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Register for admission to a German school abroad


The Federal Republic of Germany supervises and supports around 140 German schools abroad worldwide. They are usually supported by non-profit school associations. At most schools, lessons are taught in both German and the respective national language. Students can obtain German, national and international school-leaving qualifications that give them access to colleges and universities worldwide. The school is aimed at pupils of all nationalities.

At German schools abroad, not only knowledge and language skills are taught. They are places of encounter and intercultural dialogue and actively cultivate partnerships with schools in Germany. This gives pupils the opportunity, for example, to get to know Germany on site as part of an exchange. German schools abroad educate their pupils to be independent and to think critically and socially, and attach great importance to teaching democratic values.

The German Schools Abroad offer various courses of study and qualifications. In addition to the classic German Abitur (abroad via the German International Abitur Examination - DIAP) as well as the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the Mixed-Language International Baccalaureate (GIB), many schools abroad also offer intermediate school-leaving qualifications (Realschulabschluss, Hauptschulabschluss). Some German schools abroad offer dual training or a technical college. With this intercultural, competence-oriented and also practice-oriented education, graduates worldwide have good career opportunities.

Further information can be found on the website of the Federal Foreign Office, on the Federal Government's portal for skilled workers from abroad, on the website of the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA) and the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder of the Federal Republic of Germany (KMK).

There are no uniform admission requirements for German schools abroad.

The respective school decides on the admission.

The respective school decides which documents must be presented at the time of registration. The respective school decides which documents must be presented at the time of registration.

The respective school sets the fees.

The respective school sets the registration deadlines.

The processing time varies, depending on the situation at each school. Admission usually takes place once a year at the beginning of the school year.

  • They contact the school in question and find out about the admission procedure.
  • You register your child at the school.
  • The school decides on admission to the German School Abroad on the basis of individual requirements and school-specific criteria.
  • You will receive information from the school as to whether your child will be accepted at the school or not.

In the absence of bilateral agreements, the legal basis for the schooling of school-age children is the regulations of the respective country of residence, which can be inquired about at school.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.