Germany

Program Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: 5 or 10 months
  • Departure: August
  • Age Requirements: 15 to 18 years old
  • Language Requirements: none
  • Academic Requirements: C+ avg or higher
  • Visa Requirements: Yes
  • Orientation:
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About Germany

Get ready to immerse yourself in the heart of Europe, surrounded by fairytale landscapes, medieval castles, and thriving modern cities. German culture, renowned for its artistic achievements, classical music, and world-famous festivals, opens doors to unparalleled experiences. From savoring the delights of traditional cuisine to witnessing the contagious energy of soccer matches, Germany’s cultural vibrancy will become an integral part of your life. Your high school exchange year in Germany promises an unforgettable opportunity to immerse yourself in a culture that shapes the world, leaving an indelible mark on your own journey

  • Size: Germany covers an area of approximately 137,847
    square miles. This is slightly smaller than the size of
    the state of Montana.
  • Population: The population of Germany is
    approximately 83 million people.
  • Language: The main language spoken in Germany is German.
  • Religion: The main religion in Germany is Christianity,
    with the majority of the population being either
    Roman Catholic or Protestant. However, Germany is
    known for its religious diversity, and there is also a
    significant number of people who identify as nonreligious or practice other religions.
  • Government: Germany is a federal parliamentary
    republic. It has a president as the head of state and a
    chancellor as the head of government. The country
    follows a democratic system with a separation of
    powers among the legislative, executive, and judicial
    branches.
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Life in Germany

German teens usually start their day by attending school, which typically begins around 8:00 AM and lasts until early afternoon. The curriculum includes a mix of subjects like mathematics, sciences, languages, and humanities, fostering critical thinking and active participation.

After school, many students engage in extracurricular activities such as sports, music lessons, or clubs. Germany places a strong emphasis on physical well-being, so participating in sports is quite common. Additionally, spending time with friends at cafes, parks, or simply hanging out is an integral part of a teenager’s social life.

Evenings are often dedicated to family time and relaxation. German families value coming together for dinner, providing an opportunity to share experiences and engage in meaningful conversations. Family bonds are highly cherished in German culture.

Leisure activities are a significant aspect of a teenager’s life in Germany. Whether it’s exploring cultural events, shopping, watching movies, or attending concerts, there are plenty of ways to enjoy free time. Germany’s vibrant arts scene and numerous recreational options cater to a variety of interests.

Weekends offer students the chance to explore further. Many enjoy spending time outdoors, going for bike rides, hiking, or simply enjoying nature. Exploring historical sites, visiting museums, and attending local events also provide insights into German history and culture.

Pricing

Program Duration

Departure

Price

5 months (semester)

August 2024

$12,640

10 months (academic year)

August 2024

$14,050

Included

  • Roundtrip international flight to your destination
  • Travel insurance to cover accidents and illnesses
  • A carefully screened and vetted host family placement
  • 24/7 support from STS Foundation and its partners during your time abroad
  • Language support if traveling to a non-English speaking country
  • Interview, orientations, and material that will prepare you and your parents for your exchange year
  • A local representative or host family member welcoming you at the airport upon your arrival
  • Certificate of completion provided by STS Foundation at the end of your exchange year

Not Included

  • Domestic flight to get to the international departure
  • Passport and visa fees
  • School lunch money (depends on destination)
  • School uniforms if required (depends on destinations)
  • Public transportation
  • Educational/recreational trips
  • Pocket money ($200 to $300/month recommended)

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Before Your High School Exchange Year

Get ready for your high school exchange year! Discover the benefits, learn who's eligible, and understand the application process. STS Foundation will guide you every step of the way, ensuring you are well-prepared for this exceptional adventure.

Before Your High School Exchange Year

Get ready for your high school exchange year! Discover the benefits, learn who's eligible, and understand the application process. STS Foundation will guide you every step of the way, ensuring you are well-prepared for this exceptional adventure.

During Your High School Exchange Year

Discover what it's like to immerse yourself in a new culture and live with a host family, all with the guidance of STS Foundation and its partners. From the moment you depart to the moment you return home, we are there for you and your parents.

During Your High School Exchange Year

Discover what it's like to immerse yourself in a new culture and live with a host family, all with the guidance of STS Foundation and its partners. From the moment you depart to the moment you return home, we are there for you and your parents.