucher of the Continuing Education Grant« is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research as well as the European Social Fund of the European Union. Please note that the voucher must be presented when the invoice is issued. Details can be found at: www.bildungspraemie.info
Bildungsscheck (Training Voucher NRW)
Under certain conditions, the »Training Voucher NRW« can be used as a funding opportunity. Details can be found at: www.bildungsscheck.nrw.de