For over 50 years, the Federal Republic of Germany, through the German Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt) and its Pedagogical Exchange Service (Pädagogischer Austauschdienst), has provided the AATG/PAD Study Trip Awards, a 3-4 week trip to Germany in the summer following the Exam. Students attend classes at an academic high school, stay in homestays, and participate in various excursions to places of cultural significance.
Eligibility. To be eligible to apply, students must score in the 90th percentile or higher on the National German Exam, have a minimum of a B average, and be at least 15 years old by June 1, 2016. Students must be US citizens or permanent residents, and not live in a household where regular conversation is in German, and must not have visited a German-speaking country for more than two consecutive weeks since the age of six.
How to apply. Students who qualify for the Study Trip Award submit applications using the online portal. A local committee selects a nominee for each AATG Chapter. A national committee then selects the final award recipients. Complete application materials and procedures are available on the AATG/PAD Study Trip Application page.
Award I (Sophomores and Juniors). Students receive round‐trip air transportation from Newark or New York to Kulmbach or Nürnberg, cities in southern Germany. In addition to a two-week school and homestay program, they also make a special excursion to Berlin. Domestic transport to the group departure airport is not included.
Award II (Seniors). Students receive round‐trip air transportation from Newark or New York to Germany. In addition to a school and homestay program, they also attend a special international program. Seniors are met by their group leader upon arrival in Germany. Domestic transport to the group departure airport is not included.
Homestay. Students experience Germany as part of a family with a host brother or sister who attends the local academic high school (Gymnasium). Host families are carefully selected by the director (Kursleiter/Kursleiterin) of the program, a German teacher at the school you are attending. Every effort is made to match "brothers" and "sisters" with similar interests.
Attend Classes. The host Gymnasium is still in session when the American students arrive, and special arrangements are made to integrate American students into the German school. Students have German lessons tailored to meet their needs and also attend regular classes with their host brother or sister during the day. Sophomore and Junior Students are assigned to a group attending the Markgraf-Georg-Friedrich Gymnasium in Kulmbach, the Melanchthon-Gymnasium in Nürnberg, or the Martin-Behaim-Gymnasium in Nürnberg.
Visit Facinating Places. It’s not all about school! Field trips are organized for students to explore nearby cities, museums, castles, monuments and the great outdoors. On weekends, host families generally plan trips to show their visiting "son" or "daughter" the surrounding area.
Adult Supervision. Award I groups are accompanied by an American high school teacher of German. The chaperone will meet the students at the airport before the flight to Germany. The chaperone supervises excursions, serves as a liaison with the German school, and provides the support students need when they’re away from home.