A brief look back at history shows that DAAD has a long tradition of uniting people and academia. Founded in Heidelberg in 1925 on the initiative of a single student, DAAD has since become one of the most important funding organisations in the world for the international exchange of students and researchers.
The DAAD is a registered members association made up of German institutions of higher education and student bodies. Our activities go far beyond simply awarding grants and scholarships. The DAAD supports the internationalisation of German universities, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, provide developing countries with best practices in establishing universities and advises decision makers in the area of cultural, educational and developmental policy.