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The DAAD: the german academic exchange service

The DAAD: the German Academic Exchange Service


The DAAD: the german academic exchange service


Since 1925, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has established itself as one of the largest organizations that encourage international exchange. DAAD has more than 230 higher education establishments and 120 student associations.

The DAAD is a joint organization of German higher education institutions and is responsible for promoting international academic relations, mainly through the exchange of students, academics, and researchers. Its programs are generally open to all disciplines and all countries and also benefit foreigners and Germans.

The DAAD also supports the international activities of German higher education institutions by providing a number of services. These include information and publication programs, marketing, advisory, support, and guidance services, as well as a growing number of institutional programs that help raise the international profile and global appeal of German higher education institutions.

Finally, DAAD advises the German government on the formation of its policies in the fields of international cultural relations and academic relations at the European and international levels, as well as on questions of national higher education and development cooperation.

The predecessor of the German University Exchange Service, the Austauschdienst der Hochschulen, was created in 1925 in response to an initiative from academia. It was dissolved in 1945 and newly created in 1950 as a registered association under private law.

Full members of DAAD are - on request - the higher education establishments represented at the Conference of German Rectors (Hochschulrektorenkonferenz - HRK) and the student associations of these establishments. DAAD members include more than 230 higher education institutions and 120 student associations, with all the different types of higher education institutions represented.

DAAD will pursue three main lines of action to ensure that it continues to achieve these objectives in the future:

1. Scholarships for the best


Award scholarships to the best German and international students and researchers who, in a demanding application process, demonstrate an exceptional capacity and willingness to assume their responsibilities

2. Internationality structures


Create higher education structures in Germany and abroad (for example, international diploma programs, bilateral universities, university networks, etc.) which promote the international qualification, mobility, and dialogue, which, in turn, improves the quality of research and teaching

3. Expertise for academic collaborations


Systematize, develop and provide expertise in educational cultures and higher education systems, which DAAD has acquired through its work and its network and which is essential for developing successful collaborations at the international level

The DAAD also exercises a certain number of specific responsibilities that aim to encourage and finance mobility at the European level for students, academics, and professionals. DAAD is the so-called “national agency” of the European ERASMUS program and an information center for ERASMUS Mundus, Europass, TEMPUS / cooperation between EU and third countries, and the Bologna process.
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