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The George C. Marshall International Center’s (GCMIC) Student Partnership Exchange Program (SPEP®), now in its tenth year, is a unique, reciprocal exchange program for high school students. The SPEP is part of GCMIC’s Marshalling℠ Experience Programs. The original program was created in 2006 as a key element of the sister county partnership between Loudoun County, VA and Main-Taunus-Kreis, Germany (MTK).  

SPEP® was expanded in 2013 to include a reciprocal exchange program between GCMIC and two schools in Vienna, Austria, BG9 Wasagasse and Theresianum.

For two weeks in October, Austrian students visit Northern Virginia to experience daily life in America. They live with host families and participate in career exploration experiences that focus on their individual professional interests.  In November, we send our U.S. students to Austria.  Our students live with host families, attend Austrian schools, visit cultural and heritage sites, and participate in career exploration experiences based on their interests.

Many of our students travel to explore a new culture and practice their German, however they do not need to know or study German in order to participate.

For more information about Austrian SPEP® program contact or call 703-777-1301.

To download our 2017 SPEP® Student Profile – Application, click here. Download

To download our 2017 SPEP® Host Family Application, click here. Download

To download our 2017 SPEP® Scholarship Application, click here. Download

To download George C. Marshall's Leadership Principles and Practices by Col. Bill Brooks (USA, Retired), CLICK HERE.

2017 Travel Dates to be Announced.

To download SAMPLE itinerary for our Austria SPEP® program, click here Download.

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