The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) funds Study Visits and Study Seminars and Practicals in the Federal Republic of Germany, financed by the Federal Foreign Office, for groups of foreign students under the direction of university teachers.

The main goals of the programme are:

  • to establish and cultivate contacts between German and foreign
  • to impart subject-related knowledge by arranging corresponding visits at not less than two German universities, subject-related tours and information meetings (Study Visits) respectively by organising subject-related seminars and practicals in the field of higher education (e.g. specialist courses, block seminars, workshops) at the invitation of a German university which is then also responsible for arranging seminars and practicals in academia, business and industry and, possibly, in public institutions (Study Seminars and Practicals),
  • to encourage subject-specific contact with German students and researchers,
  • to enable foreign students to gain a better understanding of economic, political and cultural life in Germany. Preferable are subject-related activities. This part of the visit must not make up more than one third of the stay.

Eligible Actions

Funding can be provided for Study Visits and Study Seminars and Practicals of students who are enrolled in their second semester or higher in a degree programme at a foreign university and who travel under the guidance and direction of a university teacher. Groups must be made up of at least 10 participants and must not, as a rule exceed 15 persons. One university teacher has to accompany the group and may additionally be funded. The trip must be
independently organised and carried out by the group respectively by the university teacher who submitted the application.
The students should not finish their academic career with the Study Visit or Study Seminar. To ensure that the Study Visit or Study Seminar will be successful, the participants must have a similar and sufficient proficiency level either in German or in English.
In the case of Study Seminars and Practicals, the programme aims to encourage a policy of reciprocal invitation, although this does not constitute a condition of support, which means that funding can also be given for visits in only one direction.


Study Visits
1) Groups from EU countries, from Albania, Australia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, Hong Kong, Iceland, Japan, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, North-Macedonia, Montenegro, New Zealand, Norway, Russian Federation, Serbia, Switzerland, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States:
Funded participants:
The DAAD pays a lump sum of 50 euros per person and day. International travel costs cannot be covered.

2) Groups from other countries:

  • Stay funded individuals: The DAAD pays a lump sum of 50 euros per person and day.
  • Mobility funded individuals: In addition, a mobility lump sum will be paid per person (see attachment: Lump sums international travel).

Study Seminars and Practicals (applies to groups from worldwide)
The DAAD grant is provided in the form of project funding through payment of a flat-rate sum of 50 euros per participant and day in order to subsidise the group’s travel and subsistence costs.

The DAAD takes out health, accident and public/private liability insurance for each funded group (Study Visits and Study Seminars). Further details are contained in the Award Letter.


The funding is carried out by fixed-sum financing.

Duration of Funding

The funding starts 01/03/2022 at the earliest and ends no later than
29/02/2023. Study Visits and Study Seminars and Practicals should last no less than 7 days. Funding is available for a maximum of 12 days (including travel days), although the stays may last longer.

Amount of Funding

The maximum annual amount is being composed of the maximum number of participants (15 students plus one university teacher), the maximum amount of days (12) and the lump sums (lump sum for stay and, if applicable, lump sum for mobility).


The programme is open to all disciplines.

Target Group

Students who are enrolled in their second semester or higher, graduates, university teachers. Funding can be provided for PhD students in exceptional cases.

Eligible Applicants

Applications are open to university teachers from public and state-recognised German universities (Study Seminars and Practicals) or from foreign universities (Study Visits).
Annual funding for applicants, departments or institutes is not possible. A maximum of one application every second calendar year can be considered per department, institute or applicant.


The application has to be submitted complete and on time only online via the DAAD Portal (
Please hand in the application either in German or in English.
The project manager applying for a study trip or seminar must be a university teacher at the institution applying. DAAD lecturers cannot apply.

Application Requirements

Relevant application documents for the selection process:
1. Application form (DAAD Portal),
2. Financial plan (DAAD Portal),
3. List of participants, see form template to this Call for Proposals,( upload as a PDF-attachment, type of attachment: Programmspezifische Anlagen)
4. Project description, see form template to this Call for Proposals, (upload as a PDF-Attachment, type of attachment: Project Description)
Please confirm that the planned project is not a compulsory excursion.
5. Schedule, tabular form, (upload as a PDF-attachment, type of attachment: Programmspezifische Anlagen)
6. Proof of contacts (upload as an PDF-attachment, type of attachment: Programmspezifische Anlagen). These contacts should relate to the relevant requested trip. Proof is furnished by presenting letters of invitation of all universities and confirmation relating to all programme items. Partnership agreements and general agreements of cooperation and similar documents are not alone sufficient proof of contacts, but can rather only be submitted as complementary information, as long as they are no older than two years. Concerning the application for a study seminar, the invitation of the German university has to be handed in.

The above mentioned application documents are obligatory and have to be submitted until the application deadline. The documents which have to be handed in, are to be labelled and numbered according to this guideline. After the application deadline, the DAAD does not accept any missing document and subsequent filing and changed documents will not be considered (neither changes in the financial plan). Incomplete applications will be excluded of the selection process.

1. Study Visits
Please contact a DAAD Regional Office, a DAAD Information Centre or a German Embassy and ask for a letter of recommendation, which should be sent directly to the DAAD headquarters (see address below). The application deadlines at the DAAD in Bonn are binding.

2. Study Seminars and Practicals
Please additionally inform the „Akademisches Auslandsamt“/International Office that you have submitted an application.

Submission Deadline

Application deadline:
01 February for trips between 01 June and 31 August (DAAD decision in midApril)

01 May for trips between 01 September and 28 February of the following year (DAAD decision in mid-July)

01 November for trips between 01 March and 31 May (DAAD decision in mid-January)

Please note: It is the above-listed Closing Dates for Applications that are binding. Important: The technical helpline (Tel.: 0228 882 8888, is unmanned on public holidays (01 May, 01 November) and on week-ends.

Selection Criteria

Selection procedure within project funding
The decision will be made by a selection committee at the DAAD.
The selection criteria are:

  • Quality of the programme itinerary
  • Language skills
  • Contentual preparation
  • Binding character of the proofs of contact
  • Relation subject-related – cultural proportion (academic visits usually
    on all working days)
  • Encounter and exchange with German students and scientists

Due to the limited financial resources, experience has shown that only some of the applications can be approved that meet the programme’s goals mentioned above. These are particularly well organised visits and seminars which guarantee a close cooperation with universities, scientists and students in Germany.


Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
German Academic Exchange Service
Referat P42/Section P42
Kennedyallee 50
53175 Bonn

Responsible desk officer:
Ms. Julia Schrey
Phone: 0228/882-516

Attachment to this Call for proposals

Lump Sums International Travel (only for study visits, group 2) See LINK

Important information and form templates

  • Template “List of participants”
  • Template “Project Description”
  • Difference Study Visits – Study Seminars/Practicals
  • Information on mobility with disability or chronic illness

For further information, please visit this LINK

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