Why is the Lietz-boarding school so attractive for international students?
Our school is a full boarding school with 125 students and gives students from abroad a familiar framework in which they can quickly find their bearings, make friends and simultaneously get optimum facilitation to successfully overcome the challenges of a higher level secondary school. The international department is small and is therefore able to provide tailor-made help to the individual student.
What are the conditions for overseas students to be admitted?
Anyone who wishes to matriculate in a foreign language must demonstrate a good knowledge of German. For the international prep course, B1 of the Gemeinsamen Europäischen Referenzrahmens für Sprachen (GER), or Common European Reference Framework for Languages is sufficient. At least for the last two school years, a B2-certificate must be produced, which can be obtained in the framework of the prep course. A good knowledge of English at the B1 level is also indispensable to be able to follow lessons, as well as good grades in the last two academic years.
What facilitation do students whose mother tongue is not German get?
For students with a knowledge of German at the B1 level, we offer a one-year prep course, during which they will obtain a knowledge of German at the B2 level of the Gemeinsamen Europäischen Referenzrahmens für Sprachen (Common European Reference Framework for Languages). During this time, participants have already been integrated into boarding school life, live with students whose mother tongue is German, as well as with a person from the teaching staff in so-called families, and participate in the working groups (extracurricular activities) and common activities. In this manner, they become familiar with boarding school life and try out their knowledge of German in a German-speaking environment. In addition, for students from foreign cultures, special culture and history classes are offered, which familiarise them with the peculiarities of European culture and history.
How many places are available for international students in the boarding school?
At present, there are 18 young persons living with us whose mother tongue is not German and who previously attended a school overseas. To allow good integration, a maximum of 25 international students can be admitted – we also ensure that there is no predominance of any one language group.
How is communication with parents living overseas organised?
It is very important for us to keep close contact with the parents of the students. This can be done in different ways, for example, through a representative agent, or another German-speaking contact person, or even directly if the parents can speak German or English. Apart from the dormitory family "parents", the international students coordinator is the direct contact person for parents, and she can be contacted at any time by e-mail or telephone. Parents also have the option of travelling to Bieberstein on two parent consultation days every year, and speaking to subject teachers about their children. For some nationalities, it is also possible to meet teachers in their own countries. Thus, for example, in 2014, there was a parents' meet in Wuxi/China with parents of our Chinese students.
Are students of all nationalities/languages admitted?
Any student, regardless of nationality or mother tongue, can be admitted, but we try to not let the individual language groups become too big, to be able to ensure optimum integration.
How long does the schooling time last for the international students up to the vocational diploma/final secondary school examinations?
The regular schooling duration in our school takes three years up to the final secondary school examinations. The vocational diploma can be completed in two years. However, as is the case with German-speaking students too, it may be necessary to repeat a class. For international students the reasons can include inadequate language skills to follow lessons properly.
Has the kitchen been adapted to cater to the peculiarities of certain cultures and religions?
Although our kitchen prepares mostly typical continental meals, we are happy to give due consideration to the special needs of our students. There is always a vegetarian preparation, and if required, alternatives to pork, and kosher meals are also offered.