Admission / Bilingual Programme

All admissions for the school year 2015/16 are now closed!
Pupils must reside and be registered in our school district.
Application to year 1

When to apply

For a place in Year 1 of the Bilingual Programme, you must submit the application at the beginning of February of the last year of Junior School (the year in which the child turns 10). The application date for children wanting to join in September 2015 has passed. Please be aware that this date is set by the Lower Austrian Education Board and is non-negotiable. After completing the application, you will be notified of the dates for the written and oral assessment.

How to apply

Submit the registration form and all necessary documents within the application window given above. (Registration forms are available at the school secretariat or to download here). After completing the application, you will be notified per email of the dates for the written and oral assessment, which takes place at the beginning of March and carries an assessment fee of €20 per child.

Entrance examination/Assessment

Admission to the Bilingual Programme is selective: ability in the pupils’ language of education (German or English), creativity and logical thinking are assessed both in written and oral form by an external panel.

Parents/guardians choose which language the assessment is made in; they are advised to choose the language in which the child is currently strongest. A significant majority of candidates take the exam in German and Austrian pupils will not be disadvantaged by choosing to take the exam in German.

Who should apply?

Pupils must reside and be registered in our school district.

As we offer a Bilingual Programme, classes take place both in German and English. Prior knowledge of German is essential, prior knowledge of English is not, as most of our pupils entering Year 1 are native-German speakers and classes in the first few years take place predominantly in German, with the level of teaching material in English increasing throughout the years.

Experience shows that our most successful applicants are:

  • Native speakers of German who show an aptitude for languages and a desire to work hard. Prior exposure to the English language (bilingual Junior School -Volkschule – etc.) is certainly advantageous but not a requirement.
  • Native speakers of English, who show an aptitude for languages, an interest in learning German and a desire to work hard.
  • Bilingual children (German/English) and those who have attended an international school.
Application to years 2-4

Normally, admission is for Year 1 only. However, on occasion we have limited places in the Bilingual Programme for those wanting to join the school after Year 1. In these cases, we ask you to follow the application process described below.

Step 1: General Enquiry

Mrs. Caroline Ristic (iboffice@bgklosterneuburg.at) is available to answer any general inquiries you might have.

Step 2: Educational history

If a place is available, you will be asked to submit an educational history form and copies of your child’s reports. Please note that Steps 1 and 2 need to be completed by December 31 if your child wants to start at the school as of September of the following year.

Step 3: School visit and appointment with Head of Programme

A date will be arranged for you to visit the school and meet with the Head of the Bilingual Programme – availability for this meeting is usually on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the afternoon, but must be arranged in advance.

Step 4: Assessment

A date will be arranged for your child to be assessed in Maths and English (and German, if deemed necessary). The assessment is written and oral and carries an assessment fee of €80 per child. The assessment must be completed by the end of February.

Step 5: Application documents

You will be asked to forward a confidential Pupil Assessment Form to your child’s current school, which the school should then forward to us. Additionally, we will need to have a copy of your child’s registration in Austria (“Meldezettel”). These documents must all be submitted by the end of February.

A decision on the acceptance of your child will be made at the beginning of March and you will be contacted by the school with this information.

Step 6: Formal registration

Following a formal decision on acceptance, a registration form needs to be filled in and submitted in the Secretariat, together with a copy of your child’s birth certificate. The form is also available on the school website or in the Secretariat in German.

For applications to Years 5 and 6 (pre-IB Programme), please see IB Programme Admission.