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Applying for the Study Trip Award

Application materials for the 2020 Study Trip Award will be available in late fall 2019.

Eligible students must score at or above the 90th percentile on the Level 2, 3, or 4 National German Exam. In order to apply, the student must also:

  • be of good academic standing (“B” GPA or higher)
  • be at least 15 years old by June 1, 2020
  • be in good physical and mental health
  • be a US citizen or have permanent resident status in the US
  • not live in a household in which any daily conversation is conducted in German
  • never have been enrolled in a school in which the language of instruction was German
  • not have visited a German‐speaking country for more than two consecutive weeks since the age of six
  • not plan on visiting a German‐speaking country for two weeks or longer during the next twelve months
  • not have previously won this or similar awards

Please note that some chapters may have additional criteria for application. The Chapter Testing Chair will provide details.

The deadline for application will be early March 2020.

Application Materials. To apply, students must complete the online application linked below. Before beginning, they should prepare the following documents in the noted format, as they need to be uploaded in the third section of the application.

  • Letter to host family and question responses (pdf). To fill out the form, it must be downloaded and then opened with Adobe PDF Reader. Applicants should then type their responses, and save the document to be uploaded later.
  • Current transcript (pdf)
  • Letter of recommendation from the German teacher or school counselor (doc, docx, or pdf)
  • Any additional materials required by the local chapter

Selection. A local committee selects a nominee for each AATG Chapter. A national committee selects the final award recipients from these Chapter nominees. Applicants were notified by mid-April. Find out more about the selection process.

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