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Germany

Germany is a breathtakingly beautiful country with a unique and rich history and a diverse modern culture.

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Study in Germany

Germany is a breathtakingly beautiful country with a unique and rich history and a diverse modern culture. One of the most popular study abroad destinations in Europe, Germany offers an inclusive and exciting exchange experience at every turn!

“Since my YFU experience in Germany, I have lived 23 years in 9 different countries including Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Australia, the Netherland, The United Kingdom and of course the USA. My cultural understanding experience was a highly valued commodity in work and helped me take on international roles in my company. What a jump start on life and exploring the world.”

- Frank

+ More About Germany

Germany is a nation rich in both geographical and historical variety. It spans many different types of European landscape, with high mountains and fertile valleys. Historically known as 'Das Land der Dichter und Denker' or 'the land of poets and thinkers,' its roots date back to the days of the Holy Roman Empire and earlier. Taking a trip here will expose you to a breathtakingly beautiful country with an exciting and diverse modern culture.

Germany is Europe's most populous nation and includes a large number of immigrants from various European nations. It is home to exciting cities like Cologne, Hamburg, and, of course, Berlin, all of which offer many exciting cultural and historical events and places should you have the opportunity to visit.

Sports are very important in Germany, as almost a third of the population belongs to a sports club. Football (soccer) is immensely popular, as are motor sports, such as Formula One racing. Germany also has made a very influential mark on world cinema, and maintains this status with such events as the renowned Berlin Film Festival. Germany was home to great classical composers like Beethoven and Bach, but also has a vibrant and dynamic modern music scene.

Germany has four different types of secondary schools: the Gymnasium, Realschule, Hauptschule, and Gesamtschule. The Gymnasium and Gesamtschule are where students prepare for study at universities, while the others are more focused on vocational education to various extents. Entrance to German universities is based on a set of exams taken at 18 or 19, and many universities are highly regarded internationally.

So whether you consider yourself more of a poet, a thinker, an athlete, or just someone interested in studying abroad, Germany has something to offer you.

Pastimes

Sports clubs, music clubs, soccer, hiking, camping, and traveling.

Online Resources

To learn even more about Germany, we recommend:

+ Scholarships Available

374 - Alexander Voigt Memorial Scholarship
64 - Chevron Corporation Scholarship
115 - Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange
7 - Epson America, Inc. International Scholarship
358 - Goethe Institut - PASCH Schools Scholarship
385 - Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Study Fund
368 - YFU Community Grant
384 - YFU Financial Aid Fund
273 - YFU Stiftung
305 - YFU Stipendium Program to Germany

Learn more about scholarships

+ Programs & Tuition

Fall Year: $14,495
Spring Year: $14,495
Fall Semester: $10,595
Spring Semester: $10,595
Short-term Fall Trimester: $8,995
Summer Immersion: $5,995

+ Additional Information

Visa Information

Information regarding visas and other immigration processes will be provided upon enrollment. Students going to any Germany program do not need to obtain a visa prior to departure.

Additional Costs

Program tuition does not include personal spending money or school-related costs such as books and school trips.

Important Information

Students who have previously participated in a semester or year exchange in another country are not eligible for a year or semester program in Germany. In addition, applicants should be aware that smoking is prohibited for anyone under the age of 18 in Germany.

Choose Your Program

+ Academic Year Programs

Germany has a variety of cultural opportunities and a host family that is waiting to share them with you! As an exchange student to Germany, part of your experience will be:

School

As a student in Germany, you may be placed in a gymnasium or gesamtschule. Most students will attend a gymnasium, which prepares students for entrance into the German university system. Gymnasiums have a set of core classes (math, science, languages, social sciences) supplemented by elective courses. At school, students may participate in physical education, the arts (theater, music, and photography), computer projects, and other events. YFU students should be prepared for the possibility of attending classes in a grade or two lower than their American grade level. Students in Germany spend the final year of secondary school preparing exclusively for German colleges, so YFU students typically do not attend classes at this level.

Orientations

All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July or early December. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. All orientation costs are included in program tuition. Year students will attend a mid-year orientation, held in various cities like Munich, Dresden, Hamburg, and Berlin. The mid-term orientation will be six days and each orientation provides a wonderful opportunity to meet other YFU students and explore German history, culture, and politics.

Before returning back home, students will also take part in a two-day regional re-entry orientation. These orientations are also included in the program tuition.

Extracurriculars

Outside of school, most German youth are involved in organizations such as sport clubs, church, and community education centers. Exchange students are encouraged to take advantage of the extracurricular activities offered in their communities.

Year and Spring Semester students may have the option to participate in the YFU Young Europeans' Seminar, a weeklong program of seminars, educational workshops, inspiring guest speakers, panel discussions, and other activities. The Seminar takes place in Germany in late June and is attended by around 500 other YFU exchange program participants from across the continent. Space is limited and participation requires an additional application and fee.

Age Requirement

Spring departure: April 1, 2001 - August 1, 2004. Summer Program: April 1, 2001 - December 30, 2004. Fall departure: September 1, 2000 - January 15, 2004. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate from high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Year 0066 mid August early July $14,495
Spring Year 0877 late January early January $14,495

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Enrollment in a local German high school (excluding summer students)
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Germany Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Language

German. Previous language study is not required. Year and Semester students will participate in a 3 week orientation and intensive language course (OLC) to help develop German language proficiency.

Host Family Placement

Students are placed throughout Germany, usually in the countryside, small towns (up to 30,000 people) or medium-sized cities (between 31,000-125,000 people). Very few students are placed in larger cities. A charming aspect of German family life is the tradition to have family members and friends come over in the afternoon for tea or coffee. This is the perfect opportunity to get to know your new host family and friends.

+ Semester Programs

Germany has a variety of cultural opportunities and a host family that is waiting to share them with you! As an exchange student to Germany, part of your experience will be:

School

As a student in Germany, you may be placed in a gymnasium or gesamtschule. Most students will attend a gymnasium, which prepares students for entrance into the German university system. Gymnasiums have a set of core classes (math, science, languages, social sciences) supplemented by elective courses. At school, students may participate in physical education, the arts (theater, music, and photography), computer projects, and other events. YFU students should be prepared for the possibility of attending classes in a grade or two lower than their American grade level. Students in Germany spend the final year of secondary school preparing exclusively for German colleges, so YFU students typically do not attend classes at this level.

Orientations

All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July or early December. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. All orientation costs are included in program tuition. Year students will attend a mid-year orientation, held in various cities like Munich, Dresden, Hamburg, and Berlin. The mid-term orientation will be six days and each orientation provides a wonderful opportunity to meet other YFU students and explore German history, culture, and politics.

Before returning back home, students will also take part in a two-day regional re-entry orientation. These orientations are also included in the program tuition.

Extracurriculars

Outside of school, most German youth are involved in organizations such as sport clubs, church, and community education centers. Exchange students are encouraged to take advantage of the extracurricular activities offered in their communities.

Year and Spring Semester students may have the option to participate in the YFU Young Europeans' Seminar, a weeklong program of seminars, educational workshops, inspiring guest speakers, panel discussions, and other activities. The Seminar takes place in Germany in late June and is attended by around 500 other YFU exchange program participants from across the continent. Space is limited and participation requires an additional application and fee.

Age Requirement

Spring departure: April 1, 2001 - August 1, 2004. Summer Program: April 1, 2001 - December 30, 2004. Fall departure: September 1, 2000 - January 15, 2004. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate from high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Semester 0202 mid August early January $10,595
Spring Semester 0856 late January early July $10,595

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Enrollment in a local German high school (excluding summer students)
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Germany Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Language

German. Previous language study is not required. Year and Semester students will participate in a 3 week orientation and intensive language course (OLC) to help develop German language proficiency.

Host Family Placement

Students are placed throughout Germany, usually in the countryside, small towns (up to 30,000 people) or medium-sized cities (between 31,000-125,000 people). Very few students are placed in larger cities. A charming aspect of German family life is the tradition to have family members and friends come over in the afternoon for tea or coffee. This is the perfect opportunity to get to know your new host family and friends.

+ Short-term Fall Trimester Program

Germany has a variety of cultural opportunities and a host family that is waiting to share them with you! As an exchange student to Germany, part of your experience will be:

School

As a student in Germany, you may be placed in a gymnasium or gesamtschule. Most students will attend a gymnasium, which prepares students for entrance into the German university system. Gymnasiums have a set of core classes (math, science, languages, social sciences) supplemented by elective courses. At school, students may participate in physical education, the arts (theater, music, and photography), computer projects, and other events. YFU students should be prepared for the possibility of attending classes in a grade or two lower than their American grade level. Students in Germany spend the final year of secondary school preparing exclusively for German colleges, so YFU students typically do not attend classes at this level.

Orientations

All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July or early December. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. All orientation costs are included in program tuition. Year students will attend a mid-year orientation, held in various cities like Munich, Dresden, Hamburg, and Berlin. The mid-term orientation will be six days and each orientation provides a wonderful opportunity to meet other YFU students and explore German history, culture, and politics.

Before returning back home, students will also take part in a two-day regional re-entry orientation. These orientations are also included in the program tuition.

Extracurriculars

Outside of school, most German youth are involved in organizations such as sport clubs, church, and community education centers. Exchange students are encouraged to take advantage of the extracurricular activities offered in their communities.

Year and Spring Semester students may have the option to participate in the YFU Young Europeans' Seminar, a weeklong program of seminars, educational workshops, inspiring guest speakers, panel discussions, and other activities. The Seminar takes place in Germany in late June and is attended by around 500 other YFU exchange program participants from across the continent. Space is limited and participation requires an additional application and fee.

Age Requirement

Spring departure: April 1, 2001 - August 1, 2004. Summer Program: April 1, 2001 - December 30, 2004. Fall departure: September 1, 2000 - January 15, 2004. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate from high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Trimester 1633 mid August late November $8,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Enrollment in a local German high school (excluding summer students)
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Germany Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Language

German. Previous language study is not required. Year and Semester students will participate in a 3 week orientation and intensive language course (OLC) to help develop German language proficiency.

Host Family Placement

Students are placed throughout Germany, usually in the countryside, small towns (up to 30,000 people) or medium-sized cities (between 31,000-125,000 people). Very few students are placed in larger cities. A charming aspect of German family life is the tradition to have family members and friends come over in the afternoon for tea or coffee. This is the perfect opportunity to get to know your new host family and friends.

+ Summer Immersion Program

Germany has a variety of cultural opportunities and a host family that is waiting to share them with you! As an exchange student to Germany, part of your experience will be:

Explore Germany this summer through a one-week Berlin cultural tour and three-week homestay in another part of the country. Upon arrival in Berlin, students will join a group of YFU students from around the world with a series of orientation activities, city tours, museum and memorial visits, and local cultural activities. Students will then go on to stay with host families located throughout Germany to experience everyday life and attend school for the remainder of the program. The program will end with another two-day seminar in Berlin before returning home.

Age Requirement

Spring departure: April 1, 2001 - August 1, 2004. Summer Program: April 1, 2001 - December 30, 2004. Fall departure: September 1, 2000 - January 15, 2004. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate from high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

German. Previous language study is not required. Year and Semester students will participate in a 3 week orientation and intensive language course (OLC) to help develop German language proficiency.

Host Family Placement

Students are placed throughout Germany, usually in the countryside, small towns (up to 30,000 people) or medium-sized cities (between 31,000-125,000 people). Very few students are placed in larger cities. A charming aspect of German family life is the tradition to have family members and friends come over in the afternoon for tea or coffee. This is the perfect opportunity to get to know your new host family and friends.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Summer Immersion 0064 early July early August $5,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Germany Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance