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On the 10 week Australia – Germany Reciprocal Intensive Program you will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to live with a German host family, attend a German high school, enjoy traditional German Christmas and New Year, take a trip to the capital Berlin, and fully immerse yourself in the German language and culture. What better way to spend your summer holidays!

Prior to leaving, your family will be opening their hearts and home to a German student! You will have the opportunity to learn about a new culture, sharing your own culture and values, and gain a greater appreciation and understanding of cultural differences all while gaining a new addition to the family! This is also a great time to practise your German in the comfort of your own home. This part of the Program is also 10 weeks in length.

With over 80 million citizens, Germany is a big country, but you will find it diverse, modern and welcoming. Germany is world-renowned for its rich cultural history, festive celebrations, and historic sites. Germany also has a vibrant arts scene and is a popular choice for touring international artists. It has a high standard of living, an active youth culture, and a wide range of activities to choose from. Germany’s biggest cities are Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt, and Stuttgart, each with their own individual culture and history.

Germany borders both the North and Baltic Seas and stretches from flat farming country in the north to rolling hills in the centre to the Alps in the south. Your German host family will most likely live in a small town or in the countryside. Family life is important, but Germany offers you a chance to learn how to live independently, as young people are considered to be full members of the family who take care of their own affairs.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Please note that this program requires the completion of both a HOSTING application and a SENDING application.
  • Applicants must be willing to host a German student for 10 weeks prior to departure from July to late September 2019. (Hosting application)
  • Applicants must be available to go to Germany on exchange for 10 weeks from early November 2019 to mid January 2020. (Sending application)
  • Age on Departure: 15 – 17
  • Graduates accepted

Vegans and students with dairy allergies are difficult to place, as well as students with celiac disease as traditionally two out of three meals (at least) involve eating bread or other wheat / rye / barley products.

What's included in your experience

  • Airfare
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Host Family Placement
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • School Placement
  • Individual Contact Person
  • Medical Insurance
  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • Domestic Transport
  • Assistance with Application Process
  • Visa Application Assistance
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Orientations during your time abroad
  • Access to Alumni Network
  • Continuous Support
  • Worldwide Presence
  • 70 Years Experience

What you are responsible for

  • Vaccinations
  • Visa and Passport Fees