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GAPP information for students

While GAPP exchange programs, whether virtual or in-person, are teacher-led, the GAPP team is here to help participating students, as well as alumni.

GAPP Alums: We want to hear your story!

GAPP alum aufruf © Colourbox 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.extern@goethe.de). We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Short-term exchanges to Germany

Student in UBahn © iStock 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 exchanges

GAPP 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. 
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Long-term exchanges to Germany

Frau Stadt © iStock 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.

My exchange to Germany

Meet Rileigh from Michigan, who traveled to Germany and produced a video about her experience. Learn about Spaghetti-Ice-Cream, German castles, international communities, Germany's strategies to tackle climate change, and finding inspiration for the future.

Rileigh Wine

Language courses

Mann vor Computer © iStock 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 gapp@goethe.de with the name of your school, your name, and whether or not you have taken a German course before.

Alumni resources

Frau S-Bahn © iStock 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 gapp@goethe.de

Free resources for practicing German independently from Goethe-Institut

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STEP INTO German(y)

For everyone interested in contemporary German music, film, soccer and everyday culture! Explore Germany's vibrant cities, listen to podcasts, watch music videos and short fuilms, and enter to win awards in student contests on contemporary topics from Germany. 

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Deutsch für dich

In the “Deutsch für dich” community you will find plenty of exercises to help you learn German free of charge, and you can connect with over 560.000 German learners worldwide.

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App: Stadt der Wörter

A multiplayer game for beginner German students. In the ficticious "City of Words", students collect new words, use them in everyday situations, and test their skills in short games with other players. 

Deutschtrainer A1-App, Goethe-Institut

Vocabulary trainer App

This vocabulary trainer for German beginner students helps practice and improve German skills by adding new words, even on the go! 

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Unsere Strasse

Interactive website to practice German in everyday situations: school, shopping, household chores, conversing with parents, neighbors and much more. 

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A multiplayer game. How long can you hold a hot potato in your hand? Train vocabulary, grammar, and general knowledge about Germany, take quizzes and compete against other players from around the world. 

Das Deutschlandlabor Grafik: Goethe-Institut und Deutsche Welle


Accompany David and Nina on their journey through Germany. 20 short videos about issues and trends in contemporary Germany. 

Goethe-Institut virtual library

With the Goethe-Institut's free eLibrary you can download and borrow a wide range of digital media such as eBooks, ePapers, eMusic, eAudios, and eVideos.