ASTUR would not be a successful language tour operator for yound international students without the helping hands of our host family coordinators throughout Germany. At each of the ASTUR host family Centers, our responsible colleagues look after our guests and ensure that they have a great time while attending their individual programmes.

Among the tasks of a Center Manager count maintaining the host family network, welcoming arriving groups or individual students and ensuring smooth sailing for everyone involved. Recently, our Center Manager in Freiburg invited a local newspaper into her office to showcase her work.

We would like to introduce you to Francesca. This young Italian lady chose to spend a year at a German secondary school and asked ASTUR to arrange her academic programme. In order to show all of us, what her life in Germany was like, she made a little video. Enjoy!

If you are considering spending some time in Germany to attend school, feel free to get in touch. We are happy to help you find a great host family and a good school.

Choose a destination for your Academic Programme

ASTUR offers a number of destinations in Germany, where the Academic Programme is availbale. Please let us know which region or city you prefer. We will then start matching you with a most suitable host family and school. Our host families are always thrilled to welcome a new member to their family.

ASTUR Regions Highschool Destinations
Berlin Berlin
Black Forest & Lake Constance Freiburg, Überlingen
East Germany Erfurt
Middle Rhine & Hesse Fulda, Wiesbaden
North Germany Hannover, Lüneburg
North Rhine & Ruhr Bonn, Mönchengladbach, Bad Neuenahr
Northern Bavaria Erlangen
Southern Bavaria Bad Tölz, Freising, Chiemsee

If you are eager to know all there is to know about the ASTUR Highschool programmes in Germany, we recommend the following downloadable documents. You will find the complete list of details about all services provided below. Feel free to take a good look at our offers (all documents as PDF format).

PDF Offer Highschool in Germany

PDF Offer Schort-term Highschool in Germany

PDF Highschool Dates 2020/2021

PDF Highschool Dates 2019/2020

Any questions about attending Highschool in Germany?

Our Highschool specialist Susanne Hofmann is here to help! You can reach her

via landline at +49 661 296971-20

or via e-mail at

and discuss everything related to your group travel ideas.

ASTUR is an active partner in the field of intercultural learning experiences. For many years we have been making possible successful exchange programmes between German and internattional students.

Through our exchange programmes, German students as well as their new international classmates gain valuable insight into each other's cultural background, broadening their horizons. ASTUR makes an effort to promote the personal development of adolescents by means of intercultural interaction, so that they may grow into open-minded and tolerant world citizens, aware of their cultural roots and of the reality lived by their exchange partners.

Success story of Fulda (GER) and Shanghai (VRC)

The ASTUR School Ambassador programme between Freiherr-vom-Stein Schule, a secondary school in Fulda - Germany, and Pudong Mofan Middle School in Shanghai is a true success story. On a regular basis the two institutions come together, providing an exchange experience to their students with exciting educational itineraries:

Reception with the city mayor

"Intercultural exchange can bring students to revise their own pattern of thinking, to take a close look at their own culture and to widen their perspective."

Breaking the ice

In order to make it easy for the students to open up towards the intercultural experience, we employ playful excercises to "break the ice". These activities are specific to cultural characteristics, such as a game to pick up gummy bears with chopsticks.

Cooperation excercises

As soon as an intercultural learning environment is established, the students are tasked with excercises, during which they need to work together. Guests and hosts need to agree on how to tackle their given tasks and to succeed. In Fulda the students had to build and programme competitive LEGO robots.

Intercultural communication

The students present their own culture, identify differences and discuss.

Only a few steps to establishing School Ambassadors

Get in touch with ASTUR
We are at your side during the entire planning process. You fill in a school profile sheet and we set out to find a match. Among the available institutions we identify a school that fits your criteria and establish contact.
Your students enrol
ASTUR will provide information material about the school ambassador we acquired for you. During a presentation at your school, your students and their parents are invited to join the programme. They receive our registration forms and have time to consider and enrol.
School ambassadors begins
ASTUR will make all arrangements for your school ambassador programme, designing an activity itinerary, booking accommodation and board as well as putting together the intercultural exchange experience. ASTUR will guide you through the entire experience.


If you are eager to know more about the programme, we recommend the following downloadable document:

Info sheet Scool Ambassador Programme

Any questions about School Ambassadors?

Our School Ambassador specialist Matthias is here to help! You can reach him

via landline at +49 661 296971-18

or via e-mail at

and discuss your stay at camp personally.

Germans do like to get into the festive Christmas mood. They even begin several weeks before Christmas Day. The tradition is called "Advent" and is based on an ancient Christian custsom. Christians used to spend the 4 weeks before Christmas Day, fasting and preparing for the birth of Jesus Christ.

Nowadays, the tradition has shifted significantly. All over Germany, the world-renowned Christmas Markets spread typical advent aromas of sweets, candles and food.

The tradition of Christmas markets in Germany dates back to the 15th century. Dresden and Bautzen in particular are proud of their Christmas markest, which date back the longest nation-wide.

From the end of November up to a few days before Christmas Eve, you have an abundant choice of Christmas markets to visit. Most of them share a number of the most typical Christmas Markets Stands.

Hearty food

bratwurst, stew


baubles, candles, fine woodwork


roasted almonds, candy floss, gingerbread

Beside those classic Christmas Market attractions, there is an increasing number of markets which offer new Christmas trends. These highlights add even more flair to the festive atmosphere.

Ice-skating rink

Enjoy the ice and listen to the best Christmas songs

Christmas Pyramids

Originally, these pyramids fit on a window sill. On the market, however, they are several stories tall.

Medieval market

One market quarter is dedicatied to jesters, blacksmiths and "magic potions"

Visit a German Christmas Market

If you are looking for a more detailed visit at the German Christmas markets, we suggest you head over to our Christmas-themed class trip. We prepared 2 ASTUR class trips for you that bring you to the most beautiful German Christmas markets:

Nuremberg and Cologne