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 exchangesGAPP 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 here. Please note: In-person exchanges are on hold during the pandemic.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of your school, your name, and whether or not you have taken a German course before.
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 email@example.com.