About ESE

Equal Student Exchange (ESE) is a volunteer-based student network which provides free information about student exchange and study overseas opportunities.

Focusing on providing information to students from developing countries, ESE acknowledges the financial and organisational obstacles these students must often come to face. It is the belief of ESE that both universities and students can benefit through international engagement. A more culturally diverse range of international students will contribute to the continued exchange of knowledge, ideas and culture between different universities and countries.

The volunteers of ESE recognize the importance of establishing enduring educational, cultural and professional links through student exchange.

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Sunday, 10 February 2013


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After listening to your feedback and requests from many other ESE members we have decided to take a closer look at the many opportunities available for students from developing countries hoping to study in Germany.

Within this post Equal Student Exchange focuses on the many programs within the DAAD Framework. DAAD or Deutcscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst is the German Academic Exchange Service Organisation. DAAD is the largest funding organisation in the world supporting the international exchange of students and scholars. As an organisation which works with many German institutions of higher education and student bodies, DAAD provides a wide range of scholarships

It also goes far beyond simply awarding grants and scholarships. DAAD also works to internationalize German Universities and export German language and cultural understanding. Furthermore DAAD has worked towards assisting developing countries in establishing effective universities and advises decision makers on matters of cultural, education and development policy. 
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While the majority of DAAD past scholarship/award winners have been from the United States, DAAD may be focusing towards strengthening the U.S.-German relationship through supporting both undergraduate and postgraduate exchange programs. However, there are also some postgraduate opportunities for students from developing countries:

The scholarships offered by DAAD for the programmes Postgraduate Courses with special relevance to Developing Countries are provided by the Federal Ministry for economic Co-operation and Development.
These degree courses, which consist of one to two years of concentrated study, provide academically-trained young professionals in first leading positions from developing countries with the opportunity to engage in postgraduate education and training in their particular field or profession.

Within this program is the MIPLC (Munich Intellectual Property Law Centre) as well as a number of other partner German institutions.

For those interested in German language, culture and work opportunities you may find the Goethe Institute worth visiting:

For those interested in studying fine arts, music, dance and architecture:

For much more useful information about study in Germany and particularly in Berlin, visit the Studentenwerk Berlin. The network has been designed to assist students with their particular problems and to answer their questions relating to a number of areas:
·         Dining facilities
·         Housing
·         Counselling and support
·         Employment agencies
·         Finances
·         Child health care
·         Campus culture
·         Scholarships and funding

If there is any additional information which you feel is missing or any information which you would like us to provide feel free to leave a comment.  We will continue to update this post based on your feedback.

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ESE Opportunities Map

The Equal Student Exchange (ESE) Opportunities Map illustrates just some examples of the student exchange and study abroad opportunities covered by ESE over the past year. The Map is useful in displaying the regional distribution of scholarship programs and other study opportunities available for students from developing countries. The Equal Student Exchange Community hopes to raise awareness of these opportunities so that these students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds may gain access to study and personal development opportunities that would otherwise remain outside of their reach. 

Credits go to Ferdi A. and AIESEC at Universitas Gadjah Mada for helping us compose this map. Stay tuned for many more additions to come in 2013. 

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"Equal Student Exchange" (ESE) - non-profit/grassroots community, is a student network made up of students who want to help make international student exchange a more equal process. We hope to do this by assisting students from developing countries gain access to information and opportunities about studying/vocational experience overseas. Our audience is primarily students who want to study/travel overseas. The information we provide may include advice about: *International Universities, *Costs and fees (travel/living/study), *Procedures for obtaining Visas, *Possible support through scholarships and grants, *General tourism information, *Other study overseas opportunities Programs and conferences overseas. *international conferences Benefits and Opportunities: This is an opportunity to bring local and international students together, make new friends and give students from developing countries the same opportunities that are enjoyed by students from advanced developed countries. The group also encourages international students to contribute back to the university and community which is hosting them.