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AATG German Summer Study Program

Application materials are now available online! Apply now.

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 with 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). Over 2,600 students have benefited from this unique experience since the program was created in 1978!

2019 Course Sites and Dates

Kiel June 6 - June 28, departing New York, Gymnasium Wellingdorf

Leipzig June 13 - July 5, departing Newark, Werner-Heisenberg-Schule - Gymnasium

Gera June 13 - July 5, departing Chicago, Goethe-Gymnasium/Rutheneum seit 1608

Bonn June 19 - July 11, departing New York, Clara-Schumann-Gymnasium

Bad Reichenhall June 30 - July 22, departing New York, Karlsgymnasium

Program Highlights

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.

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Past participants Evan and Madison can share their experiences.

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

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Eligibility Requirements. Students who have had two years of German and have the recommendation of their German teacher are eligible. Participants must be between the ages of 15 and 17 at time of departure and be US citizens or green card holders. Students with German citizenship are not eligible to apply.

Special Earlybird Price. Save $295! Register and pay in full by March 1 to qualify for the discounted price of $3,600. Application Deadline is April 12, 2019. Application materials are available 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 2019 is $3,895. 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 $2,895. Contact Program Coordinator April Ann Hemphill in advance of the application deadline to learn more about this option.

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.

Download the Program brochure with more information, including a sample schedule!

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.

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