I first learned about the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and its opportunities in the Ventspils University of Applied Sciences through my professors and information events. When I was still in my second year, I thought it would be nice to apply for a scholarship for my master’s studies in Germany. As time went on, I realized I really wanted to do it, and not just because the local DAAD office was right next to my place of internship, but also because I really enjoyed the Erasmus semester in Germersheim and wanted to gain experience in another renowned German university. Furthermore, the opportunity to receive a monthly scholarship during the entire study period was very enticing.
I had to submit many, many documents and reread the application rules multiple times, but luckily, I was able to get everything done in time. After some time, I received an e-mail invitation to the selection interview and felt excited and honored. Finally, after successfully getting through the interview about my future goals and knowledge of German foreign policy, I became one of two DAAD scholarship holders.
I've been in my new university in Saarbrucken for about two-and-a-half weeks now, and the advantages of the scholarship are already evident. Before the beginning of my studies, a conference of fellow scholarship holders was organized where I met wonderful people from the other Baltic countries and South-eastern Europe who I would potentially like to work with professionally in the future. Even though I didn't settle in Germany as smoothly as I had expected, I don't have to worry about financial matters anymore. Besides, the fact that I have achieved a valuable scholarship all on my now gives me strength every day.
Thank you to the DAAD for all the opportunities it provides – not just for me, but for thousands of other talented and determined students and professors!