What is the Studienbrücke?

Studienbrücke Deutschland © Getty Images/photo: Frank Lukasseck

"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.


Target Group and Language Requirements

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.

Program Content

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

Program Costs


  • Students can receive a scholarship for the study bridge program.
  • Full scholarships include costs for all components of the program
  • 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 the following expenses:
  • Summer camp (1500.00 euros plus approx. 1200.00 euros travel expenses)
  • German language courses and exams (1100 euros)
  • academic training (600 euros)
  • administration fee (900 euros)
  • travel expenses to Germany (approx. 800.00 euros)
  • insurance in Germany (approx. 50 euros/month)
  • spending money in Germany (approx. 300 euros/month)

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