The schools are very international in character. Classes are composed of a mixture of pupils from about 150 nations. Many schools provide additional language instruction in German in order to facilitate learning for foreign pupils or native language tuition to strengthen the cultural identity of the pupils. Starting in 2003, English was taught as a regular subject in primary schools from grade 3 upwards; as of 2009, English has been compulsory at all primary schools in NRW from grade 1 upwards.

Students may take the German Abitur or, if they wish, an internationally recognised leaving examination (e.g. the International or the French Baccalaureate). Bilingual courses and internationally recognised examinations are being offered by five Gymnasien (academically oriented secondary school type - four state-run schools and one private alternative school (Ersatzschule)). They have all adopted an integrative concept, aiming at bringing together German and foreign students in classes with English or French tuition in numerous subjects. The Bonn International School (BIS) is an accredited, well-resourced supplementary school for students ages 3 - 18, offering all three programmes of the International Baccalaureate and a wide range of activities and sports after school. Bonn’s oldest international school, the Independent Bonn International School (IBIS), is an accredited Ersatzschule at the primary level and follows the British curriculum. At Friedrich-Ebert-Gymnasium, for instance, pupils may take the Abitur, the French Baccalauréat or the International Baccalaureate (IB). The International Baccalaureate will soon be offered at a second public school in Bonn, Helmholtz-Gymnasium at Bonn-Duisdorf.

The schools that do not offer bilingual subject tuition or international leaving certificates place a special emphasis on sciences, sports, music, or feature an abundance of other workshops, projects, and special programmes focusing on energy-saving measures, joint research or international cooperation, for instance.

For further information/educational counselling, please contact the following helpdesks:

Helpdesk for school-age children and teenagers with insufficient command of German provided by the School Supervisory Authority for the City of Bonn
Sankt Augustiner Straße 86
53225 Bonn (Beuel)
Ms. Jennifer Martin (teacher of foreign languages; communication in German, English, French, Spanish and Italian)
Room No. 4.08
Phone: 02 28 – 77 57 84
E-mail: ifk(at)

Opening hours during school-year 2014/2015 (except holidays):
Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Federal City of Bonn
School department – Education Counselling Service (Bildungsberatungsstelle)

Sankt Augustiner Straße 86
53225 Bonn (Beuel)
Room No. 4.10, Ms. Bockemühl (communication in German)
Room No. 4.09, Ms. Pias (communication in German)
Phone: 0228 – 77 43 84
E-mail: bildungsberatung(at)

Opening hours:
Monday, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Thursday, 9 a.m. – 12 a.m.

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