From among the large number of postgraduate courses offered by German institutions of higher education, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports a carefully chosen selection of programmes of particular interest to junior executives from developing countries.
These degree courses, which consist of one to two years of concentrated study, provide young,academically-trained professionals in leading positions from developing countries with the opportunity to engage in postgraduate education and training in their particular field or profession.
At present, postgraduate courses are offered in the following fields:
• Economic Sciences / Business Administration / Political Economics
• Development Co-operation
• Engineering and Related Sciences
• Regional Planning
• Agriculture and Forest Sciences
• Environmental Sciences
• Medicine and Public Health
• Veterinary Medicine
• Social Sciences and Education
• Media Studies
Postgraduate courses for young professionals from developing countries
•Duration: 12-24 months, depending on the particular institution
•Internationally recognised Master’s degree
• Includes German Universities and “Fachhochschulen” (Universities of Applied Sciences)
• Support of selected programmes with a variety of scholarships
• Funded by the BMZ (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development), but
admission also open to self-fi nanced participants or students fi nanced through government or other sources
• Academic year 2017/2018
Prerequisites and Requirements
The Typical Scholarship Holder:
• Works either for a public authority or a state or private company in a developing country and, as such, is engaged in the planning and execution of directives and projects with emphasis on development policies having a bearing on technological, economic or social areas.
• Holds a Bachelor’s degree (normally four years) in a related subject.
• Has completed an academic degree with far above average results (upper third) and at least two years of related professional experience.
• His/her academic degrees should normally not be more than six years old
• For courses in German:
DSH 2 or TestDaF 4; at time of application German skills at completed level A2 are required. In addition, German language courses at level A2 or B1 are highly
Candidates for some German-speaking or bilingual courses need a very good command of German at the time of application. For detailed information see the relevant course description on the following pages.
It is not possible to pass the required German language courses (DSH or TestDaF)
without any previous basic knowledge in the German language (at least A.2.1 Level), even with the preceding six-month intensive course in Germany. Passing the language test is a formal prerequisite for graduating from the German university.
• For courses in English:
IELTS (Band 6) certifi cate or TOEFL (minimum score: 550 paper based, 213
computer based, 80 internet based)
Note: Some courses may expect a different level. For detailed information see the relevant
course description on the following pages.