Scholarships and Exchanges
Students - Scholarships & Exchanges
Travel overseas to Europe is a real option for students (and teachers) of German. Of course, you can always exchange ideas and information through e-pals, online projects and even handwritten letters.
AGTV - Bayerischer Jugendring (BJR) Reciprocal Exchange
The AGTV is a registered Student Exchange Organisation (SEO) with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) and has been coordinating the BJR exchange in Victoria since 1988. The AGTV is hosted a dinner at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne in 2013 to celebrate 25 years of the exchange program in Victoria.
The AGTV facilitates between 50 and 60+ students from schools throughout Victoria to participate in this reciprocal 10-week exchange with students from the German state of Bavaria
With permission from the school and parents, students apply when they are in Year 9 or Year 10 and the exchange takes place when students are in Year 10 or 11.
NB: All schools receive government funding for the German students through the February student census, as the German students will be on a Student Visa 571 and must be enrolled at the school.
Applications for the AGTV-BJR Exchange in Victoria
Both schools and families must agree to be involved, so ask your teacher about the program. Many schools have participated over the years. Students from current AGTV member schools are eligible for member rates.
The process for students is to first send in an 'Expression of Interest', then complete and application which is mailed to you. Following completion, this is returned to the AGTV Coordinator to be sent to BJR in Germany for the matching process. Your school is also sent forms to complete, including a 'Confidential Student Recommendation'.
If matched, the German students arrive in February the following year and the Victorians complete the exchange when they fly to Germany in the following November.
Group Leaders accompany the Victorian students to Germany. There are also pre-arrival and pre-departure meetings which families are required to attend.
Expressions of Interest are open in Term 1 for the following year's exchange program.
Expressions of interest for the AGTV-BJR Exchange 2014 for 2015-2016 Exchange
Download information about the exchange and administration cost and the 'Expression of Interest' form:-
- General Information about the AGTV-BJR Exchange - updated Feb 2014
- Expression of Interest for 2015-2016 Exchange - due 28 April 2014
Benefits of a Long-Term Exchange
- Long-Term Benefits of the BJR Exchange - PPT of results of research by the University of Regensburg conducted with German and Victorian students
- Link to Study Summaries
A former AGTV-BJR student is now the proprietor of a branch of Boomerang-Reisen in Nürnberg. As the name suggests, one or their focus areas is Australia.
Other Exchanges & Sister-Schools
The Embassy for the Federal Republic of Germany compiles a list of programs in Australia.
There are around 60 Victorian schools with established sister-school relationships with German-speaking countries in Europe.
Preparing for an Exchange
- Make friends, have fun with German - Goethe-Institut San Francisco
- German in Germany - Language for everyday situations and social etiquette
Penpals and ePals
Deutsche Post AG has a project to find pen-pals and more - German and English.
Many students participate in electronic exchanges with students schools in Germany and other countries learning German.
Teachers will find more information about e-Exchanges under Promoting German
Goethe-Institut / AGTV Year 10 Awards
If you are in Year 10, and have not been overseas and are unlikely to have the opportunity to go to Germany in the foreseeable future, then consider applying for a Goethe-Institut /AGTV Year 10 Awards, the first award being a 3-week holiday course in January in Germany, and two further awards of VCE Holiday courses at the Goethe-Institut in Melbourne. The process involves completing an application and if short-listed, attending an Interview. Download application forms on the link following.
- GI/AGTV Year 10 Awards - Applications close 30 May 2014
Society for Australian-German Student Exchange (SAGSE) since 1967
If you are in Year 11 or 12 studying German, you must consider applying for a SAGSE scholarship. The process involves an application, recommendation from the school, and - if short-listed - an interview. You do not have to host a student to apply.
Companies and Associations sponsor scholarships for students to travel to Germany to live with a German family for 10 weeks. It is a unique opportunity for senior students of German based on merit.
In 2011, there were 17 scholarships awarded at the 44th Annual Banquet at the Park Hyatt in Melbourne: AGTV, Allens Arthur Robertson, Allianz, BASF, BMW Group, Bosch, Continental, Fischer, GASS Victoria, GASS Alumni, Henkell Brothers, Mercedes Benz, Minova, Remco, RMIT University, DB Schenker, Siemens.
More than 2000 Australian students have received SAGSE scholarships since 1967. The scholarships are presented at an Annual Gala Banquet in the presence of sponsors, families and invited dignitaries. The recipients report back to SAGSE at a De-Briefing each March, which is open to the public. The students join GASS Victoria, former recipients of the scholarship. An Alumni for past recipients was established in 2010 and the members funded a scholarship that year.
Information is sent out via AGTV electronic networks. Find information about the application process for SAGSE Scholarships in Victoria on their website. The process involves an application, interview with a panel, then a presentation banquet in October.
If you are in Year 10, 11 or 12, you should consider hosting an exchange student from Germany. Hosting is a rewarding intercultural experience in itself, and It will fast-track your application to an interview if you are interested.
SAGSE Scholarship De-Briefings
If you are interested, you should go to hear about the recently returned scholarship winners talk about their experiences. This usually occurs in March at a school in Melbourne.
Find out about what former SAGSE scholarship winners are doing now under:
The AGTV have sponsored a SAGSE scholarship since its foundation in 1979. Recent recipients:
- 2013: Amber Hanson - Oberon HS - Sponsor Report from Amber
- 2012: Brittany Wren - Dimboola Memorial SC
- 2011: Gemma O'Hare - Billanook College
- 2010: Harrison Watt - Heathmont College
But wait - there's more!
Life beyond school brings more opportunities through German.
If you are at University, you can apply for a tertiary scholarship to study in a German-speaking country through a range of scholarship programs in German, Austria and Switzerland. The German government funds the DAAD scholarships for Australian students across disciplines.
There are awards for Opera, Journalism, Professional Research, Performing Arts and more.
Consider Teaching German as Career Choice for Overseas Travel
Teaching German is a great way to continue your love of the German language.
Teachers have many opportunities to spend time honing their language and culture skills, the envy of other teachers at school!
Overseas Students wanting to Study in Victoria
If you are interested in studying in Victorian schools, you will need to gain approval and an appropriate visa.
- Information about studying in Victorian Government Schools
- Tertiary Study in Australia
- Opportunities for tertiary students to study in Australia
- Australian Department of Immigration - Student Visas