NWSE - AATG Exchange Award

2021/2022 Exchange Award to Germany

NorthWest Student Exchange (NWSE) and the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) offers three Student Exchange Awards to qualified U.S. high school students of German. Award winners will travel to Germany for a semester or school year in 2021-2022 to be immersed in German language, life, and culture. Award winners live with a carefully selected host family and attend 10th or 11th grade at a German public high school. Award winners participate in after-school activities to make friends, increase language skills, and experience German and European culture. Each Award winner’s family (or a family nominated by them) reciprocally will host a German exchange student in the United States.

NWSE German Exchange Award

Included in the NWSE – AATG Exchange Award

  • Room and board with a carefully selected volunteer host family in Germany
  • Flights and train transportation directly to and from the exchange destination
  • International health/accident insurance
  • Supervision by an NWSE coordinator in Germany
  • 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

  • Currently enrollment at an accredited U.S. high school
  • Candidate’s family (or a local family, nominated by the candidate) must host an NWSE German exchange student
  • Candidate’s local public high school must host the NWSE exchange student
  • Between the ages of 15 and 18 at the start of the program
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0)
  • Currently 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 Exchange Award

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

Deadlines and Timeline

Exchange Award Application Deadline: April 15, 2021

Decisions Announced: May, 2021

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2021/2022 German Exchange Award Registration

“My exchange has been great. I love my family so much.”

Mariana from Brazil

“This was our first experience. Everything went very smoothly for us. My husband, who was pretty nervous about the whole idea [of hosting], loved the experience. He texted me the…

Laurie and Glenn from Montana, USA

“It is amazing how fast the students adapt to your home life and become just like your own son or daughter. They have personalities that bring a lot of different…

Mark 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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