High School Exchange – Germany

  • Age : 14 to 18
  • Location : Black Forest & Lake Constance / East Germany / Middle Rhine & Hesse North Germany / North Rhine & Ruhr / Northern Bavaria / Southern Bavaria
  • Boarding : Full board
  • Accommodation : Host family
  • Length : Term (12 weeks) / Semester (20 weeks) / Academic Year (44 weeks)
  • Type : Public


Application deadline :

 March 15th for an arrival in August. Late applications may be accepted, depending on availability and visa processing times.

Requirements : 

Students must be interviewed in their home country before being accepted on the program. A good academic profile and an intermediate level of German (2 years of German studies, B1 level) are required


Program  Ref  Net agent
Public Term (12 weeks)  ZDET3 4 390 EUR
Public Semester (20 weeks)  ZDES3  6 740 EUR
Public Academic Year (44 weeks)  ZDEY2 9 990 EUR



International students are placed in a paid host family and a public school, across Germany. Students must be ready to live in small villages and on the countryside and should not expect to be placed in urban areas. The carefully chosen host family opens its home to a student not as a guest, but as a new family member. This program allows students to experience the everyday life of German families and teenagers.



Secondary education in Germany includes four types of schools: the “Gymnasium” prepares students for university studies; the “Realschule” offers a more scientific emphasis for intermediate students; the “Hauptschule” prepares pupils for vocational education, and the “Gesamtschule” or comprehensive school combines the three approaches. Most students attend the local “Gymnasium” or “Realschule”. With classes ranging from year 5 to year 13, the “Gymnasium” is the most advanced school type in Germany; most international students attend Grade 10 or 11.

There twelve subject: two or three Foreign Languages (one to be taken for 9 years, another for at least 3 years), Physics, Biology, Chemistry and usually Civics/Social Studies, Mathematics, Music, Art, History, German, Geography, P.E. and Religious Education/Ethics. Classes usually begin between early August and mid September and finish between the end of June and the end of July, depending on the region. Graduation is not possible.

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