German Exchange Award - NWSE

German Exchange Award

NorthWest Student Exchange (NWSE) offers three Student Exchange Awards (“scholarships”) to qualified U.S. high school students of German. Award winners are flown to Germany, Switzerland or Austria for a semester or school year in 2024-2025 to be immersed in German language, local life, and culture. Award winners live with a carefully selected host family and attend their host family’s local public high school/Gymnasium. Award winners participate in after-school activities to make friends, increase language skills, and experience local German-speaking and European culture. Each Award winner’s own family (or a family nominated by them) reciprocally hosts an NWSE exchange student in the United States.

NWSE German Exchange Award

Included in NWSE’s German Exchange Award

  • Room and board with a carefully selected volunteer host family in a German-speaking country
  • Flights to and from the main airport closest to the exchange destination
  • International health/accident insurance
  • Supervision by an NWSE coordinator
  • Enrollment in a public high school (e.g. Gymnasium or Gesamtschule)
  • Pre-departure and post-arrival orientations
  • Advising throughout the application process and program
  • NWSE Certificate of Participation upon successful program completion

Minimum Requirements

  • Current enrollment at an accredited U.S. high school
  • Candidate’s family (or a local family, nominated by the candidate) must reciprocally host an NWSE exchange student
  • Candidate’s local public high school must host the reciprocal NWSE exchange student
  • Be between the ages of 15 and 18 at the start of the program
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0)
  • Currently be studying German with successful completion of one year by the start of the program
  • Motivation, personality, grades, and adaptability
  • Strong recommendations from your German teacher and other teachers

Not Included in the German Exchange Award

  • Passport fees and other related travel expenses
  • Fee for local Residence Permit abroad (if applicable)
  • German language lessons while abroad, if needed
  • School supplies, fees, etc.
  • School lunches (if you do not bring lunch from home)
  • Personal expenses, including public transportation, spending money, etc.

Deadlines and Timeline

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“Probably the biggest reward of being an exchange student was being hosted by an amazing family. I couldn’t imagine life without them anymore and I feel like I will be at…

Julia from Germany

“What I like the best about America is the people…School is really different, very social and not so strict, I love it. How Americans celebrate the holidays has been very surprising…very different…I…

Vivien from Germany

“Our biggest reward is that we built such an amazing friendship and feel like we gained another daughter. Our children learned about different cultures and how to be better communicators.…

Julie and Kelly from Utah, USA

“Taking part in this program was much more than living for six months in another continent with different people. I still can’t believe how close I got with my friends…

Chiara from Italy
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