German Language Courses
in New Zealand

This is the New Zealand page for German language courses and translation qualifications, part of our German to English Translation Online Directory.

We love German!

With only a population of a little over 4 million, New Zealand isn’t backward in its German language course provision! Indeed, several universities in New Zealand stress the importance of relations with Germany, especially in the tourism industry. Both Germans and New Zealanders, apparently, love travelling, and Germans are keen New Zealand tourists!

Although Germany and other German-speaking European countries are geographically distant from New Zealand, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD –Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, is very active. For German-language related university courses, DAAD helps in finding placements at German universities and providing scholarships, for advanced students, scientists and academics.

The NZSTI (, the New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters, is the national body representing the translation profession in New Zealand. They formally recognise some of the translation courses offered by universities in New Zealand (courses marked below) and offer full membership or affiliate status based on the pass mark achieved in the course.

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Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
Auckland Central, Auckland

New Zealand’s newest university, its School of Languages and Cultures offers several translation-related degree courses. However, a word of warning - I couldn’t find the word “German” (or any other language, for that matter) anywhere on the site!

• Interpreting and Translation – Diploma*

*NZSTI recognised

The Diploma in Interpreting and Translation is designed to be part time, taken over 2 years, and is aimed at professional interpreters and translators. Candidates will be expected to have studied their second language at tertiary, i.e. university, level.

• Interpreting – BA*
• Translation - BA*
• Applied Language Studies – BA, MA

*NZSTI recognised

The MA in Applied Language Studies is designed for graduates of English and other languages. Students specialise in one of a range of subject areas, and the choice of specialism includes both translation and interpreting.

Short courses:
• Liaison Interpreting – certificate (online option)
• Translation Studies – certificate (online option)

University of Auckland

School of European Languages and Literatures, Faculty of Arts, Department of German and Slavonic Studies:

• German - Certificate in Languages (CertLang)
• German – BA, MA
• German – PhD
• Postgraduate Diploma in Translation Studies – (PGDipTranslationStud)*
• Masters of Professional Studies ( Translation) - (MProfStuds)*
• Translation Studies – PhD
• Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Interpreting (PGCertAdvInterp)*

*NZSTI recognised

“The role of the professional translator or interpreter has become increasingly recognised, and globalisation has led to a greater demand for these skills. Translation can lead to careers in international organisations, international business and trade, online and offline publishing, or software and website localisation.”
Faculty of Arts website.

You can find out more about studying in New Zealand here.


Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology

• Certificate in Liaison Interpreting*

*NZSTI recognised

University of Canterbury

The School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics at Canterbury offers a wide variety of German language courses, and German can also be selected by students on other degrees programmes for a double major.Exchange programmes with the Universities of Konstanz and Freiburg offer students an opportunity to study German abroad:

• German – CertArts (pre-degree level)
• German – DipLang (competency, not complete degree)
• German – BA, MA, PhD
• German – GradDipArts (postgraduate qualification)

Unfortunately, although it’s great for German, Canterbury doesn’t appear to offer courses in translation.


University of Otago

The Department of Languages and Cultures, German section:

• German – Diploma in Language (DipLang)
• German – Diploma in Language and Culture (DipLangC)
• German - BA, MA
• German – Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad)
• German – Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts)

“New Zealanders are associating increasingly with German speakers, since Germans, like New Zealanders, are inveterate travellers. Germans stay longer in New Zealand, travel more widely and spend more money here than any other tourist group. The need for German in the tourist sector and the opportunity to use it are growing rapidly.”
University of Otago website


Massey University

European and Latin Amerian Studies, School of Linguistics and International Languages.
This is a bit of a non-entry for German language courses: the Massey website states that there are no new enrolments for German as a minor from 2011 onwards, but there are papers available for intermediate and advanced German. Quite where that leaves students wishing to start off with German as their minor in the Bachelor of Communication in International Language, I don’t know. Contact Massey directly.

Victoria University of Wellington

• German – BA
• Modern Language Studies – BA (German major)
• European Studies – BA (German major)

“People able to speak both English and German are valued in New Zealand and overseas. You will be in demand for jobs in areas like tourism, marketing, and international business, and qualified also for a wide range of other careers.”
Victoria website


Interpreting New Zealand

The Interpreting New Zealand Service is a not-for-profit organisation running interpreting services for New Zealand’s population. They offer German –language interpreting services, as well as in-house training for becoming an interpreter with the organisation.

Do you know of any other institutions running similar German language courses and translation degrees in New Zealand which are not on this list? Then please let us know. And don't forget, if you've studied at one of the institutions on this pages, tell us about your experiences and we'll reward you with a link. Thank you!

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