Residence permits

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Ausländerbehörde (immigration office)

The Ausländerbehörde Frankfurt is the authority in charge of all issues relating to visas and residence permits for students from non-EU countries.

Address for visitors: Rebstöcker Str. 4, 60326 Frankfurt am Main


Tip: The Internationaler Studientreff can match you with fellow students who accompany you on administrative-appointments or when viewing an apartment and will help you to understand German paperwork.

Legal counselling & complaints

Legal advice offered by the Studentenwerk

The Studentenwerk Frankfurt (student services) offers general legal advice for all students.

Further information

Committee for legal advice for foreigners

The Rechtshilfekomitee für Ausländer e.V. is an association that offers legal advice for foreigners free of charge.

Where: Christuskirche, entrance at the tower, Beethovenplatz, Frankfurt-Westend

When:  Tuesdays 18:00-20:00

Contact via the protestant students community (ESG)

Ombudsman for students

This is the person to contact at Goethe University if you have complaints or suggestions for improvement regarding your studies or the work of the university’s administration.


Goethe-Uni Law Clinic

The Law Clinic is run by law students and offers free legal advice to people with low income. This is motivated by the fact that people from lower social and economic strata are often confronted with legal issues – and injustice – in their daily lives. 

Law & Legal - Student-led legal advice

Law&Legal is a law clinic organised by students with offices in Bayreuth, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, Heidelberg, Munich and Tübingen. They offer advice for free in cases with "too small" amounts of dispute and in matters evolving around student live (studying, rent, contracts, bills) as well as with the foundation of a society, fund or business.

BAföG (state funding) & funding from the Studentenwerk

BAföG is the abbreviation for the law governed educational funding in Germany. However, only few international students will be eligible for this funding. You can enquire at the Studentenwerk whether you are eligible, and obtain information on other means of financing your studies.

Financial emergencies

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Funds to support international students in difficult social and financial situations:

Studentenwerk Frankfurt: Under certain circumstances, students may be eligible for support in the form of loan associations, aid or hardship funds.
>> Studentenwerk Frankfurt

Frankfurt Association for the Support of International Students in Need: Affiliated to the International Study Centre (ISZ). Students (including students at the Studienkolleg and DSH) in the first semesters of their chosen subject can apply for support in financial emergencies.

>> Frankfurt association for the support of international students in need

The protestant and catholic students communities have emergency funds for international students who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in a financial emergency

>> Protestant students community ESG

>> Catholic students community KHG

Financial counselling and advice offered by the International Office


The International Office offers advice on matters of study finances. General queries may be discussed in the social counselling hours. There are separate consultation hours for questions regarding scholarships.


Student funding

These pages offer information on working during your studies, on scholarships and financial aid.

Student funding

Flyer on finances

We have collected detailed information on student finances in three flyers which can be accessed in the download centre.

Download centre