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DAAD • University Winter Courses for Foreign Students and Graduates (German Language Scholarship)

Are you in Germany attending higher education and looking for an opportunity to finance your German language courses? Look no further!

Sponsored by DAAD, University Winter Courses are opportunities available for foreign students and graduates that cover their German language courses valued at up to €2326 as a one-off scholarship.

The programme funds attendance of language and regional studies courses that are offered by state or state-recognised German universities and by affiliated language schools.


University Winter Courses Summary

Scholarship Sponsor(s): DAAD

Host Institution(s): German institutions and affiliated language schools

Scholarship Type: One-off

Scholarship Worth: Up to €2326

Funding Duration: Up to 6 weeks

Number of Awards: Several

Study Level: Undergraduate & Postgraduate

Nationality: International students


What can be funded?

The programme funds attendance of language and regional studies courses that are offered by state or state-recognised German universities and by affiliated language schools. These courses are taught exclusively in German.

Click here to find out more about the course providers and their course programmes.


Duration of the funding

The funding duration is Up to 6 weeks and the grants are not extendable.

The courses usually start in January and end in February, click here to find out more about these courses.


Value and Benefits

This s opportunity is a one-time scholarship payment of 2,151 euros; scholarship holders from the "Least Development Countries" receive a scholarship of EUR 2,326. The scholarship also covers the Payment of a country-specific travel allowance Health, accident and personal liability insurance benefits.

NOTE: The course fees and accommodation costs are usually directly deducted from the scholarship benefits by the language course provider, so that the scholarship holder may "only" receive the difference to the full amount from the course provider.



To be considered for the Winter Scholarships for Foreign Students in Germany, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Applications are open to students and graduates as well as doctoral candidates in any subject area.

  • Undergraduate students must have completed at least two academic years when the scholarship period starts.

  • Students in the last year of a study programme are eligible to apply if they continue their studies in a postgraduate study programme shortly after completing their undergraduate degree. Please submit a letter of confirmation from your university as proof.

Selection Criteria

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 future academic project


Application Procedure

Interested applicants for the University Winter Courses for Foreign Students are to complete their applications online through the DAAD Online Application Portal and provide all the required information and documents as below:

  1. Online application form

  2. Letter of motivation (in German)

  3. For undergraduate students: Copy of school leaving certificate with grades (with German or English translation)

  4. For graduate students and doctoral candidates: Copy of the last university degree certificate (with German or English translation)

  5. Proof of credits for all university examinations (with final grades) incl. explanation of grading systems (with German or English) translation

  6. Language certificates (with German or English translation, if applicable)

  7. Other documents you think might be of relevance to your application (e.g. proof of placements, certificates of employment).

Application Deadline: 15 August 2024

Find further info on FAQ section (in German)





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