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    Hello , I have a question about what the education system is like in other countries e.g. Italy, India, Spain, France etc..

    This is what the education system is like in England:

    There are State schools and Grammar schools which are funded by the Government. Grammar schools are much better than state schools because they have better teachers and require entrance tests.

    Then there are private schools which are really expensive and offer the best type of education.

    There is an organisation called OFSTED which rank schools from Outstanding, Good, Satisfactory and Unsatisfactory.

    The typical education system is like this:

    At first there is play group, primary school, secondary school (where you do GCSE exams to get into college), college (where you do A levels and apply to uni through UCAS) then uni.

    I always hear about how people from other countries got into an amazing UK Uni so I'm curious to see how they got in and whether getting into a good uni in UK is harder/easier for people in different countries.

    Thanks a lot!
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    In Germany there's primary school (Grundschule) which is quite similar to the English system but at the end of primary school you take an exam. The highest scorers go into the Gymnasium, then the middle into Realschule and the bottom scorers into Hauptschule. You also get all the schools in one which is called Gesamtschule.

    In the Gymnasium it's just normal academics, in the Realschule if you do well at the end of school tests you can move into the Gymnasium. People in the Hauptschule almost always go onto a vocational career and they have an apprenticeship whilst they are at school so they come in a few days a week and the rest they spend at their apprenticeship.

    University is kind of in between the American and Brittish system because your course is quite broad and lasts four years normally. Student loans are much more generous though especially when you go to state universities and not private ones. I think the main difference is that unlike in the UK if you're applying for medicine or law (maybe a few others as well) you have to take an undergrad degree first and then take the medicine/law degree. In that respect its more similar to the american system.
    P.s nice username
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    (Original post by Izzie1234567)
    In Germany there's primary school (Grundschule) which is quite similar to the English system but at the end of primary school you take an exam. The highest scorers go into the Gymnasium, then the middle into Realschule and the bottom scorers into Hauptschule. You also get all the schools in one which is called Gesamtschule.

    In the Gymnasium it's just normal academics, in the Realschule if you do well at the end of school tests you can move into the Gymnasium. People in the Hauptschule almost always go onto a vocational career and they have an apprenticeship whilst they are at school so they come in a few days a week and the rest they spend at their apprenticeship.

    University is kind of in between the American and Brittish system because your course is quite broad and lasts four years normally. Student loans are much more generous though especially when you go to state universities and not private ones. I think the main difference is that unlike in the UK if you're applying for medicine or law (maybe a few others as well) you have to take an undergrad degree first and then take the medicine/law degree. In that respect its more similar to the american system.
    P.s nice username
    I thought public university in Germany is for free?

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    Well it is technically but obviously there's still accommodation and food to pay for. The government normally pays for this though.
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    In the Netherlands we have quite a difficult education system:
    - when you're 4 you can go to kindergarten --> group 1 and 2. You learn teamwork, the alphabet, counting etc. You already do national tests in those 2 years, so the government advices that children start at four, but you only have to go to school at 6. It is scientifically proven though that these students perform not as good on the social level.
    - when you're 6-7 you go to group 3: "the real school". From now on you have 2 test weeks every year, where you are testers on reading, In this year you learn basic grammar, how to write stuff, and maths. You write stories, basic maths (+&-) and in some schools you start English.
    -7y/8r old: group 4. Improving what you already know. Some schools start with subjects as geography and history.
    -8/9yr old: group 5. All schools have started with geography and history.
    - 9/10yr old: group 6. You feel like your one of the big kids now. You learn more basic knowledge.
    -10/11yr old: group 7. You start preparing for the a big step: high school. You make an entrance test. The results is a percentage: you're better than 75% for example
    -11/12yr old: group 8. The year you are going to say goodbye to your classmates and your old school. Based on your entrance test and the impression your teacher has, he/she gives you an advice.
    --> this advice is about which level of difficulties you're going to do:
    - practical without theory (4years)
    -a lot of practical with some basic theory (4years)
    - a bit more difficult heory and a lot of practical (4years. Mediocre of Netherlands. IQ = 100
    - theory (5years)
    - hard theory (6years)
    - hard theory, extra stuff to understand the subject better and Greek and Latin (6years)

    With the first one you can't study further, unlesss you go to high school for some more time, and you get the next level
    With the second one you can go to another school to learn how to properly paint a wall.
    With the third one you can go to (translation) teenage education. It is basically preparing for a particular job like administration or car stuff
    With the last 2 you can go to university
    With the one that says "theory (5years)" you can go to higher education, but not university.

    After that you do an really important test, and that also gives you a level. If the difference between your teachers advice and your results is really big, you might have to change your plans. If not, you sign up for a school. Sometimes you're not accepted because there is not enough space. In that case you have to find a different school.

    High school:
    Besides the difference that there are levels, the subjects work different too when you have the best 4 levels.
    4&5 year long school: I don't know this really, but you start with 10 subjects, and in the second year your allowed to choose. You have to choose 5, and above that at least 3 voluntarily. (NB. I dont know this for sure!!)

    Second best level:
    You have 12 subjects till your fourth year. Then you choose at least 3 subjects and you must have the 6 basics (Dutch, english, some kind of math, sociology, modern language (French or German --> when you're finished you're on approximately on b1 level)) depending on what kind of study you want to do, you can choose 4 different combinations for the extra subjects:
    - nature and healt: biology, difficult or mediocre kind of maths, geography/physics and chemistry
    -nature and technique: difficult kind of maths, physics, chemistry and ....
    -economy and society: economics, some kind of math, history
    - economy and culture (this is called the party combo, because it's easy af): economics, history, philosophy

    Best level
    It is bassicaly the same, except that you're not forced to take a modern language after your fourth year, and that there are all kind of extra things like honors, excelling, elos (English course (4years)).



    An important difference:
    The grades. Our marks are based on a scale from 1-10. A 1 means you wrote your name properly, a 10 means you made not ONE mistake.

    An 7,5 in our system is an A* in the British system. This makes it absolutely not easier to get into fancy British universities, and the result is that it does not happen often.

    Please ask questions and correct my English!
 
 
 
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