High School Abroad in Germany
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.
said their experience with CIEE helped shape their college applications.
said they regularly use the knowledge and skills they acquired while abroad with CIEE.
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 a local, German high school for a semester or a full year.
Picture navigating the intricacies of chemistry taught in a German classroom, joining your classmates for a pickup game of football after a long day of classes, and 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.
CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Germany.
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; health, safety & security; and current events—all designed to prepare you for your experience in Germany. After CIEE’s orientation, you will spend 1-2 days getting oriented with the school hosting you, and then your classes start! During your stay, 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; taking an afternoon boat trip up the Spree; or wandering through Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin’s largest palace. Laugh over great food during group meals and get to know CIEE staff and other participants.
The largest country in Central Europe, Germany is made up of sixteen (federal) 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.
As part of the program, CIEE includes one day trip and one overnight trip per semester. Possible destinations include Potsdam, Leipzig, and Erfurt.
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 Buchenwald memorial, and go on a guided tour of the city.
Please note sample activities are based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback.
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 & Fees
- Be between the ages of 15 and 17 when the program starts and cannot turn 18 while on program.
- Be in the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th year of schooling.
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
- Demonstrate, through the application process, their flexibility, maturity, adaptability, and readiness to face the challenges of living in a new culture.
- Have 2 years of German.
High school abroad participants are NOT authorized to volunteer, take jobs, or seek employment during their stay.
For more information, refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.
Priority deadline discount: Apply to a fall semester or academic year by February 15 and get a $400 discount. Apply to a spring semester by July 15 and get a $400 discount. Discounts are deducted from final balance.
Program fee includes iNext travel insurance. Full inclusions are found online.
|Program Academic Year 2024 47 weeks
|Program Fall 2024 23 weeks
|Program Spring 2024 21 weeks
|Application Due Deadline Passed
|Program Spring 2025 21 weeks