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Cen­tral Agen­cy for Ger­man Schools Abroad (ZfA)

The Cen­tral Agen­cy for Ger­man Schools Abroad (Zen­tral­stelle für das Aus­landss­chul­we­sen, ZfA) of the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion sup­ports over 1,200 schools world­wide, in­clud­ing 140 Ger­man schools abroad – main­ly in pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship – and ap­prox­i­mate­ly 1,100 schools in the re­spec­tive ed­u­ca­tion­al sys­tem in which the Ger­man Lan­guage Cer­tifi­cate (DSD) can be ac­quired. On be­half of the Fed­er­al For­eign Of­fice and in close co­op­er­a­tion with the fed­er­al states, the ZfA pro­vides them with per­son­nel, fi­nan­cial and ped­a­gog­i­cal as­sis­tance. The ZfA, which was es­tab­lished at the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion in 1968, re­ports to the Fed­er­al For­eign Of­fice.

Ger­man schools abroad, most­ly con­ceived as in­ter­na­tion­al schools, are open not on­ly to chil­dren of Ger­mans work­ing abroad and wish­ing Ger­man ed­u­ca­tion for their kids. Three out of four pupils are from the re­spec­tive host coun­tries or oth­er cul­tures, thus get­ting the chance to fa­mil­iar­ize them­selves with Ger­many, its cul­ture, and lan­guage. These high-pro­file in­sti­tu­tions of the Ger­man school sys­tem are very pop­u­lar world­wide and con­sti­tute an im­por­tant pil­lar of cul­tur­al re­la­tions and ed­u­ca­tion pol­i­cy.

The ZfA is re­spon­si­ble for the place­ment, fi­nan­cial sup­port, prepa­ra­tion, and fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion of teach­ers. About 2,000 teach­ers placed by the ZfA are em­ployed at Ger­man schools all over the world.

ZfA news from abroad

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German School Prize 2016

The best Ger­man School Abroad in 2016 is in...

The pres­ti­gious Ger­man School Prize has been award­ed for the tenth time this year. For the first time, the list of nom­i­nees in­clud­ed two Ger­man Schools Abroad. The Fed­er­al Min­is­ter for For­eign Af­fairs Dr Frank-Wal­ter Stein­meier award­ed the spe­cial prize to the Ger­man In­ter­na­tion­al School Jo­han­nes­burg in Berlin on 8 June 2016.


Ceremonial inauguration of the DSD Dubai

Cer­e­mo­ni­al in­au­gu­ra­tion of the Deutsche In­ter­na­tionale Schule Dubai

In the wake of its move to the new build­ing in Dubai Aca­dem­ic City in Au­gust 2015, the Deutsche In­ter­na­tionale Schule Dubai (DISD) is now one of the world’s most state-of-the-art Ger­man schools abroad. The build­ing was cer­e­mo­ni­al­ly in­au­gu­rat­ed on 16 April 2016.


IHK (Chamber of Commerce) German Schools Abroad competition: Awards presented to the winning schools

IHK (Cham­ber of Com­merce) Ger­man Schools Abroad com­pe­ti­tion: Awards pre­sent­ed to the win­ning schools

On 10 May, the prize-giv­ing cer­e­mo­ny for the Fifth Cham­ber of Com­merce (IHK) Ger­man Schools Abroad com­pe­ti­tion, held un­der the ban­ner of "School Stu­dents Build Glob­al Bridges", was held at the House of Ger­man Busi­ness in Berlin. This year’s win­ners were the Deutsche Schule Pre­to­ria, the Deutsche Schule Wash­ing­ton and the Deutsche Evan­ge­lis­che Ober­schule Kairo.


Scientific insights for practical application: DSD assessor training at the ZfA

The ZfA has joined ALTE: high­er qual­i­ty for the Lan­guage Cer­tifi­cate

The Cen­tral Agen­cy for Ger­man Schools Abroad (ZfA) has been award­ed the sta­tus of In­sti­tu­tion­al Af­fil­i­ate at the As­so­ci­a­tion of Lan­guage Testers in Eu­rope (ALTE), the lead­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion of its kind.


Inspiring people

"In­spir­ing peo­ple": a fo­rum with Ger­man For­eign Min­is­ter Frank-Wal­ter Stein­meier

From 13 to 15 April 2016 the Ger­man Fed­er­al For­eign Of­fice joined forces with its part­ners to present for the first time the en­tire spec­trum of Ger­many’s for­eign pol­i­cy in cul­tur­al and ed­u­ca­tion­al mat­ters at the "In­spir­ing Peo­ple" ("Men­schen be­we­gen") fo­rum in Berlin. Al­so in­volved was the Cen­tral Agen­cy for Schools Abroad (ZfA).


Conference participants

ZfA Con­sul­tants Con­fer­ence in Bonn

The Cen­tral Agen­cy for Schools Abroad (ZfA) in­vit­ed over 70 ZfA con­sul­tants and pro­fes­sion­al ad­vi­sors at­tend its an­nu­al con­fer­ence in Bonn from 22-26 Febru­ary. Along with top­ics such as for­eign lan­guages and con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion di­dac­tics, qual­i­ty as­sur­ance in Ger­man teach­ing and the lan­guage diplo­ma pro­gramme were the main fo­cus.


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