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German 277 Study Abroad

General Information and Guidelines

The German Department encourages students to study overseas. We offer a variety of study abroad programmes for students.

If you are in your second or third year of study, you can take language and culture courses in a German-speaking country (for a minimum of four weeks, including at least sixty hours of taught classes) under the Study Abroad courses GERMAN 277, 278, 377 or 378. As an Honours or Masters student you can take University level language and culture courses in a German-speaking country Study Abroad courses GERMAN 777 and 778.

1. Eligibility

To be eligible for Stage 2 study abroad courses, students must have 
– preferably, a pass grade in GERMAN 200
– B+ grade pass (or better) in GERMAN 102

For approval, see the Study Abroad Adviser.

2. Study Abroad Adviser Approval / Documentation to be Supplied on Application  

Your proposed course must be approved by the Study Abroad Adviser prior to your enrolment and departure. It is therefore essential that you contact the Adviser well in advance, provide documentation, obtain approval and complete the Study Abroad Application Form.

(a) Up to date Course Details (eg. web page information or current brochure)
(b) An up to date copy of your Academic Transcript 

3. Duration of course

A minimum of four weeks' study, including at least sixty hours of taught classes is required for credit. Proof of the course duration must be supplied (see above). The course must be at an appropriate level for your language proficiency. Please consult your Study Abroad Adviser when compiling your application. As a rough guide:

If, by the time you embark on the course, you've completed German 201, we expect you to do a course including the appropriate exam at level B1 or B2.1 or higher. 

If, by the time you embark on the course, you've completed German 301, we expect you to do a course including the appropriate exam at level B2.1 or B2.2 or higher.

If, by the time you embark on the course, you've completed German 302, we expect you to do a course including the appropriate exam at level B2.2 or C1.1 or higher

If, by the time you embark on the course, you've completed German 306, we expect you to do a course including the appropriate exam at level C1.1 or C1.2 or higher

If you take a course lower than the designated proficiency, your grade will be adjusted downwards when credited to your University of Auckland degree.

4. Documentation to be supplied on return

(a) proof of attendance
(b) course materials used
(c) all marked assignments and tests
(d) official notification of overall result obtained
(e) essay in German
(f)  recommendation in English. 

5. Essay in German

Together with the dossier of course work completed overseas, students must submit a written assignment/report, in German, outlining their study and life experience overseas, or on a topic agreed in advance with the study abroad co-ordinator. This work will be assessed (on the basis of content and linguistic quality) as part of the final grade.

Stage 2 essay = 700-800 words

6. Recommendation in English

Returning students are requested to provide a recommendation in English for the Study Abroad folder. Please note that this report will not be a confidential document as it is intended to act as a guide to future students in their choice of courses. 

Please comment on such matters as: 

  • the overall quality of the course
  • the appropriateness of the level
  • the quality of the teaching
  • the usefulness & interest value of the course materials
  • other relevant aspects e.g. organized excursions.

7. Choosing a University, Goethe Institute of approved Language Institute

Please consult the DAAD Office website and the Goethe Institute website before you contact the study abroad adviser. This will give you a good idea of the most suitable institution for you, which can then be discussed with the adviser.

Note that the DAAD and The University of Auckland offer scholarships for Study Abroad for which you may be eligible. Deadlines for The University of Auckland Study Abroad Scholarship are 31 May and 30 September.


Steps to follow in organising a study abroad trip:

  1. Read through General Information & Guidelines. 

  2. Check that you are eligible. 

  3. Look through the Study Abroad Folders. 

  4. Choose a School or possible schools. 

  5. Make an appointment with the Study Abroad Adviser

  6. Finalise school and dates of study. 

  7. Fill out the Study Abroad Application Form.

  8. Have your Study Abroad Application Form signed by the Study Abroad Adviser and return it to Arts 1 Reception, Level 3, 14a Symonds St.

  9. Apply through Student Services Online for an enrolment concession.

  10. Enrol with the school of your choice. Pay your fees, if advance payment is required. Your University of Auckland fees for this course will be waived automatically.

  11. Register your travel with Safe Travel.

(Immediately on return) 

Submit your dossier for a Grade to be assigned. You must return your dossier to the department by the end of Study Break and exams or you run the risk of not having your course credited. 



If you will be applying for either Student Allowance or Student Loan Living Costs funding while you are overseas, you will need to complete the Overseas Study Application Form(from StudyLink) with the actual dates of your overseas study and have it signed by the Study Abroad Adviser. (Note: On the form, each 15 point study abroad course equals 0.125 EFTS.) You will then need to give this form directly to StudyLink for processing. This form should be completed as soon as you receive approval to enrol in the Study Abroad course: The sooner you apply, the more likely you will have time to sort out any problems before you leave. You will still need to make sure you fulfill StudyLink's eligibility requirements. Failure to do this correctly may result in your payments stopping while you are overseas.


If you have general questions, please check first with AskAuckland. If you have queries about the StudyLink applications, eligibility or problems, check with StudyLinkor email Fees Team (fees@auckland.ac.nz).

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