If you love mountain hikes, river views, and snow in winter, then Germany may be the place for you


Program Details:

  • 10, 5, or 3 month program starts in either January or August
  • Must be between the ages of 14 and 18
  • No prior German language required
  • Optional 2 week language and orientation camp
  • School year starts in August
  • Placed with volunteer host family
  • Application Deadlines: 10/15 for January,
    4/15 for August

Program Costs:

  • Academic Year – $8,500
  • Semester – $8,000
  • 3 months – $7,500
  • Insurance – $80/month
  • Optional 2 week orientation – $1500

$1000 deposit due with application
**Prices are subject to change**

Program includes:

  • Public high school acceptance
  • Volunteer host family placement
  • Visa support documents
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Local orientation upon arrival if not attending language course
  • Monitoring and supervision by local partner while in Germany
  • 24-hour emergency support

Program does not include:

  • International airfare
  • Domestic transportation to host family and within Germany
  • School textbooks and lunches
  • Extracurricular expenses for clubs, sports, etc.
  • Passport/visa/resident card fees
  • Personal spending money

General Information:

Laying in central Europe, Germany is one of the largest European countries as well as one of the wealthiest in the world. The population of around 80 million people inhabits a territory extending approximately 357,000 square kilometers. From the flat, fertile plains of the north to the snow-capped peaks of the Bavarian Alps, the German landscape is extremely varied. One of the country’s most famous and picturesque regions is the Black Forest in the southwest, which gets its name from the dark coniferous trees. Germany has many canals and rivers, which are vitally important for transporting cargo. Berlin is the capital city.

High School System:

Even though the system of secondary education differs depending on each federal state, the basic structure is the same. There are four types of secondary schools in Germany: Hauptschule, Realschule, Gesamtschule and Gymnasium.

Depending on the German students’ performance at elementary school, they are admitted into one of these schools. Students who have attained a high academic standard are allowed to attend Gymnasium. Hauptschule and Realschule end after the 9th or 10th grade respectively, at which time most students apply to do an apprenticeship. Gesamstchule has lower entering requirements, and merges the previously mentioned kinds of schools.

High school classes usually start at around 8am and end at 1pm, but some classes may be held in the afternoon. Up to the 10th and 11th grade there are mandatory subjects such as: German, Math, History, Sciences, Sports and a second language. Vocational subjects vary from school to school, but may include Music, Computer science or dance, sports.

Video courtesy of Destination Germany

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