Two-week language and culture courses for A-Level and GCSE (or equivalent) students

About the programme

Are you keen to get an authentic feel for German, to meet a group of linguists from the UK and to discover Germany together this summer? We are looking for talented and enthusiastic learners of German to join us for two fun weeks of language lessons, thematic workshops, excursions and much more.

IMPORTANT: Please read all the information on these pages and the information sheet for applicants very carefully before you start the application process. Participants are expected to take a very active and constructive part in all aspects of the programme and follow all programme guidelines and code of conduct.

What are the German Pupil Courses?

The German Pupil Courses are two-week courses in Germany for UK pupils studying German. There are three courses every summer for 12 pupils and one accompanying teacher each. They are a fantastic opportunity for pupils to get first-hand experience of German life and culture and improve their German language skills at the same time.The courses are run by the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD), which 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. The courses are administered in the UK by UK-German Connection.

Who can take part?

There are two possible course options:

Option 1 is for pupils who:

  • are currently in year 12 (England, Wales) / year 13 (Northern Ireland) / S5 (Scotland)
  • have been learning German for at least two years
  • are permanent UK residents

Option 2 is for pupils who:

  • are currently in year 10 (England, Wales) / year 11 (Northern Ireland) / S3 (Scotland)
  • have been learning German for at least one year
  • are permanent UK residents

Preference will be given to those showing particular ability in German. As competition for these places is high, places may be restricted to one place per school. Preference may also be given to those who have not previously had the chance to participate in similar opportunities.

Please note: this programme is for permanent UK residents only. It is not open to German nationals and German native speakers.

Where and when do the courses take place?

There are three courses in different locations in Germany (Thuringia and Bavaria)

  • Year 10 course: 15 - 29 July 2017 (tbc)

  • Year 12 courses: 16 - 30 August 2017 (tbc)

IMPORTANT: Further information on the organisations responsible for the courses, host school and family selection, group leader selection and the safety measures in place on the courses is on our health and safety pages. Please click here to read these, as well as passing on the information to your teachers and parents.

What next?

The online application process for the German Pupil Courses 2017 is now closed. The application process for the German Pupil Courses 2018 will open in mid-January 2018.

All applications will be assessed on the basis of your motivation, German language skills, intercultural competence and team & interpersonal skills.

We will notify you by the beginning of April about the outcome of your application.

If selected, our mentors from last year's courses will be able to tell you all about their time in Germany - so get your application started and join us for two action-packed weeks in Germany!

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Contact our mentors

Want to find out more from previous participants? Let us know and we'll put you in touch.

GPC Information sheet

Further information on this year's German Pupil Courses

Guidance sheet (PDF)

Group leaders

Apply now for a group leader position on one of the German Pupil Courses 2017.