Register for admission to a German school abroad

Do you live abroad or are you planning to move abroad and would like to register your child at a German school? Find out more about German schools abroad here.

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 given in both German and the respective national language. Students can obtain German, national and international school leaving certificates, which give them access to colleges and universities worldwide. The school offer is aimed at students 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, for example, the opportunity to get to know Germany locally as part of an exchange. German schools abroad educate their students to be independent as well as critical and social thinking and attach great importance to the teaching of democratic values.

The German Schools Abroad offer various courses and degrees. 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 open offers for intermediate school leaving certificates (Realschulabschluss, Hauptschulabschluss). Some German schools abroad offer dual training or the Fachoberschule. With this intercultural, competence-oriented and 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 pages of the Central Office 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).

The respective school decides which documents must be presented when registering. The respective school decides which documents must be presented when registering.


There are no uniform admission requirements for German schools abroad.

The respective school decides on the admission.

The legal basis for the schooling of school-age children, unless there are bilateral agreements, are the regulations of the respective country of residence, which can be requested at school.

  • You will 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 or not your child will be accepted at the school.

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