Ayusa high school exchange programs
The Ayusa high school exchange program allows you to spend an unforgettable time in the heart of Europe. As an Ayusa exchange student you can choose to stay in Germany between 2 months and an academic year. You live the life of a German teenager, experience the German culture in your host family and attend a local public high school.
Why study German? German is spoken by 109 million people worldwide! More Europeans are native speakers of German than of English, French, Italian, or Spanish.
The German school system is divided into three types of schools that lead students toward a vocational or academic future. Ayusa exchange students generally attend what is called the Gymnasium or Gesamtschule. This is a secondary school that provides a comprehensive general education for all students seeking entrance to university.
School subjects are divided into three general categories: language, literature and art; the social sciences; and mathematics, science and technology. Students are required to take classes in each of these three categories. There are also typical subjects such as music, art and physical education. All classes are conducted in German. Most leisure and sports oriented activities are organized by local clubs and not through the school.
German host families are eager to welcome international students and share their history and customs. The Ayusa families live all across the country. So, your home could be a town in the Alps or on the coast of the Baltic Sea. Families are typically very active and enjoy outdoor activities including: biking, hiking, swimming, skiing and playing tennis. The cultural arts, especially music and theater are well supported in Germany. Even the smallest cities have festivals, musical performances and social events for you and your family to enjoy. As a teenager in Germany, you might find you have a bit more independence than you would at home. Communication and mutual respect are important in developing a close relationship with your host family.
Ayusa exchange student Benedicte shares her experiences:
All students coming for a semester or the academic year program are given a full weekend orientation upon arrival in Berlin or another big city in Germany, where you also meet other exchange students from around the world, who are also studying in Germany. Students are placed with carefully selected host families. Ayusa visits the family in their homes, interviews them and collects recommendations from colleagues or neighbors/friends. Students meet regularly with a local representative in order to ease adjustment to German culture and family life. Additional assistance/support is provided by the head office in Berlin. Public transportation throughout Germany is very accessible. Transportation costs are the student's responsibility, including daily transportation to and from school, if necessary.
- Basic German language skills
- 15-18 years old at the start of the program
- Have a positive attitude towards family life and school
- Flexible and mature personality; desire to be challenged, ability to remain open-minded and tolerant of cultural differences
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in coming to Germany. We will check whether we have a partner organization in your home country, which will provide you with the application materials and help you through the process.
Or read what some of our participants have to say about their experience in Germany: