European Exchange Program

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The European Exchange Program—formerly known as the German Exchange Program—has partnered with a school in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany, for over 30 years. Every Fall, we accept 15-20 German students to stay with host students here in Williston for three weeks. While the German students are here, we make every effort to give them an authentic "American" experience. 

Visiting Germans attend school with their hosts and take trips to:

  • Regina, Canada
  • the Black Hills
  • Devils Tower
  • Yellowstone
  • Bismarck
  • the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park

In exchange, students from Williston High School spend the first three-and-a-half weeks of the summer visiting Germany and traveling with them across Europe, focusing on places like Amsterdam, Berlin, Cologne, Paris, southern France, and Monaco.

Friendships are made that last a lifetime. The greatest benefit of the program is the horizons that are broadened and the many minds that are opened to the many possibilities that this small planet has to offer. Many students are visited by their German guests here in America and some visit their European families later on their own.

European Exchange Program Advisor

Ryan Stebbins is the advisor for the European Exchange Program. He started the French program at Williston High School in 2017 and, though he does not teach German, understands the importance of keeping this decades old tradition alive. If you would like more information on the European Exchange Program, email

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