Are you a high school student looking for adventure in Germany? Are you a parent looking to provide your child a summer study opportunity with a proven track record? Are you a teacher looking for a three-week immersion program where students connect with German language and culture?
The German Summer Study Program for High School Students provides a three-week homestay and school experience. Students live with a German family, attend classes, visit regional attractions, and experience the German language and culture firsthand. Students return speaking German better—with a greater sense of confidence, maturity, and independence.
The program is sponsored in cooperation with the German government's Pedagogical Exchange Service (PAD). Nearly 2,500 students have benefited from this unique experience since the program was created in 1978!
2016 Course Sites and Dates
Leipzig June 3 - June 25
Bonn June 11 - July 3
Kiel June 11 - July 3 (special course site)
Alzey June 16 - July 8
Brandenburg an der Havel June 23 - July 15
Ludwigshafen am Rhein June 23 - July 15
A Learning Experience Immersed in German. There is no better or more effective way to learn a language than to be immersed in the culture. The German Summer Study Program provides high school students an opportunity to improve their global awareness and intercultural understanding—and improve their language skills. Living and studying in Germany is a great way to develop international friendships that last a lifetime!
Live With a German Family. Students experience Germany as part of a family. Host families are carefully chosen and every effort is made to match "brothers" and "sisters" with similar interests. Connecting with “real” Germans and being integrated into their daily life creates a unique and memorable experience.
Attend Classes. The host Gymnasium (academic high school) is still in session when the American students arrive and special arrangements are made to integrate American students into the German school. Program participants have German lessons tailored to meet their needs and also attend regular classes with their host brother/sister during the day.
Visit Fascinating Places. It’s not all about school! Field trips are organized for students to explore nearby cities, museums, castles, monuments and the great outdoors. On weekends, host families generally plan trips to show their visiting "son" or "daughter" the surrounding area.
Adult Supervision. Immersion in the German culture is exciting, and there is a lot to learn. From departure to Germany to arrival back in the US students are chaperoned by a qualified American high school teacher of German. The chaperone supervises excursions, serves as a liaison with the German school, and provides the support students need when they’re away from home.
Application Requirements and Program Cost
Eligibility Requirements. Students who have had two years of German and have the recommendation of their German teacher are eligible (including graduating seniors). Participants must be between the ages of 15 and 18 at time of departure.
Application Deadline is April 15, 2016. Apply now!
Insurance Coverage. All participants, including teacher chaperones, are covered by AATG's accident and health policy. Chaperones are also covered by liability insurance.
Program Cost. The price for the program for Summer 2016 is $3,875. This includes international airfare from the US departure city, transportation in Germany, accommodations, meals, and all course costs. Your price for our 21-day experience is lower than 10-day offerings by commercial programs. Program price is based on airfares and exchange rates and subject to change. Price guarantee—no price changes for participants once they register.
Want to Book Your Own Individual Travel? If you're interested in booking a separate flight to and from Germany, you can take advantage of the Land Tour version of the program. The Land Tour version includes all aspects of the program except for international airfare. Program costs for the Land Tour version of the program are $2,875. Contact Program Coordinator April Hemphill for more information.
Need-Based Financial Aid Available. Scholarships of up to 25% of program costs are available to students with financial need. Other scholarships may be available. Detailed scholarship information and application materials are available on the Scholarships page.
Not Included in Price. Passport fees, excess baggage charges, transportation to and from the participant's home to the US departure airport, and other items of a strictly personal nature are not included in the program cost.
Payment Schedule. An initial payment is required with the application. Full payment is due six weeks prior to departure. Payment can be made by credit or debit card in our online store, or by sending a check or money order.