This study programme is designed for students and graduates and aims to help them improve their knowledge of German (general language) and their knowledge of German culture and country.

Please note: Due to the current pandemic situation, funding for onsite course formats is currently not offered. In 2022, therefore, only participation in online courses will be funded.

Who can apply?

Applications are open to students in Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes as well as doctoral candidates in any subject area; Bachelor students must have completed at least two academic years when the scholarship period starts.
Students in the last year of a Bachelor programme are eligible to apply if they continue their studies in a Master's degree programme shortly after completing their BA. Please submit a letter of confirmation from your university as proof.]

What can be funded?

The programme funds attendance of language and area studies courses that are offered by state or state-recognised German universities and by affiliated language schools.
Click here to find out about course providers and course programmes.
The courses are exclusively taught in German.

Duration of the funding

  • up to 6 weeks
  • The grants are not extendable.
  • The courses start in January and end in February at the latest.


  • Course Tuition fee
  • The DAAD will transfer the tuition fee to the course organizer on your behalf.
  • If applicable, a scholarship installment in the amount of 450 EUR* per month.
*depending on the possibility of standardized payment via an international bank account (Standard International, SEPA or Western Union); scholarship holders will receive corresponding information in the letter of award on whether a scholarship installment in the amount of 450 EUR per month will be paid.


A qualified selection committee will review all applications.

The most important selection criteria are:
  • previous academic achievements
  • convincing letter of motivation for choice of study programme and subject

Please select your status and your country of origin in order to be able to submit an application.

Status and / or country of origin not on these lists?If your status and / or country of origin is not on this list, you cannot apply for this funding programme. In order to only see funding programmes for which you can apply, please select your status and your country of origin in the list of results.