Program Details

Travel through Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands as you learn about German politics and gain fascinating insights into the European Union.
Berlin, Germany; Brussels, Belgium; Maastricht, Netherlands
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School

Program Overview

Program Description:

As you travel throughout Germany and across national borders, you will spend time in Berlin, Niederalteich, Brussels, Cologne, Bonn, Munich, and Maastricht. Your journey starts in the 2,000-year-old city of Cologne, where you will begin German language classes and get to know your group. In Bonn, you will visit the Haus der Geschichte to learn about German history and study Germany’s political system and its role in advancing peace, democracy, and human rights in Europe. You will continue to Belgium, where you will gain fascinating insights into the European Union, a Nobel Peace Prize-winning institution in Brussels, and attend workshops that explore topics related to peacekeeping, antidiscrimination, politics, and the E.U.’s institutional structure. Then, cross the border into the Netherlands for a trip to the historic city of Maastricht, where the Treaty on European Union was signed.

Your group will then travel to Bavaria, where you will share daily life with a German family during your homestay in Niederalteich and go to school with German students. You will spend a funfilled day with your group completing a treasure hunt in the city of Munich. Finally, you will travel to Berlin, the capital and bustling cultural center, where you will have the opportunity to continue studying German and dive deeper into issues facing the E.U. today. There, you will visit the Bundestag (Germany’s parliament), learn about the current refugee situation on the Continent, and meet with local youth.

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Setting Description:
As you travel from north to south, and across national borders, you spend time in Berlin, Niederalteich, Brussels, Bonn, Munich, and Maastricht. The program begins with a six-day stay in Berlin that includes German language instruction, a visit to a German NGO, and a meeting with a member of the German Bundestag. You continue on to Bavaria, where you get to share daily life with a German family during a homestay in Niederalteich and attend school with German students. Spend a day exploring the city of Munich with your group. Continue on to Brussels, where you visit the European Parliament and other EU councils and gain important insight into how the EU works. Participate in a youth-rights workshop in Bonn and discuss youth issues in Germany and around the world with “Youth for Europe” members. Excursion highlights include a daylong visit to the 2,000-year-old city of Cologne, a boat ride on the river Rhine, and visits to Deutsche Welle TV and Haus der Geschichte.

Additional Program Information

Scholarships Description:
Need-based scholarships between $250-$3,000

Program Reviews

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    Over this past summer, I was lucky enough to get to spend a month in Germany. Somehow our group ended up having two vegans, two vegetarians, and two pescatarians, including two of the leaders (one vegan and one vegetarian). Almost everywhere we went was

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Incredible Experience

    My summer in Germany was unforgettable. Every day, I was challenged, whether it be through the culture shock, group discussions, or host family activities. However, it was through each challenge that I learned new things about myself and the world around

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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    Through this program, I have grown into a more passionate and aware leader. In this program, I met many new people in my group who have similar and different mentalities. Through this variety of personalities and opinions, I was able to gain more perspectives

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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    All in all, I wouldn't change a thing. The trip changed me for the better and gave much needed insight on the world. Thank you for such a wonderful and rare opportunity.
    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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    Throughout the month I was in Germany, I learned so much and gained insight I couldn't have gotten elsewhere. The Experiment provided a perfect balance of education, volunteer service projects and free time in which we could split up and explore the cities

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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