1. Who can apply for the “Studienbrücke Deutschland” (“Study Bridge Germany”) program?
In general, all students in their junior year of high school may apply if they have been attending an American school for at least six years at the time of application and can demonstrate knowledge of German at the A1 level. Students of any nationality may apply. Applications will not be considered from applicants whose knowledge of German is at a higher level or for whom German is a native language.
2. Which language certification document must be included with the application?
The application should ideally include the Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1 certificate. The A1 exam can also be taken at the Goethe-Institut as part of the application process when the applicant is invited to an interview or after the interview. Certificates from internationally recognized exams may also be accepted with the application. Certificates may not be more than one year old.
3. How do you know your language level?
A placement test is recommended for testing your language level. To register for the Goethe-Institut’s placement test, please contact the Language Department at the Goethe-Institut New York (firstname.lastname@example.org).
4. Which references (in which form) must be included with the application?
All references must be provided in written form. It is not enough to provide the addresses of the people who will serve as references on the application. The students’ teachers should write a recommendation. The parents or guardians of the applicants must sign a declaration of consent and write a letter in which they state their support for their child to participate in the “Studienbrücke Deutschland” (“Study Bridge Germany”) program.
5. Do applicants have to want to study a STEM subject in order to be considered for the program?
Although the program focuses on studying STEM subjects, this is not a criterion for exclusion.
6. When and where will the summer camp take place?
The summer camp will take place from August 13-25, 2017, at the Goethe-Institut in Göttingen (Germany).
7. How does the exchange year in Germany work?
The exchange year in Germany is organized with support by the German American Partnership Program (GAPP). During this year, students will attend 11th grade at a German secondary school (Gymnasium) and live with a host family who will support and look after them during their stay.
8. Which costs are associated with participating in the “Studienbrücke Deutschland” (“Study Bridge Germany”) program?
If a student qualifies for a full scholarship, all components of the program are free of charge except for travel expenses to Germany. Participants must also provide their own spending money for their exchange year in Germany and cover the costs for insurance. The Goethe-Institut does NOT cover any of the costs associated with applying for a visa or further studies in Germany.
If a student does not qualify for a full scholarship, the student has to cover the following expenses: Summer camp (1500.00 euros plus approx. 1200.00 euros travel expenses); German language courses and exams (1100 euros); academic training (600 euros); administration fee (900 euros); travel expenses to Germany (approx. 800.00 euros); insurance in Germany (approx. 50 euros/month; spending money in Germany (approx. 300 euros/month).