Education in China and Germany

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Education in China and Germany

In recent years, more and more students go abroad for study. Germany is one of the

most important destinations for Chinese students. "There are currently 26,000 Chinese

students in Germany, making up one-tenth of its international student population."

(China Daily, 2007) Also, Germany is one of the main countries whose students come

to China for study. "According to China's Ministry of Education, there are currently

1,280 German students in China, making Germany the seventh largest contributor of

study-abroad students." (China Daily, 2007) However, there are more differences than

similarities between the educational systems of China and Germany.

The educational systems of China and Germany are similar in a number of ways. In

the first place, curriculums are similar. "In Germany, the curriculum usually focuses

on mostly academic subjects, even in vocational schools, with a limited offering of

physical education, sports, art, music and computer technology."(Resource


2008) Similarly, in China, schools always arrange lots of academic subjects, but only

have sports, art and music once every two weeks. Also, their school day both start at

7:30 or 8:00 in the morning and the schools day per year is 220 or so and the school

year is ten months long.

In spite of these similarities, the educational systems of China and Germany differ

greatly. One of the major differences is the schedule or time in school. "German

children only attend school in the morning. There is no provision for serving lunch.

There is a lot more homework, and very few extracurricular activities."(How to

Germany, 2008) While in China, it is absolutely different. Schools start at 7:30 or

8:00, after 4 lessons, students have a 90-minute break. They come back to school at

1:30pm, after a whole afternoon study, they go home at 5:00pm. In addition,