Home German American Partnership Program (GAPP) - School Exchanges
GAPP supports teachers and schools in arranging successful bilateral school exchanges for their students. We offer workshops and resources, provide assistance throughout exchanges, and award travel grants and individual scholarships to teachers, exchange groups and individual students.
Teachers of subjects other than German as well as administrators wishing to learn German can apply to participate in one of the upcoming online courses offered by the Goethe-Institut.
To apply for a full scholarship for the course from the German American Partnership Program, click here.
German-American Virtual Exchange (GAVE)
GAVE is a virtual exchange program that offers teachers the support in the form of guidelines, lesson plans, and worksheets that allow them to offer a virtual cultural exchange to their students. Click here to learn more.
How does a virtual exchange with GAVE work? Watch a short video to find out!
Virtual exchanges open to all schools!
Whether your school has a German program or not, you are eligible to participate in a virtual exchange with your students at no cost to you. Technology grants and logistical support are available. Sign-up to attend any one of our upcoming webinars!.
No matter what subject you teach – from STEM to social studies or history – you work hard to give your students the best education possible. A German school exchange with GAPP offers your students an invaluable opportunity to step out of the everyday, develop a global perspective, and build skills that can only be learned through travel. Our progam is educational and immersive. We invite all schools, with or without a German language program, to take part in our enriching GAPP exchange.
That's how a GAPP exchange works!
GAPP schools and coordinators
stand out as a global institution among other schools in their district
build long-term, trusting relationships with German partner schools
join a program that is teacher-led and meets individual demands
join a program that offers teachers professional development opportunities
GAPP, Inc. is designated by the U.S. Department of State as an authorized visa sponsor organization of the “Exchange Visitor Program” for secondary school students from Germany who are visiting their GAPP partner school in the U.S. for a semester or a school year. Long-term individual exchange
Teacher Exchange Visitor Program
The individual exchange for teachers is limited to
teachers working at one of the five official German Schools Abroad in the U.S.
German Language Advisors (Berater für Deutschunttericht) as determined by the Central Agency for German Schools Abroad (ZfA)
We are committed to helping teachers and schools throughout the exchange process. GAPP offers training and workshops on coordinating successful exchanges, as well as free teaching resources and professional development opportunities. Workshops, training, resources
GAPP information for students
Being a part of a GAPP or GAVE exchange has many long-term benefits for students, including scholarships for German language courses, eligibility to be a U.S. State Department alumni, and more. Find further information here.
Since 1972 the German American Partnership Program (GAPP) facilitates enriching cultural exchanges between schools in the U.S. and Germany. Our Program inspires intercultural understanding, promotes German language instruction, and fosters new and lasting friendships in the U.S. and Germany.
GAPP facilitates enriching cultural exchanges between schools in the U.S. and Germany. Our program inspires intercultural understanding, promotes German language instruction, and fosters new and lasting friendships. Please support our GAPP Scholarship Fund with a donation, which allows students from financially struggling families to take part in their school's GAPP exchange.