Overview

Willkommen in Deutschland! !

Studying abroad with Greenheart Travel’s high school program in Germany will give you a chance to live and study in a place where gemütlichkeit, or good-naturedness, is a way of life! Immerse yourself in a culture where hiking, cycling, palaces, parks, and gardens are abundant. As an exchange student in Germany, you will experience what it’s like to attend high school with your German peers and receive the wealth of cultural immersion, allowing you to gain a new perspective during your academic adventure abroad!

ACTIVITIES AND EXCURSIONS

If you are in Germany in the autumn you can opt into the Berlin trip. If you find yourself in Germany in the Spring, join the Munich trip! Additional fees apply with these excursions, but they are wonderful opportunities to explore more of Germany and meet fellow exchange students!

Getting involved in extra-curricular activities is a great way to gain deeper insight into German culture. Every town offers a variety of clubs and activities. So do a little investigative work when you arrive to determine the best option for you!

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Most exchange students study in public schools. The German high school consists of Grades 10-12 and is divided into two semesters, the first beginning in August and the second ending in June.

You will go to school from Monday to Friday, from 7:50 in the morning until around 1 o’clock. Sometimes it is longer depending on the day and the subjects chosen. Each session is normally about 45 minutes. Math, German, English, a second language (French or Spanish), Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PA, History, Geography, and/or Social Sciences are typically taught in 10th & 11th grades. Three different tracks (Languages/Literature/Arts; Social Sciences; Mathematics/Sciences) are taught in 12 grade and your host school will determine your track.

NEED TO MEET A SERVICE LEARNING REQUIREMENT TO GRADUATE?

Does your high school require you to volunteer to complete graduation requirements? Are you applying to top colleges that are asking for your service learning experience? By joining the Greenheart Club during your program abroad, you’ll be able to log volunteer service hours , while having a truly, unique cultural experience. Not to mention having a great time while making a difference in your host community! Here’s how to get started.

Program Dates

Dates subject to change 

Academic Year:
Dates: August – June
Application Deadline: April 15
$500 early application discount: Apply by February 2

Fall Trimester:
Dates: August – November
Application Deadline: April 15
$300 early application discount: Apply by February 2

Fall Semester:
Dates: August – January
Application Deadline: April 15
$500 early application discount: Apply by February 2

 

Spring Trimester:
Dates: January – April
Application Deadline: Oct. 15
$300 Early Application Discount: Apply by June 24

Spring Semester:
Dates: January – June
Application Deadline: Oct. 15
$500 Early Application Discount: Apply by June 24

Eligibility

In researching a study abroad program, you have already shown you are a leader and open-minded in your academic pursuits. These are just a few of the traits that our exchange students possess. You’re motivated to immerse yourself in another culture and flexible enough to live outside your comfort zone. You should also:

  • Be between 15 and 18 years of age
  • Be from the United States or Canada
  • Possess a high school cumulative GPA of at least 2.75/4.0
  • Be in great mental* and physical health
  • Have a genuine interest in becoming a part of your host family and community
  • Have at least 2 years of German language instruction or Be willing to attend a German language course during the first half of the program (not included in program fee)

Interested in gaining German fluency before you go? Check out our Teen Summer Language Camp in Berlin!

*What does it mean to be in good mental health?
Moving to a new culture and staying in unfamiliar surroundings without your normal support structure can be very stressful, even to the most well-adjusted student. Sending a student with pre-existing conditions on a long term exchange program could exacerbate whatever challenges the student was previously facing. In order to ensure the safety of our participants, we must be rigorous in our pre-screening of (High School Abroad/Teen summer Language Camp) candidates. Learn more in our FAQs section.

 

Costs

Academic Trimester: $7,490
Academic Semester: $10,190
Academic Year (Fall 2016): $12,150

Prices subject to change

  • Roundtrip international airfare from designated gateway airport to Germany
  • Host family accommodations and 3 meals per day
  • Medical/Accident insurance
  • Support and counseling services from in-country staff
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Pre-departure cultural orientation
    • Cultural Pre-departure Orientation (via Skype)
    • General Pre-departure Orientation (in-person or via Skype)
  • 3 Day Arrival Orientation* (only available to Fall participants)
    • Greeting and Transfer from Airport to Orientation Site
    • Accommodation at Orientation Site
    • Traditional German Meals
    • Orientation workshops (covering school life, host family life, German culture, etc)
    • Cultural Tours of Bonn and Cologne (museums, palaces, plazas, cathedrals, etc)
  • Arrival Orientation with German Local Coordinator
  • Personal assistance from a Greenheart Travel program manager
  • Letter of Recommendation upon request and successful completion of the program

Accommodation

The best way to learn about a new culture and language is to be fully immersed in it and what better way to do that than to stay with a local family. All Greenheart Travel high school abroad participants live with a carefully screened, local host family and are provided with 2-3 meals per day. All our host families are volunteers and will treat you as a member of their family. By being a part of your family’s daily life, you will learn to live and speak like a local.

While living with your German family you will learn to become a morning person and enjoy breakfast together. When not working or studying, you and your host family will likely take advantage of Germany’s numerous country trails- all with designated areas for exercising, running or walking.

Your host family will probably be as nervous as you are when you first meet. You can help to alleviate nerves by e-mailing and speaking with them before arriving in German. Getting to know them will help break the ice when you finally meet in person. It will also show that you are as excited to live with them as they are to host you!

 

FAQs

Do I need to be fluent in another language?
No. One of the main goals of studying abroad is to become fluent in another language while you live overseas. Your host family and school will not expect you to be fluent when you first arrive and will help you improve your language skills.

Will my language skills be good enough?
We require two years of foreign language study for Argentina, Spain, France and Japan.
The language requirement is waived for all other country destinations.
For English speaking countries (Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand), you are already set!

Can friends study abroad together?
No. Our programs are based on a full, cultural immersion experience so friends are not allowed to study abroad together. Don’t worry though; making friends in your new host country will happen quickly!

Do I need my parent’s permission to participate in the High School Study Abroad Program?
Yes. As most high school participants are minors, parental permission is required.

What are my chances of being accepted into the High School Study Abroad Program?
If you have two years of foreign language experience, at least a 2.75 GPA, and a true passion for discovering new cultures you will have an increased chance of being accepted.

What does it mean to be in good mental health?
Moving to a new culture and staying in unfamiliar surroundings without your normal support structure can be very stressful, even to the most well-adjusted student. Sending a student with pre-existing conditions on a long term exchange program could exacerbate whatever challenges the student was previously facing. In order to ensure the safety of our participants, we must be rigorous in our pre-screening of (High School Abroad/Teen summer Language Camp) candidates.

We cannot accept students who have struggled with any kind of mental illness within the last 2 years and/or are reliant on medication to address their existing mental health condition.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Depression
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Debilitating anxiety
  • Eating disorders

If the student’s mental health issue has been resolved (post-medication) for over 2 years, we will ask for a note from his/her relevant practitioner(psychologist, therapist, psychiatrist, etc) as part of the application process.

I’ve already graduated, am I still eligible?
We can accept graduated students on a case by case basis and only for certain countries. The student must be within the age requirements for the program.

How are host families selected?
Host families go through a thorough interview process and are carefully screened. They must complete an application, their references must be checked, and an in-home interview must be conducted by the partner organization. Many current host families have hosted numerous participants year after year.

I know a family in my program country that would like to host me. Is that possible?
This can be possible on a case by case basis. Chances improve if there is a school in the same community that is able to host foreign exchange students.

What kind of assistance will I receive while I’m abroad?
There is a strong network of people working together to ensure your time abroad is successful. This includes your program manager in the U.S., your natural parents, your local coordinator abroad in your program location, your host school, and your host family. Immediate assistance will be provided by your local coordinator and/or host family as they will be in the same region.

What about taking SAT’s while abroad?
If you choose to take your SAT’s abroad, you will be responsible for finding a testing site. It will be much more convenient to take the SAT’s prior or after your study abroad experience, which is what we recommend.

Can we speak to current participants?
Yes! Check out our blog or find us on Facebook to talk to current participants right now!

If there is a class I must take in order to graduate, can you guarantee that I will be able to take it abroad?
There are no guarantees that you can take certain classes at your host school. CCI/Greenheart Travel will be able to provide information about the general curriculum for your age level in your host country; however, in most cases you will not be able to sign up for specific courses until AFTER you have arrived in your host country. Please review classes, transfers, and credits abroad for more information.

Can I go home to visit my family or can my parents visit me?
No. Visits are not allowed during the high school program. If your family wishes to visit, they should plan to meet you after your program is completed. In this instance, CCI/Greenheart Travel’s National office and international partner office should be informed of your family’s plans.

Can we select a certain city or region in the country abroad?
We are unable to take your location preferences into account. Our priority is to identify a host family and community that are the best match for you.

Do you offer any scholarships, financial aid, or special discounts?
We offer special discounts for students whose families have hosted one of our CCI Greenheart exchange students.

How will my son/daughter get money abroad?
It is best for students to bring an ATM/debit or credit card. Most cards are accepted at ATM machines abroad and this is by far the easiest and most convenient way to access money.

When and where does the orientation take place?
You will receive one general pre-departure orientation from your local representative here in the U.S. Your program manager in the national office will conduct the cultural pre-departure orientation via Skype. Our partner office in your host country will organize an orientation for you abroad. Normally this is conducted within a month of your arrival to the host community.

Will I have a host sibling my age?
There is no guarantee that you will have a host sibling your age. Your host family may have young children, teenage children, or grown children who no longer live at home.

When is the application due?
Applications for the fall start are due by April 15 and there is an early bird discount for applications received by February 2. Applications for the spring start are due by September 15 and there is an early bird discount for applications received by July 2. We may be able to accommodate late applications on a case-by-case basis; contact us for details.

Application Process

You should apply by April 15 for an August departure and October 15 for a February departure.

Complete the Online Application

There are 4 short steps in the application process which are outlined below. Please answer the application questions thoroughly and thoughtfully. This is the most important step in getting to know you and assessing your best host family match.

  • Step 1: Select the APPLY NOW button to the left. Once completed, you will be connected to a High School Abroad program manager, who will send you a link to begin the application.
  • Step 2: Provide general information about yourself. Once completed, you will receive a link in your email for the next part of your application (5 minutes)
  • Step 3: Provide more detailed information about yourself, why you want to study abroad, and what you hope to gain from your experience. Once completed you will receive a link in your e-mail for the final part of your application (2 hours).
  • Step 4: Submit your $1000 deposit and program documents. A deposit is required in order to reserve your spot on the program and is subtracted from your total program fee. Once the deposit, general profile, and signed polices are submitted we can begin preparing you for your adventure abroad. You will have 1-2 weeks to submit your remaining documents.

Review your Application

Greenheart Travel will thoroughly review your application and will contact you within 2-3 business days to schedule a time to speak about the next steps in the application and acceptance process.

You’re Accepted – now what?

Your program manager will be in touch with you directly about your acceptance. You should expect to receive an acceptance packet via email within 4-6 weeks of submitting all application documents.