Deutsche Schule Erbil
The German school in Erbil is a very young school: Our first alumni graduated with their IB diplomas in 2018. However, our alumni can be found in many countries already, e.g. the Kurdistan region, Germany, Turkey, England, the Netherlands and Austria. You can find out more about some of our former students here:
Our former student Kani received an offer from the University of Birmingham in England. The University of Birmingham is an internationally renowned university. Here is what Kani has to say:
"My name is Kani and I graduated from the German school in Erbil in 2020. I currently live in England and study psychology at the University of Birmingham. In the IB programme, students have to write longer essays, including evaluations. Writing these essays has served as a good preparation for my studies. My teachers supported me in every possible way as I applied to universities; this made the application process much easier."
Our former student Sarah received a place as a medical school student at the Ilstinye University in Istanbul, Turkey. The study program is in English. Ilstinye University is a private university with international students and staff; it is multilingual as well as multicultural. The university allows their students to study in other countries through the ERASMUS program.
Sarah reports that medical school requires considerable effort and long hours of study. So far she has passed all of her exams (congratulations!). She intends to focus her studies on neurology or cardiology. When asked how well the IB program at the German school in Erbil prepared her for medical school, she says:
"The IB diploma programme at the German school in Erbil has prepared me very well for medical school. The IB internal assessments and the extended essay proved to be valuable exercises for the academic research I have to prepare now at university. In chemistry and biology I learned a lot for what I need today. This was really excellent preparation."
After successfully passing the Bilingual IB Diploma at the German school in 2019, our former student Muhammed is studying Biomedical Engineering at the Technical University of Ilmenau in Thuringia. Admission to the German university was not a problem as, in addition to the internationally recognised IB Diploma, he also obtained the GIB (Gemischtsprachiges Internationales Baccalaureate) at the German school, which is a prerequisite for studying in Germany.
Ilmenau is a small town and a big advantage is that Muhammed lives only a 10-minute walk away from the university campus. He likes his studies very much, he is making good progress and will probably complete his studies in the standard period of study (7 semesters). He is very satisfied with his lecturers, they are open and helpful. A Master's degree is his next goal, preferably at a university in a big city, as he would also like to get to know big city life.
Muhammed really likes living in Germany. The decision to move to Ilmenau on his own after school to study is a very valuable experience for him. His advice to all future IB graduates of the German school: "You should move abroad alone to study, because it makes you independent and you master everything in life yourself. You also quickly meet new friends, discover new hobbies and develop yourself. It's a very important experience."
Regarding the IB Diploma Programme at the German school, Muhammed considers it a great preparation for academic work at university. It gives you a distinct advantage over other students who have never done written assignments before, such as the Internal Assessments, Extended Essay and ToK Essay, which are compulsory in the IB Diploma Programme.
Khalil was a member of our school's first IB Diploma Programme class, a pioneer who was one of the first students to obtain his Bilingual IB Diploma at the German school in 2018.
After studying medicine for a year at the English-speaking University of Kurdistan Hewlêr (UKH), he decided to take the aptitude test for human medicine in Austria. He successfully passed the test and has been studying medicine at the University of Vienna ever since. He is very satisfied with his studies and has made many friends. Many young people from Austria and Germany study at his university, occasionally also from Poland and Hungary. Of course, the pandemic also affected the universities: lectures and oral exams took place online. Khalil hopes that normality will soon return.
Khalil describes his experience in the IB Diploma programme at the German school as follows:
"The Internal Assessments we had to do in each subject and the Extended Essay prepared me really well for my studies. I now have to write essays on certain topics at university and I realise that I have already learned this in the IB DP. I had also reached a very good level in biology and chemistry in the IB, which benefited me in medical school."
What Khalil particularly appreciated about the IB DP was the wide range of subjects from the 6 subject groups and the three elements of the core: "This gave me a pretty good general knowledge and I continue to be interested in historical issues and read a lot of literature. Through ToK (Theory of Knowledge), I have learned to question and reflect deeply on many things. I also think it's great that the IB Diploma is recognised worldwide. I was able to apply in Austria without any problems. You have the freedom to study anywhere in the world!"