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For students from Germany
Long-term individual exchange

GAPP, Inc. is designated by the U.S. Department of State as an authorized sponsor organization of the “Exchange Visitor Program” for secondary school students from Germany. We sponsor visas only for those students from Germany, who are visiting their GAPP partner school in the U.S.

How it works

Students from Germany, who have previously participated in a short-term GAPP exchange are eligible to apply for a semester or school-year abroad at their U.S. partner school.
  1. The German GAPP coordinator/partner recommends the applicant to the U.S. partner.
  2. The American GAPP coordinator/partner only can request the J-1 visa application package from GAPP office in New York (gapp@goethe.de). The application package includes detailed information, terms, and conditions, fees, additional costs, program activities, etc. 
  3. GAPP charges a $900 application fee per J-1 Exchange Visitor application. 
Only a certain number of applicants per school year are accepted.


Please note that due to the pandemic GAPP is currently not releasing a formal application for 2021. Should you be traveling in 2021, please contact gapp@goethe.de directly for additional information.
We recommend that the application process is started at least 3-4 months before the start of the term.

Fall semester or full school year 
July, 15

Spring semester only                
November, 30

For more information, visit the U.S. Department of State website
Student Exchange Visitor Program

Students wishing to visit Germany

American students wishing to go on a long-term exchange to Germany are asked to contact GAPP atgapp@goethe.de for more information.

If you have questions, please contact us at gapp@goethe.de.

Our Partners

German American Partnership Program is administered by the Goethe-Institut and funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and the U.S. Department of State. GAPP is also supported by the WunderbarTogether Campaign. In Germany, GAPP is administered by our partner, the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD).

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