Before You Go

Learn more about Germany! Learning more about where you are going will help you build confidence and enjoy your trip.

The following links are good sources of information:

Learn about BC and Canada! As a representative of Canada and BC, you inevitably will be asked questions about our customs, culture, history, geography, and government. Being able to answer questions thoroughly and objectively will allow you to feel more comfortable speaking about your country while in Germany.

Attend an Orientation Session

Orientation sessions will be conducted in several locations throughout the province in the spring to provide further information about home, school, and social life in Germany. The Programme Coordinator will arrange the sessions and send notices to families.

  • Sessions will be held on a weekend or in the evening.
  • Attendance is mandatory for students. 
  • One parent from each family is required to attend.
  • The BC School Liaison Teachers are invited.

Make Travel Arrangements

DatesThe approximate travel dates are early March to mid-May. They are adjusted slightly each year.

Booking Travel: All travel arrangements are made by the BCHLA travel agent, Forbes Travel International. Departure is from the Vancouver International Airport in March—specific date to be arranged.

Costs: Additional costs for connecting flights to/from Vancouver International Airport (YVR, the departure/arrival airport for Germany) are the responsibility of the BC Exchange students. Forbes Travel must be advised of any alternate BC travel arrangements.

Passports: APPLY FOR YOUR PASSPORT NOW.  You can get the application on the Passport Canada website.

Travel AccompanimentAt least two adults approved by BCHLA will fly to and from Germany with the group.

Luggage Allowance: Forbes Travel International will provide a list regarding luggage allowance with weight restrictions and fees for overweight and additional luggage.

Customs Regulations: Customs regulations are available through Forbes Travel International or Canada Customs. Please review the German Customs regulations before travelling.

Get Insurance

The student and his or her family are responsible for all insurance issues. Forbes Travel International may be able to assist you with your insurance questions or contact your insurance provider to discuss insurance in detail.

Germany Exchange

Important Dates

Important Dates

The deadline to apply for 2019/2020 exchange is February 27, 2019. German students arrive at the end of August 2019. BC students leave for Germany early March, 2020.


Be Prepared!

Need Travel Insurance?

Need Travel Insurance?

Contact Forbes Travel International or your own insurance provider.

Need a Passport? Apply Early!

Need a Passport? Apply Early!

You can get the application online at