Deutsche Fernschule has a thorough article on German education, how to do it while overseas, and what you need to know when returning to Germany.

Major Distinctives

  • The German school system is very rigid.
  • It is not up to the students to select courses to collect points. There is a strict curriculum which everybody has to attend. In addition there are some freely selectable courses.
  • Only in main University can students select courses.
  • Basically no extracurricular activities are available from the schools on a regular basis.
  • School is from early morning till about 2 o’clock; pupils go home and have to do extensive homework.


  • The first compulsoary foreign language is introduced in grade 5, usually English, French, or Latin.
  • In Gymnasium a second language is introduced in grade 7
  • Starting in grade 9, students have the option of learning a third foreign language.

Teaching Material

Deutsche Fernschule courses are mainly booked by German-speaking families (German, Austrian, and Swiss) living abroad. These can equally include employees of larger corporations, missionaries, development aid workers and members of the diplomatic corps.

ILS offers over 200 courses for school levels as well as subject oriented.

Updated 2020

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