The seminar Education in Germany is administered by the German-American Fulbright Commission in Berlin, in close cooperation with the University of Regensburg and its International Office. It targets active U.S. teachers from all types of schools and from all relevant teaching areas.
This professional development seminar will offer participants the opportunity to gain insight into the German education system, its history and philosophical underpinning in order to enrich their own teaching and reinforce their motivation to engage in transatlantic dialogue and exchange. Furthermore, the program seeks to provide new perspectives on education and cultural understanding, including a comparative look at both the U.S. and the German educational systems and societies. As a result of the participants’ experience in Germany, their school communities will be able to strengthen their own global awareness and become a prominent member of the world-wide Fulbright network.
In detail, the participants will receive an overview of the contemporary German school and university system while discussing the current situation in the state of Bavaria as a case-study. The seminar also analyses the recent educational reforms as a result of private and public sector demands for a workforce in a global competition. Emphasis will be placed on teacher education, effective policies to raise standards and ensure good practices as well as on exchange activities as a strategy to “internationalize” German schools. The syllabus also covers current and controversial issues such as the growing diversity of the student population and the refugee situation in Germany and Europe. The participants will also get a chance to have a look behind the scenes of school administration.
Germany’s vocational sector is unique, and a cornerstone to the success of Germany’s industry and research facilities. The American teachers are invited to experience the importance of the dual education model first-hand by visiting a vocational school and a local company. On the post-secondary level, the harmonization of higher education in the EU (“Bologna Process”) will be explained with a keen eye for its ramifications on European cooperation and exchange. The seminar will also try to highlight initiatives and processes, in which German-American relations have marked the fields of education, economy or politics.
These topics will be complemented by visits to German schools of all types in and around Regensburg. The participants will get to know German schools “in action”, become familiar with their day-to-day routines and learn about the schools’ interaction with the community. There will be many opportunities to meet German colleagues, administrators, students, and program partners and to share one’s own professional and personal experience.
A weekend excursion will show one historical highlight of Bavaria, the Walhalla.
The two-week seminar usually takes place in June/July.
The 2017 seminar took place in Regensburg, a city in the south-east of Germany, known for a beautiful mediaeval city center and historical roots dating back to the Romans—about an hour´s distance from Munich.
The Fulbright Commission in Berlin will contribute towards your travel-related expenses. We will also cover costs of the program in Germany, including accommodation, excursions and some meals. Participants may extend their stay in Germany at their own expense.
The seminar is open to primary and secondary school teachers of all subjects and from all public and private primary and secondary schools. The program will be conducted in English.
The announcement for the program in 2018 and application documents will be published here in the fall of 2017.