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GAPP information for students

While GAPP exchange programs, whether virtual or in-person, are teacher-led, the GAPP team is here to help participating students, as well as alumni.


Short-term exchanges to Germany

Student in UBahn © iStock Students go on an exchange to their partner school in Germany with their teacher and a group of about 10-20 classmates. Exchanges are at least two weeks in length and involve a stay with a host family. The group gets to know the German culture first-hand and meet friends that often last long after the exchange is over. The GAPP exchange coordinator at the individual school is best contact for questions.

Please note: Exchanges are currently virtual through our virtual exchange program, GAVE. More information is located here: Goethe.de/GAVE.

The GAPP program is open to all secondary schools in the U.S. Those that aren’t sure whether their school has a GAPP coordinator can have their German teacher or a teacher of another subject contact us.

Individual scholarships for short-term exchanges

GAPP offers individual scholarships for short-term exchanges to Germany for students with a high-level of financial need. The awarded amount is typically between $500-$1,000 and depends upon financial need. Teachers apply on behalf of the student. The application can be found herePlease note: In-person exchanges are on hold during the pandemic.


Long-term exchanges to Germany

Frau Stadt © iStock GAPP offers students at schools with an established GAPP program the opportunity to spend a semester or year at their partner school in Germany. Information can be found here.


Language courses

Mann vor Computer © iStock Students can take a German class online with the Goethe-Institut! GAPP offers scholarships to cover the costs of the course. In order to apply for scholarship e-mail gapp@goethe.de with the name of your school, your name, and whether or not you have taken a German course before.


Alumni resources

Frau S-Bahn © iStock GAPP alumni are eligible to become an alumna or alumnus of the U.S. State Department! For more information on the perks, please click here. Please note: In order to be eligible to become a U.S. State Department alumni, the student must have participated in a GAPP short-term group exchange or a GAVE short-term virtual exchange.

In order to be added to the alumni list, students will need verification from their GAPP coordinator that they participated in GAPP (an e-mail is sufficient) or they may send a copy of their GAPP participation certificate. All documentation should be sent to gapp@goethe.de


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