About US

Fostering International Exchange

Katja Simons (left) and Joyce Ma (right) (Image Credit: German University Alliance) 

Katja Simons (left) and Joyce Ma (right) (Image Credit: German University Alliance) 

The German House in New York (Image Credit: German University Alliance)

The German House in New York (Image Credit: German University Alliance)



871 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
United States

T: +1-212-758-3392
E: info [at] germanuniversities [dot] org


About Us

Founded in 2005, German University Alliance Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, a joint liaison office between Freie Universität Berlin and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in New York. The German University Alliance connects North American students, researchers, and educators to opportunities for studying, research, and teaching with two of Germany’s top universities. 


Our mission is to promote international academic exchange by providing opportunities for research collaborations, study abroad, alumni relations, scholarly conferences, and other activities.

We support Freie Universität Berlin and LMU Munich in attracting talented students and excellent researchers from North America. Our liaison office is also committed to strengthening existing partnerships and building new relationships with institutions in the U.S. and Canada.

We believe that international education is important to encourage engagement, understanding, and exchange in our increasingly interconnected world.

What We Do

  • Offer advice on study abroad and full degree programs
  • Provide information about funding opportunities and open positions
  • Connect researchers and support research collaborations
  • Organize events and conferences for students, researchers and alumni


    Dr. Katja Simons, Executive Director 

    E: simons [at] germanuniversities [dot] org

    Joyce Ma, Communications Officer

    E: joycem [at] germanuniversities [dot] org 

    Annabell Türk, Intern

    E: support [at] germanuniversities [dot] org

    Board of Directors

    Dr. Herbert Grieshop, President, 
    Center for International Cooperation, Freie Universität Berlin

    Daniel Kramer, Ph.D., Treasurer, 
    Director, U.S. Student Programs, Institute of International Education

    Dr. Marion Müller, Asst. Secretary, 
    Executive Director, Einstein Foundation Berlin

    Dr. Stefan Lauterbach, Secretary, 
    Director, International Office, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München