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Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) (German Academic Exchange Service)
The first and most important address for students from all over the world who want to study in Germany is the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The DAAD is a joint institution, shared by all German universities. Its goal is to further international relations through academic exchange of students and scholars as well as through international programs and projects. The DAAD therefore has a worldwide network of branch offices, teachers, and alumni associations which offer on site information and advice. It sees itself as an indermediary of foreign cultural, academic and scholarly policy.
Important goals of the DAAD in short:
- Awarding of scholarships to finance studies abroad or academic research programs at the university level to foreign and German students, graduates, trainees, younger scholars and teachers.
- Placement and promotion of German scholars and teachers in all academic fields (including German language, literature, and geography) to long- and short-term teaching positions at foreign universities.
- Offering information on study and research options in Germany and around the world through publications, as well as oral and written information.
- Supporting former scholarship holders, especially in foreign countries, through further invitations and special events, programs for the support of foreign students at german universities.