There are multiple examples of cooperation between foreign universities and German higher education institutions (HEI). This type of cooperation includes the academic exchange of students and/or professors, as well as regular scientific projects. Nevertheless, there is an even greater potential for establishing new collaboration in diverse fields of science.

German universities: Strong partners for cooperation

Germany is one of the most attractive study destinations in the world. German HEIs are renowned in areas of university cooperation, particularly as concerns potential for innovation, secular tradition and a focus on internationalization.

The German university system is highly diverse. There are three kinds of HEIs in Germany; Universities, Applied Science Universities focusing on applied research (Fachhochschulen) and Art and Music Academies (Kunst- und Musikhochschulen). Most HEIs are funded through public financing, and thus are subject to State-run quality control systems. More information available at the Higher Education Compass portal.

Identifying possible German partners

When looking for a suitable cooperation partner the following Internet search engines may be helpful:

  • Higher Education Compass: Provides information and links to all State HEIs or others recognized by the German State; discusses study and research possibilities as well as international cooperation agreements.
  • Research Explorer: Directory of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and DAAD, in cooperation with the German Conference of Deans (HRK) with over 23,000 institutions listed, both universities and other.
  • Study in Germany: Official portal of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) regarding university studies, addressed to international students.
  • Research in Germany: Information to encourage innovation and research in Germany. Facilitates understanding the German research system and the financing opportunities available.

Find funding

DAAD has a broad array of possibilities to establish or foster collaboration between foreign and German HEIs, at both the individual and institutional levels. Only German institutions are entitled to apply, thus establishing contact with a German partner beforehand is essential.

More information can be found in the daad.de funding database (only in German).