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 attend classes at a Gymnasium, live the family of a host brother or sister who attends the school, 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!
2017 Course Sites and Dates will be announced this Fall. Program locations change each summer, but all programs take place between June 10 and July 31. Courses have been hosted by schools in Berlin, Leipzig, Bonn, Alzey, and Bad Reichenhall in recent years.
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!
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.
Live With a German Family. Students experience Germany as part of a family. Each student is partnered with a host brother or sister who attends the local high school. Host families are carefully chosen and every effort is made to match students with similar interests. Connecting with young Germans and being integrated into their daily life creates a unique and memorable experience.
Visit Fascinating Places. It’s not all about school! Local educators lead students on excursions 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 12, 2017. Application materials will be available online this Fall.
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 2017 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.
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.