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Coming to Vechta
Studies, research, short-term stay: We support you on your way to the University of Vechta and during your stay or studies.

“Back to School” programme and adaptation period for international teachers

 

The adaptation course enables international teachers (with a teacher training degree from a university abroad and with a teaching qualification) to acquire skills that were not covered in that study programme and thus are missing in comparison to a German teacher training degree (e.g., a second subject) and to work as fully approved teachers at state schools afterwards.

 

The “Back to School” programme prepares for the adaptation period and provides individual support for participants in the adaptation period.

 

Requirements

The requirement for participating in the adaptation period at the University of Vechta is, in particular, a notice of recognition from the Lower Saxony Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs. The notice has to refer to the teaching profession at primary schools or at Haupt- and Realschulen (lower secondary schools). You can find the subjects offered at the University of Vechta here. We will be happy to assist you with the request to the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs if required.

In addition, a proof of German language skills at level C1 (TestDaF with 4x4 Points, TELC C1 Hochschule, DSH-2, Goethe-Zertifikat C2, Österreichisches Sprachdiplom C1 Oberstufe Deutsch or Deutsches Sprachdiplom Stufe 2 (DSD II)) or highly advanced language skills (level C1 / for conditional admission) are required for participating in the adaptation period.

Support through the “Back to School” programme

If you have any questions about the requirements, please feel free to contact Dr. Katrin Schumacher (katrin.schumacher@uni-vechta.de).

Duration & Financing

The adaptation period usually lasts a maximum of 3 years, whereas these 3 years usually include a university part as well as 1 to 1.5 years of practical school training (corresponding to the teaching practice period (Vorbereitungsdienst)). During the practical school training, the participants are already employed by the state of Lower Saxony and are therefore paid for their work.

Participants of the university part of the adaptation period are in principle entitled to the federal student loan programme (BaföG) if the individual requirements are met. There are specific exceptions regarding the age limit. There are specific exceptions regarding the age limit.

Participants with low incomes who do not receive BaföG or social benefits can, under certain conditions, apply for funding from the Network IQ (assumption of the semester fees and possibly other costs, e.g. for textbooks).

Students in the adaptation period can also apply for the Deutschlandstipendium and/or, if the requirements are met, submit a hardship application for partial reimbursement of the semester fees.

Support through the “Back to School” programme

If you have any questions regarding BaföG and the BaföG application, the Deutschlandstipendium as well as the hardship application, please feel free to contact Lea Sophie Schmidt (lea-sophie.schmidt@uni-vechta.de).

Dr. Katrin Schumacher will advise you on IQ funding (katrin.schumacher@uni-vechta.de).

Step 1: Application to the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs and (language) preparation

In order to participate in the adaptation period, you need a certificate of recognition from the Lower Saxony Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs. A detailed information sheet (one sheet each for teachers from other EU countries (including Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Switzerland) and one sheet for teachers from non-European countries) on the application for assessment of the equivalence of your teacher training degree and further information can be found here.

Please note: Currently, there are long waiting times for the processing of applications at the Ministry of Education. It is therefore advisable to submit the request as early as possible (a proof of German language skills is not required for the request).

Support through the “Back to School” programme

If you would like assistance with your application, please contact Dr. Katrin Schumacher (katrin.schumacher@uni-vechta.de). We offer various German intensive courses to prepare for the adaptation course. Interested persons can also participate in workshops on key qualifications and practical school topics.

Step 2: Enrolment at the University of Vechta

Once you have received the decision from the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs and the required proof of language proficiency, you can enrol for the university part of the adaptation period.

You can enrol via an online portal (in German). The application deadline is 31 March for the summer semester and 30 September for the winter semester (however, we strongly recommend an early application so that the individual study plan can be prepared in time for the start of lectures).

For the subjects Physical Education, English, Design Pedagogy/Art and Design, and Music, an aptitude test must be taken or an equivalent performance must be recognised by the representative of the relevant subject.

Please note: There is no selective admission policy for the adaptation period. This means that all applicants who meet the requirements and apply properly will be granted a place.

Support through the “Back to School” programme

Of course, we will be happy to assist you with enrolment if necessary. In this case, please contact Dr. Katrin Schumacher (katrin.schumacher@uni-vechta.de).

Step 3: Studies (university part of the adaptation period)

After your application, the Central Degree Programme Coordination will prepare an individual study plan for you based on the assessment of the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs (in consultation with the academic subjects concerned), which contains the modules that have to be successfully completed.

Depending on the assessment, the curriculum contains content from Education Studies, the first subject and the second subject (e.g., if the second subject is missing, 50 CP in the second subject for the teaching profession at Haupt- and Realschulen (lower secondary schools).

Please note: For students in the adaptation period at the University of Vechta, the module “General School Placement” (Allgemeines Schulpraktikum, ASP) (9 CP) in the field of Educational Studies can also be included as part of the individual study plan determined by the university, provided that the decision of the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs asks for the corresponding credit points. In this way, students in the adaptation period can gain accompanied practical experience in the German school system prior to the school placement.

Support through the “Back to School” programme

We support students in the adaptation period individually (e.g., with preparing the timetable) and through various mentoring programmes. If students are interested, they can also participate in our German intensive courses. In addition, workshops and events on key qualifications and practical school topics are offered.

 

Step 4: Practical school training and graduation

If the assessment of the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs requires a period of practical school training, this will take place after having completed studies (corresponding to the teaching practice period (Vorbereitungsdienst)). A German language certificate on the level C1 ist required in order to participate. Participants are employed at the state of Lower Saxony and they are paid. If the practical school training is successfully completed, the Ministry of Education will confirm the recognition/equivalence of the teacher training.

Graduates can then apply to become regular teachers. German language skills on the level C2 are required for application.

Further information

The following groups of people (even if they have occasionally worked as teachers in their home country) cannot be assessed by the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs and therefore cannot take part in an adaptation period:

  • Teachers without an academic degree (i.e., teachers with a non-academic teaching qualification)
  • Teachers without formal teaching qualifications (i.e., teachers with an academic degree, but without complete teacher training; this applies, for example, to people from countries in which a teacher examination or probationary year is required after graduation and who cannot provide proof of this)
  • International students in a teacher training degree programme without a degree

Teachers to whom this applies can directly contact the University of Vechta in order to request recognition of skills (or acceptance of skills acquired outside of higher education) and for being placed in a higher semester of the teacher training degree programme (Bachelor Combined Studies or Master of Education).

The Coordination Centre Family-Friendly University will be happy to advise you on the compatibility of studies and family and on compensatory arrangements to make your studies more family-friendly.

 

 

 

 

 



Sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)


The "Back to School" programme is part of the project ""Back on Track“ – Wege (zurück) in das Lehramt und den sozialen Dienstleistungssektor"". This project is co-financed by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.