Preschool-12 Dual Language Education in
Two Locations in the Bay Area

German International Abitur


Dual Diplomas

At GISSV, students graduate with two diplomas:
the American High School Diploma and the German International Abitur.

What is the German International Abitur?

The German International Abitur, known as the Deutsche Internationale Abiturprüfung in German (or DIA for short), is an internationally acclaimed college preparatory curriculum and diploma that provides an academically exceptional and culturally rich multilingual education to students of all nationalities and backgrounds.

By inspiring inquisitive, open-minded, independent thinkers with a robust, internationally oriented and well-rounded curriculum of languages, sciences, mathematics and arts, the DIA opens doors to the finest colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe and creates a world of opportunities for its graduates.


DIA at GISSV: Subject Areas, Exams and Grading

The five Abitur exams (three written exams and two oral exams) are in the following subjects: German Literature, European History or Economics or Math or a Natural Science or a language. German is always part of the exams. Apart from that, the areas Maths/natural sciences and social sciences have to be covered.

In February of senior year, all students take the written examinations for the German International Abitur in three subjects including German. In late Spring, grade 12 students have mandatory oral examinations in two subjects, which are overseen by a German educational official. The final GPA includes grades from both junior and senior years, as well as for the five Abitur exams.


Alumni Panel Discussion 2023

Ten German International School graduates in North America shared exciting career insights during our first virtual alumni panel. Thanks to the global school network, they seamlessly relocated, embraced challenging programs, made friends worldwide, excelled at prestigious institutions, and now enjoy successful careers in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Gratitude to all participants, alumni, and a special shout-out to our GISSV alumni Roline and Jack! Many thanks to our fantastic moderator, Jens Korte.

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