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Why the AATG Summer Study Program? If your son or daughter is interested in studying abroad in Germany, the AATG Summer Study Program offers the perfect balance of classroom instruction, immersion in culture, and excursions to fascinating places. 

Our summer study program offers insight into the German culture and living through homestays with a German family and classroom instruction with German students. It also gives students valuable experience that will benefit their future studies, whether they decide to concentrate on language studies or on another subject. Many colleges require a foreign language, and German has applications in many fields, including science, math, and the arts.

The program is sponsored in cooperation with the German government's Pedagogical Exchange Service (PAD). Over 2,500 students have benefited from this unique experience since the program's creation in 1978!

Why German? Because the Federal Republic of Germany is a major trading partner of the United States and one of the world's largest exporters, the ability to conduct business and social matters in German can be an important asset to American business people. The U.S. imports more from Germany than from any other European country. Over one thousand American companies conduct business in German-speaking countries, and more than a thousand companies based in German-speaking countries have subsidiaries in the U.S.

Questions? Contact Program Coordinator April Hemphill, 856-795-5553. 

Find more information about the program in the 2015 Summer Study Program Handbook.

About the AATG. Founded in 1926, AATG is the only national organization representing German teachers at all levels of instruction. The AATG is dedicated to the advancement and improvement of the teaching of the language, literature, culture, and civilization of the German-speaking countries. Its membership is near 5,000, of which 55 percent are elementary and secondary teachers, and 45 percent represent college and universities. AATG has 59 chapters in the United States and one in Europe. The Association publishes two journals as well as a quarterly newsletter for its members. Among its many other programs are: an Annual Meeting, professional development programs, a materials center, seminars for teachers, a national German examination and awards program, and a secondary school national German honor society.

Read what other parents have said about the program.

The trip exceeded expectations and was nothing short of fantastic. As my daughter fills me in on the details of daily living while away, I am only beginning to realize just how meaningful a trip this was. She enjoyed everything, from improving her language skills by speaking only German with her host family, to the interesting sights in Braunschweig and surrounding areas, the food, meeting new friends both German and American, and living with her wonderful host family. This will not be her last trip to Germany!
–Karen E., Massachusetts

My daughter had a great time in Germany with her host family and the other Americans she went with. She just loved her host family. They treated her exceptionally well and went out of their way for her. She enjoyed the many sights she saw. It was a very special time for her. She would give the trip a "10". Thanks for helping to make it possible.
–Sara F., Pennsylvania

From a parent's perspective: My son did everything and more that we could have hoped for during this trip - castles, museums, fests, family gatherings, movies in German... His host family was absolutely the best - great with communication and planning fun things for him to see and do! I knew that they were taking good care of him. He saw so much I can hardly believe they were only there for three weeks. I think he enjoyed every minute of the trip (ok - not the long plane ride) and he can't wait to go back. He also thought it really improved his German. He is a lot more confident with it! Thank you for all you did in putting this program together and recommending this location to us.
–Ann C., Texas

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