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TOP Study Tour Updates© B. Ludewig / Goethe-Institut

TOP Study Tour Updates


Washington, D.C., March 3, 2022 – First and foremost it should be stated that our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine at this time. Our thoughts are with the victims, the refugees, and all those who are working to help, to heal, and to restore peace. We, along with our colleagues and partners in Germany, are closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine as well as ongoing Covid-19 developments. 

It is with this information in mind that we humbly and cautiously look ahead to the summer months. After extensive discussion with our colleagues and partners in Germany, the Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP) will resume the planning stages of in-person study tours to Germany for summer 2022.

TOP, with the input of our partners and colleagues in Germany, will continue to make decisions that reflect the highest priority to maintain the health and safety of study tour participants.

We have arrived at this decision carefully after discussing new measures which are intended to maintain the health and safety of study tour participants - and their German hosts - during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. These new measures - along with a limited application process - will be first and foremost communicated to deferred 2020 social studies and STEM study tour applicants only. This limited application process will not, at least initially, be made available to the public. Should TOP be in the position to open the application process to the public, this will be communicated at a later date.

We at TOP believe that promoting grassroots education and dialogue – especially between North American and German teachers and educators – is an investment in the current and future stability of the transatlantic partnership; a partnership which has led to the development of the BioNtech-Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine and even to the building of coalitions for safeguarding peace. After all, the diverse women and men who are responsible for these modern day achievements were once taught and inspired by their STEM and social studies teachers. 

It is with the goal of maintaining and strengthening transatlantic bonds for future generations that we cautiously, yet optimistically, look forward to bringing North American and German educators back together, again.

For further inquiries, please contact top@goethe.de, visit the TOP website at www.goethe.de/top, and engage with TOP on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter @topteachgermany.

Founded in 2002, the Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP) celebrates its 20th anniversary as a public/private partnership of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, the Goethe-Institut, Deutsche Bank AG, and Siemens AG.