This is an evening school though it might also be offered in the mornings for parents with young children. The Abendgymnasium is offered to those above 19 years of age and who already completed school but would like to go back and get an Abitur or a Hochschulreife, the qualification required to join a university (Fachhochschule or Hochschule). (Read about the grading system here: German Education System Simplified).
Different schools offer different subjects and qualifications which take different durations depending on the State (Bundesland) and the school. To figure out how long and which qualification you get from a specific school, please check their website, call them or pass by.
To apply for the Abendgymnasium you’d need your certificates to be converted to the German equivalent (anerkannt) by the Anerkennungstelle, find the list of Anerkennungstellen in different states here or just get in touch with the central office at:
The conversion will depend on the state, the person who does it and the weather…lol…
The Abendgymnasia are run by the state thus are free, most of the school have also decided to offer books for free meaning the student only needs to cater only for personal needs.
The courses usually start at the beginning of the school year but some schools offer them at the beginning every semester.
It’s possible to transfer from one school to another before qualifying for the abi.
If you’re a school dropout, you can check out this article on Pursing a Career as a School Dropout in Germany
- At least 19 years of age
- Hauptschul or Realschulabschluss (KCPE with a grade below C+)
- Completed Ausbildung/Training or
- At least 2 years working experience (years of unemployment, Civil service or running a household may also be considered)
- Motivation letter
- Certified copy of the School Certificates
- Certified copy of the Birth Certificate
Possible Qualifications are:
- allgemeine Hochschulreife (Abitur)
- Realschulabschluss (Abendrealschule)