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Our “Secondary Education in Germany” program is geared towards highly motivated students and offers them the chance to attend a boarding school in Germany. There, the students will study to pass the Abitur, which is the required diploma for university admission in Germany.


Preparatory German courses

In order to be admitted to a German boarding school, international students must demonstrate generally above-average academic performance, as well as sufficient knowledge of the German language. This is why our students are asked first of all to attend an intensive German language course with 30 lessons of 45 minutes in Bad Schussenried or Lindenberg.

In both schools, we offer our students ideal conditions to feel at ease and get used to life in Germany. Through lessons in small classes, they learn the German language quickly and thoroughly. Outside the classroom, the students will receive optimal support and will become acquainted with living in a boarding school community.

I spent seven months with Humboldt and the German course helped me a lot. We also spoke German at the boarding house, which was very helpful. I love the teachers. They explained everything clearly and in great detail.
Seongju (12)

Finding the right boarding school

Having successfully completed the German language course, students are then transferred to one of 40 boarding schools in Germany and integrated into a class according to their age and performance level.

Depending on their prior skill level, students will need from two to eight months to reach the required level of German (at least completion of Humboldt level B2).

The Humboldt-Institut cooperates with highly respected boarding schools throughout Germany and will gladly help students to find the school that is right for them.

The Humboldt-Institut divides its German courses into six levels based on the Common European Framework for Languages. This graphic shows you the sequence and the levels of the German courses at the Humboldt-Institut:

Level A1 (5 weeks), Level A2 (5 weeks), Level B1 (5 weeks), Level B2.1 (5 weeks), Level B2.2 (5 weeks), School Transition Course (5 weeks), Level C1.1 (5 weeks), Level C1.2 (5 weeks)

The course durations are valid for an intensive course 30 with 30 lessons per week.

Additional offer: School transition course

This course can be booked on a voluntary basis. At some boarding schools, however, successful attendance of the school transition course is a prerequisite for admission.

Please find more information on the School Transition Courses page.

Partner schools

Information about our partner schools as well as a complete overview of the “Secondary Education in Germany” program can be found in the brochure “Secondary Education in Germany” (PDF, ~ 9 MB) as well as on our website “Boarding Schools in Germany”.

In addition, this website provides more information about the German school and education system, the application process to attend school in Germany, as well as other special programs offered by the Humboldt-Institut, such as the “Boarding School Experience” program.

We’ll gladly assist you in finding the right boarding school in Germany. Please contact us!

Boarding School Experience

The “Boarding School Experience” program is a combination of a German course at the Humboldt-Institut and a boarding school stay at one of our selected partner boarding schools across Germany. Students will start with an intensive German course at our course center in Bad Schussenried. After the German course, they will continue their stay at the school of their choice and experience daily life at a German boarding school.

Program Schedule

This specially designed experience program will allow international students to collect their first impressions of living and studying at a German school. Not only will they be able to improve their active German language knowledge during their stay, they will also be introduced to German culture, landmarks and traditions. While school grades are not in the foreground of this program, students shall have a high motivation to make the most of their experience – including an improvement of their overall academic skills.


Students are between 10 and 17 years old and their passport qualifies them to travel to and stay in Germany visa-free. In addition, applicants should have previous knowledge of German and completed at least A2 level (300-500 lessons). Furthermore, students should be willing to spend at least two to three months in Germany and are highly motivated to integrate themselves into a boarding school community and become an active part of daily life.

Additional Information

More information as well as the dates & fees are available on the “Boarding School Experience” page on our website Boarding Schools in Germany”.

What is my level of German? You are welcome to have your German language level tested at our institute before your course starts. Please call to make an appointment for the test. Alternatively, you can test your German skills by taking our online placement test. Please note: the online test is only a rough guideline; it does not replace the placement test in the school.

Intensive courses

Bad Schussenried ages 14-17

1.280 €/week (2+ weeks) and 1.050 €/week (10+ weeks)
incl. accommodation and full board

Tuition: Monday – Friday

All starting dates:

August 13, August 20, August 6, Juli 16, Juli 2, Juli 23, Juli 30, Juli 9, Juni 11, Juni 18, Juni 25, Juni 4

Starting dates for total beginners:

Juli 2, Juli 30, Juni 25

All starting dates:

Starting dates for total beginners:

plus 50 EUR/week seasonal surcharge from June 11 to August 19, 2023


1.280 €/week (2+ weeks) and 1.050 €/week (10+ weeks)
incl. accommodation and full board

Tuition: Monday – Friday

All starting dates:

April 16, April 2, April 23, April 9, August 13, August 20, August 6, Dezember 17, Dezember 24, Dezember 3, Dezember 31, Februar 12, Februar 26, Februar 5, Januar 1, Januar 22, Januar 8, Juli 16, Juli 2, Juli 23, Juli 30, Juli 9, Juni 11, Juni 18, Juni 25, Juni 4, Mai 21, Mai 28, Mai 7, März 12, März 19, November 12, November 19, Oktober 15, Oktober 29, Oktober 8, September 10, September 24, September 3

Starting dates for total beginners:

April 16, Februar 5, Januar 1, Juli 2, Juli 30, Juni 25, Mai 21, März 12, November 12, Oktober 8, September 3

All starting dates:

Starting dates for total beginners:

plus 50 EUR/week seasonal surcharge from June 11 to August 19, 2023


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