News & Events

Where are they now? - Issue 1


As SAGSE prepares to present this year's cohort with their exchange scholarships at the SAGSE Award Dinner and Gala Night, we start to take a look at what has become of some of our many hundreds of Aussie GASSies from the past 52 years. We start with Colin Truslove, who went on the second year of exchange in 1969/70 (Photos: Colin in Wuerzburg in 1970 and today).  Read an interview with Colin here ... more

2019 Gala Dinner and Award Night

Tickets for the 2018 Gala Dinner and Scholarship Award Night are available for sale now. Book now to secure your ticket via the SAGSE Gala Dinner ticket link. more

2019 Scholarship Applications in VICTORIA

Application for the 2019 SAGSE scholarship to travel and live in a host family from late November 2019 to about February 2020 are open now! more

2018/19 Scholarship Recipients Present Exchange Reports


The 2018/19 SAGSE scholarship recipients presented details about their scholarship experiences at the SAGSE Debrief kindly hosted at the Fraser-Smith Theatre at the Scott College Hawthorn campus. more

Wintercamp and Free Travel 2019

Halfway into their three month exchange with SAGSE, our Australia and New Zealand scholarship winners (Stipis) have enjoyed a four-night camp in Dessau, organised by GASS Germany, as well as a week of independent travel around Germany. This period of the exchange is an experience unique to the SAGSE exchange, and the Stipis have enjoyed every moment of it! Click below for photos of the last few weeks. more

2018 SAGSE Gala Recap

Congratulations to this year's Victorian Scholarship Winners: On Friday 12th October, the 2018 winners were awarded their scholarships at the SAGSE Annual Gala Dinner hosted at Leonda By The Yarra in Hawthorn in the presence of teachers, sponsors, former scholarship recipients and other distinguished guests from Germany and Australia. more

2018 Gala Dinner and Scholarship Award Night

Tickets for the 2018 Gala Dinner and Scholarship Award Night are available for sale now.  Book now to secure your ticket via the SAGSE Gala Dinner ticket link. more

2018 Exchange Students

The 2018 exchange students have departed Frankfurt, Germany and safely arrived in Melbourne, Australia.  After a long flight the students were welcomed by their host families and host siblings and are now looking forward to an eventful exchange in Australia. more

German Embassy and GDANSA at Gala Dinner

Deputy Head of Mission, Ms Gerda Winkler of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Canberra and Dr Martin Liebermann, President of GDANSA, the partner organisation of SAGSE in Germany (photo top right) were guest of honour at the 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner in Melbourne. more

50th Anniversary Gala Dinner

SAGSE celebrated 50 years of Australian-German student exchange in October at the MCG in Melbourne.  Alongside students from all years since the beginning, the 2017/18 recipients were awarded their scholarship. more

Welcome to the 2017 SAGSE Newsletter

Welcome to the SAGSE Newsletter.  2017 saw the 50-year anniversary events in Melbourne and Hamburg celebrating half a century of student exchange between Australia and Germany. more

The First Jahrgang Report - 50 Years Anniversary

Andrew Holden, co-MC of the 2017 Gala Dinner interviews two of the 1968 recipients, Christine Carolan and Michael Little on the evening at the MCG.  Michael provides an insightful account of his time in Germany and his memories of the SAGSE founder, Fritz von Einem Joosten. more

1st Year Student Report

Reflecting on events one year after going to Germany, on behalf of the 2016/17 Jahrgang, John Fitzgerald describes the impressions the exchange left on him and his fellow stipis in his speech at the 2017 Gala Dinner at the MCG. more

Stipis depart Australia and New Zealand ... arrive in Germany

The 2017/18 scholarship recipients departed from airports in New Zealand and Australia have landed in Germany and arrived in their host families. more

2017 SAGSE Scholarship Recipients

The 2017 Victorian recipients were awarded their SAGSE scholarship on 13 October 2017 at the MCG in Melbourne.  Almost 400 guests of students, sponsors, parents, teachers, corporates, family and friends celebrated the 50th anniversary of Scholarships for Australian-German Student Exchange founded in 1967 in Melbourne. more

SAGSE Annual Gala Presentation Evening 2017

Tickets now on sale!

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the organisation. The Annual Gala will this year be held at the MCG to celebrate 50 years achievement and congratulate the scholarship winners of 2018.

For further details please visit

or contact Holly at for corporate and group enquiries. more

2017 German Exchange Students On Their Way

Leaving Germany for Australia and New Zealand, the first group of German exchange students of 2017 met at Frankfurt Airport to take their flights bound for Melbourne and Sydney.  Those students with host families in New South Wales and Victoria were welcomed at the airport by their host families and host siblings.  Students traveling on to Queensland, Western Australia and New Zealand were welcomed by former exchange students of the German Australia Student Society  (GASS) before continuing their journey. more

2017 AGA-Goethe Fellowship


Applications for the AGA-Goethe Fellowship are now open until 4 June 2017.  The AGA-Goethe Fellowship is an annual award supporting young tertiary qualified Australians to undertake a research project in Germany and report on their work on returning to Australia. more

President of German Bundestag at SAGSE Gala Dinner

SAGSE awarded the 2016 scholarships to the recipients from Victoria at a very enjoyable Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony held in the presence of the President of the German Bundestag, Dr. Norbert Lammert and the German Ambassador to Australia, Dr. Anna Prinz. more

2017 marks SAGSE 50th Anniversary

Do not forget to mark your calendar: In 2017, SAGSE will cellebrate its 50th Anniversary since in 1967 Fritz von Einem Joosten founded the organization in Melbourne. more

First Year Student Report

Reflecting on events one year after going to Germany, on behalf of the 2015/16 Jahrgang, Chelsea Dutt describes the impressions the exchange left on her and her fellow stipis in her speech at the Gala Dinner. more

1976 Exchange Students reunite

Scholarship winners who travelled to Germany in 1976 reunited for their 40th anniversary at this year's SAGSE Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony. more

Newsletter Welcome Message

Looking back on 2016, SAGSE has seen a number of important developments through the year. more

2016 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to this year's Victorian Scholarship Recipients: On Friday 14th October, the 2016 winners were awarded their scholarships at the SAGSE Annual Gala Dinner hosted at the Park Hyatt Melbourne in the presence of the President of the Bundestag, Prof. Norbert Lammert, the German Ambassador to Australia, Dr. Anna Prinz and other distinguished guests from Germany and Australia. more

SAGSE Students arrive in Germany


This year’s SAGSE student group has arrived in Germany. After a long trip representatives of GDANSA Germany welcomed the group from Australia and New Zealand at Frankfurt Airport in Germany before students traveled to the destinations of their host families. more

Host Families for 2017

Applications from interested families to host a Germany exchange student in 2017 are now open.  Families from all regions across NSW, ACT and VIC are welcome to apply.  The second round of applications are now open! more

German Day Out

The German Day Out at Melbourne City Town Hall organised by the Goethe Institut and the Association of German Teachers of Victoria (AGTV) again was a great success.  Hundreds of school students who study German in school learned about the many opportunities that learning the language provides. more

Passing of Detlef Kramer †

SAGSE remembers Detlef Kramer, past Federal President of the Society passing away earlier this year after long illness.  In his role, Detlef established a close relationship between interstate committees and with the reciprocal society in Germany.  Our thoughts are with his wife Wendy and the entire family. more

The Status of German Language Education in Victoria

SAGSE is unique in offering school students learning German a lengthy, funded stay in Germany. The scholarship offers benefits for students’ German language skills, social competency and more

Stewart Morrison

As a 2002-2003 SAGSE Scholarship Winner (Allianz), my days as a “Gassie” are numbered, and I am now almost certainly an OLGAss (old GASSie) or more formally, a member of the SAGSE Alumni. more

Egon Vetter

At the SAGSE AGM earlier this year, Egon Vetter retired from the SAGSE Committee after fifteen years of dedicated service as the President more

Das NETZwerk

Das NETZwerk connects members of SAGSE and the Australian-German Association (AGA) to build relationships and promote personal growth through shared experiences. more

2015 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulate this years Victorian Scholarship recipients: Following the award dinner at the 2015 banquet hosted at the Park Hyatt in Melbourne, the winners left for Germany in November 2015 and returned to Australia in February 2016 more

Welcome Message

Welcome to the first online SAGSE newsletter.

Following the retirement of Egon Vetter at the AGM, I was given the honor and responsibility to continue working with the scholarship exchange organization which started here in Melbourne in 1967. more

Archived Newsletters

Archive of past Newsletters. more