As an international school, Paulinum offers special learning opportunities. Studentsfrom non-German-speaking countries with limited German language ability canparticipate in the Gymnasium educational program. In order to do this, they attendspecial courses in German as a second language (Deutsch als Zweitsprache/DaZ). At the same time, they take part in the standard curriculum in German. Their achieved German language competence, measured according to the Common European Framework of Reference, is recognized on their report cards.
For foreign students admitted to Paulinum in the Oberstufe (Grade 10/ EFEinführungsphase), certain standards prescribed by the department of educationapply (decree from July 6, 2010).
Just as Paulinum offers international students the opportunity to integrate into agymnasium, so too does the school provide all of its students with the chance toacquire further qualifications in addition to the standard language curriculum. Thisincludes preparation for the extracurricular certification in English (CAE - Certificatein Advanced English), French (DELF- Diplôme d'Etudes en langue française), and Spanish (DELE - Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera).
In addition, students have the opportunity to qualify for the CertiLingua label of excellencee for polylingual, European, and international competences, which isawarded by North Rhine-Westphalia in conjunction with the Gymnasium diploma (Abitur).
Paulinum is also authorized by the IBO as an IB World School and can prepareinterested and qualified students during the qualification phase of the Oberstufe (grades 11-12) for the chance to earn an International Baccalaureate Diploma. The International Baccalaureate Diploma is recognized worldwide as a valid form ofcertification for admission to college/ institutions of higher education. The IB-coursesare taught in English.
The foreign language courses and bilingual modules (subject courses taught in English) in the Mittelstufe help prepare students for the above-mentioned additional degrees. In grades 8 and 9, one to two subjects (such as Biology, Geography, History, Physics, or Religion) are taught in English for six weeks so that all of Paulinum’s students regularly apply and develop their subject-specific English skills.The bilingual track (starting in grade 5) is particularly targeted toward the Englishlanguageofferings in the Oberstufe.