German Academic Exchange Service

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German Academic Exchange Service
legal form Registered association
founding 1925
Seat Bonn
precursor Academic exchange service
purpose Promotion of the international exchange of students and scientists.
Chair Joybrato Mukherjee
Employees 967 (2016)
Main building in Bonn

The German Academic Exchange Service e. V. ( DAAD ) is a joint institution of German universities and student bodies to maintain their international relations, which was founded in 1925. The president has been Joybrato Mukherjee since February 12, 2020 .

tasks and goals

DAAD event in Bonn 's Beethoven Hall , December 1961

According to its own information, the DAAD is the world's largest funding organization for the international exchange of students and scientists. Since it was founded in 1925, the DAAD has supported more than 2.3 million academics in Germany and abroad (as of 2017).

However, its activities go far beyond the awarding of scholarships : the DAAD promotes the internationality of German universities, strengthens the German language and German studies abroad, supports developing countries in setting up high-performance universities and advises decision-makers in cultural policy , educational policy and development policy .

With more than 250 programs, the DAAD sponsored around 140,000 Germans and foreigners around the world in 2017. The offer ranges from semesters abroad for young students to doctoral studies , from internships to visiting lectureships , from information visits to setting up universities abroad. The DAAD supports the international activities of German universities with marketing services, publications, events and training.

Scholarships for foreigners are usually advertised through the German embassies , the DAAD branch offices, the information centers (IC), DAAD lecturers and partner universities abroad. Contact the DAAD for German students usually conveys the International Office ( International Office ) a university. The DAAD's Berlin artist program , which is aimed at visual artists, writers and musicians, is an exception .

The DAAD is also the national agency for the coordination and implementation of the European Union's Erasmus program .

Flags of the DAAD on Kennedyallee , Bonn

The statutory form of the name is “German Academic Exchange Service ”, in legally binding letters with the addition e. V. In its publications up until the beginning of 2015, the association also used the variants “exchange service” (see photo opposite) and “exchange service” to clarify the acronym DAAD .


It was founded on January 1, 1925 on the basis of a private student initiative under the name “Akademischer Austauschdienst” e. V. (AAD) in Heidelberg . The headquarters were relocated to Berlin in the year of foundation . In 1933, the AAD has been brought into line , 1943 bombing of the seat in the Berlin City Palace destroyed and disbanded 1945th On August 5, 1950, it was re-established as DAAD in Bonn .

Well-known DAAD alumni

Some of the Nobel Prize winners are DAAD alumni, including Günter Blobel (1999), Gao Xingjian (2000), Wolfgang Ketterle (2001), Imre Kertész (2002), Wangari Maathai (2004), Herta Müller (2009), Mario Vargas Llosa (2009) , Swetlana Alexijewitsch (2015), Leo Hoffmann-Axthelm (2017), Olga Tokarczuk (2018), Peter Handke (2019) and others.


The DAAD's budget comes mainly from public funds, but also from private donors and organizations (as of 2017):

The total budget (total budget) 2017 was € 522 million.


The DAAD offers scholarship holders who come to Germany from abroad or who go abroad from Germany cheap health, long-term care, accident and liability insurance.



Surname Term of office
from to
Alfred Weber 1925 1925
Viktor Bruns 1925 1931
Theodor Lewald 1931 1933
Ewald von Massow 1933 1942
Gustav Adolf Scheel 1942 1945
Theodor Klauser 1950 1954
Werner Richter 1954 1959
Emil Lehnartz 1960 1968
Gerhard Kielwein 1968 1972
Hansgerd Schulte 1972 1987
Theodor Berchem 1988 2007
Stefan Hormuth 2008 2010
Sabine art 2010 2011
Margret winter coat 2012 2020
Joybrato Mukherjee 2020 today

The President (see table opposite) represents the DAAD externally.

In addition to the president and vice-president, the board of directors of the DAAD includes nine representatives (m / f) from the universities (presidents, rectors or heads of the international offices), four student body representatives and one representative of the Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft . The board members are elected by the general assembly, whereby the student representatives must have the majority of all votes and that of the student bodies. The representatives of the universities are elected every four years, those of the student bodies every two years. They are also co-opted as guests

The general assembly meets once a year.


The office of the DAAD is led by General Secretary Dorothea Rüland . In 2013 the budget volume was 450 million euros, the number of permanent positions as well as project and third-party funded positions 929. In 2013, the DAAD funded a total of 119,906 students, graduates, scientists, artists and administrators: 50,093 came to Germany from abroad, 69,813 Germans gained experience in all over the world. A total of 69,813 people were funded under the EU mobility programs in the 2012/13 university year. In the DAAD, the “National Agency for EU University Cooperation” is responsible for the “ Erasmus + ” program. In addition to studying abroad, it also coordinates internships and the exchange of lecturers and other staff from the university administration.

In addition to its headquarters in Bonn ( Kennedyallee 50), the DAAD has an office in the capital in Berlin, which is located in the WissenschaftsForum Berlin . The renowned Berlin artist program is also affiliated with the capital city office.

Branch offices and information centers

DAAD information center in Yaoundé , Cameroon

A network of 17 branch offices, 52 information centers (ICs) and 5 German science and innovation houses (DWIH) in 60 countries maintains contact with the partner countries and provides advice on site (as of 2019). The first DAAD branch was founded in London in 1927 , the newest in Bogotá in 2019 .

The branch offices with their founding year:

DAAD Circle of Friends V.

Foreign students with a DAAD scholarship are looked after in Germany by former German DAAD scholarship holders who are part of the DAAD-Freundeskreis e. V. are grouped together. The Circle of Friends was founded in 1981 and has around 1500 members nationwide. In many university cities there are regional groups that organize the supervision of foreign scholarship holders.

DAAD groups of friends of former foreign scholarship holders exist in many countries.


The participants of the Erasmus program of the DAAD go according to a survey of around 79,000 subscribers about twice as often life relationships with foreign partners one (27%) than students without stays abroad (13%). Furthermore, the unemployment rate among Erasmus students five years after graduation is 23 percent lower than among those who have not been abroad for study or training purposes.

In 2018, the German Academic Exchange Service and the Brandenburg Ministry of Science participated in the Refugee Teachers Program , which helps refugee teachers to integrate.


Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Prize

The DAAD annually awards a Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Prize to scholars from abroad for “outstanding work in the fields of German literature and linguistics , German as a foreign language and German studies”. The award, in memory of the linguists and founders of German studies Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm , is endowed with 10,000 euros and combined with a four-week research stay at a German university.

Theodor Berchem Prize

The prize for international and intercultural engagement, named after long-time President Theodor Berchem and endowed with € 10,000, was announced for the first time in 2011 and is to be awarded every two years in future. Financed by donations, it is awarded by an international jury. The first award winner was the Aachen rector Burkhard Rauhut .

AA price

Together with the Federal Foreign Office , the DAAD has awarded the Federal Foreign Office Prize, which has been awarded annually since 1998 (and has been endowed with € 20,000 since 2013) for excellent support for foreign students at German universities (AA Prize).

See also


  • Studies, research, teaching abroad, funding opportunities for Germans , Ed. DAAD. This brochure of approx. 400 pages is reprinted every spring. It is available from the international offices of the German universities.
  • Study guides ... , edited by DAAD, are available for almost all European countries and the most important non-European countries. They are available in bookshops (W.Bertelsmann Verlag) and can be viewed or borrowed from the international offices.
  • Language courses at universities in Europe , edited by DAAD, addresses and Internet addresses of the providers for self-information.
  • DAAD literature on studying and promoting studies in Germany for foreigners can be obtained from the DAAD in Bonn, from its branch offices and information centers abroad, the German representations abroad and domestically from the universities (international offices).
  • Anniversary edition Traces in the Future , edited by DAAD, for the 75th anniversary (= in 2000). Volume 1: The DAAD in time , Volume 2: Facts and figures about the DAAD , Volume 3: With the DAAD into the world

Web links

Commons : German Academic Exchange Service  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  2. Brief portrait of the DAAD
  3. a b c Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee elected as the new DAAD President . DAAD press release of June 18, 2019, accessed on January 6, 2020
  4. a b PDF
  5. DAAD: Annual Report 2017. DAAD, accessed on June 12, 2018 .
  6. DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service: Further upward trend in grants and programs: DAAD draws a positive balance for the 2017 academic exchange - DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service. Retrieved June 12, 2018 .
  7. DAAD branch offices
  8. Information centers
  9. Thomas Kampen: "90 Years of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)" , in: SHAN Newsletter June 2015 No. 83.
  10. 60 years of re-establishment on
  11. Chin, Unsuk | NowMusic | SWR2. January 18, 2008, accessed March 28, 2020 .
  12. History ( en ) Retrieved March 26, 2020.
  13. ^ DAAD, New York City: Sound Understanding - A Gala Concert in Carnegie Hall . Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  14. Berlin artist program . Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  15. Wolfgang Ketterle | The Nobel Prize ( en-US )
  16. Kenyan Environmental Activist Wins Nobel Peace Prize | Deutsche Welle DW .
  17. Information Service Science . Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  18. Nobel Peace Prize 2017: For a world without nuclear weapons - DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service . Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  19. Nobel literature prizes go to DAAD alumni - DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service . Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  20. DAAD Annual Report 2017 (PDF) DAAD, accessed on June 12, 2018 .
  21. After Hormuth's death in February 2010, Vice President Max Georg Huber was in office until Sabine Kunst was elected. See DAAD magazine: Obituary for Professor Hormuth article from February 25, 2010.
  22. Sabine Kunst was appointed Minister of Science in Brandenburg a few months after she was elected and resigned as DAAD President on February 21, 2011. Vice-President Huber was in charge of official affairs until Margret Wintermantel was elected.
  23. DAAD Annual Report 2019 Retrieved August 7, 2020
  24. The DAAD London Office: About us ( Memento from January 6, 2016 in the Internet Archive ), query date: December 25, 2016
  25. DAAD Cairo branch , query date: December 25, 2015
  26. DAAD Annual Report 2019 Retrieved August 7, 2020
  27. 50 years of DAAD Paris , query date: December 25, 2015
  28. DAAD Annual Report 2019 Retrieved August 7, 2020
  29. DAAD branch in Rio de Janeiro ( memento from December 26, 2015 in the Internet Archive ), query date: December 25, 2015
  30. DAAD Annual Report 2019 Retrieved August 7, 2020
  31. The office in Nairobi was set up in 1973 by the DAAD as a coordination point. With effect from January 1, 1988, the DAAD representations in Rio de Janeiro, Nairobi and Tokyo, which until then had the status of “Program Commissioner Offices”, were converted into regular branch offices. "DAAD From the beginning" , query date: December 26, 2015
  32. DAAD Annual Report 2019 Retrieved August 7, 2020
  33. DAAD Jakarta branch , query date: December 25, 2015
  34. DAAD branch in Beijing , query date: December 26, 2015
  35. ^ DAAD branch in Warsaw ( memo of December 26, 2015 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on December 25, 2015.
  36. "DAAD From the Beginning". Retrieved December 26, 2015.
  37. DAAD branch in Hanoi ( Memento from December 26, 2015 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on December 25, 2015.
  38. DAAD branch office report 2014 Brussels. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  39. DAAD Annual Report 2019 Retrieved August 7, 2020
  40. DAAD Annual Report 2019 Retrieved August 7, 2020
  41. DAAD Circle of Friends V. Accessed July 26, 2017.
  42. Study on the impact of Erasmus: stays abroad increase employability and professional mobility . Press release of the European Commission of September 22, 2014.
  43. From war to the classroom . In: . ( [accessed June 5, 2018]).
  44. Jasmin Kalarickal: Arrived safely . In: The daily newspaper: taz . June 5, 2018, ISSN  0931-9085 , p. 4–5 ( [accessed June 5, 2018]).
  45. Süddeutsche Zeitung, June 28, 2006.
  46. FAZ of July 23, 2010, p. 32.
  47. Portrait of the winner at DAAD.
  48. Prize of the Federal Foreign Office for excellent support for foreign students at German universities - call 2017. DAAD, accessed on April 13, 2018 .

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