Registration for school

Education is compulsory in Germany. This means that all children between the age of 6 and 18 have to attend a school for at least 9 years. Children of refugees are obligated to go to school no later than 6 months after their arrival in Germany.
School attendance is free. Your child's education starts with a four-year term in a primary school. Then - usually at the age of 10 - your child will move on to a secondary school such as a secondary technical school (Werkrealschule), intermediate secondary school (Realschule), comprehensive school (Gemeinschaftsschule) or a grammar school (Gymnasium). und Bildung
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  • Children between the ages of 6 and 10 are registered at a primary school of the school district in which you reside. Here is a map showing the boundaries of the school districts
  • Children and adolescents can freely choose a secondary school after completing primary school.
  • Your child should be with you when you register him or her for school.

For refugees:
If your child will be attending school, you should first contact your Social Service Centre.

Children with little or no knowledge of German

If your child has no knowledge or not enough knowledge of German to participate in regular classes, it can attend a preparatory class.

If you enrol your child in primary school, please contact the primary school in question. They can give you information about which preparatory class your child may attend. For refugees: please enlist the help of your Social Service Centre to contact the primary school in question.

The central registration office for students between the age of 10 and 16 who no longer visit a primary school is at Karlschule, and that for students between the age of 16 and 18 at Max-Weber-Schule. Please go to these registration points to discuss which school your child will attend in Freiburg. Generally, your child's knowledge of German is assessed on this occasion. Then your child will be assigned to a secondary school in Freiburg where your child will attend a preparatory class. The lessons in the preparatory classes include German, mathematics and English. Depending on the learning progress, your child will then attend regular classes at the appropriate secondary school.

Young people between the ages of 15 and 25, who have already completed their compulsory education but still have no school-leaving certificate, can take preparatory classes with or without remedial German lessons. They register for these classes at the International School in Römerhof.

School registration for students between the ages of 10 and 16

Karlschule Freiburg

Primary school and secondary technical school

School registration for students between the ages of 16 and 18

Managing school board for vocational schools, Walther-Rathenau-Gewerbeschule Freiburg

Central registration office for young school-age refugees and migrants between the ages of 16 and 18 who want to attend a vocational school

Registration for "VABO" classes (pre-qualification for work and a profession without knowledge of German) and counselling. The VABO classes provide knowledge of German and professional orientation.

Please bring:
passport, school report cards, if available, documents showing your residence status

Registration office for students between the ages of 15 and 25, particularly for students aged 19 to 25 who are no longer subject to compulsory school attendance

Römerhof International School (Internationale Schule im Römerhof)

Language classes/international preparatory classes for grades 8/9/10, qualification year for work and profession (VAB), Age: 15-25
Caritas Association City of Freiburg

  • Secondary school leaving certificate
  • Intermediate secondary school leaving certificate
  • VAB certificate (VAB: qualification year for work and profession)
  • International preparatory classes (predominantly German lessons)

More information:

For an overview of Freiburg schools, go to

Education Guide (Wegweiser Bildung - WeBi)

Entrance City Library

Advice in Arabic: twice a month
The "WeBi" in the entrance area of the City Library is the central guide in Freiburg for all matters relating to education and counselling. It's a compilation of all educational services and educational counselling services. The offers are available in the form of flyers or can be explained in a consultation session. We provide fast and accurate information on possible routes to school in Freiburg and discuss the next steps.