School Homestay Programme - High School in Germany

School Homestay

Attending School in Germany (short term)

The ASTUR ‘School Homestay’ programme is the ideal solution for any student who has ever wanted to get a taste of school in Germany. The students attend a regular German school and take part in regular lessons. Oftentimes students take part in a “School Homestay” programme before deciding to spend a full year at school in Germany.
In order to maximise your experience for the School Homestay it makes sense to better your knowledge of the language even before the start of school through additional participation in one of ASTUR’s One-to-One courses. Just book the School Homestay “Language Plus” variants.
Benefits of attending a School Homestay in Germany are:
  • Try school in Germany
  • Total immersion in the German language
  • Available in many destinations throughout Germany

ASTUR offers the “School Homestay” programme in 3 versions:

Classic (16 – 17 years old)
You will attend a German school in the morning and in the afternoon you are able to use your time as you so desire. The Classic programme is aimed at all independent young adults, interested in exploring their area of residence and surroundings independently in the afternoon.
Premium (12 – 17 years old)
The comprehensive package for young students: You attend a German school in the morning and in the afternoon, in principle you are supervised – either by your host family or for certain activities also by local supervisors. Please note that the supervision does not mean help with homework.
Language Plus 10 und Language Plus 15 (12 – 17 years old)
The combination of “School Homestay” and “One-to-One” in one intensive product. You go to school in the morning and in the afternoon you have individual lessons with a language teacher with 10 or 15 lessons per week.

School Attendence

ASTUR will place you in a school where you will take part in regular lessons. This means that you are assigned to a class suitable for your age and your previous performance at school where you will follow the general timetable. Naturally like all other students you must complete homework tasks during your time at school in Germany.
On your first day of school you will go to your German school either together with your host family or with one of their children or your host family has shown and explained the way to you beforehand. There, you must register at the office and the teachers will help you settle in to your class and meet your new classmates. Depending on Bundesland and the type of school it is sometimes also necessary to fill out relevant forms. These forms can be filled out at home with the help of your host family.
With the School Homestay programme the school will allocate you a class suitable for your age. In this class you will take part in the normal school timetable. In the School Homestay programme you don’t have to sit class tests or exams. This means, you are not obliged to do so but can perhaps speak to your German teacher and complete tests anyway. Please note that at the end of your stay you will not receive any grades or official report from the school.


Arrival and Accommodation in a Hostfamily

The arrival and departure day for the School Homestay programme is always on Sunday. You will get to know your host family before tuition starts on Monday. You will make your travel arrangements on your own: your parents will bring you to the host family by car, or you will come by plane or by train to your destination.
If you arrive or depart by train, you will be picked up by the host family at the nearest train station.
If you arrive or depart by plane, we recommend you to sign up for a transfer to/from the host family as early as possible upon booking. You will then be picked up punctually and won’t need to worry about anything.
Depending on your age, if you have booked a UM service (UM = Unaccompanied Minor) with your airline, you should also book the UM service for an extra fee additional to the transfer to the camp as early as possible with us, as airport checks and procedures are long and complicated.
Host Family Accommodation

Private Accommodation with a host family

In a homestay, our international guests get first-hand experience of life in a German household with its every day culture and typical way of living. In the One-to-One programme you will always be accommodated in a single room.
In a homestay you will receive full board. You will begin the day with a typical breakfast in the morning. For the afternoon you will be given a packed lunch by your host family or you will have lunch with the family, and in the evening the family will cook a hot meal. The host family will find out from you what you like and don’t like to eat, and as a bonus, you will also get to know about German cuisine. If you have lunch in the school cafeteria you have to arrange your meals there on your own.

Please let us know in your application whether you are a vegetarian, a vegan or have any other dietary requirement. We will try to accommodate your preferences and cater for individual needs wherever possible.


Free Time & Supervision

ASTUR offers the “School Homestay” programme in 3 versions:

Classic Programme

In the “Classic’ you choose how to spend your afternoons and what activities you do.
This variant is perfect for all young adults that would like to explore a city or even region in Germany on themselves.
You will spend the evenings with the host family. They will integrate you in their everyday life. You might cook together with the family or play a typical board game.

Premium Programme

In this programme you receive fulltime supervision from a German-speaking supervisor.
Together with your Teamer, and according to your interests and what your location has to offer, you will be accompanied to and given you more information on whatever you decide to do. The Teamer is always open for conversation, regardless whether you feel unwell, have a simple question or just want to speak to someone.
You will spend the evenings with the host family. They will integrate you in their everyday life. You might cook together with the family or play a typical board game.

Language Plus Programme

In the “Language Plus” programme you have language lessons in the afternoon. You can find details about this in the section “Language course”.
You will spend the evenings with the host family. They will integrate you in their everyday life. You might cook together with the family or play a typical board game.

Furthermore, we have a 24-hour emergency hotline every day which we will react to immediately should there be a bigger problem.


Free Time and Supervision

The Academic Trimester, Academic Semester and Academic Year programmes do not include organised free time supervision. You can take charge of your afterschool free time activities and orientate yourself in relation to the hobbies of your classmates and host family. In school you can avail of the extracurricular activities on offer and after school, with the help of your host family you can, for example, register for a sports team and their many offers. Here you can get to know lots more people above and beyond your host family.
You will spend the evenings with the host family. They will integrate you in their everyday life. You might cook together with the family or play a typical board game.
Host Family Accommodation

Language Plus 10 and 15

Your German language course takes place in the afternoon after school and is divided up during 5 working days. The number of daily lessons depends on your booking and is accordingly divided up depending on whether you have book 10 or 15 lessons per week. At the beginning you will have a grading test in order that your teacher can ascertain your knowledge of the language.
Together with the “learning intentions“ questionnaire, the grading test forms the basis on which lessons are uniquely tailored, as with one-to-one lessons the teacher is exclusively there for you! Naturally this means that lessons are completely different to those you will have experienced in school. Ultimately the teacher only has one student which means breaks are to be taken as and when you need them. It is possible that, for example, the 10 language periods last 10 or more hours as breaks are not included in the lesson time.
Learning to use the language actively is the primary aim of the lessons. Our teachers create their own motivating, cultural and original lesson plans. They can be about a whole range of topics that are taken from “real life” in the form of discussions, role plays, interviews and other active elements. You will simply be able to speak and you should seize this opportunity as speaking the language will aid your learning success and motivate you to take further steps with the language in the future. Your vocabulary and knowledge of grammar will also automatically expand and improve – not just through rote learning, but also through speaking and listening.
Our teachers are native speakers. That means that they do not only speak the language fluently, but they have an ingrained understanding of their native culture. They also have experience in communicating their language to students from other countries.
We teach in accordance to your level of knowledge. We have different lesson material for every level, and the certificate that you receive at the end of your stay will indicate at what level and for how many hours you were taught.
Tip: Of course you can also book the “Language Plus” programme, for example, for one or two weeks at the beginning of your stay and then subsequently continue in the regular “Classic” or “Premium” programmes. As such you’ll have the best possible start to using the German language.

 

Prices for School Homestay in Germany

School Homestay
Classic
School Homestay
Premium
School Homestay
Language Plus 10
School Homestay
Language Plus 15
One Week Add. Week One Week Add. Week One Week Add. Week One Week Add. Week
795 EUR 770 EUR 1.170 EUR 1.145 EUR 1.530 EUR 1.505 EUR 1.710 EUR 1.685 EUR
45 EUR 85 EUR 85 EUR 85 EUR
Additional Prices per Week Surcharge
Berlin supplement for host family accommodation in the capital city 50 EUR
Third party, medical, accident insurance for non-EU citizens 35 EUR
Invitation / booking confirmation for visa (plus postage) 30 EUR
Transfers (always one-way) Surcharge
from / to next airport 50 EUR
UM service fee (when UM booked with the airline) 40 EUR
Early arrival (before 12:00) or late departure (after 13:00) 75 EUR
Additional lunch with an early arrival or late departure 15 EUR

Procedures and programme itinerary may be subject to change!
Prices valid until 31.12.2017.


Included Services

Before the beginning of your stay you will receive a detailed information pack from us with everything you need to know about arrival, what you should pack and the activity programme.
In the family you can get access to Wi-Fi, but ultimately this is the responsibility of your host family.

Please note, that your regular health insurance generally will not cover you for all treatment costs incurred in Germany. We, therefore, generally recommend purchasing foreign health insurance as well as accident and liability insurance. You can purchase these insurances without hassle through us as a complete package for the duration of your stay.
If you do not book your insurance through ASTUR, we will need to see proof of your existing insurance before your arrival.

If you need a visa to enter Germany you will be required to show proof that you have purchased a respective insurance in order to apply for the visa. It’s best to talk to your agency or with us directly. We’re always happy to help.

In the case that your travel arrangements deviate from the standard arrival and departure on Sundays, for example, if you will arrive a day earlier or depart a day later, then you can extend your stay with your host family on a daily basis. Depending on which trip you chose you will avail of one of the following offers: For “Classic” and “Professional” trips, full-board accommodation is provided. And for “Premium” trips, full-board accommodation with free time supervision is provided“.

Accommodation
  • Arrival and departure is on Sunday (arrival 14:00 – 17:00, departure 08:00 – 11:00)
  • Self-arranged arrival
  • From 8 days / 7 nights, additional weeks (7 days / 7 nights)
  • Full board with breakfast, lunch/packed lunch, dinner
  • Private accommodation with a host family in a single room
  • Extensive information material before the beginning of the trip
  • ASTUR student ID card with emergency contacts
  • Insurance for non-EU citizens (optional, additional fee)
Attending a School
  • Placement in a school in Germany
  • Attendance in a regular class/grade based on age and previous performance at school
Not included in the price
  • Book allowance for school materials
  • Lunch at school cafeteria
  • Pocket money
School Homestay Classic
  • No supervision during afternoon
  • Public transport travel cards for the course center
  • Evening programme with host family in order to experience German culture, e.g. cooking together, board games, trip to a restaurant
  • 24/7 Emergency Hotline
School Homestay Premium
  • One day trip per week every Saturday with the host family or a local guide
  • Afternoon activities with the host family or a local guide
  • Public transport travel cards for the course center
  • Entrance fees within supervised activities
  • Evening programme with host family in order to experience German culture, e.g. cooking together, board games, trip to a restaurant
  • 24/7 Emergency Hotline
School Homestay Language Plus 10 and 15
  • Tailor-made language course German (A2 – C2) with 2 or 3 lessons every afternoon for
    5 days (in total 10 or 15 lessons of 45 minutes a week) with qualified native speaker teachers
  • Placement test at the beginning of the course
  • One-to-one lessons
  • Provision of teaching material (textbook, workbook, folder, pen)
  • ASTUR certificate with an individual grade in accordance with CEFR at the end of the course
  • One day trip per week every Saturday with the host family or a local guide
  • One-to-One tuition German in the afternoons
  • Public transport travel cards for the course center
  • Entrance fees within supervised activities
  • Evening programme with host family in order to experience German culture, e.g. cooking together, board games, trip to a restaurant
  • 24/7 Emergency Hotline

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