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European exchange programs: DAAD and ERASMUS

The German Academic Exchange Service offers more than 100 programs to support students, post-graduates and scholars interested in international study. It also helps administer ERASMUS and Erasmus Mundus.

The offices of the DAAD

The German Academic Exchange Program's main office is located in Bonn

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) promotes exchange among students in countries throughout the world. The institution helps finance year-long, short-term and group programs as well as research trips and internships abroad. Foreign students of all levels and in any field who would like to study in German can apply for the DAAD's programs.

The DAAD also maintains an extensive database online with scholarship possibilities for those interested in going abroad. Many universities worldwide host lecturers supported by the DAAD, who may be able to help exchange students get oriented.

European exchange with ERASMUS

Another popular university exchange program is called ERASMUS (European Community Action Scheme for Mobility of University Students). For over 20 years, the program has promoted cross-country mobility and exchange within the EU for students, lecturers and scholars.

Students from EU countries can study abroad for up to a year in Germany by getting in touch with the ERASMUS office at their universities. ERASMUS grants are available to help cover the cost of living abroad, and participating students do not have to pay tuition beyond what they would pay at their home institution.

Erasmus Mundus: Support for Master's students

Erasmus Mundus is a program that offers young scholars from across the world support for a Master's degree. More than 100 programs in Europe take part in Erasmus Mundus and often feature an international, interdisciplinary focus by offering double or joint Master's degrees. It's common for students in these programs to study at multiple institutions while earning their degrees.

The purpose of the Erasmus Mundus program is to promote study at European institutions internationally. Professors and scholars can also take part in the program by coming to Europe and conducting research or teaching.

Author: Gaby Reucher (gsw)
Editor: Kate Bowen

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