This program provides scholarships to attend a broad range of three- to four-week summer courses at German universities which focus mainly on German language and literary, cultural, political and economic aspects of modern and contemporary Germany. Extensive extracurricular programs complement and reinforce the core material.
A number of the University Summer Course Grants are made possible by the DAAD Alumni Association of the US, including one that is specially earmarked for an applicant in the fine arts.
This scholarship programme aims to help students and graduates improve their knowledge of German (general language, special language) and their cultural knowledge of the country.
- One-off scholarship payment of 850 euros; participants from Least Developed Countries (you may find the list in the original web page) receive a scholarship of 1,025 euros.
- Payment of a country-specific travel allowance (exception: Western Europe). You may find the list in the original web page.
- 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.
- 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
Online applications must be completed by December 1, 2016, and hard copies must be received by DAAD New York by December 11, 2016.
What requirements must be met?
- Unless stated otherwise, foreign nationals may be eligible if they have been full-time students/scholars in a degree program at an accredited Canadian or US university for more than one year at the time of application.
- The grant holder must be at least 18 years old when he/she starts the funded stay.
- Applicants must be registered at a university in their home country or in the country they are currently studying in (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 University Summer Course Grant.
- Applicants must be able to follow lectures in German and collaborate in teams.
- Proof of German language skills must be provided wirh the application.
- The language certificate for the required minimum language should be no more than one year old. Language certificates from B2 or TDN4 in all examined sections may be older than one year.
- The following language certificates can be accepted: onDaF, TestDaF, GI-Nachweis, DSD, DSH, telc Deutsch, ÖSD.
- In principle, applicants must provide proof of a minimum language level of B1.
- Additionally, the DAAD Certification of German Language can be accepted.
- Documents to be uploaded to the DAAD Portal:
- Online application form
- Full curriculum vitae in tabular form (in German)
- Letter of motivation (in German)
- Copy of university degree certificate with final grade(s), if available (with German or English translation)
- Proof of credits of the last two years (in German or in English)
- Language certificates
- 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 2 copy/copies to the application address
- 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. 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. 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.
For more information please click on "Further official information" below.