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Your children are well looked after

Parents can go about their professional occupations with commitment and focus in the knowledge if their little ones are being well looked after. In Germany in March 2017, nearly 55,000 public and private day care facilities were available. 

The care of the youngest started early in Germany: at the age of 0 to 2 years around one-third were supervised, so their parents are able to pursue their career. In the age group of 3 to 5 years, which includes schoolchildren as well, the proportion of all children looked after was even 94 percent. 

Child care is also firmly anchored in integration and inclusion. About one-third, or 19,000, care facilities were kindergartens with integrative care. For children with disabilities, a total of 251 facilities were available in March 2017.

Education for all

The German education and training system is world-renowned. In the 2016-2017 school year, around 34,000 schools throughout Germany gave all children of school age access to education. Of these, around half, or 15,500, were primary schools. At the secondary education level, there were numerous Hauptschulen (3,000), Realschulen (2,300) and Gymnasien (3,100). After successfully completing your schooling, you have the possibility of either embarking on a vocational training course or switching to one of Germany’s 428 higher education establishments. Of these, around one-quarter is conventional universities and around half universities of applied science with a more practical focus. German higher education institutions score points with their broad choice of subjects. They offer all kinds of courses, from A like adventure education to Z like zoo veterinarian.

International students are drawn to STEM subjects

Word has got around worldwide that you can study and do research effectively and, in general, free of charge in Germany. This is why more and more international students are coming to Germany. In the 2015-2016 winter semester, around 251,542 international students were enrolled at a German higher education institution. In 2015, some 36,370 international students successfully completed their studies. Of these, around 50 percent studied one of the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), which are highly sought-after on the labour market. Moreover, international university graduates make an important contribution to covering the need for qualified professionals in Germany, as long as they stay and work in the country for a while after graduating.

Trainees from third countries also come to Germany

Besides the large number of higher education institutions, another typical feature of the German education landscape is the dual education system. In 2015, some 4,254 international trainees from countries outside the EU came to Germany to undertake basic and advanced in-company training. If we also count trainees from EU states who can enter Germany without a visa under the agreement on free movement of persons, the number is even higher. The number of trainees from third countries is likely to rise significantly in the next few years owing to improvements in German residency rights: since 2015, they can apply for a visa enabling them to do qualification courses in preparation for training even while their diplomas are going through the recognition procedure. This is good news for the German economy, since businesses are facing problems in finding qualified workers, as well as applicants for apprenticeships / trainee ships. International trainees can, therefore, make a crucial contribution to covering the need for qualified professionals.

Information on the internet

The Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs

The Education System in the Federal Republic of Germany (German, English)

Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

Information about child care in Germany (German)


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