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DAAD - Study Abroad in Germany

Updated: Nov 18, 2023

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If you're interested in studying abroad to in Germany, then the DAAD is where you need to be!

Today we're gonna talk about their degree programs, language courses, short summer course, and all the FUNDING they have to offer.

Spoiler!! Many Germany university have little to NO tuition fees!




What is the DAAD?


Let's start by talking about what the DAAD is!

Founded in Heidelberg in 1925, the DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst or German Academic Exchanging Service in English - is the world’s largest funding organization for the international exchange of students and researchers to Germany.

The DAAD offers many opportunities to study abroad at over 230 institutions, in over 175 cities throughout Germany! These opportunities are available at all degree levels - BA, MA, PhD - and they offer a plethora of study abroad scholarships for 68 different majors, not just engineering.

The DAAD also has short summer courses, language courses, and a few partially or fully online courses from German universities.


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Let's talk more in depth about the degree programs!

The DAAD currently offers over 22,000 degree programs! The fields of study are:

  • Agricultural and Forest Sciences

  • Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Engineering Sciences

  • Art, Music, Design

  • Mathematics, Natural Sciences

  • Medicine, Health Sciences

  • Language and Cultural Studies

For many of the degrees, there are little to no tuition fees per semester. I'm serious, you could pay nothing in tuition.

No need to apply for student loans and pay them off for the rest of your life; you can actually study in Germany for virtually nothing!

Let's take a look at a Bachelor program, Masters program, and a PhD program.

Mittweide University of Applied Sciences

School: Mittweida University of Applied Science

Location: Mittweida

Major: Physics, Physical Engineering,

Language: German

Length: 6 semesters (~3 years)

Tuition fees: €97/ semester (~$143 CAD or $103 USD)

University of Hannover

School: University of Hannover

Location: Hannover

Major: Theater, Drama, Media Pedagogy

Language: German

Length: 4 semesters (~2 years)

Tuition fees: €395.89/ semester (~$583.73 CAD or $585.35 USD)

Max Planck Institute of Biphysics

School: Max Planck Institute of Biophysics

Location: Frankfurt am Main

Language: English

Length: 3 years

Tuition fees: Fully funded

These are just 3 of the thousands of programs available. To explore all that the DAAD has to offer, check out their program database. Simply search for your degree or fill in the filters, click on the degree that interests you, then scroll down to the bottom of the page for all the information.

Language & Short Courses

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Don't want to do a whole degree in Germany or want to prepare for your degree?

The DAAD currently has over 200 language and short courses in over 40 subjects within 53 cities across Germany.

Let's take a closer look at 2 language courses and 2 short courses.

Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

School: Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

Location: Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Course Type: Short Course

Language: German (min. B2 level)

Subject: Literature

Mode of Study: In Person

Fees: €720 ($1061 CAD or $771 USD)

Julius Maximilians University Wurzburg

School: Julius Maximilians University Wüzburg

Location: Würzburg

Course Type: Short Course

Language: English (min. B2 level)

Subject: Education

Mode of Study: Hybrid (Online & In Person)

Fees: €156 (~$230 CAD or $167 USD)

Osnabruck University of Applied Sciences

School: Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences

Location: Osnabrück

Course Type: Language Course

Language: German (Levels A1-B2)

Subject: German Literature and Cultural Studies

Mode of Study: In Person

Fees: €890 (~$1312 CAD or $953 USD)

Freie University Berlin

School: Freie University Berlin

Location: Berlin

Course Type: Language Course

Language: German (min. B2)

Subject: German as an Academic Language

Mode of Study: Fully Online

Fees: €725 (~$1069 CAD or $776 USD)

These are just a few of the language and short courses available. To explore all the courses the DAAD has to offer, check out their database. Simply choose your course type, the language(s) you want to study in, and the subject to see all the courses.



This is the part we've all be looking forward to!

Even though majority of the degree programs have next to no tuition fees, and the language & short course fees are low compared to the US or Canada, there is still funding for them!

These scholarships can not only be put towards course or tuition fees, but also help pay for incidental education fees, flights, accommodations, and overall living costs. Some even offer health and accident insurance, rent subsidies, and more.

Let's look at 3 scholarships!

If you're interested in pursuing a MA in Germany through the DAAD, you NEED to apply for this funding!

During an entire MA program in Germany or 1 year of studying in Germany as part of a MA program at your home university, this scholarship offers €934 a month, a travel allowance that varies from country to country (Canada is between €900 - €1750, or ~$1327 - $2414), a one-time study allowance of between €460 - €260 (~$333 - $188 CAD) depending on country of origin, insurance, a monthly rent subsidy, monthly allowance for accompanying family members, funding for language course fees in preparation of your studies in Germany, and so much more!

If you're interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in aeronautics at the Technical University of Munich or the University of the German Armed Forces Munich, this may just be the scholarship for you!

This scholarship provides monthly funding of €1,575 (~ $2323 CAD or $1687 USD) for 1-3 years.

This is the scholarship that goes with the German Literature and Cultural Studies course mentioned prior. It is a one time payment of €1,134 to €1,309 (~$1672 - 1930 CAD or $1215 - 1402 USD) depending on country of origin, as well as a travel allowance that also depends on country of origin. For example, western Canada qualifies for €687.50 (~$1014 CAD) and eastern Canada qualifies for €587.50 (~$866 CAD).

These are just a few of the scholarships available. To explore all the DAAD scholarships and find out if your eligible, check out their scholarship database. Simply choose your level of education, country of origin, subject, and intention to see all the funding opportunities.

If you're looking for funding that is specifically for musicians and artists, check out the 5 funding programs that the DAAD has to offer.


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It is also always good to look into the funding at your home university!

Most universities have some funding available for international experiences. I know from personal experience as I applied and received funding from my university when I was studying abroad in Germany last summer.

Questions & Concerns

If you have any questions and concerns, they may be answered in the drop down menu below.

Questions & Concerns


If you have any questions or concerns that were not answered in this blog post, or need clarification on anything mentioned, check out the links in this post for more information, and/or head on over to the DAAD's contact page.

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