Educational Leave

Further education and lifelong learning are fundamental in the 21st Century, for every kind of extra qualification enhances individual personal development and increases your career prospects. Some German states have standardized further education incentives in their employment rights. This kind of further education incentive takes shape as so called educational leave (Bildungsurlaub BU) and is thus a solid and very important part of the German education system. The basic requirement for your being entitled to educational leave is the recognition of the Italian language course in the German state in which you are registered.

As there are no standard regulations concerning educational leave, you should ask your employer if this kind of further education is also available in your company.

What is educational leave?

Educational leave employees the chance to further their education on 5 calendar days a year. Educational leave means you are given leave from work while your salary continues to be paid as you attend a course at a recognised institute. A language course also falls into the category of this kind of further education.

Depending on German state , it is expected that certain criteria and requirements be fulfilled by the school. The German states allowing educational leave check the respective language schools and their language courses for the following standards:

  • Quality of the teachers and professors at the language schools
  • Quality of the material/equipment at the language schools
  • Quality of the method of learning at the language schools
  • Quality of the didactic lesson concept in the language courses

The certified language courses with this seal of quality can be used as educational leave.

Educational leave enhances the education and motivation of every employee!

That’s something to be happy about! Spend your educational leave by the sea at the Piccola Universita Italiana. Use this chance and take part in an Italian language course at our Italian language school!

So far, the Italian language courses at our Italian language school have been recognised by the German states of Hamburg, Rheinland-Pfalz and Schleswig-Holstein. In the state of Hessen there is no official recognition for language schools abroad. But speak to your employer as the state of Hessen ensures to recognise our language courses as necessary, in spite of this.

The recognised language courses for educational leave:

Federal State Hamburg

recognised Italian course for educational leave

  • 26 lesson units @ 55 minutes per week (Intensiv language course consisting of 20 main course lesson units in a mini group + 6 private individual lessons per week)
  • Duration: 2 weeks

Federal State Schleswig-Holstein

recognised Italian courses for educational leave

  • 30 lesson units @ 55 minutes per week (Intensive language course consisting of 20 main course lesson units in a mini group + 6 private individual lessons per week, in addition to the Intensive course 4 lesson units of individual tuition have to be booked!)
  • Duration: 2 weeks

Federal State Rheinland-Pfalz

recognised Italian courses for educational leave in Italy

  • 26 lesson units @ 55 minutes per week (Intensive language course consisting of 20 main course lesson units in a mini group + 6 private individual lessons per week)
  • Duration: 2 weeks

Federal State Berlin

recognised Italian courses for educational leave in Italy

  • 26 lesson units @ 55 minutes per week (Intensive language course consisting of 20 main course lesson units in a mini group + 6 private individual lessons per week)
  • Duration: 2 weeks

Federal State Hessen on request

recognised Italian courses for educational leave

  • 26 lesson units @ 55 minutes per week (Intensive language course consisting of 20 main course lesson units in a mini group + 6 private individual lessons per week)
  • Duration: 2 weeks

Important: Please note that as a rule, your application has to be submitted to the respective state for approval 12 weeks before the language course starts.