Award of Excellence

Award of Excellence

The Award of Excellence is an annual contest dating back to 1991. Every year a short video portrays some aspect of German life and students complete a quiz on the video.

A fantastic prize awaits our lucky winners: An all-expenses paid, three-week chaperoned trip to Germany including flight, a German language course, meals and accommodations.

Award of Excellence 2018 – this year is special!


Welcome to the Award of Excellence 2018. We are excited to announce that in 2018, the popular Award of Excellence will be part of the „Year of German-American Friendship“, also known as the “Deutschlandjahr”. As part of this campaign, which in 2017 took place in Mexico, the Award of Excellence 2018 will focus specifically on the German-American relationship.

The 2018 Award of Excellence will consist of two phases. The first phase will be the familiar web-based competition taking place in Mexico, Canada, and the United States. After watching a video students will answer a number of questions on this year’s topic „robotics and innovation“. The best students from each of the three countries will compete to win a trip to Germany. There they will have the chance to take a language course and immerse themselves for one summer in German culture.

Because of the focus of the 2018 Deutschlandjahr on German-American friendship, the second stage of this year’s Award of Excellence will only pertain to schools and students from the United States. Three students each from the best three classes in the U.S. will be invited to participate in an additional live contest in Chicago from May 24 until 26 of 2019. At the Goethe-Institut’s sustainability conference they will compete against each other to determine the 2018 Award of Excellence’s U.S. national champion. Of course this title will also be rewarded with attractive prizes. Travel expenses for three students and one teacher or parent will be reimbursed.

Starting today, October 19th, the Award of Excellence 2018 has started. You should make sure to participate soon. The competition will be open until December 21st

Have fun & good luck!

If you have any questions concerning the 2018 Award of Excellence feel free to reach out to our project manager:

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