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Off to Germany with a school-leaving certificate

Do you have a good command of the German language, are familiar with German culture and can see a future for yourself professionally and personally in Germany? As a graduate of a German School Abroad, there are plenty of opportunities for you to study in Germany.

Studying in Germany

If you obtained your school-leaving certificate at a German School Abroad, you have every chance of going on to study in Germany.

German Abitur or DIAP

With the German Abitur or the German International Abitur (DIAP) you have direct access to German universities: your school-leaving qualification is recognised as on a par with those in Germany. This means that you do not have to do a preparatory course or sit a TestDAF (German as a foreign language) examination. You only have to meet the general requirements for admission to the university or course of study. You can find out here how to apply for place of study. 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) / Bilingual International Baccalaureate Diploma (BIB)

You can also study at a German university with an International Baccalaureate. The IB is recognised as giving access to higher education in Germany if the requirements of the Conference of Culture Ministers (KMK) are met. For example, you must have studied and been examined in specific subjects.

Owing to the large proportion of German involved, the BIB provides unrestricted access to higher education in Germany. The Conference of Culture Ministers recognises it as equivalent to the German Abitur.

Visa

As a graduate of a German School Abroad, you do not need the approval of the respective foreign nationals' registration authority to obtain a study visa. This can make it easier for people who would otherwise need a visa to enter Germany. You can find out more about what conditions you need to meet to study in Germany here on this portal under "Study".

Scholarships

You can find information here on the portal in the section "Scholarships”.

Training in Germany for people requiring a visa

You want to train in Germany and need a visa to study? In that case, a school-leaving certificate taken at a German School Abroad will make it easier for you to enter the German vocational training system. As a general rule, citizens of non-EU states need the agreement of the labour authorities to get a stay permit entitling them to do a vocational training course. As a graduate of a German School Abroad the “Vorrangprüfung” – that is, verification of whether there are job applicants with preferential rights – does not apply to you. That means that with this qualification, nothing stands between you and a vocational training course in Germany! You can find out how to find a place on a course and how to apply in our section to vocational training.

Working in Germany for people requiring a visa

You have a university degree or vocational diploma and want to work in Germany? In that case you have every chance of setting out on a career in Germany. If you come from a country where a visa is required, you can take up employment in Germany under facilitated conditions. As a general rule, citizens of non-EU states need the agreement of the labour authorities to get a visa. As a graduate of a German School Abroad the “Vorrangprüfung” – that is, verification of whether there are job applicants with preferential rights – does not apply to you if you wish to take up employment that corresponds to your professional qualification. To do so, your foreign university degree must be recognised or be comparable with a German university degree, or your professional qualifications must be recognised as equivalent. If you graduated from a German university or did your vocational training in Germany, the same facilitated conditions of course apply.

Information on the internet

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Database of courses of study in Germany (German, English)


PASCH: "Schools: Partners for the Future"

Studying in Germany (German)

Reports by BIDS scholarship holders at German universities (German)

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    Study in Germany - Land of Ideas

    Platform with useful information about studying in Germany (German, English)

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