UK-German Exchange Fellowships

Please note that this programme is only open to pupils at UK schools with an existing partnership with a school in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). Partner schools in NRW should apply via the Bezirksregierung Düsseldorf.


Application deadline: 15 November 2021


Sign up to one of our Q&A webinars to find out more (see ‘Further information, contact and support’ below).

About the Exchange Fellowships

This pilot programme offers UK pupils aged 15-18 the chance to spend one, two or three weeks at an existing partner school in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and carry out a project on a theme of their choice. As part of this tandem initiative, a pupil in the UK applies in conjunction with a pupil at their German partner school, to take part in a two-way project exchange with reciprocal visits to each country taking place within a 12-month period. 

Pupils will be able to experience all aspects of school life in Germany, attend lessons with their partner and work on a curricular or extra-curricular project, as well as immersing themselves in the everyday life, culture and language of the other country.


  • Who can take part?

    Pupils aged 15-18 (at the time of travel) at UK schools with an existing partner school in NRW.

  • Who organises what?

    UK-German Connection will provide guidance on logistics, safeguarding, project work and suggested activities during the stays, as well as a grant to cover the cost of travel to Germany and activities and subsistence during their stay,

    Accommodation is normally organised on a reciprocal home-stay basis between the participating partner schools. UK pupils will need to organise their own travel to and from Germany, and responsibility for the arrangement of activities and the health and safety of the participating pupils during the stays will lie with the participating partner schools. 

    As part of the programme, the two partner schools will assign a mentor teacher in each country to help them to prepare for their visit and provide support during their stay at their partner school.

  • When does the exchange take place?

    The two visits should take place on different dates within a 12-month period and by the end of 2022.

    The dates are completely flexible and can be chosen and agreed on by the two participating pupils and their schools and families.

  • How do the projects work?

    As part of participating in the programme, each exchange pupil must complete a piece of project work on a theme of their choice. The two exchange pupils can work on the same or a different project or theme; these can be chosen individually and conducted in either English or German, but should be carried out in collaboration, discussion and reflection between the exchange partners, and include input from a wider group of pupils in the school communities.

    The project outcomes must be shared widely within both schools, with the participating pupils taking an active role in this.

    Four weeks after the visit, UK schools must submit their project outcomes and a short visit report to UK-German Connection.

    For further information on the project work, including ideas for possible themes, please see the programme handbook.

  • How does the grant work?

    Successful applicants will receive a grant of £850 to cover the cost of travel to Germany and activities and subsistence during their stay.

    The grant will be paid in two instalments, with the first being paid on acceptance of the place and the final amount being paid after the visit on receipt of the project outcomes and report. 

  • How can we apply?

    Before beginning an application, please make sure that you have: 

    • read the programme handbook carefully
    • liaised with your partner school to agree on the proposed exchange pupils, dates, project themes and host family arrangements.

    The application form must be completed by the coordinating mentor teacher with input from the pupil and in agreement with your partner school.

    Completed applications must be sent to by 15 November 2021.

    Applications can only be submitted ‘together’ as a pair; applications which don’t have a partner application cannot be considered.

  • What happens next?

    Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application before Christmas 2021. 

    There will then be introductory and guidance webinars to give participants and mentor teachers the chance to find out more about the programme and get answers to any questions they may have.

  • Further information, contact and support

    Full programme information can be found in the Exchange Fellowships Handbook.

    If you’re interested in taking part and would like to find out more, we’ll be running Q&A webinars before the deadline on the following dates:

    Friday, 17 September 2021 – registration closed

    Thursday, 7 October 2021 – registration closed

    Wednesday, 3 November 2021

    To sign up, please use the short registration form.

    If you would like to find out more about any element of the programme, or discuss your ideas, please don’t hesitate to contact us via