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About DAAD

DAAD stands for "Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst" - "German Academic Exchange Service". The DAAD is the major organisation in Germany responsible for the management of the country's government-sponsored programs for the support of higher education and research cooperation as well as exchange with all other parts of the world. Its programs are open to all countries and disciplines, to foreigners as well as to Germans.

The DAAD carries out the planning and administration of scholarship schemes, fellowship programs, the assignment of German teaching staff to higher education institutions abroad and institutional projects for numerous Federal Ministries, notably those dealing with Foreign Affairs, Education, Sciences, Research & Technology, and Development Cooperation, as well as private organisations. It also provides the academic community in Germany and abroad with a wide range of advisory and information services as regards to the institutions' participation in international cooperative ventures, and carries out the function of national agency for a number of European Union programs. The DAAD also supports the higher education institutions in their international activities by providing a number of services, such as information programs, publications, guidance and advice.

To find out more about DAAD's goals and roles, its programs and projects, its structure and organisation, and about its history, click here.

About DAAD Australia

The 'DAAD Information Centre Sydney' was established in June 2003 and officially opened on September 26, by Prof. Max Huber, then Vice-President of the DAAD.

Our main concern is to further enhance academic cooperation between Germany and Australia. Therefore, we provide comprehensive information on DAAD grants for study and research opportunities in Germany for students, researchers and academics currently affiliated to institutions of higher education in Australia. The DAAD Information Centre Sydney is also the point of contact for Australian DAAD Alumni. Furthermore, we offer advisory services and information about German institutions of higher education and their programs.

The easiest way to contact us is by email. If you would like to come and talk to us in person, we're happy to do so - please make an appointment by email first to avoid disappointment should the office not be attended. Options for appointments are Monday 10am-12pm, Thursday 3pm-5pm and Friday 10am-12pm.

Please note that we are currently short-staffed. Please accept our apologies if we are unable to respond as quickly as usual or offer appointments as soon as usual.

Dr Ada Bieber
Director of the DAAD Information Centre
c/o Goethe-Institut Sydney
90 Ocean Street
Woollahra NSW 2025

ph (+61-2) 8356 8345
mob 0415 290 879

f (+61-2) 8356 8314

Please direct all enquiries to


Dr Ada Bieber
Department of Germanic Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
The University of Sydney NSW 2006
ph 0415 290 879


DAAD around the world

The DAAD Head Office is located in Bonn, Germany, but the organisation operates a far-reaching network of offices around the world:
















Feel free to contact one of the DAAD Information Centres or DAAD Branch Offices for further information on DAAD's activities in the different regions in the world.


Praktikum beim DAAD Australien

Immer wieder erreichen uns Anfragen zu Praktika, die wir jedoch leider aus rechtlichen Gründen nicht anbieten können. Ein Praktikum in einem DAAD-Informationszentrum ist nur im Rahmen des Freiwilligendienstes 'Kulturweit' möglich, der seit 2009 durch das Auswärtige Amt und die Deutsche UNESCO Kommission organisiert wird. Weitere Informationen finden Sie hier.

Andere Praktika können wir leider nicht vermitteln. Bei der Suche nach fachlich geeigneten Praktika im Ausland helfen jedoch verschiedene Organisationen. Der DAAD selbst bietet kein umfassendes Förderprogramm für Auslandspraktika an, jedoch können unter bestimmten Umständen Reisekostenzuschüsse gewährt werden. Informationen über die Fördermöglichkeiten des DAAD sowie eine Übersicht über Praktikumsorganisationen finden sie hier.

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