Seminar for U.S. Administrators in International Education

October 9 - October 21, 2018

Program Description

This 12-day group seminar is designed to familiarize U.S. higher education administrators from American universities, colleges or community colleges with Germany's higher education system, society and culture. During the first days in Berlin, participants are provided with a comprehensive overview of Germany and its higher education system through presentations, meetings with experts, campus visits and city tours. During the second part of the program, participants are divided into small sub-groups and travel to other destinations throughout Germany to visit further institutions of (higher) education such as research universities, universities of applied sciences, etc., and to explore Germany’s federalist education system. The seminar may conclude in Germany, France or Belgium, where the German group may meet with a group of fellow American administrators participating in a similar program in France (program details to be determined).

Grant Benefits

The award covers round-trip transportation from the U.S. to Germany and the costs of the program in Germany, including hotel accommodation (single rooms with breakfast), local transportation, excursions, several meals and health insurance during the seminar. Participants may extend their stay in Germany at their own expense.


Full-time administrators affiliated with a U.S. university, college, community college or nonprofit international education exchange organization. Applicants should have significant involvement in at least one of the following areas:

  • Student or faculty exchanges, foreign student admissions/advising, study-abroad programs, and international educational exchange services. Administrators who have substantial responsibility for enhancing the international dimension of their institutions and for international program development are also encouraged to apply.
  • Career Service professionals
  • Alumni Affairs
  • Fundraising

Preference is given to applicants with at least 3 years of administrative experience and supervisory responsibility who have been at their current institutions for at least one year and who have not had extended visits to Germany in the past 10 years. The seminar is conducted in English.


  • American citizenship and a valid American passport are prerequisites; applicants with dual (German-American) citizenship are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants need to be full-time employed administrators at a U.S. university, college, community college or nonprofit international education exchange organization.

Application Procedure & Deadlines

The application information and documents for the 2018 seminar are available on the CIES website.

Deadline for submission through the CIES website: February 1, 2018.


German-American Fulbright Commission
Special Programs
Lützowufer 26
10787 Berlin
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Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)
1400 K Street, NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-686-6247
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