Café Connect

UK-German Connection’s cultural exchange café, Café Connect, gives young people the chance to get to know UK and German peers through fun, interactive activities, and group discussions on current topics. It’s a great opportunity to make new friends, learn about the other culture, and practise (or even pick up) some German!

These friendly online meet-ups take place twice a month and are open to young people both with and without German language skills.

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  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK

15-year Anniversary Challenge: Capture Your Connection

Do you have a UK-German connection?

Share your story and celebrate your experience by submitting an entry to our 15-year Anniversary Challenge! Whether it’s a friendship, school partnership, youth group exchange or other connection, share it creatively and inspire others with your story!

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  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK

Health and safety: Host a Teacher from Germany

The Host a Teacher from Germany programme is coordinated by UK-German Connection in partnership with the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD). The Pädagogischer Austauschdienst is the German governmental institution in charge of international exchange at school level and works to develop and promote international co-operation.

Please note that any arrangements made through the Host a Teacher from Germany programme may be subject to developments in the situation regarding Covid-19 and Brexit. We are monitoring the situation together with our partners in Germany and will inform you of any updates, which may affect the programme, as soon as we can.

  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK

German Scholarship Programme

Free four-week language and culture course in Germany, for UK students of German in their penultimate year of school.

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  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK

German Pupil Courses

Summer courses in Germany for UK students of German at GCSE / Standard Grade and A-Level / Higher. The courses include German language lessons, staying with host families, and cultural visits and excursions.

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  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK

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.

Virtual Summer Courses

Although the German Pupil Courses and German Scholarships Programme (below) will not be taking place in 2021, the Virtual Summer Courses: ‘Deutschland online erleben’ gives German learners aged 15-17 the chance to put their German skills into practice and immerse themselves in the language with like-minded peers from many different European countries. It’s a unique opportunity to exchange on topics relevant to their lives, gain new perspectives and make friends, all under the guidance of specialist German teachers.

This is an international programme and participants will experience German language learning in mixed international groups.

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

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 and 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

Youthbridge

Youthbridge is a charitable initiative of the British-German Association to provide support for making German learning in UK schools more relevant, interesting and fun, and to foster bilateral communication.

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  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK