The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the world's largest funding organisation for the international exchange of students and scholars. The DAAD is an association supported by the German universities and student bodies. The wide-ranging activities of the DAAD with its more than 250 support programmes include scholarship awards, the promotion of internationalisation of German universities, the strengthening of German studies and the study of the German language abroad and supporting developing countries in establishing effective universities. The DAAD also acts in an advisory capacity to decision-makers in education, academic foreign policy and development policy. The DAAD budget mainly derives from federal funding from various ministries, especially the German Foreign Office, the European Union as well as enterprises, organisations and foreign governments.