The Exchange Program

Each year, the New South Wales (tbc), Victorian and Western Australian branches of SAGSE each offer approximately a dozen scholarships to students in Year 11 (and Year 12 in Victoria) who are studying German.  Scholarship opportunities have also been offered in QLD including opportunities to host a German student.  Students leave Australia at the end of November and spend 10 weeks living with a German family and attending a German school, returning at the beginning of February. During their stay in Germany, the students attend a camp run by GASS Germany, as well as a group trip to Berlin which includes a reception at either the Australian or New Zealand Embassy before returning home.

Students are accompanied by a Group Leader elected by SAGSE and an experienced former scholarship recipient, who will be the first point of contact through the exchange period. Students are hosted by German scholarship winners, who will subsequently travel to Australia the following June - August period.
Upon arrival in Germany, students are met by their host families and representatives of the German arm of SAGSE, GDANSA e.V. 

Students often speak of their personal growth whilst overseas as they become more self confident, tolerant, independent and self reliant. Whilst living away from home for 10 weeks is highly rewarding it can be quite demanding and requires students to have a great strength of character, be understanding and self responsible.

Whilst this exchange provides students with lifelong friendships, memories and experiences, it teaches them valuable life skills as it is often their first extended period of separation from their family.

Scholarship Benefits

Scholarship winners receive fully-paid return airfares from their home town to their destination in Germany. Students do not pay board to their host families and are not required to host a German student on their return. Students should be aware that accepting a scholarship may involve missing some part of the school year in Australia.

Applicants who have previously hosted a German student through our hosting program are advantaged in the selection process. Click here for more information about Hosting a German Student.

Estimated Additional Personal Expenses

When applying for a scholarship consideration should be given that there will be some additional expenses. These include the GASS Germany Wintercamp (approximate cost $160) and Health and Travel Insurance (approximate cost $260).

Each student will require his or her own spending money whilst in Germany (approximately 2-3 months).

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

To be eligible for a scholarship, students must be in Year 11 or Year 12 (Year 12 applies for Victoria only) and have studied German for two years. Students are ineligible to apply if they are German citizens or have lived in a German-speaking country. Although academic achievement and ability in German are important, emphasis is also placed on factors such as maturity, adaptability, interpersonal skills, initiative, and general knowledge, particularly about Australia with an interest in Germany, its people, culture, history and traditions.

How to Apply

Complete the application form (photocopies are accepted) and request the school principal to complete the confidential report on the last page. Applications should then be sent by the school to the address listed on the form.

Applications close at the end of May (for VIC closing date for 2019 please check back regularly) and no applications will be accepted after that date. The appropriate application form, updated yearly, should be used. 

Applicants will be informed within a month of their application if they have been short-listed for an interview. Applicants who have not been informed of an interview within two months should assume that they have been unsuccessful.

Interviews are conducted in July in Victoria and early August in NSW by a panel made up of representatives from SAGSE, the respective Department of Education in NSW, government or non-government schools, industry and former exchange students and last about 15 minutes each. A short section of the interview is conducted in German. Interviewees will usually find out about the result of their interview sometime in August in Victoria and in September in NSW.



In Victoria

Victorian Forms

Scholarship Application Information 2018 Scholarship Application Information 2018 (559 KB)

Scholarship Application 2018 Scholarship Application 2018 (121 KB)


Details to be confirmed.  Please check back regularly. 

NSW/ACT Application Form

NSW Scholarship Form

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