DAAD - University Summer Course Grant

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.

Scholarships are awarded to students pursuing full-time study at Canadian or US colleges or universities. There are no restrictions as to field of study, but applicants must have attained at least sophomore standing (second-year standing in Canada) at the time of application. 

Eligibility

Who can apply?

  • Applications are open to students in Bachelor's and Master's degree programs 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 program are eligible to apply if they intend to start a Master's degree program shortly after completing their BA. Please attach a letter of confirmation from the university as proof.
  • Neither graduates holding a Master's degree nor PhD students are eligible for this program.

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 their country of permanent residence (except Germany) at the time their funded stay begins.
  • An applicant may only be considered once in any three consecutive years for a University Summer Course Grant.

Language skills

Applicants must be able to follow lectures and collaborate in teams. The required German language skills should be equivalent at least to level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Period of Study

  • The courses run for at least 18 teaching days (max. 5 days/week, excluding days of arrival and departure) with a minimum of 25 hours of teaching a week.
  • The grants are non-renewable.
  • The courses are offered in the summer months (usually from June) during the recess period at German universities.

Award

This award is a one-off scholarship payment of EUR 850.

Application

Application materials and instructions can be located on the DAAD Website. 

Deadline(s)

Applications are due annually in December. 

Additional information can be found on the Summer Course website

Details

Class Year

  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior

Discipline

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • International Affairs
  • Public Affairs/Government
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM
  • Multiple

Language

  • English
  • Non English

Duration

  • Summer

Program Type

  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate

Region

  • Europe

GWU Sponsored?

No

GWU Endorsement Required?

No