University Summer Courses Offered in Germany for Foreign Students and Graduates

Deadline: 1 December 2019
Open to: students in Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in any subject area
Benefits: one-off scholarship payment of 950 EUR and payment of a country-specific travel allowance


This programme aims to help students and graduates improve their knowledge of German (general language, special language) and their cultural knowledge of the country.

  • 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 usually take place in the period from June to November.
  • The programme funds attendance of language and area studies courses as well as special language / terminology courses that are offered by state or state-recognised German universities and by affiliated language schools.
  • You can find out about course providers and programmes on the DAAD website under:
  • The courses are taught exclusively in German.


  • Applications are open to students in Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in any subject area;
  • Bachelor students must have completed at least two academic years at the start of the scholarship period.

What requirements must be met?

  • The grant holder must be at least 18 years old when he/she starts the funded stay;
  • Applicants must be registered at a university of one of the programme-related countries (except Germany) at the time of application as well as during the funded stay;
  • A scholarship holder may only be considered once in any three consecutive years for a DAAD University Summer Course Grant.

Language skills

  • 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: onSET-Deutsch, TestDaF, Goethe Institut-Nachweis, DSD, DSH, telc Deutsch, ÖSD-Zertifikat;
  • In principle, applicants must provide proof of a minimum language level of A2.


  • One-off scholarship payment of 950 EUR; scholarship holders from “Least Developed Countries” receive a scholarship of 1,125 EUR;
  • Payment of a country-specific travel allowance (exception: Western Europe), see: travel allowance;
  • 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.

How to apply

The application procedure occurs online through the DAAD Portal.

Application documents

Certificates, proof of credits, certifications and translations may be submitted in non-certified form. The DAAD Head Office in Bonn reserves the right to also request certified copies of the submitted documents.

Documents to be uploaded to the DAAD Portal:

  • Full curriculum vitae in tabular form (in German);
  • Letter of motivation (in German);
  • Copy of school-leaving certificate (for Bachelor students) or Bachelor degree certificate with final grade(s) (for Master students), if available (with German or English translation);
  • Proof of credits of the last two years (in German or in English);
  • Language certificates (with German or English translation, if applicable);
  • Other documents you think might be of relevance to your application with German or English translation, if applicable (e.g. certificates of employment, proof of placements);
    In addition, students with certificates from the first year of higher education are also eligible to apply.

For more information, please visit the official web page.