Germany is a captivating blend of picturesque landscapes, bustling cities, charming villages, modern architecture, and enchanting palaces. As a student exchange living with a host family, you’ll have the opportunity to explore this diverse country and its many wonders.
At high school in Germany, you’ll find yourself immersed in a unique educational and cultural experience. High school in Germany, known as “Gymnasium,” offers a structured and academically rigorous curriculum that prepares students for higher education. The school day typically begins at 8am in the morning and lasts until 3pm, with a combination of lectures, discussions, and practical exercises. In year 10 the classes you take are fixed whereas from year 11, you can choose some elective classes, generally accommodating anywhere from 20 to 30 students, depending on the grade level and type of class or elective.
High school life in Germany is not limited to academics. Extracurricular activities play a significant role in the overall development of students. You’ll have the opportunity to join various clubs, sports teams, and interest groups, where you can pursue your passions and build friendships with German students. Whether you’re interested in soccer, music, drama, or debate, there will be a range of options available to cater to your interests and talents.
One of the most exciting aspects of your exchange program will be living with a host family. German host families are known for their warmth and hospitality, and they will provide you with a genuine glimpse into the local way of life. Sharing meals, participating in family outings, and engaging in everyday conversations will help you improve your German language skills and develop a deep understanding of the country’s traditions and customs. Your host family will likely introduce you to local activities, festivals, and cultural events, making your exchange experience even more enriching.
From the challenging academic environment to the vibrant extracurricular activities, you’ll be able to broaden your horizons and develop valuable skills during your time in Germany. Embrace the experience, make lasting friendships, and embrace the rich cultural diversity that Germany has to offer.
Germans are known for their traditional foods such as bratwurst, pretzel, sauerkraut and schnitzel.
However, they have adapted customs from their European Neighbours and there are many different foods on offer.
Depending on where in Germany you stay you will find a big variety of foods, many of them rich and hearty as well as delicious.
German Public Transport
Transport in Germany is very efficient, and usually allows many city residents to live without a car.
Cities and regional towns are very well connected by trains, trams and buses.
The high season in Germany is during July and August when many people holiday in both the seaside and mountain resorts.
The low season runs from November to March. During this time people participate in indoor activities such as the theatre, concerts and the opera.
From April – June and September – October the weather is sunny and temperate and is ideal for being outdoors.
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