Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA)


With circa 90 colleagues and about 50 expert advisors the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA) looks after the schooling abroad. Worldwide more about 1200 schools among it 140 German schools abroad are personally and financially supported. Around 2000 teachers abroad, programme teachers and expert advisors are operating at this institutions. During their activity abroad they are attended organisationally, pedagogically and financially by the ZfA.

The activities of the Central Agency for Schools Abroad include:

  • pedagogical and administrative consulting of the German schools and educational institutions abroad as well as assistance to establish quality management
  • advertising, selection and placing of teachers for assignment at German schools abroad as well as at public educational institutions
  • preparation and further education for teachers
  • financial responsibility for German teachers abroad and programme teachers
  • preparation for German and international certificates
  • formation and performing of examinations in the field German as a foreign language (DaF) and the German Language Diploma (DSD) awarded by the Conference of Ministers of Culture
  • German speaking expert lessons
  • education expert lessons
  • job-related education
  • grants in line with the foreign cultural and educational policy
  • constitution of structures for internationale cooperation

Periodical Publications

Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA)


Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen
Husarenstraße 32
53117 Bonn
Phone: +49 (0) 228 99 358 8653
Fax: +49 (0) 228 99 358 2854

50728 Köln
(page in German, website in English too)