Location
  • Germany
Length
4 - 52 weeks
General grants/scholarships
Health & Safety

Program Details

Timeframe
Academic Year Fall J-Term Maymester Spring Winter
Housing
Host Family
Language
German
Age Min.
15
Age Max
18

Pricing

Price Details
Program fee includes:
- Host family accommodations and 3 meals/day
- Medical/Accident insurance
- Pre-departure cultural orientation
- Cultural Pre-departure Orientation (via Skype)
- 3 Day Arrival Orientation* (only available to Fall participants)
- Airport pickup to Orientation Site
- Accommodation at Orientation
- Orientation workshops (covering school life, host family life, German culture, etc)
- Cultural Tours of Bonn and Cologne (pending any travel restrictions)
- Arrival Orientation with Local Coordinator
- Personal assistance from a Greenheart Travel program manager
- Letter of Recommendation upon request and successful completion of the program
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Meals
Jan 09, 2024
Mar 06, 2017
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About Program

Life in Germany for up to a full school year when you study abroad as a high school exchange student!
Greenheart Travel provides an in-depth language and cultural immersion program for high school students who are interested in getting the full experience studying abroad in Germany.
As you study alongside your German peers and eat dinner with your host family, you'll start to understand the good-natured people and culture of Germany.

Program at a Glance:
-- Attend a local high school for a full cultural and academic experience
-- Must have previous German language experience OR attend a German language course (not include in program fee)
-- You can choose between trimester, semester, or academic year length programs
-- 3 Day Orientation complete with workshops and tours

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

We appreciate that everyone has a unique worldview and value everyone regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender or gender identity, ability, military status, religion, sexual orientation or political view. We are committed to building relationships and ensuring everyone we encounter feels welcomed, respected, and accepted. Greenheart is committed to helping anyone find the best program fit and will go the extra mile to make sure our participants feel safe and supported wherever they end up.

LGBTQIA+ Support

Greenheart Travel welcomes travelers identifying as LGTBQ+, and is committed to helping you find the best program for you. We can provide information on the cultural norms of our destination countries and are prepared to advise you on the best programs based on your needs and interests.
While most of our programs could be a good fit, we also know that certain cultures and countries are more accepting of and prepared to host LGBTQ+ people than others. We are committed to working with LGBTQ+ people to determine which experiences may be the right fit for them. Please reach out if you want to discuss which of our programs might fit you best ahead of applying at travelabroad@greenheart.org or set up a phone call with us here.

Neurodivergent Support

Greenheart works with partners who have varying levels of what is considered "good mental health". While we cannot change their eligibility conditions, we will work with participants to the best of our abilities in order to get them the program placement they want. We encourage you to discuss your specific situation with us directly, before securing these documents.

Accessibility Support

Greenheart Travel welcomes students of varying ability to explore their study abroad options! While resources and support differ from country to country, Greenheart Travel staff work with individual students as needed to find program options that will set students up for success.

Impact

Sustainability

We believe in supporting our travelers to make a positive impact in their communities. The Greenheart Club provides Greenheart Grant funding to alumni projects all over the world.
As the leading eco-friendly exchange organization, we are passionate about helping travelers explore the globe while respecting the environment and cultural heritage of the destinations they explore.

Ethical Impact

Greenheart Travel is a branch of Greenheart International, a Chicago-based organization that connects people and planet to create global leaders through personal development, volunteer service, environmentalism, fair trade, and cultural exchange. We provide resources, grants, and experiences to those who want to immerse themselves in another culture and leave it better than when they arrived. Through volunteering, creating relationships and more.

Program Highlights

  • Host family accommodations and 3 meals/daily included in the program fee
  • Destination guarantees of Bavaria, Munich, Berlin, or Hamburg are available for additional fee
  • Pre-departure and arrival orientations included
  • For Fall participants, 3-day arrival orientation with cultural tours (pending travel restrictions)
  • Assistance from a personal program manager to help before, during and after your program

Program Reviews

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  • Growth 4.5
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  • Fun 5
  • Housing 4.5
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Morgan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Morgan's Trip to Germany Review

My exchange to Germany was the best time of my life. My host family was amazing and I loved the small town I was in because I wasn't that far away from the city but the town was still small enough to make it feel like home. I really bonded with my family and now I consider my host sister just my little sister. Greenheart travel did a good job at answering all of my questions and I'm so thankful I was able to do this. I also got to go on a couple of trips with other exchange students which ended up being two of my favorite trips. I'm really glad they offered those trips to us because I loved being around thirty other people as social and fun-loving as I.

What would you improve about this program?
I would say one major improvement would be to try to offer more language help for people. I know a couple of the other exchange students were in a class and someone said something about a class to me before I left, but I was never enrolled in a language course because no one talked about it again after the one time it was mentioned. Everything ended up being fine but I still wish I could've taken the class to help me learn German.
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Rachel
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Welcome

Five words I would use to describe an Exchange trip to Germany ( Deutschland):

1. Exciting
2. Busy
3. Transformational
4. Postive
5. Endearing

Without this wonderful experience, I would be no where near the place I am today. Germany is an amazing country with an abundance of opportunities for anyone looking to go on exchange. Whether you are into dancing, eating, exercising, socializing, etc. there are opportunities for you. From household to household, warm arms welcome you and generously invite you into their everyday lives. Its an amazing place to love and I would be super supportive of anyone looking to go abroad to Germany!

What would you improve about this program?
More opportunities for exchange sudents to travel throughout the country, since they are already there, and have payed money to go see what the country is all about.
92 people found this review helpful.

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