Health and safety: German Pupil Courses & German Scholarships Programme

Please read the information below in conjunction with our general Health & Safety Policy.

The German Pupil Courses and German Scholarships Programme are run by the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD), Bonn in co-operation with UK-German Connection, London. The PAD runs the programme on behalf of the Auswärtiges Amt (German Foreign Ministry). UK-German Connection manages the programme in the UK on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE) and the British Council, and in close cooperation with the 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.

  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK

Opportunities for Pupils

We have a variety of opportunities for pupils to visit Germany, either as individual applicants or with a group from their school.

German Pupil Courses

The German Pupil Courses are two-week long language and culture courses, which take place in July and August in Germany. There are three course for 12 pupils and one group leader each. The pupils stay with German host families for two weeks and attend excursions and school visits while in the country. The programme is open for students in Year 10 through to Year 12.

More information about the German Pupil Courses can be found on our website for young people.

German Scholarships Programmes

The German scholarships programme is a four-week long programme in Germany for students with a high level of German. The course is entirely funded by the German Foreign Office and eight students are selected each year.  The students spend two weeks living with host families and participate in an international programme, involving cultural and educational excursions and activities.

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

Youth Seminars

Throughout the year, UK German connection runs thematic seminars, often based on current topics and events. The seminars are attended by young people in education or as part of a youth group and are bilateral events, held in either the UK or Germany.

You can find more information on our website for young people.

Magical Christmas Trips

The Magical Christmas trips programme is an intercultural and educational Christmas trip to Germany for primary school children and a small number of accompanying secondary school students. The four day visit allows younger children to experience German culture during the festive period.

More information, along with past experiences, can be found on our Magical Christmas Trip page.

  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK

Host a Teacher from Germany – Why take part in the programme?

Our school felt that we had brought a piece of the world into the classroom by hosting the German teacher for 3 weeks. It encouraged our students to see things from a different perspective, preparing them to become good citizens. (UK coordinating teacher, Francis Askew Primary School)

Schools that have hosted a teacher from Germany this academic year share their highlights and the benefits of the programme:

This experience has been incredibly powerful for the school and pupils. It has enabled pupils to experience a taste of Germany which is very important as many of our students would never be able to afford the opportunity to visit Germany. German language is no longer such an abstract concept for our pupils as they have been able to connect with German pupils and Germany. I would recommend every school to apply.

It’s flexible

Visits can take place at any time between September and July with the freedom to tailor the programme to your common interests.

It provides real opportunities for creativity. You can take it in any direction because you are not restricted. Putteridge High School

It’s free

For schools not able to host a language assistant, the Host a Teacher programme allows pupils to benefit from lessons about German culture and linguistic support at no extra cost.

UK-German Connection provides a great opportunity for schools to share their experience and knowledge in a cost-effective wayCharlton Manor Primary School

It’s a great way to exchange resources

Need some ideas for activities to teach a certain topic? Teachers at Oakthorpe Primary were left feeling inspired after sharing ideas and resources with their teacher from Germany.

Swapping ideas and sharing resources can be quite enlightening and stimulate further ideas for projects and links. Oakthorpe Primary

It’s an excellent professional development opportunity

Hosting a teacher from Germany can give you a unique perspective of teaching techniques and can give you some fresh ideas to try out in the classroom.

It was wonderful to be able to share my practice with the teacher and learn about how he teaches. Woodrow First School

We benefited from sharing experiences and learning from each other, particularly regarding teaching children who do not have English/German as a first language.

Pupils benefit from cultural input and linguistic support

Bring pupils’ learning to life! Having a native speaker in the classroom who is able to share cultural information first-hand provides students with a tangible learning experience and enthusiasm.

The children gained a unique perspective into a different culture and way of life. Woodrow First School

It was such a benefit having not only a “native speaker” but also a teacher – the pupils’ preparation and performance in oral exams really benefitted from her presence and input.Kelso High School

We had a fantastic experience hosting a teacher from Germany and I can fully recommend the programme to any school considering it – it may seem like extra work but on the contrary, the benefits far outweigh the initial planning. Being sent an extra teacher for free is a godsend – she was an instant hit with our students and they loved the contact with an authentic German speaker as well as hearing about school life in Germany.

It can lead to bigger things…

Hosting a teacher from Germany could open up further opportunities for activities or a possible link between the two schools.

After hosting a teacher from Löhne, Spalding High School set up an orchestra exchange, which is still going strong.

new pen pal scheme was set up between Year 7 pupils at a school in Hertfordshire and their German visitor’s school.

The visit has made the partnership real and personal to both pupils and staff. Bishop Hatfield Girls’ School

Top tips from UK hosting teachers

  • Plan your visitor’s timetable in advance, so that as many classes or year groups can benefit.
  • Speak to the teacher before they come to ensure that you have broken the ice beforehand.
  • Get them involved in all aspects of the school, not just the German department.
  • Ask the German teacher to prepare a presentation of their school/local area or bring photos.
  • Ask the German teacher to bring letters from their pupils introducing themselves as well as authentic materials.
  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK

Host a Teacher from Germany

Bring German culture into your classroom! Host a German teacher for one, two or three weeks during the upcoming academic year, at no cost.

http://ukgermanconnection.org/parents-professionals/programmes/host-a-teacher-from-germany/

Application deadlines:

The deadline to apply to host a teacher from Germany in 2019-20 has now passed. UK schools interested in hosting a teacher from Germany in 2020-21 will be able to apply again from mid-May 2020.

  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK

Flexible funding scheme

This special flexible funding scheme is designed to bring young people of the UK and Germany together to facilitate an exchange of ideas, joint learning and open discussions on special topics and current issues. Projects can be virtual or include mobility.

Themes currently available under the flexible funding scheme:
World War I
Our future in Europe – maintaining the UK-German connection (NEW)

http://ukgermanconnection.org/parents-professionals/funding/project-fund/

  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK

Instant Impact

The Instant Impact grant is available for group taster trips and visits to Germany for young people.

http://ukgermanconnection.org/parents-professionals/funding/instant-impact/

  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK

Host a Teacher from Germany

Would you like to have authentic German cultural input in your school? Through the Host a Teacher from Germany programme, your school can host a German teacher for one, two or three weeks during the academic year, at no cost. Find out how your school could benefit!

All schools and Further Education colleges from the whole of the UK can take part. The UK coordinating teacher does not need to be a teacher of German, and German does not need to be on the school’s curriculum; visiting teachers are either teachers of English or have good knowledge of the English language.

Benefits include:

  • boost of authentic German culture brought to your school by a qualified teacher from Germany
  • Joint thematic learning: both sides are able to benefit from discussing educational and curricular themes together and gain a new perspective
  • The visit helps to broaden horizons, break down any existing prejudices, and increase pupils’ intercultural awareness and understanding
  • Linguistic teaching support: pupils and teachers are able to practise their German speaking and gain confidence in conversing in the language
  • Discussion and reflection: teachers gain new insight into the German education system, discuss educational issues and are able to reflect on current practice
  • A chance to discuss and develop a potential partnership for future project activities

Hosting options

UK schools can either be matched with a German teacher on the basis of a host offer form (application form) or host a teacher who is known to them, e.g. from a partner school.

  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK

Europass

Europass helps individuals highlight their abilities in an effective way. It promotes the mobility of individuals throughout Europe by removing barriers to working, studying or training in Europe. It is free and enables people to present their competences, skills and qualifications in a clear way.

http://www.ecctis.co.uk/europass/

  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK

British Council Schools Online

The British Council website ‘Schools Online’ provides an interactive partner-finding database to link schools and colleges worldwide, as well as advice and guidance on joint projects, funding and programmes.

Please note: This website was formerly known as ‘Global Gateway’. If you have previously registered with Global Gateway, you can use your existing log-in details.

http://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/

  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK

Eurodesk

Eurodesk is a Europe-wide network of organisations giving young people access to information on opportunities to work, study, travel and volunteer abroad, as well as European funding.

http://www.eurodesk.org.uk/

  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK