International Student Program

International Student Program


German International School Boston hosts an exceptional group of exchange students every year in grades 9 through 12. Students join GISB from Germany and from the global network of German Schools Abroad. International students contribute to the cultural and social diversity of our Upper School, making GISB a better place. In return, ISP students get to experience the supportive and resource-rich environment of an American private school in the heart of Boston, while remaining on track with studies back home thanks to our German curriculum.

The International Student Program is a key initiative in our Upper School and a crucial component of our mission: empowering students for success in a global world. For school year 2019-20 we are accepting first semester applications (grade 9 and 10) and full school year applications (grades 9-12). Apply now!

How does it work?

There are several steps to becoming an exchange student at German International School Boston:

  • First, an academic assessment will help determine if GISB is a good academic fit.
  • Next, the Director of the International Student Program and the Upper School Coordinator meet with each applicant in an online interview. We share more information about the School and the program, and ask applicants to reflect on their independence, maturity, and approach to new people and experiences.
  • Finally, after receiving applicants’ written applications, GISB will initiate enrollment, the visa application process, and search for a host-family match for the most highly-qualified applicants.

Take the next step

We are still accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. To be considered, please submit your ISP application, along with your report cards of the last three years, your Academic Transcript/Belegungsliste signed by the Head of Upper School, three recommendation forms, a copy of your passport and birth certificate. There is a non-refundable $50 fee per application. To request more information, please email Antonia Kenney, Director of the International Student Program, at

ISP Admission Timeline — Round One

Application Admission Notification Enrollment Agreement & Deposit
by November 30, 2018 February 1, 2019 February 15, 2019

Early applications are strongly encouraged. Space is limited and we cannot guarantee enrollment. Applications received after November 30, 2018 will be considered based on availability and are subject to the following schedule and fees.

ISP Admission Timeline — Round Two

Application Admission Notification Enrollment Agreement & Deposit*
December 1, 2018 – February 1, 2019 March 1, 2019 March 15, 2019

ISP Admission Timeline — Round Three

Application Admission Notification Enrollment Agreement & Deposit*
February 2 – March 15, 2019 March 22, 2019 April 1, 2019

ISP Admission Timeline — Round Four

Application Admission Notification Enrollment Agreement & Deposit*†
rolling after March 15, 2019 within four weeks upon notification of acceptance

* Enrollment Agreements and Deposits submitted between February 15 and March 31, 2019 will be subject to a $200 administrative fee.

† Enrollment Agreements and Deposits submitted on or after April 1, 2019 will be subject to a $500 administrative fee due to time constraints regarding host families and visa requirements.

Please note that spots cannot be held until both the Enrollment Agreement and Deposit have been received.