Quality work begins at school and in apprenticeships. After all, the schoolchildren and apprentices of today are the engineers and specialist staff of tomorrow. That is why the State of Bavaria is investing in a high-performing education system to form the basis of economic success and an innovative, liveable society.


Education and training are the largest single items in Bavarian state spending, and the result is something to be proud of. Bavaria's school students have been among the best in Europe for many years, and lead most rankings among German states, too. Numerous international schools and a growing number of opportunities for multilingual education underpin the international standards of education and training in the state and make it easier for young immigrants to find their feet.Bavaria's many universities are training the next generation of highly-qualified academics for a wide range of sectors and companies. The dual apprenticeship system consisting of both practical experience in a company and school-based training also provides more staff for the future. This is not only the basis of Germany's success as an export nation, but is also developing into an export hit in its own right.Find out more about the Bavarian education system here.


International schools

Global players need an internationally orientated environment. The State of Bavaria offers ideal conditions for foreign investors in education, too. Numerous international schools teach in English or the languages of other countries of origin, leading to internationally recognised qualifications. When children from all over the world learn together in one class, it creates an intercultural, open-minded atmosphere – the ideal approach for foreign companies who wish to establish themselves in Bavaria along with their employees and their families. And the ideal starting point for Bavarian workers when preparing for a move abroad with their families.

You can find an overview of the international secondary schools in Bavaria here. Additionally, there are many nurseries and schools for citizens of certain countries of origin. For information relating to a specific country, you are welcome to contact our relevant investor adivser.



Bavaria is one of the world's leading locations for science and research. The state's modern and internationally-orientated universities are the driving force behind innovation and progress. Their graduates are outstandingly educated and highly motivated professionals whom companies in the business location of Bavaria can rely on.

Nine state and multiple non-state universities educate the next generation of academics in Bavaria. Successful careers in science and practice await these highly qualified graduates with their internationally recognised degrees. Both universities in Munich (LMU and TUM) have been recognised as elite universities on a number of occasions as part of the excellence initiative run by the national and state governments.

Even when it comes to preparing students for work life, the two universities are playing internationally in the top league. Human resource managers from large companies across the globe rated more than 250 universities in a ranking published by the Times Higher Education magazine. The result: the TU ranks first in Germany and second in Europe. The LMU is number two in Germany and comes eighth in the European comparison. The good preparation of students for their future professional life is not just the focus at the universities.

Furthermore the 17 state and eight non-state universities of applied sciences train students specifically for careers in financial, technical or social professions. The degree courses are more practically orientated and are targeted exactly towards specific professional requirements. Bavarian universities of applied sciences are thus securing the next generation of outstandingly qualified professionals who can be immediately entrusted with positions of responsibility within companies.


Dual apprenticeship system

The dual apprenticeship system is firmly embedded in Bavaria. It perfectly combines practical experience in a company with theoretical training, benefiting both the companies based here and their specialist staff.

The parallel transfer of knowledge at the company and the vocational college in these dual apprenticeships ensures that the apprentices acquire theoretical knowledge in conjunction with practical skills. Professional experience and academic learning complement one another perfectly and guarantee a high standard of training.

The dual degree programmes at Bavarian universities open the door to excellent career prospects. Thanks to the way theory and practice are interlinked, it takes just a short time for graduates to acquire a highly qualified and comprehensive academic education which absolutely matches what companies are currently looking for.

More information

Bavarian State Ministry of Teaching and Education
An overview of all information on education in Bavaria.

My education pathway
An online guide to the multifaceted education system in Bavaria.

Find all schools in Bavaria
On this site, you can search for a Bavarian school near you, a type of school and various educational opportunities.

State Institute for School Quality and Education Research (ISB)
The ISB makes research findings and practical experience usable for schools.


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