German Scholarships Programme – information for teachers

The German Scholarships Programme did not take place as a face-to-face programme in Germany in 2021. There 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 Scholarships Programme (Internationales Preisträgerprogramm) is a four-week programme that takes place in the summer, in various locations throughout Germany.

This programme is for pupils with an exceptionally high level of German, and who have achieved excellent results. They also need to have a high level of interest in the language and culture, good general knowledge about Germany, as well as excellent personal, social and intercultural skills. Participants should be comfortable with travelling through Germany for four weeks in a mixed international group. Two weeks of the four are spent in a German host family.

This is a high-profile government programme, funded entirely by the German Foreign Office, and eight pupils from the UK are selected each year. In order to apply, candidates must write an essay in German, as well as completing an application form.

This programme is open to UK pupils in their penultimate school year (Year 12 in England and Wales, S5 in Scotland, Year 13 in Northern Ireland).

You can find more information about the German Scholarships Programme on our website for young people.

For pupils who would like to spend two weeks in Germany, with a group leader and a UK group, the German Pupil Courses may be right for them.

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

The German Scholarships Programme is 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.

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