DAAD - What is it?
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the largest funding organisation in the world supporting the international exchange of students and scholars. Since it was founded in 1925, more than 1.5 million scholars in Germany and abroad have received DAAD funding. It is a registered association and its members are German institutions of higher education and student bodies. Its 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, assists developing countries in establishing effective universities and advises decision makers on matters of cultural, education and development policy. Read more ...
Our Islamabad based DAAD Information Center
Provides information about study and research in Germany.
Announces and administers DAAD funding programmes and informs about programmes of other German or European funding organisations.
Assists the Higher Education Commission in the administration of their scholarship programmes for Germany.
The DAAD is not a commercial consultancy or recruitment agency. Thus, we can only provide information about study and research in Germany. We do not, however, receive or process applications to German universities. All applicants have to contact the respective university on their own. (We do, however, receive and process applications to DAAD scholarship programmes.)
Warning against false "agents"!
We have been informed that at several places in Pakistan, people have been asked to pay fees for DAAD and visa application to "agents" pretending to act on behalf of the DAAD or the German Embassy.
Getting Started- A step by step guide!
How can I find a suitable degree course?
German universities offer a total of more than 900 degree courses in English language. Most foreign students go for these courses, since they prefer to cover their course work and write their thesis in English rather than in German language. Of course, foreign students are also welcome to enroll to degree courses in German language. Proof of sufficient knowledge of German is however a precondition in this case. Find your degree course at www.study-in.de or use our International Programmes database.
About Ranking: In general, all German research universities and universities of applied sciences all meet a high standard of research and teaching. University ranking is thus not that common in Germany. Ranking is done for single subjects instead. Use the CHE ranking according to your own priorities. For information on German university ranking, visit:
Which requirements do i have to meet when applying for a degree course?
The Pakistani HSSC is not considered as equivalent to a German Secondary School Certificate ("Abitur”). As a holder of a HSSC you have to complete one year of undergraduate studies at a university in Pakistan before you may apply for an undergraduate course in the same field in Germany. Another option is to visit a foundation course in Germany (Studienkolleg) and pass a test ("Feststellungsprüfung”) before you are eligible to apply for an undergraduate course. For detailed information on the foundation courses in Germany, please visit Preparatory & Introductory Courses or the website of the Studienkollegs.You need, however, basic knowledge of German when applying for a foundation course. High school graduates holding an A-level may apply directly for an undergraduate course at a German university depending on the number and the field of their A-level subjects. More information on foundation courses can be found here
Applicants have to have competed 16 years of education (M.Sc., M.A., B.Eng, BS) before applying for a Master’s course in Germany.
How can I apply?
If the university you wish to apply to participates in the programme "Application Services for International Students” (UNI-ASSIST), you have to apply via UNIASSIST. With one application submitted to UNI-ASSIST, you can apply to several universities at a time. You will have to pay a fee of 55 Euro for your first application and 15 Euro for all additional universities you want to apply to.
If your university is not participating in the UNI-ASSIST programme, you have to apply to the university directly. You will find all information concerning application on the university’s website or on the website of the selected degree course.
Do I need to know German?
For all international degree courses with English as language of instruction the requirements are listed on the website of the programme. In most cases a certain IELTS or TOEFL score is required. When applying for a programme in German language, you have to pass a respective German language exam.
But even if you plan to study in English language, it is highly advisable to learn enough German to be able to communicate with people.
In Pakistan, German language courses are offered by Goethe Institute Karachi, Annemarie Schimmel Haus Lahore and National University of Modern Languages (NUML) Islamabad and several other providers.