In light of recent spread of COVID-19 virus, we ask you to update GAPP on the status of your 2020 exchange to Germany. Please fill out the short form here. We appreciate your cooperation!
application Deadlines 2020
February 1, 2020
For a spring / summer 2020 exchange | Groups departing to Germany before August 1, 2020
June 1, 2020
For a fall / winter 2020 exchange | Groups departing to Germany August 1 - December 31, 2020
Please note: Applications will be reviewed after the respective deadline. We will do our best to support as many schools as possible but cannot guarantee that all schools will receive a grant.
GRANTS for TEACHERS & CHAPERONESAccompanying GAPP teachers receive airfare subsidies. GAPP groups of more than 10 students are eligible for 2 teacher grants. The rate is calculated as a flat rate depending on the average regional fare.
GRANTS for GROUPSGAPP groups receive airfare subsidies depending on the region of their departure. Finalize your participating students list and travel dates and apply for a travel grant.
Supporting documents for upload with your grant application 2020
EXCHANGE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR INDIVIDUAL STUDENTSIndividual GAPP scholarships are exclusively for financially challenged students. You can submit an application on behalf of your student by filling out the online application form here.
Important information regarding your upcoming exchange
GAPP groups may fly with any carrier of their choice. However, Lufthansa and Icelandair are offering special conditions to GAPP groups for the Exchange Season 2020. GAPP Groups on Lufthansa need to be booked through Objectix to obtain special conditions. Click on the links below to find out more.
If you have very specific questions about exchange logistics (e.g. which carriers to use, best tours in Berlin/Munich/Cologne etc.) we would like to encourage you to join our GAPP Teacher Forum on Facebook. This FB forum is a closed group of currently 500+ American GAPP coordinators and teachers and it is administered by GAPP. Only members can see and submit posts; therefore, it is a safe and supportive environment where you can ask for advice from experienced GAPP colleagues, share your own experiences, and connect with fellow GAPP coordinators from around the U.S.
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You may enroll through the online Grant Application 2020 for coverage through a policy of the Goethe-Institut Munich. With your grant checks you will receive a confirmation of your enrollment, basic information about coverage and information how to contact the insurance broker Klemmer International Versicherungsmakler GmbH in case of an emergency.
We advise all GAPP teachers and coordinators to get administrative approval from their school. Organizing and conducting the program with approval from your school administration legitimizes the GAPP exchange as a part of the regular school program. It provides you with legal protection and support.
If the foreign citizen is a legal U.S. resident and their citizenship requires a visa, they may be eligible to be issued a visa by a German Consulate or Embassy in the United States. This website will guide you through the application process and help you to find a German mission in the U.S.
Please also refer to the Schengen Visa – Tourist factsheet and checklist for comprehensive information.
The Traveler’s Checklist provided by the State Department for a short summary of the most important points and useful further links.
Once you have concluded your exchange, we would appreciate it if you would submit your feedback to us, which we will use to improve our program. Please find our program evaluation documents for teachers, students and parents/guardians below.
Note: Please make sure to always obtain parental/guardian consent for our GAPP student evaluation.
If, for whatever reason, you need to change partner schools, please remember to first let your partner school know about your plans.
If a change in partner schools is necessary, visit www.partnerschulnetz.de to set up a new profile and find your new partner school.
Please inform us about your new partner school by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
GAPP supports passionate teachers, who want their students to have the best education possible. We offer workshops, training and resources on coordinating successful exchanges. Visit our Workshops and Training page for the latest updates.
Workshops and Training
GAPP, Inc. is designated by the U.S. Department of State as an authorized visa sponsor organization of the “Exchange Visitor Program”. The long-term individual exchange is only available to
- GAPP students who have previously participated in a short-term group exchange
- 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)
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).