Germany is the largest country in the EU in terms of population. It’s also the European Union’s biggest economy, which you will notice by the high standards of living. This modern, cosmopolitan country is a centre for technology and innovation. It attracts people from all over the world with a varied cultural scene and a certain love for concerts and festivals.
High School Classic
High School Classic is the traditional high school exchange programme, chosen by most of our students. It is the perfect programme for those who long for a genuine high school experience abroad and who are willing to embrace all the surprises it can bring. Here’s how it works: based on your profile, we find you a suitable host family and school, and the best part is, it can be anywhere in Germany, from the lowlands of the north to the Bavarian Alps of the south! If you’re open to adventure and are willing to let yourself be surprised by your exchange experience, this is the programme for you.
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This big nation truly has it all. From beautiful scenery and cozy villages to modern cities and charming Christmas markets. The mixture of old and ultra modern is exciting in cities like Berlin, Hamburg and Köln. In the area around Munich, you’ll find dream-like castles. If you want to think big for your high school exchange, think Germany!
Area: 375 000 km2 Population: 82,5 million Capital: Berlin Language: German National holiday: October 3rd Country code: +49
High standard schools in Germany
Germany is a federal republic and schools are a bit different depending on where in the country you are placed. The lowest common denominator is that the academic level is high. You can count on some good education. Also, German teachers want you to be active in class. Raise your hand and ask questions and take part of the discussions. This will also give your German skills a real boost!
Two years of previous German studies is required to apply for an exchange year here. Most of your subjects will be mandatory and taught in German.
Gymnasium in Germany
School year nine to twelve, or sometimes thirteen, is called Gymnasium. This is the German high school and this is where you will be placed. Exactly which year you will attend depends on your age, your grades and your level of German.
You can look forward to feeling welcome, since there is an overall interest in international relations and foreign cultures in this open and culturally diverse country.
Weekends with the family
Being a part of a German family you will soon get in touch with the language and the culture. Family is important to Germans and they often spend the weekends together, visiting relatives or being outdoors. For many German families, Sunday lunch is when they all sit down and eat together.
Germany is a big nation and your family will probably show you around in their particular area. What you get to see depends a lot on where you are located. You might live close to cute markets in old villages, deep green forests, beautiful river valleys or a big city with lots of sightseeing.
Freedom and responsibility
German teenagers are rather independent and often given a lot of freedom, but they are also expected to show a great deal of responsibility. A year in Germany is a great chance for you to grow as a person.
Who can go: 15–17,5 years on arrival
Departure month: January/August/December
Language requirements: 2 years of German
Choice of destination: Yes. Additional cost
Prep course: STS Welcome Camp included
School year: July/September–June/August
School day: Usually 08.00 – 16.00
Subjects: Compulsory and optional
Trips in the country: Day trips and outings. Additional cost
My exchange was a ‘ROLLER COASTER’, the type of ride you wish would never end. With the twists, the turns and the lows came the peaks which made it all worthwhile. / Clarine Fourie
The keyword is Verein
Naturally you can spend your free time in a café, at the movies or in a shopping mall, like young people all over the world. But here’s a tip for your free time in Germany: Verein. What now?
Verein is German for club and many exchange students quickly discover that joining some kind of activity group is a great way to make new friends and have fun after school. Are you into art, dance, music, drama? Ask your host family for help to find the Verein that suits you best!
Germans are sporty people and many schools offer different sports when classes are over. Of course, soccer is a favorite. As you probably know, the national soccer team has been extremely successful over the years. Other popular sports are gymnastics, athletics and handball.
Travel with us
You can also join one of the trips we arrange every year. We offer a three day visit to Berlin as well as a skiing trip in the Alps over the New Year and a weekend trip to Hamburg. Your local contact person will give you more detailed information about prices and travel dates. Discover more of Germany!
STS Welcome Camp in Paris
Your exchange begins with our fun Welcome Camp in Paris! The Welcome Camp gives you the best possible start to your exchange, and is packed with sightseeing, seminars, new friends and lots of fun.
If you have a particular destination in mind for your time in Germany, be sure to ask for an area choice in your application.
Air fares to host family and back
Accommodation in an approved host family
Half board Monday-Friday and full board on weekends
School spot in a public high school
Personal assistance and contact person from home country and host country
STS Welcome Camp
Pre-departure orientation in your home country
Emergency support 24/7
Meetings and material to prepare you and your parents
STS bag and t-shirt
STS Ambassador Club
High School Classic
Don’t forget to check out our Video Scholarship Challenge. Send us a video explaining why you would be a great exchange student and get the chance to receive a scholarship for your high school exchange. Find all information and instructions here
Yes, no matter where you go, we have a local representative at your location. It is the local area representative who works to approve our host families, have contact with schools and will be your supporter and advisor during your exchange year.
The easiest way to apply is to visit the page of your favourite destination and click the "Apply now" button. Your application is not binding, and you make your final decision once you have been accepted.