Travel and experience life in another country, learn the language and live with a host family on a classic high school student exchange. The classic high school student exchange program provides you with your own unique experience and opportunity to see a little bit of the world.


Germany is available in:




Application due:
February 1st


Application due:
August 6th

Please inquire for customized dates.


Application due:
February 1st


Application due:
August 6th


Application due:
February 1st


Application due:
August 6th

Please inquire for customized dates.


Application due:
February 1st


Application due:
August 6th


Application due:
Feburary 1st


Application due:
August 6th



What better way to learn the language and culture than to live with a host family. Host families provide a warm and welcoming environment, providing meals in the home as well as an opportunity to immerse yourself in everything the country and culture has to offer. Just like families in Canada, host families abroad represent many different compositions, nationalities and live in a variety of different areas from small towns or villages to larger cities. Families come in all shapes and sizes but one thing they all have in common is that they are motivated to be part of the experience and look forward to welcoming you into their home! 



Students arrving in September and February will participate in an orientation at the start of the exchange program. The orientation provides for a cultural introduction, a chance to meet other exchange students and the opportunity to sight-see before meeting your host family in your host community! A great way to start your exchange with a little touring and cultural prep!

For those looking for a little more language tutoring, students may also opt to participate in a 3.5 week long language camp, providing additional language immersion and lessons prior to the start of your program!



1 year of German language study is required for students who wish to participate in the German language program and placement.

For those newer to the German language, a  2 week German language course may be required at the start of the program.




Attend a local public school (private school option may be presented if available).

School Year: School starts in Mid August and goes until July
Common courses:  Mathematics, Science, Geography, Physics, History, Physical Education, Foreign Language  optional classes can include arts and music.
Average hours per week: 35 hours of class per week.
Common school holidays: Summer break from July – September, 2 weeks in Late December, 2 weeks in October,  2 weeks in February, 1-2 weeks in April, with statutory holidays.
Fun fact: High Schools are called Gymnasiums!

Germany at a Glance

Population Population

80 Million

Capital City Capital City


Known For Known For

Christmas Markets, Beethoven, Oktoberfest, Gummy Bears, Bratwurst & Sausages, German Cars

Currency Currency


Language Language


Say Hello Say Hello

Guten Tag!

Program Fees

(2024/25 School Year)


(2024/25 School Year)


(2024/25 School Year)


(2024/25 School Year)


(2024/25 School Year)


(2024/25 School Year)

Pricing upon request

What’s Included for the Student Exchange Program?

  • School Registration and Placement
  • Host Family Recruitment, Screening and Placement
  • Food and Lodging with Host Family
  • Full and Comprehensive Medical Insurance provided by
  • Pre-Departure Orientation in Canada
  • Arrival Orientation in Host Country
  • Monthly Monitoring and Progress Reports
  • 24 hour Emergency Support Overseas
  • Academic Support
  • Arrival Greeting by Representative from Partner Organisation and/or host family
  • Round trip ground transfer between final host port (airport, train or bus station) and host family home
  • Provision of Program Documentation: Orientation manual and other materials to prepare for student exchangeAnd
  • The Opportunity to LEARN-TRAVEL-EXPERIENCE!

Additional fees the student is responsible for include:

  • Airfare (While the airfare is not included in our pricing, we can help you find the best deal and recommend travel sites)
  • Passport and Visa Fees (if required)
  • School supplies, uniforms (if required), cafeteria lunch (if required) or extra-curricular activity fees
  • Personal Spending money while abroad
  • Transportation to and from school for some students, dependent on where the host family is located. Some students are required to take a bus or train, while others walk or bike to school. This is dependent on where the host family is located.
  • Any cancellation, change or program addition fees as issued by YES Canada or the partner organisation.

*Please note that YES Canada reserves the right to modify and update program options, leading to changes in pricing. Please note that pricing may be subject to change. Please note which program term the posted rates apply to, if the term you are applying for is not posted please inquire.

*Note: Students from the Atlantic Provinces, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, or private schools may be subject to an additional tuition levy of $1000. Note that whether a student participates in a one-way exchange or hosts an international student in their home, a reciprocal exchange occurs at the school level. As such, the tuition free exchange is provided when a Canadian student travels abroad and an international student assumes their place in the local school or school board.  In instances where a reciprocal exchange cannot occur within a school board/province a levy may be charged. Please email for more details about fees and the participating provinces/school board designations.

Payment Schedule

  1. $500.00 application fee due with the submission of the full application. The application fee is only refunded in instances where the student is not accepted.
  2. Host Country Program Deposit due upon conditional acceptance. (Please note fees are specific to each exchange country).
  3. 35% of the remaining program fees are due upon receipt of the full acceptance letter.
  4. 40% of the remaining program fees are due 95 days prior to departure.
  5. 25% of the remaining program fees are due 35 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy

  • The $500.00 application fee is non-refundable, and due upon submission of the application to YES Canada.
  • In the event of cancellation after conditional acceptance either all or a portion of the host country deposit is non-refundable (approximately $500-$1000). Please inquire for specic country details regarding non-refundable deposits (Dependent upon destination: France, Belgium, Australia and Spain have higher cancellation fees at this stage).
  • In the event of cancellation after full acceptance but prior to confirmation of the host family placement, 35% of the program fee is non-refundable.
  • In the event of cancellation after confirmation of the host family placement, 55% of the program fee is non-refundable.
  • In the event of cancellation after partner company visa documents have been issued 65% of the program fee is non-refundable.
  • In the event of cancellation less than 30 days prior to departure 75% of the program fee is non-refundable.
  • In the event of cancellation after program commences 100% of the program fee is non-refundable. 
  • In the event the program is cancelled by YES Canada a refund will be given.
  • Please contact YES Canada for any COVID-19 specific policy details.

*Some countries vary from the standard policy. Please inquire.
*Extenuating circumstances will be considered. All cancellations must be received in writing.

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