Svenja Mareike KühnStephanie Mersch

German Schools Abroad

Structures – Challenges – Perspectives for Research


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The network of currently 141 German schools abroad plays a major role in Germany’s Foreign Cultural and Education Policy. Originally established to provide schooling for German children who were living abroad temporarily, most of these institutions are currently so called “contact schools” (Begegnungsschulen) with a strong bridging function as they open their gates to children from the host countries and other nations. German schools abroad therefore provide the opportunity for children from different cultures to meet and engage in dialogue. They prepare students from various countries and cultural backgrounds for a common future in a globalized world. So far, however, German schools abroad have not been subject to educational research. The article systemizes this previously neglected topic.

schools abroad, International School, foreign cultural policy, international comparison

Kühn, S. & Mersch S. (2015). Deutsche Schulen im Ausland: Strukturen – Herausforderungen – Forschungsperspektiven. DDS – Die Deutsche Schule, 107(2), 193-202.