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1 DAAD North America

2 2 "Seeking a Graduate Degree in Germany" 13 February 2014

3 3 DAAD STAFF John Paul Kleiner Acting Director, DAAD Toronto Hanni Geist West Coast Representative, DAAD San Francisco Jane Fu Information Officer, DAAD New York

4 4 GUEST PRESENTERS Stefanie Grupp-Clasby Director University of Cologne New York Office Angela Dunkhorst Program Coordinator International Master of Business Administration International Graduate Center (IGC) Hochschule Bremen - University of Applied Sciences

5 5 Outline 1.Introduction 2.Why Study in Germany? 3.How to find a graduate program? 4.How to apply? 5.How to fund graduate studies? 6.Examples from universities. Stefanie Grupp-Clasby - University of Cologne, New York Office Angela Dunkhorst – International Graduate Center, HS Bremen University of Applied Sciences 7.Questions Submit your questions at any time via the chat functionality on your webinar control panel!

6 6 FIRST: Can you share these slides with us? Is this recorded to view later? Will we be able to contact the presenters afterwards? YES

7 7 W EBINAR W ALKTHROUGH All lines are muted – submit questions by typing. (a) Attendee list (hidden) (b) Grab tab (c) Audio pane (d) Questions pane (e) Type question & click send

8 8 What is DAAD? German national agency for international academic cooperation and exchange: Independent association of universities We provide scholarships, information, and counseling about studying and research in Germany All academic levels, all fields, varied lengths of stay Annual budget ~ €397 Mio. /$540 Mio p.a. 100,000 people supported annually 70 Regional Offices and Information Centers worldwide Regional Office for the US and Canada in New York City (Information Centers in San Francisco and Toronto)

9 9 The DAAD network worldwide

10 10 Why study in Germany? Great international experience – put Germany on your resume! Exceptional infrastructure for research work 10,000 public and more than 800 academic libraries 380 institutions of higher education 750 publicly funded research institutions Bachelor‘s, Masters, PhD programs offered English language degree programs Great international research that‘s affordable (no tuition at public universities)

11 11 THE GERMAN UNIVERSITY SYSTEM INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION Universities Technical universities Universities of applied sciences Colleges of music, art and film Private colleges and academies

12 12 TRADITIONAL PHD PATH VS. GRADUATE SCHOOLS TRADITIONAL INDIVIDUAL PHD PATH Most common in Germany Doctoral student works largely independently Charactersitics: research alone or with other researchers at relevant institute, third-party funded project at university, or research establishment 2-5 years Funding – paid research associate position GRADUATE SCHOOLS Relatively new in Germany Structured doctoral programme English – team language ~ 700 programmes Characteristics: supporting curriculum Interdisciplinary opportunities to acquire additional qualifications 3 years Funding – scholarships & jobs

13 13 HOW TO FIND A MASTER PROGRAM?

14 14 HOW TO FIND A DOCTORAL PROGRAM? online database: information for doctoral student and funding opportunities: (English, German and other languages)

15 15 HOW TO APPLY? Direct application to the university – especially for PhD programs uni-assist enables international students to apply at several universities at the same time: Central Office for the Allocation of Study Places ( Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung ( SfH )) for subjects with a centrally restricted admission policy (only for applicants from the European Economic Area): --- Please check with the universities for their application guidelines --- Depending on the institution and your country of origin, there are various ways to apply for admission to a German university:

16 16 H OW CAN A DAAD SCHOLARSHIP FUND YOUR GRADUATE DEGREE ? Monthly stipend or lump sum Health Insurance All-Grantees Meeting in Bonn Some travel reimbursement

17 17 Study Scholarships for Graduate Students Support for one or two years of study in Germany Can be used to earn a Master’s degree at a German university German language ability should be commensurate with needs Final-year undergrads may apply 60 awarded annually € 750/month; insurance; travel stipend Deadline: November 15

18 18 Research Grants for Graduate Students 1 to 10 months (with the possibility of an extension) Can also be used to complete PhD in Germany Around 30 short term (< 6 mo.) and 60 long-term awarded annually Monthly support of ~ €1,000; travel stipend; insurance → Invitation by host institution essential Deadlines: November 15 (long and short-term) May 15 (short-term)

19 19 INTENSIVE LANGUAGE COURSES For Grad/PhD Students Learn German for 8 weeks at top language institutes in Germany Any field except English, German, or other modern language/lit Must have 3 semesters of college German Lump sum of € 2,300 + travel stipend Deadline: December 15

20 20 TIPS FOR SUCCESS Express why a stay in Germany is critical for your academic or professional goals. Submit quality letters of recommendation. Make sure your application is on time and complete. Obtain a letter of invitation from a German professor or institution (if necessary). Utilize your on-campus resources.

21 21 VISIT US ONLINE AT Visit our website for the USA and Canada: 

22 22 Q&A Stefanie Grupp-Clasby Director University of Cologne New York Office Angela Dunkhorst Program Coordinator International Master of Business Administration International Graduate Center (IGC) Hochschule Bremen - University of Applied Sciences Hanni Geist West Coast Representative, DAAD San Francisco John Paul Kleiner Acting Director DAAD Toronto Jane Fu Information Officer, DAAD New York

23 23 THANK YOU FOR JOINING US! Hanni Geist, Information Officer IC San Francisco John Paul Kleiner, Acting Director IC Toronto connect with us: facebook | twitter | LinkedIn | daad.org Stefanie Grupp-Clasby, Director University of Cologne New York Office Angela Dunkhorst, Program Coordinator International Master of Business Administration International Graduate Center (IGC) Hochschule Bremen - University of Applied Sciences


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