Exchanges and Scholarships for university students

University Exchange Programmes

The University of Auckland has exchange partners in Germany for several different subjects. Exchanges dedicated to studying German are: MarburgHeidelberg, and Freiburg. Other subjects are partnered with public and private universities in HamburgEssenDüsseldorfKonstanz and Munich.

Waikato is partnered with Bremen for exchange across all subjects. The exchanges with CologneDüsseldorf and Münster are limited to certain subjects.

Vic has probably the largest number of links with German tertiary institutions (currently 9). Students of German can go to Konstanz and Tübingen. All other partners are limited to non-humanities subject such as architecture, design, engineering, law etc.: DüsseldorfHamburgLeipzigMainzMunichSchwäbisch GmündWiesbaden.

UC has several partners in Germany. FrankfurtKonstanz and Freiburg are open to students from German and some other subjects, while WHU Beisheim (Düsseldorf) only accepts Commerce students.

The University of Otago offers exchanges to HeidelbergTübingenLeipzig for students of German. The exchanges with Cologne and Vienna (Austria) are for economics/commerce students only, and St. Gallen (Switzerland) offers short courses.

Scholarships for University Students

Exchange and study and research in Germany is heavily supported for Kiwis by several different organisations:

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)
The German academic exchange service offers a range of scholarships for undergraduates, postgraduates, PhD students and staff from all disciplines in New Zealand.

Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung (AvH)
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation supports the exchange of academics between Germany and the rest of the world. Research fellowships of various durations are awarded to distinguished scholars and scientists from all fields.

Land Baden-Württemberg (BW)
The German federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg provides financial support in the form of scholarships for international students who come to a Baden-Wuerttemberg university on exchange from a partner university overseas.

Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD)
The support offered by the German Education Exchange Service is aimed at school teachers and university students who are preparing for a career in teaching. The service supports teaching and teaching assistant stays for Kiwis who want to go and teach at a German school, and German teachers who are interested in working at a NZ school.

Here is an overview of the scholarships and events that are usually advertised each year. The links lead to short descriptions on the central DAAD website and

Please see for further information, and contact the NZ DAAD office at or Mareike Schmidt (DAAD-Lektorin und Dozentin an der University of Auckland) if you have any questions.