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German American Partnership Program (GAPP)
Long-term individual exchange

GAPP, Inc. is designated by the U.S. Department of State as an authorized sponsor organization of the “Exchange Visitor Program”. Fees are charged for this service.

GAPP, Inc. is designated by the U.S. Department of State as an authorized sponsor organization of the “Exchange Visitor Program” for:

  • Secondary school students from Germany. We only sponsor students from Germany, who are visiting their GAPP partner school in the U.S.
  • Teachers working for one of the five official German Schools Abroad in the U.S.
  • J1-visa for German Language Advisors (Berater für den Deutschunterricht –BDU) as determined by the Central Agency for German Schools Abroad (ZfA) 

NOTE: GAPP, Inc. does not act as an exchange organization for students from the U.S. planning a long term exchange in Germany. We only sponsor visas for teachers from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, who will work for one of the five official German International Schools Abroad in the U.S. or as BDUs for ZfA in the U.S.


Students

Students from Germany, who have previously participated in a short-term GAPP exchange are eligible to apply for a semester or school-year abroad at their U.S. partner school. GAPP, Inc. sponsors visas for eligible students visiting their GAPP partner school in the United States.
 

How it works

  1. The German GAPP coordinator/partner recommends the applicant to the U.S. partner.
  2. The American GAPP coordinator/partner only can request the J-1 visa application package from GAPP office (gapp@goethe.de) in New York. The application package includes detailed information, terms, and conditions, fees, additional costs, program activities, etc. 
Only a certain amount of applicants per year are accepted.

Deadlines

We recommend that the application process is started at least 3-4 months before the start of the term. Only a certain number of applicants per school year are accepted.

Fall semester or full school year 
July, 15

Spring semester only                
November, 30


For more information, visit the U.S. Department of State website
Student Exchange Visitor Program

 

Students visiting Germany

Please contact gapp@goethe.de for more information.


Teachers & Language Advisors (BDUs)

GAPP, Inc. only sponsors visas for teachers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, who will work for one of the five official German International Schools Abroad in the U.S., or as language advisors (BDUs for ZfA).

The five German International Schools Abroad in the U.S. are: 

These five schools belong to the network of the Cen­tral Agen­cy for Ger­man Schools Abroad (ZfA). 

You can find more information about the Exchange Visitor Program of the U.S. Department of State here.
Visa Information: Exchange Visitor Program


 

GAPP charges a $700 application fee per Exchange Visitor. 
The following initial fees are paid directly by the teacher to the appropriate U.S. government agency as part of the visa application process:
  • $180 - SEVIS Fee (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System). This is a one-time only fee paid only by the J-1 visa applicant
  • $160 - Visa Processing Fee paid to the US Embassy. This fee applies to all J-1 and J-2 visa applicants
Depending on your status, the ZfA or your host school may reimburse you for these costs.
Teachers in our program can only directly apply through the ZfA or the individual partner school, GAPP does not work with third party recruitment or placement organizations.
It's important that you fully understand the financial components involved with your participation in the Exchange Visitor Program before you accept a position and arrive in the U.S.

All GAPP Exchange Visitors are required to act in a financially responsible manner while in the U.S. which includes understanding any and all fees, costs, taxes, insurance, payroll deductions and living expenses etc. they may incur. This includes any additional expenses involved with family members who may join you in the U.S. under J-2 dependent visa status.

Prior to accepting a position with one of the five schools above you will receive a letter from the ZfA and/or your host school with information about your annual salary.

We encourage you to use the information provided here to prepare and plan your finances accordingly prior to your arrival in the U.S. Many teachers will bring money with them to help with the initial expenses associated with their relocation.

You should also use the information provided here to estimate your net or “take home” pay so that you can make informed budgeting decisions when it comes to allocating your resources to decide how much you can afford for housing, transport and other everyday cost of living expenses.

Important Information

Download your GAPP prearrival manual for teachers with information, emergency contacts, deadlines and links, and more important information, as well as the Welcome Brochure from the U.S. Department of State:
  Email us, if you have any questions
gapp@goethe.de


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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