What is a student exchange?
Do we have to host an exchange student in our family in return?
No, your family does not have to accept an exchange student in return. The term “exchange” refers to the cultural experiences that your child has, but also the host family.
When is the right time for a student exchange?
Exchange programs are always in high demand in Germany. It is best to speak to the school principal early on about the possibility of a student exchange. Most exchange students go to the USA in 10th grade or 11th grade. It also depends on whether your child’s school offers the Abitur after 12 or 13 years. Since the school year often has to be repeated in Germany for a year-round exchange, another time is also possible.
This decision is made by the school in your home country. We recommend that you clarify with the contact persons at your home school before your stay abroad whether, and under what circumstances, a repetition year can be avoided.
After signing the contract, your child’s personal supervisor will contact you and explain the next steps in detail. Following the compilation of the application documents, we will look for suitable schools and sports teams in cooperation with our partners in the USA. As soon as you and your child have made a decision on one of the options presented, we will start applying for the visa and check off all further steps on the way to start your journey abroad together.
It is of course possible for you to visit your child in the USA. However, we do not recommend dropping your children off in the US or visiting them during the year, as it may disturb their path towards independence. You are welcome to pick up your child in the USA at the end of the program and explore the country together.
We hope that you will encourage your child not to give up after the first negative experience. Apart from that, it is possible to cancel the exchange at any time.
Customers recruit customers:
For every athlete referred, you will receive a credit of € 200 off the service fee.
Foreign students BAföG:
For school stays in the USA, there is the possibility to apply for BAföG for foreign students.