Language Requirements

For a school visit in Germany you should already have as one of the basic requirements some knowledge of the German language. The better you can follow lessons, the more successful a trip you will have. The specific language level recommended for your stay will depend on the programme that you want to participate in.

School Homestay (1 – 4 weeks)

If you would like to book the School Homestay programme for the duration of 1 to 4 weeks then you will need to have a minimum Language level of A2 (basic knowledge) in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

This language level includes the following skills:

“Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.”

High School (3 – 12 months)

For a High School stay lasting 3 months (Academic Trimester), 6 months (Academic Term) or 12 months (Academic year) you will need to have a minimum language level of B1 (advanced use of language) in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

This language level includes the following skills:

“Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.”

For the High School Stay advanced knowledge is necessary, as you will receive a qualified certificate or indeed an official school report at the end of your stay for which you will be able to obtain recognition in your home country / school.

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