German Schools Abroad: Recognised School Leaving Certificates Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

School leaving certificates obtained at recognised German schools abroad are recognised in Germany.

The Federal Republic of Germany and the Länder of the Federal Republic of Germany are currently (as of October 2010) supporting 140 recognised German schools abroad worldwide with German school qualifications recognised by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany and 610 "DSD schools". These are schools that offer the German Language Diploma of Level I and/or II. In addition to the work of the Goethe-Instituts, the German Academic Exchange Service and the Pedagogical Exchange Service, German school work abroad is a fundamental component of cultural relations and education policy.

All school work is geared towards school goals. The school objectives defined in German school work abroad are qualifications in lower secondary level I and II (proven, depending on the region, with the maturity examination, university entrance examination or German International Abitur examination), the German Language Diploma of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs and the degrees of dual vocational training awarded together with the Chambers of Commerce Abroad, which can include the Fachhochschulreife after successful additional instruction in mathematics.

The schools abroad are open to German-speaking children and young people whose parents work abroad for a limited period of time. At the meeting schools, state children can also acquire a German school leaving certificate.

The necessary documents are different for each school. To enrol, you need, among other things, a certificate of departure or transfer, a visa or a residence permit.

Hints

If you would like to teach abroad as a teacher at a German school, you will find information at the Central Office for Schools Abroad (ZfA).
All data on German schools abroad can be found in the ZfA School Directory Abroad.

Further information can be found on the websites of the Federal Office of Administration (BVA) and the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK).

  • KMK

Examination regulations and certificates (resolutions of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs - KMK).

Related Links

  • KMK - Examination Disorders and Certificates

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