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DAAD Scholarships Open Doors to Germany for AUBG Students

October 10, 2016

Three of the seven Bulgarian recipients of the 2016 Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) scholarship are AUBG graduates. Marie Fessel, the German Academic Exchange Service representative for DAAD, on Sept. 26 presented opportunities offered by DAAD at AUBG at the invitation of Diana Stantcheva, associate professor of German at AUBG.

The scholarship enables students to study in German state and state-recognized universities. It covers most of the recipients’ expenses, including tuition and housing. The master’s level scholarship covers either the first or second year of study and permits an extension.

Students from different disciplines attended the information session. Senior Ralitsa Genova started thinking about continuing her studies in Germany after she spent an ERASMUS+ exchange semester at the University of Mannheim as a political science student. She indicated that learning about the program before applying was useful.

Fessel explained that students must apply to eligible universities and also make sure that they satisfy admission requirements. Students may choose up to three universities.

AUBG students receive DAAD scholarships every year. Chingunee Chimedbat (’16) is pursuing a master’s degree in money and finance at Goethe University Frankfurt. Aldo Myrtaj (’16) is studying software system engineering at RWTH Aachen University. Etjen Ymeraj (’16) studies computer science at Technical University of Berlin.

Studying in Germany does not necessarily mean studying in German. Ymeraj’s program is taught in English. Nevertheless, DAAD arranged a 2-month intensive German language course in Munich that allowed him to improve his German to B2.2 level.

“The best thing about this scholarship is that it covers all your living expenses from food to travelling and even gives extra money if your rent is too high,” Chimedbat said. “If anyone needs assistance with [the] application or need[s] more information, I am happy to answer all questions because the DAAD application is very document-heavy.”

“It is very important to fill [out] all the necessary documents for the application,” Myrtaj said. “If this is done correctly, then you get a personal interview with the DAAD committee in Sofia.” He advised current applicants to come prepared.

DAAD also offers scholarships for summer language courses. Senior Denitsa Mitsova received a scholarship for a month-long German course in summer 2016. The course allowed almost no opportunity to escape speaking German, she explained, and she spoke the language in class as well as during her leisure time. This greatly facilitated her German skills.

Study scholarships applications are due by Nov. 15 and those for summer courses are due by Dec. 1.

For more information about DAAD scholarships, students can contact Fessel at marie_fessel@yahoo.de. The list of the participating universities and program details can be found at www.funding-guide.de and at www.studienwahl.de.

Story by Diana Elagina
Photography by Diana Elagina

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