German Pupil Courses – information for teachers

We are very sorry that the German Pupil Courses 2020 were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We hope to be able to run this programme in summer 2021 and further updates will be shared here as soon as possible.


If you have any questions, please contact .

The German Pupil Courses are two-week language and culture courses which take place in July or August. There are three courses for 12 pupils and one group leader each.

These courses are for pupils with a very good level of German, with a high level of interest in the language and culture, and very good personal, social and intercultural skills. The courses take place in three different German towns. Participants live with a German host family for the two weeks, and have lessons in school as well as organised excursions.

This is a high-profile government programme, part-funded by the German foreign office (participants pay a contribution towards the costs – usually around £300), and 36 pupils from the UK are selected each year. In order to apply, candidates must complete an application form stating their reasons for their interest in the course.

This programme is open to pupils in Year 12 (England, Wales) / Year 13 (Northern Ireland) / S5 (Scotland) and Year 10 (England, Wales) / Year 11 (Northern Ireland) / S3 (Scotland).

You can find more information about the German Pupil Courses on our website for young people.

For pupils with excellent German results, the four-week German Scholarships Programme may also be of interest.

Download an overview of our summer programmes to see which is right for your pupils: Main summer programmes guidance sheet for teachers 2020

The German Pupil Courses are run by the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD), Bonn, on behalf of the Auswärtiges Amt (German Foreign Ministry). In the UK, the programme is managed by UK-German Connection working in close cooperation with PAD.  The Pädagogischer Austauschdienst is the German governmental institution in charge of international education at school level and works to develop and promote international co-operation at school level. The German Pupil Courses are co-funded in the UK by the Department for Education (DfE) in England.

If you have any questions, please contact our pupil programmes manager at