Whether you are thinking on moving to the great Germany with your children, or just want to pursue your studies there, then, it is important you know how the education in Germany is. This knowledge will allow you to be prepared for the education process. It is sure that you will find some differences between the education system in your country and that one in Germany, so pay attention at these differences. The education goal in Germany is giving citizens the opportunity to grow professionally and personally according to their interest and abilities. The well-organized education system in this country shows that it is not only a good place to visit, but also to study.
The education system of Germany is one of the best in Europe even better than that of the United Kingdom. They are concerned with standards in education and scientific research so these factors play the main role in making this country one of the most important countries in Europe and in the world. Education is primarily a responsibility of the German government and the state invests lots of money in education each year. Elementary and secondary schools and also around 95 percent of higher education centers†are public, so they are supported by taxpayers. The Federal States or Lšnder are responsible for education and culture in their states. However, the leaders of these Lšnder meet to have agreements on educational standards each year.
Schools in Germany
German schools are obligatory for all children between 6 and 18 years of age. Most nursery schools are supported by the state, charities and churches. All German kids have the right to education at Kindergarten. When German kids finish Kindergarten, they can access pre-scholar instruction which is called Vorschulkind in German. Public education is cost-free since German kids start the elementary school (Grundschule), but children have to undergo a previous medical examination, this medical test will determine, if the child has a learning disability. Children who have learning disabilities receive help or especial assistance.
When children finish elementary school, they begin to define their vocational guidance; teachers suggest the correct high schools for each child, according to the kidís skills. There are three kinds of high schools in Germany which are: Hauptschule, Realschule and Gymnasium. After high school, children do a test which is called Abitur that allows them to qualify for University.
Worldwide, German†universities†are the most popular, together with American and British Universities. There are over 100 universities around Germany but if one is looking for the best ones, one should check out the international university rankings around the world, these rankings provide enough information to make the best choice. Most German Universities are placed in good positions (See University rankings).
If you are interested in pursuing a career in Germany, but you feel that the German language is an obstacle, do not worry; many universities, institutes, etc offer their courses in both, German and English language. Nevertheless, there are some of them which offer the most important courses †in different languages. One can check if the university where one wants to study offers this option.
The education in Germany is very demanding; this is maybe the reason why Germany is currently one of the most important countries in the world. German people think that education is the best investment so they are always looking for ways to improve it. Teachers in Germany are well-prepared. You can see some teacher resume examples with skills, languages and personal data that you must complete if you want apply for a teacher job.
If you need to know more about this awesome country such as about living, traveling, doing activities, and more, then, we invite you to check other sections in our guide. Find here information about transportation, insurance, getting around, history, maps of Germany, among others.