High School Exchange in Germany

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  • study abroad Germany
  • age from 15 to 17 years old
  • Language German
  • dates August to July
  • length Academic year
  • price from 5490 EUR

Be an exchange student in Germany

Our High School exchange in Germany offers you the highest quality immersion and educational program to improve your language skills and enjoy the one-of-a-kind German culture and landscape. 
The primary purpose of this program is to engage with the exchange pupils in such a way that they feel right at home! Based on your application and availability, Nacel will carefully select a great host family match for you, while at the same time granting you the opportunity of becoming part of one of the top educational systems worldwide. Our program places students all across Germany and students may not choose a specific location. Your host family is volunteer and welcomes you as a new member of the family.

Most students in Germany attend the local “Gymnasium” or “Realschule”. With classes ranging from Year 5 to Year 13, the “Gymnasium” is the most advanced school type in Germany; most International students attend Year 10 or 11. Excellence in German proficiency will lead to higher grade placements, however please note that placement decisions are at the sole discretion of the school Principal.

Highlights of the Program:

  • Local Guardianship: All of our students are assigned a local representative who will be in charge of ensuring their welfare and progress at all times.
  • Free E-Learning German Course: Upon registration, students attending the High School program in Germany will receive a user login and password to access a free e-learning platform that will enable them to start practicing their German before arrival.  Students will also take level examinations and based on their results, the platform will recommend an adequate study program for a period of 3 months.

  • Summer course: for those in need of a deeper preparation, we may arrange 4 week intensive German course in Hamburg.

  • Orientation: students will attend a 3 day orientation in Cologne before starting their school year.

    Accreditation of Grades:  During their exchange program in Germany, Students should collect relevant information prior to their departure about the possibilities and processes involved in gaining credits for their studies in Germany. If a transcript of grades is required and/or specific classes need to be attended, this must be clearly stated on the application form. 

    Graduation from this program is not possible. 

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    Host Families

    German host families are warm, welcoming and protective at all times. Students will be expected to join their host families for activities, such as taking part in outdoor activities, dinner time and trips as well as helping with some basic housework tasks. Communication is very important during this program.

    Our host families are carefully selected, we take into account their genuine desire to share their language and culture with our international students. 


    Application Process:

    All applicants to an exchange program in Germany starting in September must be completed by April and those starting in January must have their applications completed by early October. 

    Upon completion of the online booking form, students will be immediately contacted by a Nacel program coordinator and receive all the corresponding paper work.

    The application needs to be done in German and sent back as a PDF file via email to your Nacel Rep. Once this is done, we will begin the process of looking for a suitable host family and a great High school program for you in Germany.

    Information about the host family and school will be provided a month prior to arrival., Nacel will also provide you with all the pertinent documents to complete your VISA application. Please bear in mind however, that students are solely responsible for this process, but we will provide guidance and support during this step.


    High School Exchange in Germany

    * Price in Euros per participant. 

    Not included : Application Fees (65 EUR)

    Price includes

    • Administration fees
    • Host school placement
    • Host family accommodation with full board
    • 3 day orientation
    • Airport pick-up and transfer from the closest airport or train station, on arrival and departure
    • Support, assistance and 24 hour emergency phone number during the whole program
    • E-learning language program

    Price does not include

    • International airfare
    • International Travel insurance
    • Visa, passport and medical exam fees
    • School material, school books and excursions
    • Local transport from and to school
    • Extra activities organized by the school and others
    • Extra language courses
    • Emergency deposit of 250 EUR
    • Personal expenses and pocket money
    • Airport pick up and transfer from a different airport that the one indicated in the placement
    • Emergency Repatriation and Liability insurance
    • Mandatory German Medical Insurance (500 EUR for a year)
    Apply at least 5 months before arrival.

    Exchange students must be interviewed in their home country before being accepted for a High School exchange in Germany.
    A minimum of two years of German study and good academic results are required to study in Germany.


    This year our family was host to Jana from Slovakia. It was a unique experience that helped our family to communicate with a foreign schoolgirl. We got acquainted with the culture and traditions of Slovakia and tried to show Jana the customs of our region, as well as the customs of our family. For half a year of living, Jana became a member of our family, we are very used to her and we will see her depart with sadness. Sincerely, Natalia Z. Host family of Jana J. from Slovakia, after her school year in Germany. 

    Natalia Z.

    Next week i go home, it was a very nice experience, which i can't forget anymore. I've learned a lot, improved the language, and done things I've wanted to do since I was little, like fencing. I met a lot of nice people who helped me, with whom I had a lot of fun and had this experience. In school it was difficult to understand the teaching well, but nevertheless I discovered a new teaching method and it was very interesting for me because everything is different in school in Italy.

    I liked living here very much and I hope I can have another finite experience like this. The city is also very nice, and where I live right now is a multicultural neighborhood, with many shops and restaurants of people coming from other countries, and I have tried new interesting dishes coming from Spain, Turkey, China. During this time I was breathe in Munich in order to

    to visit my sister, I drove alone with the bus for 10 hours, but I

    I don't think I would have done that before, so I think I'm more independent and enterprising. I hope that I will still be able to interact with the people I met here and hopefully come here. Many greetings

    Anna P.
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