DAAD Scholarships for University Summer Courses in Germany for Foreign Students and Graduates 497 views

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The German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD, offers scholarships for 2020 University Summer Courses in Germany for foreign students and graduates. This scholarship programme aims to help students and graduates improve their knowledge of German and their cultural knowledge of the country, and all eligible courses are taught in German. Applicants must be currently undertaking Bachelors and Masters degree programmes, in any subject area.

The programme funds attendance of language and area studies courses as well as special language or terminology courses that are offered by state or state-recognised German universities and by affiliated language schools (see the Official Website for participating universities and courses).

The summer courses usually take place between June and November each year and will run for a minimum of 18 teaching days (maximum 5 days/week, excluding days of arrival and departure), with a minimum of 25 hours of teaching a week.


The scholarship award is a one-off payment of €950. Those from countries defined as least developed countries on the OECD-DAC-List will receive a scholarship award of €1,125. They will also receive a country-specific travel allowance (see the Official Website for travel allowances), with the exception of participants from Western Europe.

Health, accident and personal liability insurance will be covered. Course fees and accommodation expenses are usually deducted directly from scholarship payments by the language course provider and the grant holder will be paid the difference.

The grants are non-renewable.


Applicants must be 18 years old or above, who have been full-time students/scholars in a degree program at an accredited Canadian or US university for more than 1 year. They could be Bachelors, Masters or doctoral degree degree students in any subject area. They must be registered at a university of 1 of the DAAD programme-related countries, with the exception of Germany (see the Official Website for programme-related countries). A scholarship holder may only be considered once in any 3 consecutive years for a DAAD Intensive Language Course or University Summer Course grant. Applicants cannot apply simultaneously for grants for an Intensive Language Course and a University Summer Course.

Applicants must be able to follow lectures in German and collaborate in teams (see the Official Website for German language requirements). Proof of German language skills must be provided.

Applicants are assessed on:

  • previous academic achievements
  • convincing arguments for choice of study programme and subject
  • knowledge of German.


Applications for the scholarships are to be done online by 1 December 2019. There are different deadlines for registration of the courses.

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