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Cen­tral Agen­cy for Schools Abroad

On be­half of the Fed­er­al For­eign Of­fice (Auswär­tiges Amt) and in close co­op­er­a­tion with the Län­der, the Cen­tral Agen­cy for Ger­man Schools Abroad (Zen­tral­stelle für das Aus­landss­chul­we­sen, ZfA) of the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion sup­ports ed­u­ca­tion­al work abroad. World­wide, about 140 Ger­man schools abroad, most of which are run by pri­vate or­ga­ni­za­tions, re­ceive per­son­nel and fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from the ZfA. Apart from that, the ZfA pro­vides as­sis­tance to ap­prox­i­mate­ly 1.100 oth­er schools in the re­spec­tive ed­u­ca­tion­al sys­tem where the Ger­man Lan­guage Cer­tifi­cate (DSD) of the Stand­ing Con­fer­ence of Min­is­ters of Ed­u­ca­tion and Cul­tur­al Af­fairs of the Län­der in the Fed­er­al Re­pub­lic of Ger­many can be ac­quired.

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About 2,000 teach­ers are em­ployed at Ger­man schools abroad around the world. Dur­ing their em­ploy­ment abroad, they re­ceive sup­port in or­ga­ni­za­tion­al, ped­a­gog­i­cal and staff-re­lat­ed mat­ters from the ZfA. More­over, the ZfA and the Län­der are re­spon­si­ble for the DSD. The ZfA is com­pe­tent for the de­sign and the eval­u­a­tion of the ex­am­i­na­tions, over­see­ing their dis­tri­bu­tion and im­ple­men­ta­tion at the ac­cred­it­ed DSD schools.

With its work, the ZfA achieves the fol­low­ing goals of the cul­tur­al re­la­tions and ed­u­ca­tion pol­i­cy in more than 90 coun­tries: con­tact with the cul­ture and so­ci­ety of the host coun­try, pro­vid­ing schools for Ger­man chil­dren abroad, pro­mot­ing Ger­man lan­guage, as well as en­hanc­ing the at­trac­tive­ness of Ger­many as a lo­ca­tion for high­er ed­u­ca­tion and busi­ness.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion please vis­it www.aus­landss­chul­we­sen.de (DE).


More in­for­ma­tion:

Flyer: ZfA in Brief

German School Management Worldwide

DSD – German Language Certificate