Finding Scholarships

Here you can find information on various kinds of DAAD funding for foreign students, graduates and postdocs as well as on funding offered by other selected organisations.

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This scholarship programme aims to help students and graduates improve their knowledge of the German language (general language, special language) and cultural knowledge of the country.

Who can apply?

  • 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.
  • Graduates who work in higher education and completed their last academic degree no longer than six years before the time of application are eligible to apply.
  • Students/graduates from the areas of German studies, German as a foreign language and translation courses are not eligible.

What is supported?

  • The programme supports attendance of language and area studies courses which are offered by a German language institute in the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • You can find out about course providers and course programmes on the DAAD website under:

Duration of funding

  • 8 weeks
  • The grants are non-renewable.
  • The courses start in June. The last courses end in December.


  • One-off scholarship payment of 2,300 euros
  • Payment of a country-specific travel allowance (exception: Western Europe),
    see (the overview of travel allowances for 2015 will be published from November 2014)
  • 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

More detailed information

  • 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.

What requirements have to be fulfilled?

  • The grant holder must be at least 18 years old when he/she starts the funded stay.
  • The applicants must be registered at a university in their home country or in their country of permanent residence (except Germany) at the time their funded stay begins.
  • An applicant may only be considered once in any three consecutive years for a DAAD Intensive Language Course or University Summer Course Grant.
  • It is not possible to apply simultaneously for an Intensive Language Course and a University Summer Course Grant.

Language skills

  • German language skills should be equivalent to at least level A1 and no higher than B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Application documents
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.

Please submit ##EXEMPLARE## copies of the following documents in the given order:

  • Application form (from level B1 in German), see notes below
  • Full curriculum vitae in tabular form (from level B1 in German)
  • Comprehensive statement of purpose by the applicant (letter of motivation, from level B1 in German)
  • A 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. A form is available for this reference letter under:
  • 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 should be no more than 6 months old.
  • Other documents you think might be of relevance to your application (e.g. proof of placements, certificates of employment)

Application address

  • Applicants cannot send their applications directly to the DAAD in Bonn. They are normally forwarded – after (pre-)selection in the home country – to the DAAD in Bonn by the receiving office (collected and selected applications must be sent to the DAAD, Section 513, by 31st January 2015 at the latest).

Notes on application

  • In the application form, applicants are asked to specify the courses they wish to take. Applicants should fill in all spaces and state different course locations and/or different course times. 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.

More detailed information

Programme variations

  • Intensive Language Courses offered in Germany for Foreign Students and Graduates


Status: Undergraduates
Doctoral candidates
Country of Origin:
Only specified

The scholarship for this programme is restricted to certain countries of origin. You can find an explanation for this on the details page of the scholarship programme under the application requirements.

Only specified

Restricted to the following disciplines:

  • Language and Cultural Studies
  • Law, Economics and Social Sciences
  • Mathematics/Natural Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Nutritional Science
  • Engineering
  • Art, Music, Sport
Further application requirements »