Education plays a key role for German foreign policy as it is still the basic resource for global development and wealth creation.
In higher education, the German Academic Exchange Service (or DAAD) is playing an important role in the academic exchange between Germany and South Africa as the largest international scholarship fund. This transfer of knowledge is institutionalized currently by more than 100 cooperation agreements between German and South African universities.
Germany also supports four German schools in South Africa with financial resources and the deployment of teachers in their duties. In addition, the Foreign Ministry maintains a network of 14 partner schools in South Africa as part of the international "PASCH" initiative. These schools provide their students fundamental knowledge of the German language and German culture through a wide range of courses and projects within their curriculum.
Germany as a study location has become more and more attractive: Internationally-oriented university degrees like a Bachelor's or Master's are offered, study courses in English are more prevalent and systems are in place that allow the accumulation and transfer of courses and exam results. Find out more about why studying in Germany is a good idea.
Studying in Germany
Exchange programs and school partnerships enable the mobility of young people across borders while enhancing mutual understanding,tolerance and open-mindedness. During the exchanges, students acquire intercultural experience, which is important for their personal and professional development. Germany's Foreign Ministry in Berlin supports many different activities in the area of school exchange.
Youth and Exchange
Languages play an essential part in shaping relationships between different cultures in a globalised world, and German has a special role in this. Moreover, German is the native language of over 100 million Europeans, so knowing German provides the opportunity to experience first-hand an exciting part of Europe's culture.
Why learn German?