The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, DAAD) is the organisation of German universities and their student bodies devoted to internationalising the academic and scientific research system. DAAD scholarship programmes enable students, researchers and teaching staff to take advantage of the best study and research opportunities available.
The DAAD promotes transnational cooperation and university partnerships, and is the German national agency for EU higher education cooperation. Consequently, the DAAD supports Germany’s foreign cultural and educational policy goals, national scientific policies and development cooperation efforts and fosters the internationalisation of German higher education institutions.
The DAAD operates a network of 72 regional offices and information centres worldwide. Since it was established in 1925, the DAAD has supported over 2.3 million scholars in Germany and throughout the world.
Facts and figures
The DAAD maintains the DAAD Head Office in Bonn and a Berlin Office
Funding for approx. 78,200 German and 61,500 international scholars around the world (2017)
Total number of beneficiaries of support between 1950 and 2017: 974,000 international students and researchers; 1,386,000 scholars from Germany
A global network of 15 regional offices, 57 information centres and 447 lectureships is responsible for promoting international exchange, building contacts and providing advice
Annual budget: 522 million euros (2017)
The DAAD budget (2017: 522 million euros) derives largely from federal funds provided by various ministries. The following ministries contribute to its budget:
- Federal Foreign Office (AA) (36%)
- Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (26%)
- Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) (10%)
The rest of the budget comes from the European Union (EU) (21%) and others (7%).