Frequently Asked Questions

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Conditions for taking part in the current "Studienbrücke" (Study bridge) program in the U.S.A. as follows:
  • students in their junior year of high school
  • students must have been attending an American school for at least six years at the time of application
  • students can proove and demonstrate knowledge of German at the A1 level. Applications will not be considered from applicants whose knowledge of German is at a higher level or for whom German is a native language.

Students of any nationality may apply.
The application should ideally include the Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1 certificate. The A1 exam can also be taken at the Goethe-Institut as part of the application process when the applicant is invited to an interview or after the interview. Certificates from internationally recognized exams may also be accepted with the application. Certificates may not be more than one year old.
A placement test is recommended for testing your language level. To register for the Goethe-Institut’s placement test, please contact the Language Department at the Goethe-Institut New York (
All references must be provided in written form. It is not enough to provide the addresses of the people who will serve as references on the application. The students’ teachers should write a recommendation. The parents or guardians of the applicants must sign a declaration of consent and write a letter in which they state their support for their child to participate in the “Studienbrücke Deutschland” (“Study Bridge Germany”) program.
Although the program focuses on studying STEM subjects, this is not a criterion for exclusion.
The summer camp will take place from July 29th to August 11th, 2018 at the Goethe-Institut in Göttingen (Germany).
The exchange year in Germany is organized with support by the German American Partnership Program (GAPP). During this year, students will attend 11th grade at a German secondary school (Gymnasium) and live with a host family who will support and look after them during their stay.
If a student qualifies for a full scholarship, all components of the program are free of charge except for travel expenses to Germany. Participants must also provide their own spending money for their exchange year in Germany and cover the costs for insurance.
The Goethe-Institut does NOT cover any of the costs associated with applying for a visa or further studies in Germany.

If a student does not qualify for a full scholarship, the student
has to cover program fees in the amount of USD 7,000.00 including:
  • Summer camp, incl. online phase and exam
  • German language courses and exams
  • intercultural training
  • academic training and exam
  • administration fee and materials
​The following costs are not included in the program fee:
  • travel expenses to Germany to the Summer Camp and the GAPP year(approx. USD 2500 for both roundtrips)
  • insurance in Germany (approx. USD 60 per month)
  • spending money in Germany (approx. USD 400 per month)
TestDaF Logo © TestDaF Institut Following preparatory language courses and the TestDaF preparatory course, the TestDaF is taken within the framework of the Studienbrücke programme.

To study at a German university, prospective students have to prove a sufficient command of German at B2/C1 level. This proof can be obtained by successfully completing the TestDaF at level 4. The test comprises four sections: reading comprehension, listening comprehension, written expression and oral expression. The test can be taken at your local Goethe-Institut or at another test centre near to where you live.

Further information about the TestDaF
TestAS Logo © TestAS Passing the TestAS forms part of the Studienbrücke programme’s university preparation.

The TestAS is a central and standardized scholastic aptitude test for prospective students from abroad. They have to pass the test with a minimum score of 100 points in order to be admitted to study at one of the Studienbrücke programme’s partner universities. The test comprises a core test of cognitive abilities, plus a subject-specific test either for the subjects mathematics, IT and science, or for the engineering sciences.

Further information about the TestAS

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Contact: University preparation program USA

Andrea Pfeil
Director Language Program
Deputy Executive Director
Goethe-Institut New York

Anne-Sophie Albrecht
Educational Liaison
Goethe-Institut New York
Spring 2018 - Junior Year: Applicationprocess
  • Application deadline: March 30, 2018
  • First selection round: 04/02/2018 - 04/13/2018
  • Second selection round and interviews: 04/16/2018 - 05/04/2018
  • Interviews will be held via Skype
  • Final selection and announcement: until 05/18/2018

Summer 2018: Module I
  • Summercamp in Göttingen, Germany July 29th to August 11th
  • Goethe-Zertificate A2-Exam at the end of the summercamp

Fall/Winter 2018 - Senior Year: Module II
  • intensive German lessons on the B1 level
  • the German higher education system
  • Intercultural Training

Sping 2019:
B1-Exam is required in order to continue participating in the project

Fall 2019 to Summer 2020/ Schoolyear 2019/2020 Module III:
  • GAPP Year in Germany
  • Technical language preparation in the STEM subjects
  • TestDaF preparatory course
  • TestAS format training
  • TestDaF exam as a requirement for admission to a study at a german university
  • TestAS exam as a requirement for admission to a study at a german university

Spring 2020:
Application at one of the Partner Universitiesfor a place in the STEM subjects

Fall 2020:
Study a STEM subject at one of Germany’s leading universities