The Exchange Program

Each year, the Victorian, Western Australian and New South Wales (TBC) 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

Sign up for a SAGSE account and follow all instructions for submitting an application. This process is outlined below.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, SAGSE has suspended the exchange program. Further announcements will be made throughout the year.

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:
The application process involves a three-step process:

1. Sign-Up for an account on the SAGSE website  Students - Sign Up

2. Login with account details to lodge an online application  Students - Login

3. Follow the instructions and fill out the required student information.

 IMPORTANT INFORMATION IN RELATION TO THE ONLINE PROCESS: It is highly recommended to prepare as many steps as possible offline and save your responses to the online questions and selection criteria locally on your device.  Please minimize file sizes of the attachments to ensure successful uploads.  At the end of the upload process you will receive an on-screen message/confirmation email if all compulsory fields have been completed and the application has been uploaded successfully.  Also remember to subscribe to SAGSE in order to receive automated information regarding the process.

If you are considering applying for a 2019 scholarship in Victoria you can start preparing by collating the following information:

- CV

- passport-style photo

- most recent end-of-year school report

- two references (minimum 2 but you can upload 3)

- parent/guardian consent - download the 2019 form here: SAGSE Scholarship Parent-Guardian Consent Form

- confidential school report - download the 2019 form here: SAGSE Form - School Principal


For any questions in relation to eligibility of applications, please contact the selection panel at  Please be advised that the review process will not commence prior to the application period closing date.  Notifications regarding the status of an individual application will be provided after the review process is completed.

To report any issues relating to the online lodgement process, please send an email to



Due to a reorganisation of the SAGSE activities in NSW, we regret that currently no details in relation to scholarship activities in NSW can be confirmed.  At this stage, no German exchange students are scheduled to come to NSW and consequently the reciprocal exchange from Australia to Germany has been suspended.  Whilst the situation is certainly disappointing, SAGSE encourages everyone interested in the scholarship in NSW to check back for further updates in a couple of months.  

NSW/ACT Application Form

NSW Scholarship Form

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