Portals for German Language Instruction
Deutsche Welle (DW) is Germany’s international broadcaster. Using television, radio, and the Internet, DW conveys a comprehensive portrait of Germany and opens a doorway to the German language. Under the heading Learn German, Deutsche Welle’s website offers a wealth of material for both students and teachers of German as a foreign language.
PASCH stands for “Schools: Partners for the Future” (Schulen: Partner der Zukunft). PASCH is a project of the German Federal Foreign Office in cooperation with the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA), the Goethe-Institut, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the PAD of the German Education Ministers Conference (Kultusministerkonferenz). PASCH-Net is the project’s website, which features a general area, an area for students, and one for teachers. Certain areas of the website are reserved for students studying German and teachers at PASCH schools.
The Goethe-Institut offers up-to-date information, materials, and lots of exciting contests about music, soccer, film and German(y) for teachers and students of German in the “Step into German” section of its website. Teachers will find here a broad selection of videos, podcasts, and worksheets that can be used directly in classroom instruction.
The “Just Add German” website supported by the Goethe-Institut provides information, arguments, and promotional material to let parents, students, and decision makers know about the advantages and career possibilities that are opened up when people learn German. Teachers learn how to strengthen existing German language programs and how they can use the materials available on the site (brochures, webinars, short films, etc.) to promote and effectively support their German language programs.
Information about Internships, Study, and Training in Germany
The website of the DAAD offers a wealth of information for young people who are interested in university-level study in Germany. The DAAD’s North American website describes course offerings, scholarships, and steps to take on the path to studying in Germany.
The ANABIN database provides information about how foreign degrees are evaluated and categorized within the German education system. Click on Schulabschlüsse mit Hochschulzugang (Diplomas, Degrees, and University Admission) and use the search function there to find information about what will be required to enroll in a German university with a high school diploma, a Bachelor’s or other degrees.
The German American Chambers of Commerce (AHK) in Atlanta, Chicago, and New York and branch offices in Detroit, Houston, Philadelphia, and San Francisco maintain contacts with organizations, governmental entities, and businesses and may be able to assist in finding internships in businesses.
Baden-Württemberg International (bw-i) is the central point of contact for the Land of Baden-Württemberg for all questions related to internationalization, including everything to do with the higher education and research landscape in Baden-Württemberg.
BayBIDS is designed for students and graduates of German partner schools outside of Germany and for those schools themselves. This Bavarian initiative encourages cooperation among those schools and institutions of higher learning in Bavaria. BayBIDS provides advice when considering studying in Bavaria, and it offers a variety of aid programs as well.
“Make it in Germany” is full of useful information about living and working in Germany and tips for a job search, education and life in Germany.
Other Helpful Sites
- Information about Studienkollegs, preparatory colleges
- Guide for Careers, Education and Lifestyle in Germany
- UNI-Assist, assistance for international student applicants
- Higher Education Compass, provided by the German University Rectors’ Conference
- Official Guide to Studying in Germany
- Information from the German Federal Task Force on Voluntary Year of Social Service in Germany
- Market Place for Internships in Germany