Studying and working in the U.S.A.

A. Studying in the U.S.A.

I. Scholarships for Studying

Scholarships for studying in the U.S.A. include

DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) Jahresstipendium

  • Purpose: Study in the U.S. for one year, most likely during your third year of studies
  • Scholarship covers: living expenses, tuition, transportation
  • Deadline for applications: June 30 of the year before you want to go to the U.S.
  • Application forms available from: Akademisches Auslandsamt
  • Information: http://www.daad.de

Fulbright Jahresstipendium

  • Purpose: Study in the U.S. for one year, most likely as a graduate student (during your third year of studies or later)
  • Scholarship covers: living expenses (for Vollstipendien), tuition, transportation (Teilstipendien require students to contribute €USD 400 per month to their expenses)
  • Deadline for applications: June 15 of the year before you want to go to the U.S.
  • Application forms available from: Akademisches Auslandsamt
  • Information: http://www.fulbright.de

Verband deutsch-amerikanischer Clubs (via Deutsch-Amerikanischer Freundeskreis Niederrhein e.V.)

  • Purpose: Study in the U.S. for one year
  • Scholarship covers: tuition only (no living expenses; recipients can apply for a Fulbright travel grant in addition to this scholarship; some schlolarships come with a teaching assistantship)
  • Deadline for applications: July 15 of the year before you want to go to the U.S.
  • Application forms available from: http://www.vdac.de -> "Student Exchange"

    Information: http://www.daf-niederrhein.de

II. Travel Grants

Fulbright Travel Grants

  • Purpose: Support for students or Fremdsprachenassistenten who spend a year in the U.S. under a different program, a direct exchange, or through private initiative
  • Scholarship covers: transportation, health and accident insurance
  • Deadline for applications: Fall of the year before you want to go to the U.S.
  • Application forms available from: Akademisches Auslandsamt
  • Information: http://www.fulbright.de

B. Research in the U.S.A.

Students working on a B.A. thesis, a master's thesis, a schriftliche Hausarbeit for Staatsexamen, or a dissertation can apply for a DAAD scholarship for "Kurzfristige Studienaufenthalte für Abschlussarbeiten"

  • Purpose: Support for students wanting to gather material in the U.S. for a thesis which they are planning to hand in here
  • Scholarship covers: transportation, partial living expenses
  • Deadline for applications: Applications are accepted throughout the year
  • Application forms available from: Akademisches Auslandsamt
  • Information: http://www.daad.de

C. Teaching in the U.S.A.

Pädagogischer Austauschdienst

  • Purpose: Teach German at an American college, university, or high school for a year; spend about 20 hours per week working and use the rest of your time to study
  • Scholarship covers: transportation, tuition, salary
  • Deadline for applications: November 1
  • Application forms available from: Akademisches Auslandsamt
  • Information: http://www.kmk.org

D. Other Work in the U.S.A.

  • For information on summer jobs and summer travel in the U.S.A., check the Gesellschaft für internationale Jugendkontakte at http://www.gijk.de and click on the link for "Work and Travel." This site also contains information on working in the U.S.A. as an au-pair. Under the headings "Camp America" and "Resort America" you will find information on working for 9 to 16 weeks in a summer camp or holiday resort.
  • For obtaining a three-month work permit (for a fee), check the Council on International Educational Exchange at http://www.ciee.org.
  • Ads for internships and jobs can be found at many sources, e.g., www.intrax.de.
  • Travel Grant "Fahrtkostenzuschuss für Auslandspraktika" available from the DAAD (http://www.daad.de)

  • Work and Travel Ratgeber weltweit