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Meet Us
Americans in Dialogue with German High School Students about Life in the U.S.A.
March 31, 2021

Meet US – Americans in Dialogue with German High School Students about Life in the U.S.A.
What is the American Dream?
How does the U.S. election system work?
What does a typical school day in the U.S. look like?

Americans only eat fast food.
Americans are very superficial.
Americans don’t care about other countries.

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. This program is free of cost to the schools.
classroom with students

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 and the interests and aspirations of Americans. 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.

How to Request a School Visit by an American

The Public Affairs Sections of the U.S. Embassy Berlin and the U.S. Consulates in Germany coordinate the program. Interested schools should contact the below listed program coordinator at the embassy or consulate responsible for their region to request a visit by an American guest.

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.

Meet US Program Contacts

Berlin, Brandenburg, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia

U.S. Embassy Berlin – Public Affairs Section
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 Affairs Section
Meet US Coordinator
Gießener Str. 30
60435 Frankfurt am Main

Email: MeetUS-frankfurt@usconsulate.de

U.S. Consulate General Munich – Public Affairs Section
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 Affairs Section
Meet US Coordinator
Alsterufer 27-28
20354 Hamburg

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

Email: MeetUS-duesseldorf@usconsulate.de