Opportunities for university students
There is a range of funded and non-funded opportunities for university students to study in Germany. From undergrad to postdoc, there is more out there than you might expect. Read on for the low-down on cheap study, exchanges and scholarships.
Study and research at a German university
Did you know that you can study at a German university for a fraction of the price of New Zealand study? Click here for more details. You can even work part-time to support yourself while you’re studying – up to 120 full or 240 half days per year. Click here for more details.
The New Zealand DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) website has lots of information and resources on studying in Germany. You can also find useful information at study-in-de, including a database of programmes and universities to help you plan your studies.
Before you can enrol in a German degree programme, you will need to prove your German skills. You can do this by providing a Goethe Certificate C2 or by taking one of two tests, the “DSH” (German Language University Entrance Examination for Foreign Applicants) or the “TestDaF” (Test of German as a Foreign Language). The DSH is offered by most German universities (i.e. you can take it when you’re in Germany) and you can sit the TestDaF in New Zealand at the Goethe-Institut in Wellington.
You don’t need to prove your German skills if you are planning to enrol in an international degree program or a specialist postgraduate program held in English.
Germany also has a lot to offer when it comes to doing your PhD or completing a postdoc. Click here to find out about doing a PhD in Germany and here to find out more about postdocs at universities or research institutes.
Study in Germany as part of your New Zealand university degree
Auckland, Waikato, Victoria, Canterbury and Otago universities all offer exchange programmes in partnership with a number of German universities. Click here for more information on each individual university.
Ana Renker-Darby from the University of Auckland went on a 360 International Exchange to Heidelberg, where she completed part of her degree (click here for more info on the 360 Exchange). Ana spent six months at Heidelberg University taking German language papers, most of which were taught in German. She says she was delighted at how much her German improved over the six months, and felt motivated by her immersion environment to really “master the language”.
Funding opportunities for undergrads
Johnson Zhuang of Auckland University was awarded a DAAD Winterkurs scholarship in 2016 and spent January/February studying German at the Herder-Institut in Leipzig. Johnson says he learnt a lot during the six-week course and used his spare time to travel around Germany and to the Czech Republic and Austria. He offers the following advice to people wanting to apply: do your research when choosing which city to go to, and get ready for the experience of a lifetime!
Funded opportunities for postgraduates
There are similar scholarships for Fine Art, Design, Visual Communication, Film, Music, Performing Arts and Architecture. These scholarships differ slightly because you can either study towards a postgraduate degree (e.g. your Masters) or attend extension classes (e.g. master classes). Find out more by clicking on the links below: