Year High School Program
AFS Germany offers language training both prior to departure and upon arrival in Germany. Applicants are expected to enroll in an online Rosetta Stone language course and study independently prior to departure. The mandatory online course will be organized and monitored by AFS Germany who will email registration and login instructions to each student approximately 2 months prior to the start of the program. AFS Germany requires that all students complete at least one level of the course (approx. 40 hours) BEFORE their arrival in Germany. There is no cost to the participant.
Upon arrival in Germany, the language training will take place locally and the format will vary depending on each local chapter, family and student. It may take place in a small group, with a private teacher, or with local school teachers. Language acquisition plays a big role in helping the students to assimilate to life in Germany, and AFS Germany generously provides stipends for any student who wishes to use this towards their language lessons. Transportation to and from the courses are also provided.
Semester High School Program
AFS Germany requires applicants to have completed a minimum 1 year of German - or the equivalent - prior to departure. This requirement can be met in 3 ways (in order of preference):
- If you have taken German language courses in high school or at a community college, please indicate this on the Academic Record (form 7) portion of Online Application or by providing a school transcript. One semester of class is sufficient. A certificate of completion from a language school course is also acceptable.
- If formal language classes are not available in your community, AFS Germany prefers that you study with a private tutor. If this is how you plan to meet the requirement, please submit a signed statement from your tutor confirming that they have given, or will be offering, language instruction to you. The statement should include details such as hours of class time, hours of independent study per day, the study materials used, and the language level attained - with examples of the student's speaking ability at the end of the course.
- If no formal classes or private tutor are available then you can study independently. You must submit a statement signed by both you and a parent that outlines exactly how you will complete the independent study. Please detail the materials you plan to use (whether it's a book, a website, a multimedia course, etc.), the amount of time you intend to devote to language study each day or week, the level you plan to complete (Level 2 of Rosetta Stone, for example), and examples of your anticipated language speaking ability at departure (i.e. "I will be able to greet people, ask simple questions and understand the answers, order from a menu, and get directions"). If possible, we encourage you to speak with a native-speaker so that you can practice your newly acquired language skills.
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