Germany – No Choice

Germany - No Choice

Dates

September 2023 – June 2024
September 2023– December 2024
January 2024 – June 2024

Fees

€ 10450€ per 1 Year
€ 7700€ per 1 Semester

Category

Anno all’estero

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Overview

The purpose of the High School Program is to provide opportunities for people of diverse cultures to come together to learn about different points of view and ways of life. Cross-cultural understanding is a fundamental step in promoting better friendship and world peace. Students also gain maturity, and self-confidence and develop intercultural skills. As it is a selective program, we expect the highest standards of behavior from participants at all times and, in turn, assume responsibility for the welfare and safety of the student throughout the program. The student must comply with all reasonable rules of the host family; local coordinator and school during his/her stay abroad. This way, the student benefits from a successful integration into the local community and makes lifelong friends and a lifetime experience.
To feel at home in Germany is the goal of our long-term exchange program. The carefully chosen volunteer host family opens its home to a student not as a guest, but as a new family member. Students sometimes attend the local public school with their host siblings (not guaranteed). This fully immersive language program radically improves language proficiency. Students will discover the German culture and form friendships that may last a lifetime. They will think of Germany as a second home and return to Germany for further education or a professional career. This program combines the adventure of living in a foreign country with safe, affectionate family life.
Placements are possible anywhere in Germany, based on the availability of host families, but are not subject to choice or preferences. Students cannot make regional choices as placements are not made in specific public schools. We find the host family first as this is the most important element in the program’s success and then we ask the local public school to accept the student. We cannot guarantee a particular school as we may not find a host family nearby. Also, we cannot guarantee a specific region. Students must be open-minded and flexible, the choice of the host family is more important

Academics

German secondary education includes five types of schools. The Gymnasium is designed to prepare pupils’ education and finishes with the final examination Abitur, after grade 12, mostly year 13. The Realschule has a broader range of emphasis for intermediate pupils and finishes with the final examination Mittlere Reife, after grade 10; the Hauptschule prepares pupils for vocational education and finishes with the final examination Hauptschulabschluss, after grade 9, and the Realschulabschluss after grade 10.
Students have about 30-40 periods of 45 minutes each per week. There are about 12 compulsory subjects: 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 (for at least 5, 7, 3, and 2 years, respectively), and mathematics, music, art, history, German, geography, PE and religious education/ethics for 9 years. Regular assessments help students to progress.
Most students attend the local “Gymnasium” or “Realschule”.
Requirements:

  • language proficiency sufficient to communicate in a school environment as well as with the family life (see language skills below) = A2 
  • an above-average academic record (average of C minimum during the past 3 years)

Co-curricular activities

NO Placement guarantees. Students may be placed in any of the federal states of Germany. Students may not ask for placement in a specific area (city, state, or geographic part) nor can they request to be placed with a teenager of their age in the family.
Some German schools offer a few afternoon activities – mainly choir or orchestra, sometimes sports, theater, or languages.

Sports

What to pack:

  • swimwear, as sometimes the high school offers swimming lessons
  • sports shoes and suitable exercise clothing

Includes

  • Administration Fee
  • Full-board accommodation with a host family (Not School Launches)
  • Host School Placement
  • Support, assistance, and 24-hour emergency phone number during the whole program
  • Orientation (arrival transfer from airport +orientation camp with full board + domestic transfer to the host family) or
    online – for a semester and year programs only
  • Airport pick-up and transfer from the closest airport or train station, on arrival and departure
  • Agency Fee
  • German Medical Insurance