Programs abroad

As a non-profit organization, Open Door International e.V. has been organizing stays abroad for young students in twelve different countries for over 25 years.

Here we would like to introduce our different outbound programs to you.

World-wide student exchange

For all young students who want to discover the world while they are still in high school, ODI offers Academic Year Programs in the following countries: Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, Spain  and the USA. Student exchange is a great opportunity to discover a foreign country from a different viewpoint, as it offers aspects which cannot be found in a simple vacation. The students submerge into a foreign culture and a foreign country and thereby develop sensibility and a better understanding of people and the way of life in different nations. In our opinion, these international encounters are a great contribution to a peaceful co-existence of all people.
We also offer short-term programs for those who don’t feel like going abroad for a longer period of time yet.

Volunteer Work (18+)

Since June 2011, ODI also offers individual volunteering programs with a maximum stay of three months. Volunteers have the opportunity to participate in different volunteering projects in Argentina, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, Tanzania and Vietnam. The volunteer work offers unique insight to the circumstances and habits of the native population. Such encounters strengthen the awareness of difference through unity.
Furthermore ODI offers the ESC which enables young people from Europe to volunteer in a project and to experience life in another European country.
Since 2015 we are also an accredited organisation for the "weltwaerts" program which is financed by public funds and is meant to foster the international development policy.


Since the 2005/2006 school year, ODI awards scholarships for Academic Year Programs in various countries.
The main part of our scholarships are awarded to students who are committed to voluntary and community services. Hereby, ODI wants to honor voluntary commitment and show how important it is to contribute to society through voluntary services. These days, especially students are under great pressure and have less free time. If students spend their spare time supporting other people or projects, their commitment should be honored through acknowledgements like scholarships for an exchange year abroad.
We also award a scholarship to students who show their interest for a country by producing a piece of art.


Open Door International e.V.
Thürmchenswall 69
50668 Cologne

Phone: +49 221 60 60 855 0
Fax: +49 221 60 60 855 19
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