High School in Germany
GLS 不会帮你们安排到德国 “随便任何地方“ – 跟着 GLS 你们会到真正流行，酷又有趣的地方去上学，像柏林，不来梅和慕尼黑. 这是你们的决定! 为了帮助你们做决定, 这里有一些信息. The advantages of day schools:
- They are less pricey than boarding schools
- You can also do short stays of 2 or 3 months.
|Duration||Start||State schools & host family|
|select a city*||classic**|
|2 months||anytime||4.000 €||3.500 €|
|3 months||anytime||5.250 €||4.500 €|
|4 months||anytime||6.200 €||5.200 €|
|5 months||FEB or AUG||7.150 €||5.900 €|
|11 months||FEB or AUG||12.650 €||9.900 €|
All schools are state schools, at the moment we cooperate with only one private day school in Berlin, with bilingual classes German - English (15.400 € per year): see the profile
- starter weekend in Berlin for those starting in FEB or SEP
- placement at a high school in Germany
- accommodation, full board (single room with host family or boarding)
- supervision and support by a member of GLS staff
- a certificate of attendance, issued by the German high school
- 2 GLS reports per year, 1 per semester
- transfer from the nearest airport or station to accommodation
- letter of invitation for visa application
Additional services for students attending a high school in Berlin:
- free German course (3 afternoon lessons per week) on the GLS campus in Berlin
- 2 free weekend excursions, e.g. to Hamburg, Dresden or Prague
- free Christmas dinner at the GLS restaurant "Die Schule"
Not included are:
- pocket money - ca. Euro 150 - Euro 200 per month
- books and course material, bus or metro tickets to school
- insurance (liability, medical, accident, personal items, cancellation): 10 EUR/week - obligatory
- preparatory German language course (necessary if your German level is below A2: more)
The schools: "Gymnasien"
What is a "Gymnasium"?
We place international students at Gymnasien. A Gymnasium is a secondary school that leads up to university. The curriculum is rather academic, with two foreign languages plus math and science courses. Ca. 30 % of German students attend this type of secondary school (more about Gymnasien and the school system in Germany)
The final examination is called Abitur and grants access to university studies. Choices of university location and study fields are limited however: Only students with a very good Abitur can study where and what they want. Please note: Exchange students planning to do the Abitur have to attend a private school, the Abitur is not possible for them at state schools.
The school year
The school year starts in AUG/SEP, holidays vary a from state to state (6 weeks in summer plus 2 weeks each in autumn, over Christmas and around Easter). School days are MON - FRI, usually 8 am - 1 or 2 pm, which leaves enough time to join local community clubs focusing on sports or the arts in the afternoon or on weekends.
You can select the city where you'd like to go to school (i.e. Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg), but you can't select a specific school. To give you an idea what the schools look like, below the websites of some Gymnasien, that we cooperate with in BERLIN:
All families have been inspected by GLS. Some families have sons and daughters, who do an exchange program as well: While their kids go to school in Canada, France or Argentina, they are happy to welcome an exchange student going to school in Germany.
The families live within easy reach of the school that you attend. They provide a single room and full board. More about host families in the FAQ section.
Single room, full board
You´ll have a room to yourself, when you stay with a host family. What you share with them are living room, kitchen, bathroom.
Your host family provides full board - breakfast, evening meal and packed lunch Monday to Friday; breakfast, lunch and evening meal on Saturday and Sunday. We ask the host family to cook as they would for themselves.
The GLS High School team in Berlin
The GLS high school team in Berlin will be your first contact in Germany: You´ll meet them at the starter weekend in Berlin, and if you go to high school in Berlin, you can contact them anytime you want.
They also organize regular activities for all exchange stundents in Berlin, i.e. weekend trips to Prague or Hamburg - a great way to meet other internationals going to school in Germany.
Please see here short portraits of the cosmopolitan GLS high school team in Berlin
Local coordinators in other cities
If you don´t go to school in Berlin, but - say - in Hamburg or Nürnberg, you will be supported by a local coordinator throughout your stay. Your coordinator lives in the same city as you and is in contact with you via email, phone and personal meetings. If you have any problems or need help, the coordinator will be by your side.
All local coordinators arrange extra-curricular activities for exchange students - like, for example, a visit to the local bowling center, a meetup at a Christmas market or a day trip to a nearby city.
They are also happy to help and consult if you want to join a sports club, learn things horseback riding or take music lessons.
You can "meet" some of the local coordinators in Bremen, Hamburg Lübeck if you click on the respective link next to the photo