21 million for internationalisation at universities of applied sciences


The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD) is once again funding 30 projects relating to internationalisation at 27 universities of applied sciences. The selected projects were able to prevail in the third funding round of the DAAD ‘UAS.International’ programme. They will now receive around 21 million euros from funds provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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The universities of applied sciences (UAS) in Germany are obtaining further assistance with their internationalisation efforts. The DAAD has already been funding innovative projects under the UAS.International programme since 2019. These projects prepare students for the labour market of the future and contribute to the expansion of internationalisation at the higher education institutions. This year’s third round of funding via UAS.International saw 30 new projects being selected, which will now receive around 21 million euros in funding by 2025.

UAS.International is subdivided into two funding streams: the first of these involves the DAAD supporting the development and implementation of internationalisation strategies as well as the expansion of cross-border networks relating to studies, teaching, research and transfer. Applications by 15 higher education institutions were successful in this category, such as the ‘HNEE Internationalisation 2.0’ project submitted by Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development with its project aiming to revise its internationalisation strategy and to establish an international network concerned with interdisciplinary sustainability education.

The key aspects of the second funding stream are the expanded provision of practice-based courses involving international cooperation partners and the development of new mobility and exchange formats. There were also 15 projects awarded funding in this category. They include the University of Applied Sciences, Kaiserslautern with its ‘SFInt’ proposal, which seeks to advance continuous international exchange with international partner higher education institutions and to promote the development of three double degree programmes.

Funding commences on 1 January 2022. 


DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - German Academic Exchange Service