GAPP Alums: We want to hear your story!
GAPP alumni can be found all over the U.S. and Germany! Since 1972, GAPP has supported more than 400,000 students to go on exchange trips to Germany or the United States. That's an amazing amount of experiences, encounters, and stories that have led to lifelong growth and friendships!
GAPP would like to hear about the experiences, places, and people from the time of your stay abroad that made a lasting impression on you. We want to know how your exchange influenced you on a personal and professional level.
If you are a GAPP alum and would like to share your story, please contact Sandra Niggemann (Sandra.Niggemann.email@example.com). We are looking forward to hearing from you!
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.
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.