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Studying in Germany left me down in the dumps
Students in a lecture theatre at Cologne University. Photo: DPA

Studying in Germany left me down in the dumps

23 hours ago

Finnish student Juuso Nisula moved to Cologne to study business administration, but found a catalogue of failings instead in the model of German educational efficiency he was expecting. He explains just what went wrong - and how to fix it - in an opinion piece republished by The Local.

Museum opens world of the Brothers Grimm
Hänsel and Gretel, by Alexander Zick (1845 - 1907) Image: Wikipedia

Museum opens world of the Brothers Grimm

August 19, 2015

With less than three weeks to go before 'Grimmwelt' opens its doors to the public, visitors to Kassel's newest attraction can soon immerse themselves in the imaginations of two of Germany's - and the world's - most famous storytellers.

Minister calls for end to childcare strikes
Families Minister Manuela Schwesig. Photo: DPA

Minister calls for end to childcare strikes

August 12, 2015

Families Minister Manuela Schwesig called on Wednesday for local governments to find a pay and conditions deal with daycare and social workers to avoid a new round of strikes.

25 years of learning English in East Germany
Friends of Sommerschule Wust celebrate 25 years of language learning. Photo: Scott Usatorres

25 years of learning English in East Germany

August 12, 2015

As 'Sommerschule Wust' celebrates its 25th birthday, The Local asks how this English language school in an East German village of 500 inhabitants has remained so popular for so long.

German kids enjoy 'back to school' traditions
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German kids enjoy 'back to school' traditions

August 12, 2015

As the first German youngsters wave goodbye to the 2015 summer holidays and return gamely to the school gates, The Local looks at what this summer's first-graders can get excited about as they begin their primary school years.

Foreign students flock to Germany at record rate
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Foreign students flock to Germany at record rate

July 22, 2015

International students are coming to Germany in record numbers. Only the USA and UK are more attractive study destinations, a report released by the Education Ministry on Wednesday shows.

School hotpants ban sparks online debate
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School hotpants ban sparks online debate

July 06, 2015

A school's decision to ban hot pants for girls during the July heatwave has sparked anger online, with feminist activists decrying the decision as sexist.

Refugee host school bans revealing clothes
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Refugee host school bans revealing clothes

June 26, 2015

A school in Bavaria has sent a letter home to parents warning them not to let their daughters wear revealing blouses or short skirts, because emergency accommodation for refugees has been set up next to the gym.

German teachers rally against low pay
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German teachers rally against low pay

June 17, 2015

German language teachers demonstrated in Berlin on Wednesday, complaining that their work in integrating foreigners into German society is not given the financial recognition it deserves.

Abitur lottery sparks tougher exam debate
Germany's most popular end of school diploma. Photo: DPA

Abitur lottery sparks tougher exam debate

June 10, 2015

How well students do in their high school diploma, the Abitur, is down to hard work, but also in which Bundesland they go to school. Regional comparisons in Abitur grades have revealed worrying levels of variation.

Munich headteacher: 'Atheists are stupid'
"I don't need to justify it because it's in the Bible". Photo: DPA

Munich headteacher: 'Atheists are stupid'

May 29, 2015

A head teacher at a state school in Munich is attempting to introduce a strict Christian regime by hanging crosses in the classroom and holding daily prayers. He's within the law, but parents and pupils are beginning to resist.

Kids' school trip cancelled over wolf fears
Wolves in Schleswig-Holstein in March. Photo: DPA

Kids' school trip cancelled over wolf fears

April 22, 2015

Kindergartens in Lower Saxony have cancelled a trip to the forest for their pupils over parents' fears that the children might be attacked by wolves.

German is world's fourth most popular language
An international German class point to where they are from on the map. Photo: DPA

German is world's fourth most popular language

April 15, 2015

After 15 years of research and a 1,300 page book on the subject, sociolinguistics professor Dr. Ulrich Ammon found that German is surprisingly popular with language learners all over the world.

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Schools: What every expat parent should ask
Students at ISR. Photo: International School on the Rhine

Schools: What every expat parent should ask

March 16, 2015

Your child’s education is one of the most important long-term decisions you will ever make. It will not only impact your child’s university and career choice, but also your child’s friends and character.

Prof rejects Indian intern over 'rape problem'
Leipzig University's main building, the Augusteum. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Prof rejects Indian intern over 'rape problem'

March 09, 2015

Germany's ambassador to India stepped into a university admissions row after a professor said she wouldn't accept a male Indian student for an internship because of the country's “rape problem”.

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