Arlington-Aachen Family Exchange Program

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Applications Accepted THROUGH JULY 5, 2024 AT 5:00 pm (earlier applications receive priority for limited spaces – see information/faq for further details). Click here to go to the application. Disregard the old deadline date on the application page – families have until 5:00 on July 5, 2024 to apply.

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 legal guardians when they travel overseas to spend about a week with their partner families. The Aachen children travel to Arlington in the fall; the Arlington children travel to Aachen during spring break.

More information and Frequently Asked Questions are Available HERE.

Official Program Dates: 

Aachen families arrive in Arlington on Thursday, October 10, 2024 

Aachen families depart Arlington hosts on Friday, October 18, 2024

Arlington families depart for Aachen on Tuesday, April 8, 2025 (arriving on Wednesday, April 9)

Arlington families depart Aachen hosts on Thursday, April 17, 2025

Information and Frequently Asked Questions Are Available HERE. 

A link to the application form will be posted here on June 14, 2024.

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