German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst)
The most important address for students who are planning studies abroad is the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). DAAD is a common facility of the German universities. Its objective is to enhance the relations of German universities with those of foreign countries through the exchange of students and scientists, and through international programs and projects.
The DAAD is a world wide network of offices, academics and alumni associations which provides information and counselling on the spot (Download Worldwide Overview (Übersicht des weltweiten Netzwerks); PDF, 2,2 MB). They consider themselves an intermediary of foreign cultural and educational policy, university and academic politics as well as of university collaboration in development work.
DAAD- important tasks summarized:
- Allocation of scholarships to foreign and German students, graduate students, trainees, young scientists and professors for studies abroad as part of their education or a retraining, as well as for research projects at universities.
- Placement and support of German academics teachers in all subjects areas (professors of German language, literature and geography) for long or short term lectureships at foreign universities.
- Provide information concerning education and research possibilities within Germany and abroad via publications and also through written and verbal communication.
- Maintain contact with former scholarship holders by inviting them to follow-up events, reunions and training programs for the support of foreign students at German universities.