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Most Canadian universities have a number of German partner universities where students can carry out their studies with course work completed there often counting towards their Canadian degree.

If a study abroad stay is on your agenda, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that you get the most of the experience.

Start Planning Well in Advance

As a first step, speak to the International or Study Abroad office at your school to learn more about your university’s partner institutions. Talk to the program office for your degree to find out which of the German partner universities is a good fit for your field of study. And don’t forget to find out what the application deadlines are at your university. If your university doesn’t offer an exchange opportunity that meets your interests, you can always apply for entrance to a German university directly. The DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship supports students in Germany through an exchange program as well as so-called “free movers” who head to a German university independently.

Try and Determine What You Can Study While in Germany

Try and determine what courses you’ll be able to take for credit while in Germany. If you don’t speak German, ask your International Office what courses are typically offered in English by your university’s German partner schools. It is not unusual for students doing a study abroad to take elective courses while in Germany as this can give you more flexibility and allow you to fill your timeta

Look Into Funding Opportunities

Look into scholarship and grant opportunities open to you which might help defray the costs associated with studying abroad. Bachelor level students should make sure to apply to the DAAD for an Undergraduate Scholarship (deadline usually early in the new year), while master’s students can apply to DAAD’s Study Scholarship program. However, even if you are applying to DAAD be sure and ask your International Office whether your university offers any bursaries or scholarships for students heading abroad.

Students participating in the Ontario/Baden-Württemberg Exchange Program receive a scholarship to help defray the costs of a study abroad stay or semester. For more details on this program and to see whether your university participates in OBW, click here.

If a semester or year abroad doesn’t work for you, there a number of other opportunities you can pursue that will facilitate an educational experience in Germany. For example, many universities offer summer courses or study tours to Germany, often for credit. To learn see if anything like this is offered by your school, contact your university’s International or Study Abroad Office.

If your university doesn’t offer such a program, you might look into the Canadian Summer School in Germany, a long-standing summer program offered by the University of Alberta in Kassel, Germany. This program combines a full cultural program with intensive German-language courses which are typically recognized for credit by Canadian universities.

Naturally, DAAD also offers several support programs to students looking to spend time at a German summer school or on internship there.

DAAD Programs for Language Learning and Internships

Language Courses
For students of German who have at least two years of university level instruction (or equivalent), DAAD has two programs of interest.

The DAAD University Summer Course Grant provides recipients with a grant designed to help offset the costs associated with participation in a 3-4 week long summer program offered by a German university. These programs typically combine German language courses with others organized around a specific theme or field of study. For information on the specific programs on offer, visit www.summerschools.de. (Please note: recipients of a DAAD University Summer Course Grant may only attend those programs in the database which are marked with this symbol: .)

The DAAD’s Intensive Language Course Grant is open to students with at least 3 semesters of university level German and is provides a grant covering  the costs associated with participating in an 8-week intensive program at a German language institute in Germany. This program should be of particular interest to students whose academic or career plans require them to possess a high-level of German language ability.

If a research internship is more to your liking and you are an Undergraduate Student studying in a field related to the Natural Sciences or Engineering, look into RISE Globalink, a research internship program that offers Canadian undergraduate the chance to spend part of their summer semester working in the lab of a German PhD candidate. As the working language in the lab is English, no German language ability is necessary for most internships