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Humboldt to promote German boarding options

German language provider Humboldt-Institut has launched a new website to provide information about Germany’s boarding schools to prospective students, parents and education agents.

Humboldt's new Boarding School Experience program seeks to give prospective students a taste of Germany's boarding options. Photo: Humboldt Institut

In general, a completed B2 level of German is required for school attendance

The site provides information about 40 of Germany’s boarding schools – a “significant proportion”, according to Tobias Langenstein, marketing director at the Humboldt-Institut.

“Almost all private boarding schools in Germany are included. For us it is important that we have seen all those schools in person and that we know the people in charge,” he explained.

“The number of international students at secondary schools in Germany continues to increase”

Over the past nine years, the organisation has prepared around 900 students for secondary education in Germany.

“The number of international students at secondary schools in Germany continues to increase,” he added.

“Just like in other markets, for example in the UK or the US, a majority of students originates from Asian countries such as China, South Korea or Vietnam with a wide variety of other nationalities, each accounting for a smaller market share.”

The website aims to explain Germany’s secondary education system – its school types, as well as the Abitur, the final exams in the country’s secondary schools, which qualify students for university admission.

The Humboldt-Institut, which welcomed its 70,000th student in 2018, will offer international students entering secondary education German language preparatory courses to total beginners and advanced learners.

In general, a completed B2 level of German is required for school attendance, according to Humboldt.

For those international students who successfully graduate from a secondary school in Germany are eligible for direct university access and need no additional language certification since they are considered as Bildungsinländer, Langenstein noted.

Bildungsinländer are foreign students who have equal rights to German students and are treated as Germans for educational purposes.

For Humboldt students and partner agencies, the counselling and application service with partner boarding schools all over Germany is free of charge.

According to the organisation, qualified counselling is invaluable as schools in Germany differ depending on which federal state they are located.

Humboldt has also launched a new Boarding School Experience program, which gives students from Europe and from countries that do not require a visa for traveling to Germany a taste for German boarding schools.

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