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The TOP study tour opportunities are made possible by the public and private partners of the Transatlantic Outreach Program: the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, the Goethe-Institut, Deutsche Bank AG, and Siemens AG.

The submission deadline for 2024 TOP study tour applications has passed. Applications for the 2025 TOP study tours will be posted here in the fall.


Since 2002, the Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP) has offered fully funded professional development study tours to Germany for social studies and STEM educators from the United States and Canada.

The purpose of the TOP study tours is to offer educators a multi-faceted understanding of important issues in contemporary Germany and the European Union and to equip them with information, resources, and networks that they can use in their instruction to increase their students' global competency. If you want to take part in meaningful professional development and have an adventurous international experience with other passionate and inquisitive educators, we invite you to apply!

TOP study tours are typically two weeks in length. Successful applicants will begin their TOP study tour experience by attending pre-departure webinars before traveling with the group to Germany. Groups usually stay in two to three German cities (both small and large) and visit schools, businesses, government offices, non-profits and civic organizations, historical sites, museums, etc.

Please note that TOP study tours are fast-paced and often physically demanding! The majority of participants' time in Germany is scheduled as a group within the context of a comprehensive daily program, starting early in the morning and concluding late in the evening. Participants travel and learn together in groups of 12-15 educators who come from all over the United States and Canada, bringing a variety of different backgrounds, perspectives, and areas of focus to the experience. TOP study tours are not ideal for those who typically benefit the most from solo, unscheduled travel.

TOP seeks to create diverse – and therefore multifaceted and inspiring – travel groups and we welcome and encourage social studies and STEM educators from all communities to apply! Knowledge of the German language is not a requirement; all study tour events will take place in or be translated to English.

Over 1,800 social studies and STEM educators have traveled to Germany with TOP since 2002.


Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must be employed full-time as an educator of social studies or STEM subjects in the Unites States or Canada.
  • Applicants must submit a letter from their supervisor confirming their employment status as a full-time social studies or STEM educator in good standing.
  • Eligible educator roles include classroom teachers (grades K-12), general education/elementary educators, university methods professors, curriculum coordinators, principals, applicable curriculum authors, applicable district, state, federal employees, etc.
  • Applicants who feel they qualify as a social studies or STEM educator but do not fall within the aforementioned eligible roles should contact TOP directly.
  • Instructional coaches, librarians, teaching assistants, part-time teachers, are not eligible to apply at this time.
  • Opportunities for student-teachers may be announced at a later date.
  • Opportunities for those seeking to learn about the German apprenticeship system may be announced at a later date.
  • TOP Alumni are not elligible to re-apply.


In 2024, the TOP study tours are scheduled to take place during the following dates:

Social Studies:

  • 8 June – 22 June, 2024 
  • 22 June – 6 July, 2024 
  • 6 July – 20 July, 2024 

  • 22 June – 6 July, 2024 

Note: TOP study tours are subject to 2024 budget approval and safe travel conditions for participants, hosts, and employees.


 Acknowledging having read this FAQ is a necessary component of the application form!


Call TOP at +1 202 847 4700.