German American Partnership Program (GAPP)

Established in 1972, the German American Partnership Program (GAPP) is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization that facilitates bilateral transatlantic exchanges between schools in the U.S. and Germany. With 750+ U.S. schools in our network and 400,000+ alumnae/alumni, GAPP is the largest bilateral exchange program between the U.S. and another country. We empower students to step into adulthood by building lifelong global ties. 

GAPP Students © GAPP/Daniel Seiffert

Our Programs

Our programs strengthen the transatlantic alliance, inspire global understanding, promote German language instruction, and foster new and lasting friendships in the U.S. and Germany. We provide assistance throughout exchanges, and award travel grants and individual scholarships to teachers, exchange groups and individual students.

Short-Term Group Exchanges to Germany (In-Person)

Discover GAPP´s most popular program. All US- based- educators, regardless, whether their school has a German program or not, may apply for travel funding to cover parts of their group exchange. Three funding cycles are offered throughout the year: Spring, Summer and Fall. Individual students within GAPP groups may also apply for two  scholarships: The GAPP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Scholarship and the Future Career German(Y) Scholarship to cover their travel costs. In addition to financial assistance, we also offer a wide-range of resources for educators, schools, and students navigating bilateral exchanges.

Students at GAPP Summercamp ©GAPP/Barak Shrama

Workshops and Professional Development

GAPP offers training, webinars, and workshops on coordinating successful exchanges, as well as free teaching resources and professional development opportunities.

Group of people workshop ©Canva

Our Community

About GAPP

GAPP, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, whose prime mission is to create opportunities for exchange between young Americans and Germans. GAPP is part of Germany’s foreign cultural and education policy. It is jointly administered by the Educational Exchange Service (PAD) of the Standing Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the States of the Federal Republic of Germany, Goethe-Institut New York, and GAPP, Inc.
The Program is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, which also bears responsibility for the overall concept. Additional funding is provided by the U.S. Department of State, Joachim Herz Stiftung and Max Kade Foundation, Inc.

Our mission is a follows: 
  • Establish long-lasting interest in the partner country and deepen relations between Germany and the U.S.
  • Promote the study of the German language at high schools in the U.S.
  • Expand  students’ and teachers’ knowledge of the partner country
  • Provide intercultural encounters for all participants
  • Facilitate acquisition and improvement of proficiency in the target language
  • Provide continuing education for exchange coordinators



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