A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity...
The application process for the Scholarships Programme 2013 is now closed. This page contains general information about the programme.
Do you have a Leidenschaft for German language and culture but sometimes feel like you're the only one? Can you tell your Nominativ from your Dativ but don't get many opportunities to put it into practice? Then we might just have the perfect programme for you! How about spending four weeks experiencing all that Germany has to offer with equally enthusiastic international peers...
We are looking for talented and motivated learners of German to join us for four jam-packed summer weeks of linguistic and cultural activities all over Germany.
As part of a group of 12 international pupils, you will be spending an introductory week in Bonn, taking part in German school days and project work, staying with friendly host families, visiting famous cities such as Cologne, Berlin and Munich, and generally experiencing German culture whilst brushing up on your language skills.
If this sounds like your ideal way to spend the summer, read on!
About the programme
The German Scholarships Programme (Internationales Preisträgerprogramm) is a fantastic opportunity for all UK citizens, aged 16+, in their penultimate school year (Year 12 in England and Wales, S5 in Scotland, Year 13 in Northern Ireland). The programme is run by the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD) and administered in the UK by UK-German Connection. It provides a unique opportunity for pupils to get first-hand experience of German life and culture and improve their German language skills at the same time. The German Scholarships Programme is an international programme, participants will experience German language learning and travelling in mixed international groups.
Who can take part?
Candidates need to have studied German for at least two years and have achieved excellent results. They also need to have a good command of the spoken language and a good general knowledge about Germany, as well as very good social skills. Participants are expected to actively take part in all the programme activities.
Please note: this programme is only for those who are both British nationals and British residents. It is not open to German nationals and German native speakers!
When does it take place?
This is a four-week programme which will take place from 3 July - 2 August 2013 in various locations throughout Germany.
What does the programme include?
- an introductory week in Bonn
- school visits and project work
- home stays with German families
- visits to cities like Cologne, Berlin and Munich
- an international evening
Programme guides will meet participants on arrival in Germany and accompany the groups throughout the programme, offering assistance wherever needed.
In addition to the activities mentioned above, participants also have the opportunity to share their experiences from Germany with pupils at a local primary school on their return to the UK.
Who organises travel?
The PAD books return journeys between a London airport and the German destination. Participants arrange their own journey to and from the London airport.
Participants will be following a full-time programme of activities and travelling in a group with other students. Individual excursions and trips will therefore not be possible nor can flight/travel dates be altered.
Who pays what?
This is a fully-funded course, and therefore all costs (including travel, accommodation and course costs) are paid for by the German government through the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD).
UK participants pay for the cost of domestic travel to a London airport.