German Pupil Courses – information for teachers

The German Pupil Course did not take place as face-to-face courses in Germany in 2021. They were instead week-long virtual courses with a focus on the practical use of German language skills in a cultural context. Please visit the Virtual Summer Courses information for teachers page for more information.

Applications for summer courses are expected to open in January 2022, and updates on how the courses will be run in 2022 will be published here soon.

General information about the courses

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