What is the Studienbrücke?

Studienbrücke Deutschland © Getty Images/photo: Frank Lukasseck

Studying in Germany offers a first-class education, which is why a degree from a German university gives students the perfect foundation for a successful career in their home countries and around the world. "Studienbrücke Deutschland” is a program that is designed to provide linguistic and subject-matter-specific preparation for studying in Germany to students in their junior year of high school, who demonstrate knowledge of German at the A1 level and have outstanding achievements in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM subjects). The program additionally introduces participants to Germany’s teaching, learning, and campus culture and familiarizes them with the German social environment.
Each year, German partner universities make a certain number of places available for Studienbrücke participants. They provide the new students with comprehensive support both at the start of and during their studies. Students who successfully complete the preparatory program can apply directly to one of the universities.

Target Group - Contents - Costs

In order to participate in the program, students must
  • attend an American school over at least the past 6 years
  • show proof of being proficient in German at the A1 level.
The “Studienbrücke Deutschland” program consists of
  • Language courses up to the B2 level offered alongside school
  • Subject-matter-specific preparation in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)
  • Academic guidance counseling
  • Exams, including preparation
  • Intercultural training


  • Students can receive a scholarship for the study bridge program.
  • Full scholarships include costs for all components of the program.
  • Students can apply for a partial scholarship (i.e. for traveling costs).
  • Travel expenses to Germany, spending money for their exchange year in Germany and costs for insurance are not covered through the scholarship.


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)
The Goethe-Institut does NOT cover any of the costs associated with applying for a visa or further studies in Germany.