The German International Abitur exams are the German final exams of the twelve-year course of education at the German School London and enable students to apply to German, British and other European and international universities. The German International Abitur (DIA) curriculum provides a sound general education, which includes skills in subjects ranging from languages, maths, science and social science to music/art and PE.

The upper secondary years 11 and 12 are taught in a classroom setting and the final Abitur exams at the end of year 12 are organised and developed according to the binding framework of the KMK (Standing Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs). The KMK’s regulations to attain Allgemeine Hochschulreife at German Schools Abroad have formed the basis for the German International Abitur and have been in place at the DSL since 2018/19.

The Abitur exams are being organised and administered as a regional Abitur. The German School London is a member of the examining region 8, which also includes the German Schools in Moskau, The Hague, Paris, Brussels, Toulouse, Geneva. This means that the region coordinates proposals for the written Abitur exams in eight subjects of the core curriculum (German, Maths, English, History, Geography, Biology, Chemistry and Physics). KMK representatives then assess and select the Abitur assignments, which are set for the same dates throughout the region.

The exams of the German International Abitur will have to be in German for at least 50%, the other of the exams may be in a foreign or the national language, in our case English. The international character of the school’s curriculum is enhanced by the inclusion of foreign languages (English, French, and Spanish) and bilingual subjects (Geography). In addition to the written exams, students can opt for modern forms of exams, such as presentations, colloquia and specialist papers and demonstrate their multilingualism.

Person of contact: Viola Martin-Nastos, Coordinator Upper Secondary School