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Meet Us
Americans in Dialogue with German High School Students about Life in the U.S.A.
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January 4, 2022

Meet US

Americans in Dialogue with German High School Students about Life in the U.S.A.

A Program of the Embassy and Consulates of the United States of America in Germany

 

What is the American Dream?
What does a typical school day in the U.S. look like?
How does the U.S. election system work?

Americans only eat fast food.
Americans are very superficial.
Americans don’t care about environmental protection.

 

These are some typical questions and preconceptions that young Germans often have about the United States of America. The Meet US program is designed to help clarify the picture by bringing Americans – U.S. citizens from all backgrounds of life residing in Germany, as well as U.S. embassy/consulate staff – together with secondary school students in Germany to engage them in a dialogue about everyday life in the United States. The goal is to give youth in Germany a better understanding of the U.S. and to break down stereotypes.

The Meet US program is an important part of the cultural outreach activities of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates. It reaches out to all secondary schools in Germany. The Public Affairs Sections of the U.S. Embassy Berlin and the U.S. Consulates in Germany coordinate the program. It is free of cost to the schools.

How Does the Program Work?

The Americans meet with the students, either in their classrooms or virtually, to talk about anything that helps give the students a realistic impression of American society. The topics can be tailored to complement the school curriculum. However, the intention is not to provide scientific or academic lectures, but rather to offer a first-hand, personal look on social, historical or cultural aspects of the United States as well as on current transatlantic issues. The guest speakers usually start with a short introduction and then open the floor to discussion and questions. The main goal is to generate an open and direct dialogue between the students and their American guests. The discussions may be conducted in either English or German.

Occasionally, the U.S. embassy/consulates also welcome student groups for discussions with American diplomats. However, this depends on the individual capacities of the embassy/consulate.

New partnership with Fulbright Germany

As of fall 2021, the German-American Fulbright Commission supports the Meet US program as a new cooperation partner. Via an online platform created especially for the program, interested schools can register for visits by Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETAs). The ETAs are American university students who are assigned to German schools for the duration of a school year. Detailed information on the Meet US program at Fulbright Germany can be found at: Meet US – German-American Fulbright Commission.

How to Request a Meet US session

Interested schools should contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate responsible for their region (see below), or register via Fulbright Germany at: Sign-up as host school – German-American Fulbright Commission.

Meet US Program Contacts at the U.S. Embassy and Consulates:

Berlin, Brandenburg
U.S.Embassy Berlin
Public Diplomacy Office – Meet US Coordinator
Pariser Platz 2
14191 Berlin
Email: MeetUS-berlin@usembassy.de

Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland:
U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt
Public Diplomacy Office – Meet US Coordinator
Gießener Str. 30
60435 Frankfurt am Main
Email: MeetUS-frankfurt@usconsulate.de

Bavaria:
U.S. Consulate General Munich
Public Diplomacy Office – Meet US Coordinator
Königinstraße 5
80539 Munich
Email: MeetUS-munich@usconsulate.de

Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein:
U.S. Consulate General Hamburg
Public Diplomacy Office – Meet US Coordinator
Alsterufer 27-28
20354 Hamburg
Email: MeetUS-hamburg@usconsulate.de

North Rhine-Westphalia:
U.S. Consulate General Düsseldorf
Public Diplomacy Office – Meet US Coordinator
Willi-Becker-Allee 10
40227 Düsseldorf
Email: MeetUS-duesseldorf@usconsulate.de

Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia:
U.S. Consulate General Leipzig
Public Diplomacy Office – Meet US Coordinator
Wilhelm-Seyfferth-Str. 4
04107 Leipzig
Email: MeetUS-leipzig@usconsulate.de