The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on a sunny day.

DAAD’s annual information tour “Germany Today” is designed to give a broad overview of Germany’s higher education landscape. This includes an overview of Germany’s higher education and research systems, insights into universities’ institutional internationalization strategies, details about select BA and MA programs at recognized universities and universities of applied science as well as information on PhD programs/training, and transatlantic mobility.

During the 2017 tour, special focus will be on Germany’s Excellence Strategy and Cluster Policy:

Promoting Research and Cooperation in the University Scene: Germany’s Excellence Strategy and Cluster Policy,  June 18 – June 24, 2017 (Bonn, Cologne, Bochum, Dortmund, Hamburg)

North American participants in this program are typically senior administrators at leading universities in the U.S. and Canada (such as vice presidents for international affairs or heads of international offices), policy makers in federal and state/provincial governments or associations, and other experts in the higher education field.

During the 2017 tour, special focus will be on Germany’s Excellence Strategy and Cluster Policy:

Generous funding, new funding schemes and a comprehensive strategy have strengthened the position of Germany as a top destination for international students and researchers. The “Excellence Initiative” attracted a great deal of international attention.  In 2016, the follow-up program “Excellence Strategy” has been initiated. In a parallel funding line, the government provides additional funding to foster the internationalization of clusters and invites research institutions, universities, companies, and other actors to join forces in developing cutting-edge clusters and networks.

‘Germany Today’ will introduce the participants to these funding lines in order to impart the underlying concept, the results so far, as well as the challenges and pitfalls. Additionally, we will discuss the funding opportunities for international partners, internationalization strategies, and the potential for co-operation between German and North American institutions.

The program will be in English. Program-related costs in Germany (accommodation, domestic travel, most meals) will be covered by DAAD.

Applications – ideally as one pdf-document - must be received by Friday, March 17, 2017. Please contact Ms. Uta Gaedeke at DAAD’s New York Office at 212-758-3223 x209 or at for further information. For more details, please also see our website here.