Scholarship for an intercultural exchange of German-American students

Message of 01/13/2022

The new year has begun and with it the anticipation of cross-cultural exchange with formative experiences is growing among many students. One possibility for this is the Parliamentary Sponsorship Program (PPP) – a joint full scholarship of the German Bundestag and the US Congress, which aims to strengthen German-American friendship

With the parliamentary sponsorship program for a year in the USA? (symbolic photo)

Berlin/region. Participants from both countries are assigned a mentor from the Bundestag for their exchange period. Every year since 1983, the PPP has enabled young Germans to spend a school year in the USA. At the same time, young people from the United States visit Germany for an exchange year.

Scholarship holders want to learn the American or German language, discover the other country, immerse themselves in family life and make new friends. This exchange is explicitly supported by CDU deputy Erwin Rüddel: “Young people intensively experience a different way of life and pass on a bit of their own culture to each other, so that the host families also benefit. Thanks At these personal contacts, we promote mutual understanding and tolerance. That is why I would like to encourage the family of my constituency, the districts of Altenkirchen and Neuwied, to host a student from the United States.”

As of August 2022, host families are still being sought for US students. Anyone can become a host family, whether alone or in a large family, whether in town or in the countryside. Humor, curiosity and tolerance are important, as well as the willingness to get involved with a “temporary member of the family”. Interested persons can contact the Experiment eV office in Bonn. The contact person is Matthias Lichan (phone: 0228 95722-21, e-mail: lichan@experiment-ev.de). More information about host families is available online.

For all students who wish to spend a year abroad in the United States with the Parliamentary Sponsorship Program, the application phase is scheduled to begin on Sunday, May 2 for the 2023/24 school year. Further information is available here.

“The PPP offers interested and committed young people the unique opportunity to discover another world and, as I have been assured on several occasions by former scholarship holders, to form formative friendships”, says Erwin Rüddel. (PM)


Location: Altenkirchen and surroundings

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