|First Grader with School Cone|
|A Multi-cultural Grade School|
Many of Germany's hundred or so institutions of higher learning charge little or no tuition by international comparison. Students usually must prove through examinations that they are qualified.
In order to enter university, students are, as a rule, required to have passed the Abitur examination; since 2009, however, those with a Meisterbrief (master craftman's diploma) have also been able to apply. Those wishing to attend a "university of applied sciences" must, as a rule, have Abitur, Fachhochschulreife, or a Meisterbrief. Lacking those qualifications, pupils are eligible to enter a university or university of applied sciences if they can present additional proof that they will be able to keep up with their fellow students through a Begabtenprüfung or Hochbegabtenstudium. A special system of apprenticeship called Duale Ausbildung allows pupils on vocational courses to do in-service training in a company as well as at a state school.
|Two First Graders with Their Families|
|One father cheering up an anxious first grader|
|How many kilos to carry to school and back?|
|Watching the welcome program for them|
|The Welcome Committee Singing "All Children Are Learning How to Read"|
|It's a small, colorful, beautiful world we live in.|
|Oh-oh-oh, what are they singing?|
|A super school cone for a future footballer|