Study abroad in Germany, famous for its cars, castles, and carnivals.

Why study in Germany?

Home to 81 million people, Germany is a big, beautiful country located in the heart of Europe. It’s well known for its cultural history, magnificent castles, and hearty cuisine. Bratwurst anyone? A student exchange to Germany is a great opportunity to experience European culture. Be sure to try plenty of the 1,500 different sausage varieties while you’re there!   

Going on an exchange while you’re young is truly a valuable experience to help prepare you for adulthood. You get to experience incredible things and learn to depend on yourself.

Simran, Oamaru


You can choose to study in Germany for as little as two months or as long as one academic year. Our short programmes have flexible start dates – please email for more information.

Placements can be anywhere in the country but are more likely to be in suburbs or rural areas. On the map below you can see some of the locations our past students have been placed. All of our host families are carefully vetted for safety and suitability. We conduct home interviews, inspections, and police checks to ensure our students are placed in a secure and supportive environment.

NZIIU students have been placed in Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate, North Rhine-Westphalia, Schleswig-Holstein, Baden-Württemberg, Saxony, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Berlin.

Application deadline
12 weeks after arrival
4 months before departure
February 2021
July 2021
1 September 2020
August 2021
January 2022
1 February 2021
Academic Year
February 2021
January 2022
1 September 2020
August 2021
July 2022
1 February 2021

Covered expenses

Included in the fee:

  • School and family documents for your student visa application
  • Placement in a suitable host family and school
  • Full board and lodging with a host family, excluding school lunches
  • Pre-departure orientation in NZ and arrival orientation in Germany
  • Meet and greet at the airport in NZ and at the airport in Germany
  • Transfer to your host community from Frankfurt (and back again)
  • Ongoing pastoral care by the exchange providers
  • 24/7 emergency assistance in Germany and NZ
  • Certificate of completion upon return

Other costs

Not included in the fee:

Flights You are responsible for paying all domestic and international airfares between your home and Frankfurt.
Insurance You will be required to purchase comprehensive travel and medical insurance prior to your departure.
Visas You are responsible for paying for your visa application and any associated fees.
School setup Depending on your school and subject choices, you may be required to pay for expenses such as basic school fees and equipment.
Spending money We recommend allocating approximately $450 NZD spending money per month to cover things like transport, school lunches, and weekend activities.
Optional trips It’s a good idea to save some money for optional trips organised by your host family or your host organisation in Germany.


Students must be:

  • Aged between 15 and 18 years prior to the programme start date
  • A New Zealand Citizen or hold Permanent Residency
  • Enrolled in a high school
  • Willing to learn German prior to and during the exchange
  • Fit, well, and have a suitable personality profile
  • Academically motivated


If you are staying in Germany for longer than three months you will need to apply for a visa. This can be obtained in Germany and our affiliate can help you with this.  It often takes several months for the visa to be issued so you will be asked to submit your application as soon as you arrive in Germany.


Students are expected to have basic German conversational skills. Language courses are available upon arrival for semester and academic year students. These courses are mandatory for students with no prior knowledge of German.

Probably the biggest benefit I got out of my exchange was my language skills. Now I am much better at speaking German which was one of the main reasons I went.

Erika, Auckland

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Information Days

Online Info Sessions

You don’t need to travel – or even leave your couch – to learn more about NZIIU’s student exchanges and how they work. Register for one of our online informational webinars, and you can find out all you need to know from wherever you are in the country.

‘Meet our Ambassadors’ Day

If you’d like the full lowdown on the student exchange experience, this is the event for you! Our NZIIU Education Perfect Ambassadors are students who have recently been on exchange and are enthused, ready, and raring to share their knowledge, experiences, and stories.’

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Need extra pocket money?

NZIIU Scholarships

We know that financing your exchange might be a bit of a challenge but don’t let that be a deterrent! NZIIU offer a select number of scholarships each year to eligible students who require some financial assistance, as well as a fundraising kit.

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NZIIU Fundraising Kit