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Intensive Language Courses offered in Germany for Foreign Students and Graduates • DAAD
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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.
Restricted to the following disciplines:
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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 can be funded?
- 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 here.
- The courses are taught in German.
Duration of the 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 www.daad.de/travel allowances
- Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover
- Please note:
Course fees and accommodation expenses are usually deducted directly from scholarship payments by the language course provider so that the grant holder is possibly paid only the difference to the full amount of the scholarship by the course provider.
The above mentioned payments (including travel allowance) will not be transferred abroad.
- 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.
- 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.
- A scholarship holder 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.
- Proof of German language skills must be provided with the application.
- Applicants must present proof of German language skills which must at least be equivalent to level A1 and at most to level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
- The following language certificates can be accepted: onDaF, onSET, TestDaF, GI-Nachweis, DSD, DSH, telc Deutsch, ÖSD.
- Additionally, the DAAD Certification of German Language can be accepted. The language evaluation form can be downloaded here.
1. Documents to be uploaded to the DAAD portal:
- Application form (from level B1 in German)
- 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)
- 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)
- A list of German language courses taken.
- 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 2 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“.
1. December each year
Regional Office New York
German Academic Exchange Service
871 United Nations Plaza
10017 New York, N.Y.
United States of America
Tel.: +1 (212) /758-3223
Fax.: +1 (212)/755-5780
- 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. Important: Because there is only a limited number of available places, however, the DAAD reserves the right to allocate an alternative course.
- It is not possible to change a course subsequently or to 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
Information and advisory centres
DAAD New York Office
871 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 758-3223
Fax: (212) 755-5780
DAAD Information Centre Toronto
c/o Munk School of Global Affairs
North Side, Room 207
University of Toronto
1 Devonshire Place
Toronto, ON M5S 3K7
Phone: + 1 416 946 8116
United States (West Coast)
DAAD Information Center San Francisco
530 Bush Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: (415) 986-2021
More detailed information
- You can find out about course providers and course programmes here.
- You will find more information about language tests on the DAAD website under: www.daad.de/deutschland/nachdeutschland/voraussetzungen/en/6221-deutsche-sprache.
- Answers on questions about the programme Intensive Language Courses you will find here
Weitere Informationen EN
Please check the DAAD New York Website
for more information
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".
If you have any technical questions or problems your local information and advice centres could not help you with, please do not hesitate to contact our technical Portal hotline: +49 (0228) 882-888 or via E-Mail email@example.com, open every weekday from 9.00 am to 12.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.
Please consider this when you are planning your application.