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:

Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen (ZAB) 
im Sekretariat der Kultusministerkonferenz
Graurheindorfer Str. 157
D – 53117 Bonn
Fon: +49 (0) 228 501-352, -264
Fax: +49 (0) 228 501-229
Internet: www.kmk.org
E-mail: zab@kmk.org

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)

Application documents:

  • Motivation letter
  • CV
  • Certified copy of the School Certificates
  • Certified copy of the Birth Certificate

Possible Qualifications are:

  • allgemeine Hochschulreife (Abitur)
  • Fachhochschulreife
  • Realschulabschluss (Abendrealschule)
Course Structure:
for those without or can’t prove to have a Realschulabschluss
Lasts for 1 school semester
Prepares student for the Kurssystem
Basic subjects: Maths, Science, a Foreign Language, Social Science plus other subjects decided by the school
Student chooses 2 subjects to specify in from Maths, German, a Foreign Language or Science
School should last at least 20hrs a week with the major subjects taking up 10hrs
The Abitur exam is offered in both written and oral.
The grade given at the end of the exam depends on how well the student performs in the subjects they majored in.More info from: AbendGymnasien.com

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