By attending a German school, you will have the early opportunity to get to know another education system, another country and, obviously, another language. Of course, you will also make a lot of new friends and experience a great deal of everyday life in Germany.
Your advantage as a did exchange student
You apply for a placement by sending us your completed registration form and language test results. We will be happy to recommend an agent in your home country to you and your parents that can support you during the application process.
After your application is complete, we will begin looking for a suitable host family and school. This process can take a while, because the school has to decide whether to accept you. This means, the better your application, the faster you will receive a positive response from the school.
Your German adventure starts and you begin gathering new experiences, forming new impressions and making new friends. Our handbook contains a summary of the most important information you will need for your stay.
The school year in Germany begins in August or September, depending on the state in which you will be living. So that we have enough time to prepare for your exchange, your application must be submitted to us no later than May 15. If you only want to apply for a semester (half year), the application deadline for the desired semester is either May 15, or, if you will attend school beginning in January/February, November 15. Please note, we can only accept applications that are complete. This includes the placement test that will give us information about your German language skills in advance. If you have any questions about the application process, we are here to help.
You can attend a German school for two or three months as a guest if you like. The school stay varies depending on the vacation schedule of the individual German state and lasts 10-11 months in the case of an entire year visit, 5 - 7 months for a half year. The stay always includes respective school vacations. After successful completion of the school term, you will receive a certificate or grade report. Before you register for the exchange, you should clarify with your home school under what circumstances your German school attendance will be recognized and let us know what they require.
If you would like to complete the Abitur in Germany, you can attend a boarding school (Internat), for example. In order to attend a boarding school or private school, you must have German language skills at the B2 level. The Abitur program lasts two years, so you need to plan a stay of between two and three years in order to complete it. We are happy to advise you of your options.
Ideal preparation for a successful boarding school or private school placement is our Preparation Course for Boarding School Stay. This course is suitable,as well, if you are preparing for a public school visit.
During your stay in Germany you will be living with a carefully selected host family. Here you will quickly feel at home, because right from the beginning, you will be seen as a regular family member and will be expected to take part fully in all aspects of family life. Our host families may be single individuals or couples with or without children. They may be employed full time or already in retirement so that they have more time for you. We visit our host families regularly and many already have years of experience hosting our students.
In addition to the rights, you will also have the same responsibilities of similarly aged German children and must follow the family rules. If you determine at the beginning of your stay that you and your host family do not get along, it is possible to switch families.
Your host family will provide you a single room and all meals. This means you will receive three meals a day (breakfast, sack lunch and dinner). More information can be found in our handbook.
In addition to your host family, if you have questions or concerns, the local did organizer is there to help. Your did organizer will welcome you when you arrive in Germany and be available during your entire stay for anything you might need. The two of you will meet regularly together.
You may also contact the program coordinator at any time. S/he can be reached via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (+496924004560).
For legal reasons, we have put together for you an insurance package that covers health, accident and personal liability. The costs of the insurance are not included in the program price. Because this insurance is valid in all other EU countries, you may travel carefree in other EU countries during your stay. Please note that travel is only possible with preauthorization from did.
International students need a visa regardless of length of stay or home country in order to attend a school in Germany. Generally:
We will gladly help with further questions. After receipt of complete payment, you will be responsible for keeping all of your visa application documents. Please consult the current Germany Embassy regulations in your home country.
Included in the price:
Host family and board
did participation certificate
Grade report (after 5 months)
|2 months||2.250 €|
|3 months||2.800 €|
|4 months||3.600 €|
|5 months||4.400 €|
|6 months||5.200 €|
|7 months||6.000 €|
|8 months||6.800 €|
|9 months||7.600 €|
|10 months||8.400 €|
|11 months||8.600 €|
|State||First day '19||Fall '19||Christmas '19||Winter '20||Easter '20||Pentecost '20||Last day '20|
|Bavaria||10.09.||28.10. - 31.10.||23.12. - 04.01.||24.02. - 28.02.||06.04. - 18.04.||02.06. - 13.06.||24.07.|
|Berlin||05.08.||04.10. - 19.10.||23.12. - 04.01.||03.02. - 08.02.||06.04. - 17.04.||22.05||24.06.|
|Brandenburg||05.08.||04.10. - 18.10.||23.12. - 03.01.||03.02. - 08.02.||06.04. - 17.04.||-||24.06.|
|Hesse||12.08.||30.09. - 12.10.||23.12. - 11.01.||-||06.04. - 18.04.||-||03.07.|
|Lower Saxony||15.08.||04.10. - 18.10.||23.12. - 06.01.||03.02. - 04.02.||30.03. - 14.04.||22.05. + 02.06.||15.07.|
|NRW||28.08.||14.10. - 26.10.||23.12. - 06.01.||-||06.04. - 18.04.||02.06.||26.06.|
|Rhineland Palatinate||12.08.||30.09. - 11.10.||23.12. - 06.01.||17.02. - 21.02.||09.04. - 17.04.||-||03.07.|