A college in Germany is usually an institute of adult education for the acquisition of the general university entrance qualification. As a rule, it takes three years before you can take the nationwide Abitur. After two years, it is usually possible to obtain the school part of the university entrance qualification. In contrast to the evening grammar school, the lessons are given during the day and are therefore aimed at former professionals who want to expand their school qualifications by means of full-time instruction. In addition to visiting the college, it is therefore not possible to continue working in a profession in terms of time and law with the exception of "side jobs". A prerequisite for attending a college is usually a secondary school or comparable degree and vocational training that has already been completed. Alternatively, however, the management of a family household or proven unemployment and a multi-year professional activity are accepted. The minimum age is 18 years. Depending on the state, there are different regulations. The so-called introductory phase (11th grade) is used to gain basic knowledge for the two-year qualification level. In some colleges there are preliminary courses before the actual college visit, e.g. at the colleges in Berlin, in order to refresh idle knowledge in central subjects. In some federal states, it is also imperative to pass an admission test. The selection of subjects and the Abitur examinations at a college are based on those of the general grammar school, whereby the restrictions of the Ministry of Education responsible for the federal state must be observed when selecting subjects. The possibilities at the elected college can also lead to further restrictions. In addition, there may be different regulations for the Abitur examinations depending on the federal state.
informal application, completed application for admission, signed tabular CV, certified copy of the last certificate or original for presentation, Proof of occupation/employment certified copy of the vocational diploma or original for the presentation or proof of a two-year professional activity (only for the Abitur course)
The course for the subsequent acquisition of the general university entrance qualification can be included, whoever is at least 19 years old, completed vocational training or at least two years' work or a similar activity, and can prove the secondary school leaving certificate or the technical secondary school entrance qualification or an equivalent degree or has successfully completed a preliminary course of at least one semester. A similar activity is in particular the management of a family household. Unemployment demonstrated by the employment agencies may be counted against the required period of work. Full-time form is only taken up if he is not employed.
Application at the beginning of the school year at a school of the second educational path
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