foreign countries

From Germany to another country or vice versa

If you want to go abroad or if you come (back) to Germany from abroad, you will find helpful addresses and links here.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Many students or doctoral candidates would like to leave their home university for a limited time. You will quickly become aware of the country. But to which university? And where does the money come from to finance the stay abroad? The DAAD offers a comprehensive information portal here. Under "Info for Germans" there are tips on planning your stay, scholarships and the recognition of work done abroad at your home university. Country-specific information gives an overview for (almost) every country in the world which programs are available to get there.

Foreign scientists can also find useful information on doctoral and funding opportunities for a stay in Germany at the DAAD. And for German scientists, the DAAD offers return grants and practical information and tips that make the return easier. Most of the DAAD funding programs support doctoral students, but the scholarship database also shows various programs for students, postdocs and university teachers. Information on the Erasmus+ program, the successor to the Erasmus program of the European Commission, can also be found here.

German Research Foundation (DFG)

The DFG supports young scientists with its diverse programs in every phase of their young scientific career, regardless of their qualification level. Whether during your studies, during or after your doctorate – the DFG offers the right funding options: from collaboration in DFG-funded projects during your studies to research grants and various funding programs. Here, the DFG promotes in particular the acquisition of young talents from Germany and abroad for Germany as a science location. The DFG supports projects in all scientific disciplines between researchers in Germany and their colleagues from Germany and abroad. GERiT - German Research Institutions in cooperation with the DAAD and the HRK records more than 25,000 institutes at German universities and non-university research institutions according to geographical, technical and structural criteria. Gepris is the database in which all current and completed projects funded by the DFG are available for research.

Higher Education Compass

Going abroad doesn't always have to be complicated. Your own university often offers cooperations abroad. It is worth looking for cooperations on the university's own website. With the university compass you can quickly find all German and foreign universities. Those interested in doing a doctorate can find an overview of doctoral opportunities in Germany in the "Doctorate" section. In the search mask you can select according to different criteria or search specifically for doctorates at a specific university.

International university cooperation

Around 300 German universities are partnered with universities and other institutions abroad. All existing cooperations between a German and a foreign university can be searched here.

German Scholars Organization (GSO)

The offer of the German Scholars Organization eV is primarily aimed at German scientists living abroad who would like to continue their scientific Career in Germany. It is an independent non-profit association that supports German scientists abroad and promotes their return to Germany. The GSO offers free advice for this. The GSO advises, among other things, on the creation of a CV or through a personal preparatory interview. In addition to its own support programs, it also provides information about those of other organizations that provide financial support to returnees when they return home.

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

With the research grants from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, you can either make the leap abroad or back to Germany. With its scholarships and foundation awards, the foundation supports the implementation of self-selected research projects with a host, one of over 26,000 former Humboldtians worldwide, both abroad and in Germany. It doesn't matter which career level you have already climbed. Whether you are just at the beginning of your scientific Career or already belong to the ranks of established scientists, the Humboldt Foundation's funding opportunities offer everyone the best option that suits their own career stage and situation.


For a stay abroad, many questions and organizational matters have to be clarified. In order not to completely sink into the chaos of the information overload, Euraxess Germany informs and advises researchers who come to Germany for a research project or go abroad. On the website you will find a wide range of information, including on the topics of funding opportunities, social security and tax issues as well as topics related to the mobility of researchers. Depending on whether you are going abroad, coming to Germany from abroad or returning after a longer stay abroad, you will find all the relevant information and a funding database in the respective category.

Studies in France

The information and documentation center for studying in France (CIDU) in Berlin has compiled extensive information on studying in France. If you want to study there, you will find detailed information on studying, social security issues, the recognition of academic achievements and much more.

A Franco-German service point was founded in cooperation between the German-French University (DFH) and the Association Bernard Gregory (ABG). The aim of this cooperation is to promote the relationships and mobility of young scientists between France and Germany. The service point is primarily aimed at doctoral candidates who want to be mobile in the German-Francophone area. It supports interested parties with offers related to starting a career and a job and helps with orientation on the labor market in both countries.

Database for the assessment of foreign degrees

More and more students spend part of their studies abroad or complete their studies there and then look for a job in Germany. Young university graduates also come to us from other countries to complete further studies or a doctoral thesis. As a result, more and more foreign degrees are coming onto the market in Germany, and the question arises as to which German degrees a university degree obtained abroad is comparable to. Anabin has saved the university degrees of various countries. Interested parties can read there how many years of study a degree usually includes, which German degree is comparable to it and which offices help with the recognition of foreign degree programs.

recognition in Germany

This portal also provides information on whether and how a qualification obtained abroad is recognized and bundles information on the legal basis and the recognition procedures in the individual professions. The basis of the portal is the "Act to improve the determination and recognition of professional qualifications acquired abroad", which came into force on April 1, 2012. This law is intended to facilitate the recognition of foreign professional qualifications and to promote the integration of qualified migrants and foreign skilled workers into the German labor market. The portal is aimed at migrants who already live in Germany and have acquired professional qualifications abroad, as well as skilled workers abroad who are interested in working in Germany. It is operated by the Federal Institute for Vocational Training on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

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