We invite all schools in the U.S. – with or without German language program – to take part in the German American Partnership Program (GAPP).
In order to become eligible for the GAPP program, the exchange must include a theme that is covered throughout the exchange in the form of activities, field trips, or a project. Our GAPP travel journal can also fulfill this requirement. If you are interested in working on a project with your students, your partner school is able to apply for extra funding from the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD) for this purpose.
Schools without a German program
are encouraged to work with their German counterparts so that the Americans can participate in a crash course in German at their partner school in Germany. This should be documented and turned in to the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD)
by the German coordinator after the exchange is complete.
Most U.S. schools find their partner schools through www.partnerschulnetz.de
— an online forum that enables German and foreign schools worldwide to establish international partnerships. Create your school's profile and get in contact with German schools looking for a partner school in the U.S.
Teachers and schools are responsible for coordinating their exchanges. The flexibility allows you to arrange your group’s travel to Germany (and hosting of your German exchange partner group) to best fit the needs of your students and school.
The recommended group size is 10 to 20 participants. For a group of 11 students and more, two adult chaperones are required. Please contact our office should you have a group considerably smaller than 10 students. Students have the option to only host an exchange student without going on an exchange trip themselves. Details are subject to agreement between partner teachers.
GAPP exchanges must last 14 days or longer, with at least 10 days spent with a host family and 5 days attending their school.
GAPP exchanges cost each student $1,200–$3,200 on average. Exact pricing depends on the size of your student group and where in the US you’re flying out from. Costs are generally low because students stay with their host families free of charge for the majority of the trip. Plus, GAPP offers travel grants and scholarships to qualifying schools and students.
We hope to be able to continue to support most schools that apply. However, should we receive applications from more schools than we are able to support, our criteria are the following:
- Is the application complete?
- Is the school a Title I school?
- Is the group diverse?