- Berlin, Germany; Brussels, Belgium; Maastricht, Netherlands
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- High School
- Program Description:
As you travel throughout Germany and across national borders, you will spend time in Frankfurt, Berlin, Niederalteich, Brussels, Cologne, Bonn, Munich, and Maastricht. Your Experiment begins with a group orientation in Frankfurt, one of the world’s global hubs for commerce, culture, education, and more.
Continue to Munich, the largest city in Bavaria, where you’ll meet your local host family and share in their daily life during your homestay. Much of what you think of as “typically German” comes from Bavaria. Attend school with German students to experience local high school culture and spend a fun-filled day with your group completing a treasure hunt in the city.
Travel to the 2,000-year-old city of Cologne, where you will begin German language classes and see the awe-inspiring Kölner Dom. Visit the Haus der Geschichte, the museum of contemporary history, to learn about Germany’s history, political system, and role in advancing peace, democracy, and human rights in Europe. Then, journey to Brussels, Belgium, the seat of the Nobel Peace Prize–winning European Union (E.U.), where you will visit the European Commission, and explore the E.U.’s institutional structure.
Cross the border into the Netherlands for a trip to the historic city of Maastricht, where the Treaty on European Union was signed. Finally, travel to Berlin, Germany’s capital and bustling cultural center, where you will enjoy a city tour and take a guided visit through Sachsenhausen, a World War II concentration camp. You will attend a lecture on the structure of the E.U., including competencies, tasks, stakeholders and a seminar on European asylum politics before visiting the Bundestag (Germany’s parliament) to learn about the current refugee situation on the continent.
- 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-$2,200
Based on 5 Reviews
- Month in Germany10/02/17
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
very good about getting food we all could eat. Although in Berlin we had a few snags here and there about getting food for the vegans, my host family definitely went above and beyond to make sure I loved all the food I was getting. Although some of my friends talked about cliques forming to some extent in their programs to other countries, I don't think that happened with my group. We all grew incredibly close over the month we spent together, and we're still in touch even a few months after coming back. We went to some of the most beautiful places I've ever been to. We spent only a day in the Netherlands and I already feel as though I need to go back, and the Bavarian countryside definitely grew on me. I'm hoping that I will be able to go back and visit my new friends over there and get to say hi to them all once more. Our leaders were also very good about keeping us all safe. There were several times participants had to see doctors (though there was nothing terribly serious), and our leaders were able to get the participants all of the help they needed. Having such wonderful leaders definitely made the experience a lot smoother and helped us know that we would be able to get whatever we needed. When I got a bad sunburn at the beginning of the trip (I'm very pale so I burn easily, and having just come from school and winter I forgot to apply sunscreen often enough), we were in Brussels and it was late in the afternoon on a Sunday, so almost all the stores were closed. One of the leaders practically ran around town to find something to help with the sunburn (although I didn't end up needing it). She was our in-country leader (we had two from the US and one from Berlin) and seemed like your typical strict German, but she was so sweet in trying to make sure that I was okay after I got sunburned. She almost seemed like the overprotective older sister for the rest of the trip. So if you're worried about something happening to you, don't be! Even if it's just a sunburn, the leaders will do everything they can to make sure you are okay.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Incredible Experience09/06/17
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
me. Having difficult conversations, stepping outside of my comfort zone, and being vulnerable allowed me to truly immerse myself in the German culture while creating strong relationships with my group. The group dynamic was absolutely amazing. The 14 of us came from different backgrounds with different opinions and ideas but all with a passion for politics and change-making, that made for thought-provoking discussions and debates, allowing us to constantly learn from each other and think in ways that we never had before. The relationships that I've made - both German and American - are ones that have helped me realize my own capabilities as a leader and truly changed my life for the better. The Experiment has given me a summer that I will never forget, and I strongly recommend this program to any high schooler looking to broaden their world view.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Experiment in Internation Living: Germany09/02/17
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
of life from others. I also got to see how passionate and determined the other attendees are - I left the program hopeful due to the fact that I knew the future was going to be full of individuals who are similar to the individuals in my group. From this impactful experience, I had the opportunity to succeed as a leader that I am meant to prosper into and also got to create life-long friendships with the most amazing people I have ever met.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- My Experience with the Experiment: Germany edition09/02/17All 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
- The Best Experience Ever!!08/31/17
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
on our own. I learned so much and grew as a person and I feel as I returned home changed by this experience. I made friendships closer than most I have back home, with both the Germans and my group member. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone looking to study abroad for a summer in High school.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend