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 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
- The German GAPP coordinator/partner recommends the applicant to the U.S. partner.
- The American GAPP coordinator/partner only can request the J-1 visa application package from GAPP office (firstname.lastname@example.org) in New York. The application package includes detailed information, terms, and conditions, fees, additional costs, program activities, etc.
- GAPP charges a $900 application fee per J-1 Exchange Visitor application.
DeadlinesWe recommend that the application process is started at least 3-4 months before the start of the term.
Fall semester or full school year
Spring semester only
For more information, visit the U.S. Department of State website
Student Exchange Visitor Program
Students wishing to visit Germany
American students wishing to go on a long-term exchange to Germany are asked to contact GAPP email@example.com for more information.
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:
You can find more information about the Exchange Visitor Program of the U.S. Department of State here.
Visa Information: Exchange Visitor Program
- $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
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 InformationDownload 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).