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Homeschooling in Germany

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: If you're moving with kids to Germany and homeschooling is something you're considering, it's important to do your research and learn about homeschooling in Germany.

Germany, known for its robust education system, has a unique stance on homeschooling. Unlike many other countries, homeschooling in Germany is not a common practice and is surrounded by a myriad of legal complexities. This is particularly relevant for foreign residents or expats who may be accustomed to homeschooling in their home countries. This article will delve into the intricacies of homeschooling in Germany, its legality, prevalence, requirements, resources, and its implications for university admissions. It will also explore the pros and cons of homeschooling for expat families in Germany.

Is it legal to homeschool in Germany?

Homeschooling in Germany is generally illegal, with very few exceptions. This law applies to both German residents and foreign residents or expats living in the country. The German education law mandates compulsory school attendance for all children aged six to 16. Parents who choose to homeschool their children can face penalties, including fines and even imprisonment. The only exceptions are for severe illness or when families are travelling, and even then, the approval process is stringent.

Is Homeschooling common in Germany?

Given the legal restrictions, homeschooling is not common in Germany. The vast majority of children attend public or private schools. The concept of homeschooling is often foreign to many Germans, and it is estimated that only a few hundred children are homeschooled across the country, most of them under exceptional circumstances.

What specific requirements are there for homeschoolers in Germany?

For the few cases where homeschooling is permitted, there are specific requirements that must be met. The homeschooling curriculum must align with the German education standards, and regular assessments are conducted to ensure the child is meeting the necessary educational milestones. Parents are also required to demonstrate that they are capable of providing an adequate education for their children.

Are there groups or resources for families who homeschool in Germany?

Despite the legal restrictions, there are a few support groups and resources for families who wish to homeschool in Germany. These include online forums, homeschooling associations, and legal advice centers. However, these resources are limited and often focus on advocating for changes in the law rather than providing practical homeschooling support.

What should homeschooling parents take into consideration for university admissions in Germany and internationally?

For homeschooling parents, university admissions can be a significant concern. German universities typically require a school-leaving certificate (Abitur) for admission, which homeschooled students may not have. However, some universities may accept equivalent qualifications or consider students based on entrance exams or interviews. Internationally, requirements vary, so it's crucial for homeschooling parents to research specific university requirements early on.

What are the Pros and Cons of homeschooling in Germany (for expat families)?

For expat families, homeschooling in Germany can have both pros and cons. On the positive side, homeschooling can provide a consistent education for families who move frequently. It also allows for a personalized curriculum that can include the family's home language and culture. However, the legal restrictions make homeschooling challenging and potentially risky. Additionally, homeschooled children may miss out on social interactions with their peers and the opportunity to fully integrate into German society.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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