Information for term High School Abroad in Germany
Application deadline, and cost information.
Application DeadlineAugust 1, 2020
Program Deadlines and Pricing Info
- Deadline: August 1, 2020
- Dates: Feb 7 – Jun 27, 2021 (20 weeks)
OverviewClick to Open
Study and live in the lively German culture as your language skills grow by the day.
Watching Harry Potter and NCIS in German with your homestay. Grabbing currywurst on the run. Visiting the Berlin Wall and the Brandenburg Gate. Bonding with exchange students from five different continents. These are just a few memories you might share with fellow alums. Five days a week, you’ll head to your local Gymnasium (public high school) for classes with your German peers. Though all classes are taught in German, many people also speak English — which helps ease the transition.
After immersing yourself in unfamiliar practices and customs, you’ll become better equipped to interact with people from other cultures — in school, on the job, or in your personal life.
Studying abroad gives you the kinds of life skills that can’t be learned in a classroom — and shows college admissions reps that you’re already one step ahead in terms of initiative, maturity, and independence.
Our program provides students with 150 language contact hours in just a few weeks.
said their experience made them more aware of global issues.93%
said their experience with CIEE helped shape their college applications.79%
said they regularly use the knowledge and skills they acquired while abroad with CIEE.96%
Location & CultureClick to Open
Diverse regions, rich culture, and history — you’ll find it all in Germany.
The landscape of Germany is as diverse as its customs and dialects. Make one unique corner of the country your own by studying abroad in high school with CIEE for a semester or a full year.
Picture navigating the intricacies of chemistry taught in German at the local high school. Joining your classmates for a pickup game of football after a long day of classes. Getting to know your homestay over a hearty welcome dinner of Gulasch, Bratwurst, and Strudel.
Regardless of where you’re placed — whether in the center of Berlin or outside city limits — you’ll develop your German language skills through both coursework and conversations with the locals. You’ll immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of one of Europe’s most fascinating countries, and build independence and life skills that you can draw on for the rest of your life.
Upon arriving in Germany with your fellow participants, you will be met by CIEE staff in Berlin, where you will begin your three-day orientation. During orientation, you will participate in different workshops focusing on a variety of themes — culture, language, academics, social norms, current events — all designed to best prepare you for your experience in Germany. Additionally, you’ll see some of the best that Germany’s capital has to offer!
Activities are subject to change, but may include a visit to the Reichstag building, which houses the German Bundestag. Take an afternoon boat trip up the Spree, or enjoy wandering through Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin’s largest palace. Laugh over incredible food during group meals, and get to know CIEE staff and other participants. After orientation, you will depart for your host community and spend a couple of days with your homestay before starting school.
Daily LifeClick to Open
"I had the privilege of visiting one of Germany's 'fairytale towns' during our road trip..."
Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog posts above.
Carefully Screened homestay found and vetted by on-site CIEE staff in Greater Berlin area.
Local Coordinator in country and CIEE support staff available 24/7
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ActivitiesClick to Open
The largest country in Central Europe, Germany is made up of more than a dozen states, each with its own distinct culture. You’ll have a whole year or semester to discover the country — on your own, with new CIEE friends, and with your homestay. From the Bavarian Alps to the streets of Berlin, there’s a range of thrilling places to explore. Castles, cathedrals, and alpine ski villages are just the start.
The program includes one day trip and one overnight trip led by CIEE staff. Possible day-trip destinations include Potsdam, Leipzig and Erfurt. Join CIEE staff on a multiple-day trip to Weimar, Dresden or Rostock (at the baltic sea).
Potsdam was the residence of the Prussian kings and German kaisers until 1918 and home to palaces of Sanssouci - the largest World Heritage Site in Germany. It is the current capital of German Federal State of Brandenburg.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Weimar was the place where Germany's first democratic constitution was signed after the First World War, giving its name to the Weimar Republic period in German politics (1918–33). Weimar has a picturesque old town and beautiful parks, and serves as a nice contrast to Berlin. While in Weimar, students will get the opportunity to learn more about Goethe and Schiller (two of Germany’s most famous writers/poets), visit the Buchenwad memorial and go on a guided tour of the city.
Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!
What People are Saying
One of my goals before I came to Germany was to get outside and do more. I’m always seeing and doing new things here, whether it’s going for bike rides, rollerblading, or baking. I love it.Asha R., CIEE High School Alumna
In my last week of being in Germany, I had such a meaningful conversation with one of my best German friends. He said that even in the short time he had known me, he saw me change and grow as a person, and I remember telling him that this exchange ‘has made me into a person I am really happy to be.’ I am so lucky to have connected with so many people — people I wouldn’t have ever been friends with in other circumstances. I have a wonderful second family, a best friend in Germany, and people I love in almost every part of the world.Sophie R., CIEE High School Abroad Alumna
I learned things that aren’t taught in schools: what is really important to me, what I want out of life, and how to be more open-minded and confident.”Sophie R., CIEE High School Abroad Alumna
Everyone is shocked to hear that I studied abroad when I was 15 years old. I’m shocked myself — yet, quite frankly, I’m shocked that it isn’t more common to study abroad in high school. CIEE gave me an opportunity that most people have never heard of. The program transformed me into the person I am today, with impeccable people skills and the ability to adapt to any environment. I owe a huge thanks to the CIEE program. I am proud to be a CIEE alumnus!”Alex A., CIEE High School Abroad Alumnus
Dates & FeesClick to Open
Dates & Fees
At the time of departure, students must:
- Be in their 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th year of schooling
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
- Have two years of German
Priority deadline discount: Apply to a fall semester or academic year by 2/15 and get a $400 discount. Apply to a spring semester by 8/1 and get a $400 discount. Discounts are deducted from final balance.
Program fee includes international airfare and iNext travel insurance. Full inclusions are found online.
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) is a fully-funded State Department scholarship administered by CIEE, offering high school students the opportunity to live in with a host family and attend high school in Germany for a year. Learn more about CBYX and eligibility requirements here.
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