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Hong Kong Students

German Government has strict regulations on Non-EU students, especially minors. Non-Eu Students are able to study in Germany earliest after finishing their grade 8/ F.2 at their local countries and joining grade 9 in a German Highschool. If students are holding EU passports, the specific regulation does not apply.

Majority of Hong Kong students choose either Gymnasium or IB International Schools to continue their education. 


Students who finish F.2/ G.8 ​ 

can apply for Grade 8/ Grade 9 at Gymnasium, but also choose to study at G.8/ G.9 in IB international school. 


Students who finish F.3/ G.9 ​ 

can apply for Grade 9/ Grade 10 at Gymnasium.For a G8 Gymnasium, Grade 10 belongs to Secondary II. This is a stage where students enter Abitur preparation. If student would like to take more time to adapt to German school life, they can consider starting at Grade 9。Students can also choose to study in IB International School for Grade 9 or 10. 


Students who finish F.4/ G.10

Gymnasium stops accepting new students during last two years of highschool, students can consider repeating Grade 10 at a G8 Gymnasium or applying for Grade 10/ Grade 11 at G9 Gymnasium. Students can also choose to study in IB International School for Grade 10 or to start IB Diploma Programme at G.11. At this stage,  no matter at Gymnasium or IB, students are able to choose subjects to focus on according to their interest and availability from school.

Students who finish F.5/ G.11 

If you do not have German B2 skill, we do not recommend students at this stage to join Gymnasium and go through the last 3 years of Gymnasium. It may be a better choice to join IB International School.

Gymnasium or IB international School?

Which highschool type suits you? That depends on following elements:

  1. student's current education level

  2. long term goal 

  3. language skill

  4. study performance, strength and weakness

  5. characteristic and social skill

  6. time constraint

  7. finance status 

The following list can also be used as a reference:



  • International students graduating with Abitur are treated the same as local students from Germany when applying to German Universities*

  • ​Abitur result is not based on a single exam, it includes last 2 years of school performance.

  • Build a solid foundation on German skill

  • Majority of University programs are taught in German than in English

International Baccalaureate School

  • Enrollment by age

  • IBDP is highly recognised in Germany

  • IBDP result is not based on a single entrance exam. 

  • Taught in English



  • German B2 Level required

  • Enrollment is not based on age but on previous Education Level

  • ​The last two years of high school are closed.

  • German Universities do not consider International Students who have graduated with IBDP equivalent to those with Abitur*

  • Depends on the German language  learning arrangement of individual schools, students applying for German taught University programs might be required to provide German language certificate.

  • The ratio of English taught to German taught University programs is 1:9.


* Admissions to University programs in Germany are categorized into nationally restricted, locally restricted or unrestricted. A local restricted program might only allocate  5% to 10% of total seats to international students.

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