Arlington-Aachen Family Exchange Program

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Applications Accepted Beginning Friday, June 23, 2023, 9:00 am, through Monday, July 10, 2023, 5:00 pm (earlier applications receive priority for limited spaces – see information/faq for further details).

Application – click here – the application form will be available at 9:00 am on Friday, June 23, 2023.

Aachen Cathedral
Aachen Cathedral/Aachener Dom

The Family Exchange is between fifth-grade students at schools in Arlington, VA, and students from our sister city of Aachen, Germany. The exchange is organized through the Arlington Sister City Association (ASCA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1993 to enhance and promote the region’s international profile and foster productive exchanges in education, commerce, culture and the arts. ASCA is a member of Sister Cities International.

The family of each Arlington student is paired with a matching Aachen partner family. The pairings are made with the help of questionnaires filled out by all. Generally, students are matched with students of the same gender, unless otherwise requested or agreed. Once the families are paired, they receive each other’s e-mail addresses and begin corresponding by email, FaceTime, WhatsApp, Skype, and/or phone.

Each student is accompanied by one of their parents or guardians when they travel overseas to spend about a week with their partner families. The German children travel to Arlington in the fall; the American children travel to Aachen during spring break.

Official Program Dates: 

Aachen families arrive in Arlington on Thursday, September 28, 2023 

Aachen families depart Arlington hosts on Friday, October 6, 2023 

Arlington families depart for Aachen on Tuesday, March 19, 2024  

Arlington families depart Aachen hosts on Thursday, March 28, 2024 

Information and Frequently Asked Questions Are Available HERE. 

A link to the application form will be posted here on June 23, 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].