UK-German Connection

UK-German Connection

A bilateral government initiative providing school and youth links. Established in 2005, it is funded and governed by the UK and German governments, the British Council and the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst.

UK-German Connection is a bilateral government initiative set up to increase contact and understanding between young people in the UK and Germany by bringing them together. It offers a wide variety of opportunities, programmes and initiatives for young people, schools and teachers.



Funding programmes

Grants are available for activities between partner schools, including:

  • planning visits for teachers
  • first-time trips for pupils
  • joint thematic projects, including flexible grants for projects on WWI and the UK’s future in Europe


Support for school and youth partnerships

Practical advice and support for setting up or reviving UK-German school partnerships, including help with finding a partner school, developing projects and planning visits, as well as other school partnership initiatives.




Programmes for pupils of German

Part- and fully-funded language and culture courses in Germany for upper secondary pupils. They are a fantastic opportunity for pupils to get first-hand experience of German life and culture and improve their German language skills at the same time.


Networks, seminars and youth initiatives

Bilateral networks of young people engaging in UK-German projects, which aim to increase interest in and motivation for the language and culture of Germany and the UK.


UK-German Connection also runs regular seminars on different themes, such as ‘seas and oceans’ or cultural heritage, as well as alumni events and youth initiatives. Contact UK-German Connection to find out more:




Host a teacher from Germany

Hosting a teacher from Germany for two or three weeks is free and flexible. It offers schools the chance for some authentic German cultural input and supports language teaching at the same time.


Summer course group leaders

Paid CPD opportunities for teachers to act as group leaders on the German Pupil Courses.




The Bears Project

With a set of resources and online features and a focus on joint Bears activities with a project partner school in Germany, Alex and Ben bring a fun and accessible international dimension to the primary school classroom.


Magical Christmas Trips

Four-day visits to Germany at Christmas time, giving primary and secondary pupils the chance to experience Germany's Christmas culture in a real-life setting!


Voyage Kids

A website for primary schools with games, quizzes and creative features for language and intercultural learning.



UK-German Connection is funded and governed by the UK and German governments, British Council and the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst