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Studying in Germany offers a first-class education, which is why a degree from a German university gives students the perfect foundation for a successful career in their home countries and around the world.
The “Studienbrücke Deutschland” (“Study Bridge Germany”) program makes it possible for students to be admitted to a German university after graduating from high school.


“Studienbrücke Deutschland” is a scholarship program that is designed to provide linguistic and subject-matter-specific preparation for studying in Germany to students in their junior year of high school, who have outstanding achievements in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM subjects).

The program additionally introduces participants to Germany’s teaching, learning, and campus culture and familiarizes them with the German social environment.

Successful graduates of the university preparation program can apply to one of the universities after graduating from high school. Once they complete their university degrees in Germany, program participants will receive support as they continue their education or start their careers in their home countries.

In order to participate in the program, students must attend an American school over at least the past 6 years and show proof of being proficient in German at the A1 level.

Program Content

The “Studienbrücke Deutschland” program consists of

  • Language courses up to the B2 level offered alongside school at the Goethe-Institut or directly at school
  • Subject-matter-specific preparation in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)
  • Academic guidance counseling
  • Exams, including preparation
  • Intercultural training

Program Modules

The “Studienbrücke Deutschland” program consists of the following modules to provide linguistic and subject-matter-specific preparation for studying in Germany:

Selection Process and Summer Camp

After a selection processin May 2016, which will evaluate the students’ motivation and German language skills, students will participate in a summer camp (07/02/16 -07/16/16). The goal of the camp is for the students to get to know each other and for them to be able to take the Start Deutsch 2 exam at the end of the camp. This exam is required in order to continue participating in the project.

Intensive German Language Instruction

In the subsequent 2016/17 school year, the selected students will receive intensive German lessons (2.5 hours of instruction per week), so that they can take the B1 exam at the end of the school year.

In Germany

After graduating from their local high schools, the participants will spend one year at a German high school. This academic year at a German school will be organized by the German American Partnership Program (GAPP). The goal is for participants to get to know Germany and its education system and to prepare them to study in Germany. This will also allow them to take the language exam required by the universities (e.g., TestDaF and TestAS) at the end of the school year. During this school year, the students will also receive academic guidance counseling to prepare them to study at a university.

Scholarship recipients commit to participate in the aforementioned modules. If scholarship recipients violate the terms and conditions of participation without a valid excuse, they will be removed from the program.

Who can apply?

Students in their junior year of high school (at the time of application) may apply to participate in the “Studienbrücke Deutschland” program if they meet the following requirements:

  • Highly motivated to study in Germany, demonstrated through a personal statement, participation in extracurricular activities (e.g. student Olympiads, competitions, as well as regional and international projects in STEM subjects)
  • Above-average academic achievements in STEM subjects
  • Proof of having attained the A1 level in German, e.g., through the Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1 (exam can be completed during or after application process)
  • Written consent from the parents or legal guardians
  • Consent Form

Application Process

Please see the Study Bridge website for further information on the application process, including all relevant forms, details and any frequently asked questions.