German American Partnership Program (GAPP) - School Exchanges

Your students deserve the world - start with Germany! GAPP - The German American Partnership Program. Foto: GAPP / B. Ludewig

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. See if there is a GAPP school near you!
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GAPP Webinars

Become a GAPP coordinator and take your students on an exciting trip to Germany, where they will get to know the language, culture, and everyday life of the partner country! We offer information workshops and scholarships and support you from start to finish. To find out more about how to lead an in-person transatlantic exchange, register for one of our upcoming webinars.
  • February 08, 2022 (Tuesday)
5 - 6 pm EST Register here.

GAPP Alums: We want to hear your story!

GAPP alum aufruf © Colourbox GAPP alumni can be found all over the U.S. and Germany! Since 1972, GAPP has supported more than 400,000 students to go on exchange trips to Germany or the United States. That's an amazing amount of experiences, encounters, and stories that have led to lifelong growth and friendships! 

GAPP would like to hear about the experiences, places, and people from the time of your stay abroad that made a lasting impression on you. We want to know how your exchange influenced you on a personal and professional level. 

If you are a GAPP alum and would like to share your story, please contact Sandra Niggemann (Sandra.Niggemann.extern@goethe.de). We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Take a German language course!

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, fill out this form and indicate that you are seeking a GAPP scholarship.

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!

Why a GAPP Exchange?

GAPP - Scholarship Fund - Frequently Asked! (Bowling Green KY) Photo (detail) © Goethe-Institut / Karen Littlewood 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.

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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 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

Short-Term Group Exchange

GAPP © GAPP / B. Ludewig 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

Quote © GAPP / B. Ludewig 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

Lehrerin und Kind © Colourbox 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)
Teacher exchange visitor program

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

GAPP information for students

Brandenburger Tor © iStock 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.

About GAPP

GAPP Logo neu GAPP, Inc. 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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