About Us
Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD)
German Academic Exchange Service
871 United Nations Plaza
New York, New York 10017
Phone: 212-758-3223
Fax: 212-755-5780
About Us
The Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) / German Academic Exchange Service is a private, publicly funded, self governing organization of higher education institutions in Germany. DAAD promotes international academic relations and cooperation by offering mobility programs primarily for students and faculty, but also for administrators and others in the higher education realm.

DAAD is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. We offer programs and funding for students, faculty, researchers and others in higher education, providing financial support to almost 120,000 individuals per year. We also represent the German higher education system abroad, promote Germany as an academic and research destination, and help build ties between institutions around the world.

To learn more about DAAD, visit the english website of DAAD Germany www.daad.de/en
History & Mission
The DAAD was founded in 1925 by the German student Carl Joachim Friedrich who was able to obtain 13 fellowships from the Institute of International Education for Germans in the social sciences to study in the US. From these early beginnings – and with a re-founding of the organization after World War II – the DAAD currently awards more than 65,000 fellowships a year and is the largest grantor of international academic mobility support in the world. Based in Bonn, DAAD now plays important roles in furthering the international aspects of German academic, cultural, and science policies; supporting the international relations of German colleges and universities through international exchange and programs; and maintaining a worldwide network of offices, guest professors, and alumni who offer information and assistance on a local level.

DAAD's Mission

1. To enable young academics and researchers from around the world to become leaders in the fields of science, culture, economics, and politics – as well as friends and partners of Germany.

2. To qualify young German elites to assume positions of leadership in a global environment by providing them with international and intercultural experiences.

3. To enhance the internationalization of German higher education institutions, by way of increasing their attractiveness for the top students and scholars from around the world.

4. To promote scholarship on the German language, literature, and the arts in universities worldwide with a view to increasing the role of German as an important cultural and practical language and creating a better understanding of Germany’s rich cultural heritage.

5. To support the process of economic and democratic reform in developing countries and in the transition countries of Middle and Eastern Europe by supporting their academic research and progress.
DAAD Information Centers  
DAAD has two information centers dedicated to serving the needs of students and faculty on the west coast of the United States and in Canada. They promote study and research in Germany, advise local students on funding opportunities, and build ties between German and US or Canadian universities.

DAAD Information Centre Toronto
c/o Munk School of Global Affairs
North Side, Room 207
University of Toronto
1 Devonshire Place
Toronto ON M5S 3K7

Phone: (416) 946-8116
Email: daadca@daad.org
Go to the Toronto IC webpage.

US West Coast
DAAD Information Center San Francisco
c/o Goethe-Institut
530 Bush Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

Phone: (415) 986-2021
Email: daadsf@daad.org
Go to the San Francisco IC webpage.

German University Liaison Offices  
In 2005 seven consortia, representing more than 35 renowned individual German universities and universities of applied sciences, opened liaison offices within DAAD's New York offices to expand and deepen academic exchange between Germany and North America.
Click here for a list of the university offices and their contact information.