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University Winter Courses in Germany for Foreign Students and Graduates • DAAD
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This study programme is geared towards students and graduates from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Namibia, New Zealand, Paraguay, Peru, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Uruguay and aims to help them improve their knowledge of German (general language, special language) and their cultural knowledge of the country.
Who can apply?
- Citizens of one of the above countries who are registered at a university in one of these countries.
- Applications are open to students in Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes as well as doctoral candidates in any subject area; Bachelor students must have completed at least two academic years at the start of the scholarship period.
- Students in the last year of a Bachelor programme are eligible to apply if they intend to start a Master's degree programme shortly after completing their BA. Please submit a letter of confirmation from the university as proof.
What can be funded?
- The programme funds attendance of language and area studies courses that are offered by state or state-recognised German universities and by affiliated language schools.
- You can find out about course providers and course programmes on the DAAD website under: www.daad.de/hwk-kursliste
- The courses are taught in German.
- Course fees and accommodation expenses are usually deducted directly from scholarship payments by the language course provider so that the grant holder is paid only the remaining amount to which he/she may still be entitled in Germany.
Duration of the funding
- 6 weeks
- The grants are non-renewable.
- The courses are offered in January / February.
- One-off scholarship payment of 1,725 euros
- Payment of a country-specific travel allowance, see www.daad.de/rkp-hsk_hwk_isk
- Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover
- A selection committee reviews applications.
- The most important selection criteria are:
- previous academic achievements
- convincing arguments for choice of study programme and subject
- knowledge of German
What requirements must be met?
- The grant holder must be at least 18 years old when he/she starts the funded stay.
- Applicants must be citizens of one of the above countries and be permanently registered at a university in one of these countries.
- An applicant may only be considered once in any three consecutive years for a DAAD University Winter Course Grant.
Applicants must be able to follow lectures and collaborate in teams. They must have had at least two years of German lessons by the time they start their grant-supported studies according to level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
The application procedure occurs online through the DAAD Portal.
Certificates, proof of credits, certifications and translations may be submitted in non-certified form. The DAAD Head Office in Bonn reserves the right to also request certified copies of the submitted documents.
1. Documents to be uploaded to the DAAD Portal
- Online application form
- Full curriculum vitae in tabular form (in German)
- Comprehensive statement of purpose by the applicant (letter of motivation, in German)
- Copy of university degree certificate(s) with final grade(s), if available (with German or English translation)
- Proof of credits for all university examinations (with final grades) incl. explanation of grading systems (with German or English translation)
- Language certificate (if applicable with German or English translation)
- The language certificates must meet at least B1 (onDaF, TestDaF, GI-Nachweis, DSD, DSH, telc Deutsch) and should be no more than one year old. Language certificates from B2 or TDN4 may be older in all examined sections.
- Other documents you think might be of relevance to your application (e.g. proof of placements, certificates of employment)
2. To be submitted by post
- The "Application summary", which is generated in the portal in PDF format and which can be printed out after the online application procedure is completed; please send ##EXEMPLARE## copy/copies to the application address.
- One recent reference from a university teacher which provides information about your qualifications; please enclose one copy of the reference in a sealed envelope with each copy of your application. Please regard the instructions given on the tab “Submitting an application“.
- In the application form, applicants are asked to specify the courses they wish to take. Applicants should fill in all spaces and enter different course locations. The DAAD does its best to consider these preferences when it makes a final decision about allocating places. Because there is only a limited number of available places, however, the DAAD reserves the right to allocate an alternative course. The course choices indicated in the application form are binding. It is not possible to change or discontinue a course.
- Only applications that have been submitted on time and are complete can be considered.
- Ownership of the application documents including all appendices, samples, etc. shall pass to the DAAD without claim to payment. Documents are not returned to applicants.
Contact and Consulting
More detailed information
- Answers on questions about the programme University Winter Courses you will find here
Submitting an application
General information on the application via DAAD portal
You can access the DAAD portal by clicking "Application portal" at the end of the page. Here you will find an online application form in which you can enter your application data.
This is what you have to do:
1. Register in the DAAD Portal (Read notes about registering in the Portal >>)
2. Request references (if necessary according to the call for proposals, see "Application procedure")
The form, which has to be completed by a referee, has to be generated in the DAAD portal in the section "Request reference" after registration and downloaded. Please send the form by e-mail to your referee and ask for the completed reference form to be returned to you in a sealed envelope. In each case, please provide your referee with the application address thus enabling him/her to send the recommendation letter there direct.
Please note that the form for completion by a referee can only be generated during the application period (from about 6 weeks before the application deadline).
Please generate one form for each referee.
3. Applying online in the DAAD Portal (Read notes on applying in the Portal >>)
- Download and complete the online application form
- Prepare application documents
- If necessary, translate documents (unless they are already in German or English).
- Scan paper documents (except references) and save in PDF format. Please note that you can only upload PDF files to the portal.
- Upload the completed application form and the required appendices (except references and any work samples which you might have to submit) to the portal in PDF format. Translations, if applicable, should be uploaded together with the document issued in the original language.
- Submit the uploaded application documents online.
4. Sending application documents by post
Submit the printed "Application summary" – if necessary with several copies (see "Application procedure/Application documents") by post. Please do not enclose any other documents that have not been uploaded to the portal with the printed "Application summary" – except the required references (in sealed envelopes) and a work sample if applicable!
Information for applicants from non-EU countries:
Please remember to specify the exact contents of your postal consignment in the documents for the customs authorities, e.g. "Application for a scholarship with application documents, a reference and a DVD with work samples (no commercial goods)".
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