Events and Competitions

Events and Competitions

Activating pupils is one of the most important – and sometimes most difficult – challenges any teacher faces. The Goethe-Institut Australia has therefore put together a series of cultural events and competitions designed to help you motivate your pupils and to make learning German more fun.

Events Goethe-Institut in Sydney (NSW, QLD, ACT, NT)

Are you planning a school excursion with your German class? We would love to welcome you at Goethe-Institut Sydney! We offer different, topic-related activities for students. We are seeking to give your students the opportunity to actively get to know the German language and culture as well as to convey a current image of Germany in a way that is suitable for youth.

The Goethe-Institut in Sydney currently offers two poster exhibitions  "Land of Inventors - Research in Germany" and Lautstark.

Target group: all levels
Duration: approx. 2hrs
Costs: free
Would you and your students like to prepare the oral HSC exam together with other German learners? We offer a day with intensive communicative activities for high school students from different schools, who prepare the oral exam under guidance of experienced teachers.

Dates for 2018:
HSC Continuers Day: 4.5.2018
HSC Extension Day: 1.6.2018

Target group: HSC Continuers/Extension
Duration: 9am - 2 pm
Cost: free entry Registration Form
What is a ring-tailed possum in German? Or a short-beaked echidna? What about a blue tongued lizard? Where does the python live? What animal cannot get enough of eating Praying Mantids and how does a crocodile get its babies? If that sounds interesting for your students, the German Zoo Days Goethe Goes Wild offered by the Goethe Institute Australien are just the right idea for you and your German classes!

Target group: Level A1-A2, classes 6-8
Cost: $19 per student

Brisbane Zoo Days: Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dates 2018:
  • 13.6.2018
  • 14.6.2018
  • 15.6.2018 (fully booked)
Registration Form - Brisbane
Target group
Students from level 7 for schools with German classes and a possible cooperation with the subject art

Project instructor
Gabriele Richter, freelance artist and lecturer German as Foreign Language

Project location
Gallery of New South Wales, Working room in the Goethe-Institut or in the school

Guided tour through a department of the gallery and evaluation of the tour with German work material
Students create their own artwork under the theme of the exhibition

Part 1: 90 minutes
Part 2: 150 minutes

Further information
  • Part 1 can be booked separately
  • Working material for the artwork of the students must be provided by the school
  • Class material will be provided by the Goethe-Institut
  • Instructor fee to be discussed
New arrival: Our ‘Wheel Of Knowledge‘! The Goethe-Institut provides the opportunity to lend a wheel of fortune and attached quiz questions for German lessons at schools or promotional events.  The questions refer to the five categories ‘German Food’, ‘German Cities and Geography’, ‘German Language’, ‘Sports’ and ‘leisure time’. If interested, the wheel of fortune is available for self-pick up at the Goethe-Institut Sydney.

Cost:  free

The Wheel of Knowledge © Goethe-Institut

Events Goethe-Institut in Melbourne (VIC, SA, WA, TAS)

Why should your next school excursion not go to the Goethe-Institut? Guided tours through regularly changing, interesting exhibitions are waiting for you at the Goethe-Institut in Melbourne, as well as a range of topic-related activities. We are seeking to give your students the opportunity to actively get to know the German language and culture as well as to convey a current image of Germany in a way that is suitable for youth.

In addition to general information concerning the work of Goethe-Institut in Australia but also worldwide, we offer changing learning stations in relation to the exhibitions that we host at the Goethe-Institut.

Contact: Jelena Herster
The German Day Out is held in Victoria each year. Lectures and a cultural programs give students the chance to learn about the advantages and opportunities that German language skills offer.

Target Group: Year 8-12
Duration: approx. 3-4h
Costs: varying
Date: Wed, 26 July 2017
Location: Melbourne Town Hall
Contact: Jelena Herster
Would your students like to prepare for their VCE-exams or improve their grammar skills together with other learners of German of the same age? Then our VCE and Grammar Classes are the perfect opportunity for them. We offer an intensive and effective preparation for their VCE-exams with the help of our qualified and experienced teachers.

Target Group: Year 10-12
Duration: varying, for further information please visit the Language Course Department website.
Costs: depending on the duration of the course

We also offer group courses outside of Melbourne, e.g. in Latrobe Valley, cost depends on the duration of the course.   
Motivate your students with a sense of achievement! With the Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Fit in Deutsch 1 and the Goethe-Zertifikat A2: Fit in Deutsch exams, your students get the opportunity to gain an internationally recognized certificate. The exams require simple German language skills and cover topics from everyday situations like presenting oneself and others, reading and listening comprehension, as well as common questions and requests.

For more information visit the Language Course Department website.   


Goethe-Institut and its partners in Australia, as well as various organisations in Germany regularly offer competitions for students, teachers and other target groups. You can win attractive prizes, occasionally even cash prizes or scholarships to Germany. It is always worthwhile to keep an eye on this page!

This competition invites students and school classes to produce a short film on a given topic in any format. There are three categories, with three prizes awarded in each category. Information is usually published in March each year.

School Film Festival
The Goethe-Institut in Melbourne, in collaboration with the German Teachers’ Association of Victoria Inc. (AGTV) invites students of German in Year 10 to participate in this popular competition. The lucky main winner will receive a scholarship for a 3-week German language course at a Goethe-Institut in Germany in January 2019 (incl. flights, course fee, full board), as well as an intensive grammar course at the Goethe-Institut in Melbourne as preparation for the holiday course in Germany. Two further prizes are an intensive holiday course each at the Goethe-Institut in Melbourne (to be redeemed before September 2019).

Application deadline: 23 March 2018
Application form: Contact:

The Goethe-Institut in Melbourne in cooperation with the South Australian German Teachers Association (SAGTA) offers students in Year 10 to participate in a 3-week German language course in Germany in January 2019. The scholarship comprises flights, course fee, full board, as well as $300 pocket money.

Application deadline: 23 March 2018
Application form: Contact:
The Goethe-Institut Sydney invites students of German in Year 10 to participate in this popular competition. The lucky winner will receive a full language scholarship for a 3-week German course in Germany in January 2019, including airfares and full board. Two further prizes are an intensive holiday course each held at the Goethe-Institut Sydney (to be taken before November 2019).

Each applicant is required
·to hand in a flyer, poster or brochure in GERMAN in which the student presents “Deutsch in meiner Welt”
·and to write a supporting letter in ENGLISH (approx. 200 words) in which the student explains why he/she is the ideal candidate for this scholarship.

Application deadline: 30 March 2018

Application form: Contact:

The German Language Network Tasmania conducts the annual Goethe Competition. For students in secondary schools this consists of poetry recital, reading comprehension and listening comprehension, while primary students in Years 5 and 6 submit a poster. There are always lovely prizes from Germany to be won.

Ans van Heyster