German Pupil Course Group Leaders

The German Pupil Courses 2021 have been replaced with Virtual Summer Courses which do not require UK group leaders. We hope to run the German Pupil Course programme again, and in its usual format, in 2022. Please see below for more details.


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Professional development and German immersion for teachers of German

Become a group leader on the German Pupil Courses and accompany a group of 12 pupils to Germany. This is a great opportunity for your professional development, whilst spending two weeks immersed in German language, daily life and culture.


This has been one of the best projects I have been involved with in my long teaching career…As a teacher it was a fantastic opportunity to be immersed in German and has really refreshed my language and enthusiasm for teaching it. It was so uplifting to witness how much fun the pupils had whilst experiencing first hand some of what Germany has to offer.
-Phillipa, GPC Ortenburg 2019

Group leadership opportunities

Each year, three posts are available for qualified UK teachers with experience of teaching German up to GCSE/S5 (for course option 2) or A-level/S6 (for course option 1) and experience of taking groups of young people abroad, to act as group leaders on the German Pupil Courses.

You will work alongside other teachers at a German school and will stay – where possible – with a German host family. Group leaders receive an honorarium, as well as a contingency fund for course-related expenses.

Take a look at the 2019 Group Leader blog, which all group leaders contribute to during the courses, and read about previous thematic workshops on youth values, architecture and sustainability and ‘zero waste’.


I have quite literally had the time of my life over the last two weeks. The chance to work with inspiring, passionate young people from around the country was amazing, and I will never forget the time we have spent together. Lifelong friendships have been formed, language skills have been increased, and a group of 12 students are heading back into the world to make a real change. I wish them all the very best of success in their futures.
-Sam, previous GPC Group Leader


  • About the courses

    The German Pupil Course programme – Deutschland Plus – is partly funded by the German government through Teilstipendien from the Auswärtiges Amt (Federal Foreign Ministry). The Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD – the German national agency for international education in schools) in Bonn runs the programme on behalf of the Auswärtiges Amt, and UK-German Connection manages the programme in the UK in close cooperation with the PAD.

    There are usually three courses in three different locations in Germany (in July or August – dates to be confirmed) for a group of 12 pupils and one accompanying teacher each. Two courses are for Year 12 (and equivalent) pupils and one course for Year 10 (and equivalent) pupils.

    The courses are designed for enthusiastic and motivated German learners, who would like to get first-hand experience of German life and culture, and improve their German language skills at the same time. Participants live with host families, go on excursions, attend classes and dedicated language lessons and participate in joint activities with their German peers, including thematic workshops on topics of common interest and relevance.

    Please refer to the German Pupil Courses pupil information page for details about the courses and application procedure for pupils.

  • Where and when do the courses take place?

    There are usually three courses in three different locations in Germany between mid-July and the end of August.

  • What does group leadership on the German Pupil Courses entail?

    Each group usually consists of 12 pupils from all over the UK.

    • Course option 1 is for pupils aged between 16 and 18 who are in Year 12 (England, Wales) / Year 13 (Northern Ireland) / S5 (Scotland).


    • Course option 2 is for younger pupils, aged 14 to 16 who are in Year 10 (England, Wales) / Year 11 (Northern Ireland) / S3 (Scotland)


    Duties of the group leader include:

    • Responsibility for the welfare of 12 UK pupils during their stay in cooperation with the German organiser
    • Responsibility for accompanying the group to and from Germany. Air travel from London to Germany and local transfer to and from the course centre will be arranged by UK-German Connection, and the group will be met on departure.
    • Assistance to the German organiser through the provision of 1-2 hours of tuition every week-day, working with small groups and attending discussions and excursions as incorporated into the programme.
    • Co-ordination of a joint thematic workshop for the group and their host pupils during the course.
    • Support for the group with regard to the planning of outreach activities and their primary ambassadors’ projects.

    Group leaders for the German Pupil Courses receive comprehensive guidance from UK-German Connection prior to the course, including an in-depth briefing meeting, which includes all aspects of the course, including health & safety procedures.

  • Requirements

    Group leaders must be vetted and qualified UK teachers with experience of teaching German up to GCSE/S5 (for course option 2) or A-level/S6 (for course option 1) and experience of taking groups of young people abroad.

    The programme will contain a number of excursions and other activities of an active nature which group leaders must be willing and able to accompany and, when necessary, lead.

    UK-German Connection will request a reference directly from the head of applicants’ institutions after applicants have submitted their application forms.


  • Practical details

    All course expenses in Germany, including local transport, insurance, excursions and course activities, board and lodging with a German host family, are paid and part-funded by the German government through the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD). UK-German Connection covers costs for travel from London to the course locations in Germany and back, travel and health insurance and group leaders’ costs.


    Group leaders and participants arrange their own journey to and from the London airport. All other travel and logistics will be arranged by UK-German Connection. Individual travel arrangements to and from Germany are not possible nor can flight or travel dates be altered.


    Group leaders will receive an honorarium of £1,000.00, plus contingency funds to cover course-related costs.


    UK-German Connection will provide comprehensive guidance for group leaders, including a briefing meeting, which all group leaders are required to attend. This will take place in London on a Saturday in June (please see the application form for proposed dates).

  • Application process

    The application process is currently closed. The courses usually take place between mid-July and end of August every year.

    We hope to be able to run this programme in summer 2022 and further updates will be available here when more information is available.


  • Further information

    If you have any questions, or would like further information on the programme, please contact our pupil programmes manager on