Top 10 Study Abroad Programs: German

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Below is our list of the Top 10 Programs for Study Abroad in German. To read the article introducing our study abroad feature click here. If you want to know more about how & why this list came to be, click here.

1. DAAD:
Provides one-year scholarships for exceptional foreign university students in Germany. For more than 75 years now, the DAAD has been advancing academic relations between Germany & other countries as well as, more generally, to promoting the fields of education, science, culture and research.Info: All subject areas, requires German knowledge, scholarships available, multiple housing
2. Erasmus:

Allows European students to go on exchange for one year or semester to the German, Austrian, or Swiss University of his or her choice. Application and administration is facilitated by a student’s home university.Info: All subject areas, only EU students eligible, scholarships available, multiple housing options
3. Youth for Understanding:
(High School)
Youth for Understanding (YFU) prepares young people for their responsibilities and opportunities in a changing, interdependent world by offering High School exchange programs.Info: Only American students eligible, extensive student
4. Franco-German Exchange:
The Franco-German University (FGU) consists of a group of affiliated member universities from both France and Germany. It has a decentralized campus, with the administration located in Saarbrücken.Info: German knowledge required, only French students eligigble, scholarships available, easy credit transfer
5. CIEE:
(High School)
CIEE is a non-profit organization promoting international education and exchange. Founded in 1947 and based in the USA, CIEE offers programs at many German-speaking High Schools.Info: Only American students eligible, extensive student
6. EF International:
(High School & University)
EF Education First is an organisation of language schools consisting of 14 subsidiaries focused on language travel, educational travel, cultural exchange, au pair and academic studies. They also offer an immersion year abroad for High School students.Info: Multiple program options, extensive student
7. IES Abroad:
One of the nation’s oldest, largest, and most reputable study abroad providers, IES Abroad is a not-for-profit organization that enrolls more than 5,000 students annually. The programs in Berlin & Freiburg allow students to take German language courses, study center courses taught in English, & Immersion courses through the local German Universities.Info: American & Canadian students eligible, strong focus on language acquisition
8. AFS:
(High School)
AFS Intercultural Programs is an international, voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help High School students develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world.Info: All nationalities welcome, extensive student support, large Alumni association
9. Antioch Education Abroad:
Antioch Education Abroad has been sending students to study at Eberhard-Karls-Universität (Tübingen University) since 1958. The Antioch in Germany program encourages complete immersion while supporting the needs of American students abroad.Info: American & Canadian students eligible, interdisciplinary focus
10. Abroadco:
Abroadco’s study abroad program in Marburg allows students of all language levels to study German language, culture and history as well as electives in the arts and sciences at the Philipps-University Marburg.Info: Only American students eligible, extensive student

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