Primary and secondary school pupils
These pupils may study in France (Dijon, Nîmes) and Germany (Pirna).
Studying at the Czech sections in Dijon and Nîmes, France
The Dijon section is mixed (boys and girls), while the Nîmes section is only for girls.
- Be a pupil in the ninth year of elementary school or the first year of a four-year grammar school (or the corresponding years of multi-year grammar schools) entered in the schools register maintained by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports
- Have Czech citizenship or permanent residence in the Czech Republic
- Have a proficient knowledge of French (level B1)
- Study another foreign language (English, German, Spanish)
- Achieve an overall average grade of no lower than 1.8 in the most recent classification period (the grade for French and mathematics must not be worse than 2)
Entrance exams and interviews
- A written test in French (reading comprehension and style exercises) takes place in mid-March.
- An interview with the committee takes place in mid-April or early May.
- The AIA provides consulting services for applicants and cooperates in the selection process.
- The tradition of a Czech-French educational programme dates back to 1920.
- Students undertake a full three years of grammar school studies in French and are taught according to the French curriculum.
- Thanks to the presence of a Czech lector and compulsory Czech lessons, in which a school-leaving examination is taken, students obtain a French school-leaving certificate recognised in the Czech Republic.
- Figures well known in social, cultural and political life, including the actor Jiří Voskovec, the politician and diplomat Čestmír Císař, and the literary theorist Václav Černý, took part in the programme in their youth.
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs showed its appreciation of the importance of the Czech sections in 2010, when it awarded the Gratias agit award to both lycées.
Studying through the eyes of students – Brief Guide to Czech Sections
Short film on Czech sections (video)
Studying at the bilingual grammar school in Pirna, Germany
Every year, one bi-national class is opened, which can accommodate 15 Czech pupils. They study in a class with 15 German pupils. Teaching takes place in groups of 15 students.
The bilingual education cycle lasts for six years.
What requirements must applicants meet?
- Be a pupil in the sixth year of an ordinary elementary school or an elementary school with extended language teaching, or the corresponding year of a multi-year grammar school
- In exceptional cases, if a place becomes available pupils may be admitted to higher years (years 7 to 10) if they pass additional entrance examinations
- Have excellent grades in and knowledge of German or English (prior knowledge of German is not required)
- The entrance exam takes place over two rounds.
- The first round consists of a 120-minute cognitive ability test and a maturity test.
- The second round is intended only for students who successfully complete the first round and consists of an interview with a psychologist and an oral exam in a foreign language (German or English, as chosen by the candidate).
- Entrance exams always take place in March and are organised by Děčín Grammar School.
- Any additional entrance exams are organised directly by the Grammar School in Pirna.
- The Czech-German educational programme has been running since the 1998/99 school year, and this experience is a guarantee of quality teaching.
- Subjects in German are taught by German teachers, and Czech and subjects in Czech are taught by Czech teachers.
- Saxony’s school-leaving certificate entitles pupils to enrol at universities in both the Czech Republic and Germany.
- Pupils have the opportunity to obtain a CertiLingua certificate – certifying that they have acquired multilingual, European and international skills.
- Pupils receive all-day care, and extracurricular activities are organised for them in a dormitory in the town centre.
- The Czech pupils’ accommodation and meals are paid for by the Czech Ministry of Education and the Saxon State Ministry of Culture.
How the studies progress
From the seventh year, teaching in German takes place, for Czech and German pupils together, in music, computer studies and physical education. From the ninth year, this is extended to civic studies, history and ethics or religion, and from the tenth year to natural sciences. Art lessons are also integrated, but these take place in Czech. Geography is taught separately in bilingual form. Other subjects are taught in the students’ mother tongue from years seven to ten. Teaching at the upper grammar school level (the 11th and 12th years) takes place in German in mixed groups (with the exception of Czech language and literature). The timetable includes common general education subjects with a scientific focus and extended foreign-language teaching (German and English is compulsory; French, Latin, Spanish and Russian are optional).
Textbooks and teaching aids for subjects taught in Czech are provided to grammar school students free of charge by the Ministry of Education. The parents of Czech pupils are responsible for taking out health insurance and liability insurance for the duration of their children’s studies in Pirna.
The cost of commuting is paid by parents. Pupils, especially those in lower years, have the opportunity to go home virtually every weekend. There are six joint boarding weekends during the school year. These form part of the educational project, and pupils must remain at the school. During these weekends, pupils carry out projects, sports activities or excursions with their mentors. Accommodation in a dormitory is an integral part of the educational programme.
Other practical information
If you are interested in these studies, please contact the Czech coordinator, Tomáš Křenek (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel.: +49 03501 781575).
Information about important dates in the selection procedure, including the possibility of admitting pupils in a higher year, can be found on the websites of the Friedrich Schiller Grammar School in Pirna, the Ministry of Education and the Czech National Agency for International Education.
- Grammar school in Pirna: www.schillergymnasium-pirna.de
- Děčín Grammar School: www.gymnaziumdc.cz/
- Current promotional leaflet
- Leaflet on the selection procedure
- Information poster
- Information on the lower school tier
- Information on the upper school tier
- Organisational structure
- School programme
- Range of courses