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The DAAD is the world’s largest funding organisation for the international exchange of students and researchers.

Who we are

Since it was founded in 1925, around 2.8 million scholars in Germany and abroad have received DAAD funding.

Its activities go far beyond simply awarding grants and scholarships. The DAAD supports the internationalisation of German higher education institutions, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, assists developing countries in establishing effective higher education institutions and advises decision makers on matters of cultural, education and development policy.

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Young smiling woman© Jan von Allwörden / DAAD

What we do

Supporting potentials, strengthening networks, sharing expertise

What we do

Granting scholarships, promoting the internationalisation activities of German higher education institutions and research organisations and much more…

Building on prior lasting achievements in promoting excellent students and researchers, the DAAD wants to prepare future professionals and leaders to act responsibly and create enduring connections around the world – not least by forming a cultural and professional network of its scholarship recipients and alumni. The DAAD is also the national agency for European higher education cooperation.
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Academic Exchange

What this means for us

Supporting potentials

Our scholarships are the primary instrument for promoting and professionally qualifying young academic talent. They offer german and international candidates access to excellent education and research opportunities.

Strengthening networks

We help universities strategically position themselves in a global context and participate in the international campus. We strengthen international partnerships and thereby contribute to solving global challenges.

Sharing expertise

We provide our partners access to our unique, in-depth knowledge of higher education systems worldwide. We actively participate in discourse on the internationalisation of higher education institutions and advocate for the freedom of science.

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Young people© Jan von Allwörden / DAAD

1.14 million funded individuals from outside Germany between 1950 and 2021

Global network

Regional Offices, Information Centres and Information Points

It is this network which provides the DAAD with a comprehensive view of the political, economic, social and higher-educational circumstances in each respective country. Thanks to this network, the DAAD is able to gain expertise for developing suitable programmes and ensuring that funding is put to the best possible use on location. Furthermore, the regional offices and numerous information centres and information points offer academic advice to students and researchers around the world who are interested in studying abroad or becoming better acquainted with the German research sector. 

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Facts and figures

  • 10,367
    Master's degree programmes
  • 80
    possible fields of study
  • 10,057
    Bachelor's degree programmes
  • 86
    DAAD scholarship programmes for international prospective students
  • 2,152
    english language study options in Germany
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Two young women© Jan von Allwörden / DAAD

The DAAD motto

Change by Exchange

Our motto

Change by exchange is our contribution to shaping a global society that finds solutions to the pressing issues of tomorrow.

Exchange promotes understanding between countries and individuals and helps secure the peace. New scientific findings enable us to meet global challenges. Cooperation contributes to political and social progress. The DAAD stimulates internationalisation and global responsibility. It acts as an independent intermediary between various partners and their interests. The real motors of change, however, are students and researchers who cross borders every day through their work, and the institutions of higher education which support them in their commitment.

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