Year, Semester, Gap: Known for their direct communication, Germans love spirited conversation about politics, economics, environmental issues and any other issue one can take a side on. They also passionately follow their soccer teams, especially after hosting the World Cup in 2006. You could be placed in one of three types of German schools, though most likely will be enrolled in a Gymnasium (college preparatory), a program that includes the classics, modern languages, math, or the natural sciences. Teenagers generally devote their time to academics during the week. Because there is no school in the afternoon, school-based extracurricular activities are not commonly offered; instead, communities organize activities for teens, and there are frequently festivals year-round in towns and villages.
Summer global prep: This two-week program is designed for students who want to get a flavor of Germany by studying STEM in depth and in a global perspective. This program offers you the opportunity to take classes in a language school during the day, and then put your new knowledge to immediate use through interactions with the community and your host family. our program will begin in New York, where you will meet your fellow AFSers from the US and then travel together to Germany where you will be met by AFS Staff and Volunteers. International airfare is included as part of the program fee, but it will be your responsibility to arrange your travel from your hometown to New York.