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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.

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Coronavirus Update

In light of recent spread of COVID-19 virus, we ask you to update GAPP on the status of your 2020 exchange to Germany. Please fill out the short form here. We appreciate your cooperation!

 

German-american virtual exchange (GAVE)

Online exchange materials for teachers to use in your German classroom -- whether you are currently working with students virtually or face-to-face!

Why a GAPP Exchange?

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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.

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 students

  • develop global awareness
  • build confidence and independence
  • make lifelong friendships
  • improve their language skills


GAPP at a Glance

  • 14+ exchange days
  • 10 days with a host family, 5 days in school
  • scholarships and grants are available
  • application process is easy and efficient


German-American Virtual Exchange (GAVE)

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GAVE includes lesson plans, worksheets and activities that allow students from German and American secondary schools to learn about each other’s language and culture, whether you are conducting classes in person or virtually.
 

Short-Term Group Exchange

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GAPP is rooted in long-term partnerships between partner schools. We assist schools in building transatlantic relationships that go beyond one student exchange.



Long-Term Individual Exchange

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GAPP, Inc. is designated by the U.S. Department of State as an authorized visa sponsor organization of the “Exchange Visitor Program”. The long-term individual exchange is only available to
  • GAPP students who have previously participated in a short-term group exchange
  • 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)
Long-term individual exchange

Workshops & Training

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Ready, set, Deutsch!

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

About GAPP

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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. 



News and Impact

Learn more about what impact GAPP has had on participating exchange students, schools and local communities, and the partner countries Germany and the U.S.

News and impact

Our Partners

German American Partnership Program is administered by the Goethe-Institut and funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and the U.S. Department of State. GAPP is also supported by the WunderbarTogether Campaign. In Germany, GAPP is administered by our partner, the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD).
 

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Support our GAPP Scholarship Fund

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. 

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Contact

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German American Partnership Program
c/o Goethe-Institut New York
30 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003, USA
Tel.: +1 212 439 8700
Fax: +1 212 439 8705
gapp@goethe.de

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