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Student Exchange - German-American Women's Club of Munich

The German American Student Exchange Program

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Chairlady Barbara Standl, organisation

From the outset, the promotion of German-American friendship and of common values were the goals of this successful program that was founded in 1957 as an initiative of the German American Women's Club Munich.

Acting as cultural ambassadors during their year in a foreign country, the exchange students contribute to the development of understanding of the similarities and differences of their respective homelands.

The German American Women's Club Munich, together with 31 partner clubs in the Federation (Verband) of the German American Women's Clubs, VDAC, supports the German American Student Exchange Program.  It is the largest private exchange program of its type in Germany.

To date, the cooperation of some 20 American and 20 German universities has made it possible for approximately 2700 students to spend a year in the USA or Germany studying at the university level.

Every year, over 50 American and German students study abroad. German students receive a scholarship from the American partner universities and American students receive a scholarship from the VDAC to finance their time in Germany. 

Organisation: Barbara Standl • E-Mail:


In the school year 2021/2022 following student studies at LMU:

Nicholas Hall of the University of Arizona, Tucson, is studying German as a Foreign Language at the Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität.

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Nick Hall and Sandra Hirschmann at Cornelia Riegelsberger-Schneck's home  and with Doris Rautter and a friend at the Marienplatz during their sightseeing tour.

nick bei christina mehring Nick and Sandra Hirschmann at  Christina Mehring's home

Since October Nick Hall from the university of Arizona studies "German as a foreign language" at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universiät in Munich for one year. During the Season Holidays some ladies of the Club were delighted to welcome Nick at their homes, to show him around in Munich or to take him out to one of the traditional restaurants of Munich.

Doris Rautter took Nick on a sightseeing tour. They went to Sankt Kajetan at the Odeonsplatz, to the Heilig Geist Kirche next to the Viktualienmarkt and to some other places.  At the Hofbräuhaus Nick had Bavarian beer and food.

The young American enjoyed a traditional Bavarian Christmas meal at the home of Christina Mehring: roasted goose with dumplings.

Cornelia Riegelsberger-Schneck and her family welcomed Nick and vice-president Sandra Hirschmann for fondue. The week before Christmas Sandra and Cornelia took him to the Augustiner Stammhaus for a Bavarian dish. Nick loved the place and the Sauerbraten.


In the school year 2019/2020 following student studied at LMU:

Jackson Bourgoyne Harmon from Georgia Institute of Technology, Antlanta, GA, studied Informatics at  LMU Munich.. Jackson Harmon introduces himself in German here

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Jackson Harmon with applicant for scholarship Lisa Thiergart


Jackson Harmon with exchange student Eva Henning (left), applicant Lisa Thiergart and organizers of the student exchange program.

Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta has asked Jackson Harmon to return home prematurely due to the covid-19 pandemic. He succesfully completed all required exams during the first term at LMU.

Jackson felt at ease in Munich and warmly accepted by the GAWC. As he said he was "overwhelmed" by the Silver Tea, Magnolia Ball, at which he participated in the opening dance, various excursions and meetings with Club members.

His view of Germany has profoundly changed from that at the beginning of his stay. He wants to come back as soon as possible for him.

German-Amerikan Day Karlsruhe 2019


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Vizepraesidentin Andrea Lehner (links) und Praesidentin Traudl Schmid mit Studenten





In the school year 2019/2020 following student studies in the U.S.A.: Fabian Kilger of  TU Munich is studying Informatics at  Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.


In the school year 2018/2019 following student studied at LMU: Milena Kagel from Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH studied European History and German at  LMU Munich. She describes her experiences at LMU here

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Andreas Garhammer, U.S. Consul General Meghan Gregonis, Milena Kagel Foto: Egon Lippert

In the school year 2018/2019 two students studied in the U.S.A.:

  • Eva Katharina Henning from LMU Munich studied English, French and Psychology at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio.
  • Felicia Hofner of LMU Munich studied at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Following students studied in the school year 2017/2018 in the U.S.A.:

  • Franziska Beltinger of the Technical University Munich studied Chemistry at Georgis Tech in Atlanta.
  • Andreas Garhammer of the Technical University Munich studied Aviation and Space Technology at the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware.
  • Maximilian Müller-Bardorff studied European Business at the Clarkson University, Schenectady, New York.

In the school year 2017/2018 two students from the US  attended  the LMU Munich:

  • Alexandra Challenger from Florida State University studied Art History and German
  • John Grant Fentum from the University of Arizona, Tuscon, studied Computer Science and German

Please click here to read about their experiences and impressions.

In the school year 2016/2017 two students from Munich studied at American universities:

  • Jan Stefan Herrmann from the LMU Munich studied at the Oberlin College, Ohio. majoring in Global Business Management
  • Sabine Stefanie Waas from the LMU Munich studied at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa majoring in North American Studies

From the US two students studied in the school year 2016/2017 in Munich:

  • Ranjani Mari Sundaresan from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA. who studied Psychology, Biology, Philosophy, German
  • Leo Richard Kalkbrenner from Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH. who studied Literature, Economics.

In the school year 2015/2016

  • Michael Winfried Hesse from the TU Munich stuided at the University of Delaware, Computer Science.
  • At the LMU Munich Philipp Lee from Georgia Tech, Macon, Georgia, studied Business Administration.

In the school year 2014/2015, there were three US exchange students enrolled in LMU Munich: 

  • Andrea S. Fox from Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH,studied German studies.
  • Nadia Cumming from the University of Delawarewas enrolled in German studies, literature and education.
  • Jackson Loop from the University of Florida, Gainesville, studied history.


Please click: A Bridge over the Ocean Interview with an American guest student in Munich >>

There were also three students from Munich studying at American universities:

  • Sarah Ott was at Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, and studied English and history.
  • Vinh-Minh Nguyen attended Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, taking North American studies and theater.
  • Simon Geissler enrolled at Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI, studying energy and information technology.

Financing (bilateral system) >>

Method of Operation and Application Procedure >>

Prerequisites for applications by German students >>

Scholarships >>

Support and Seminars >>

The Federation expects exchange students >>

Application Form for German Students >> Bewerbungsformular für deutsche Studierende

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