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Accredited Foreign-Language Secretary (four semesters, full-time)

Vocational School for Foreign-Language Secretaries


  • Staatlich geprüfte/r Fremdsprachensekretär/in
    Accredited Foreign-Language Secretary

Two-year vocational training programme (four semesters, full-time)

If the prerequisites according to Section 46 of the statutory regulation about the “gymnasiale Oberstufe” (roughly equivalent to the sixth form or junior college) apply, students may acquire the university of applied sciences entrance qualification.

The vocational training programmes at Friedrich-List-Schule qualify graduates to take up positions advertised by companies in all areas of trade and industry, all lines of business and types of business organizations as long as no subject-specific technical training or university degree is required.

Job skills acquired:

  • sound command of General and Business English and French / Spanish (business correspondence, translating, interpreting)
  • all standard secretarial skills, like handling business correspondence in German and two foreign languages as well as strong computer skills (MS Office programmes: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • application of all standard office technology and organisational procedures
  • well-versed use of the Internet and handling of email functions
  • sound knowledge of business studies and accounting

Graduates work in all areas of trade, industry and private-sector or public-sector administration in positions as foreign-language secretaries or trained clerical assistants.

Requirements for admission:

  • Mittlerer Schulabschluss (roughly equivalent to GCE at Ordinary Level or 10th grade high school diploma) or equivalent.
  • Students must have at least satisfactory grades in German.
  • In English (if chosen as the first foreign language) students require proof of at least satisfactory grades after six years of instruction at school.
  • In French or Spanish (if chosen as the first foreign language) students require proof of at least good grades after four years of instruction at school.

Beginning of the training programme:

  • August 1st. Classes start according to the Berlin vacation schedule for schools. The first semester is a probationary period.


  • In person at the school’s secretary’s office, starting February 1st until the beginning of the summer break, but not during the summer vacation. Applications received later will be put on a waiting list.

To be submitted for application: 

  • CV/résumé, photo, certified copies of the report cards attesting the qualifications required (see: Requirements for admission)
  • Internship Agreement (PDF)

Organisation of classes:

Class-time amounts to 34 periods a week. One period equals 45 minutes. (The number of periods in the first and second year of the training programme may vary.)  


Foreign language combination¹Subjects

First Foreign Language (Advanced Level) 

  • Englisch
  • French
  • Spanish

Second Foreign Language

  • English (Intermediate)
  • French (Intermediate)²
  • French (Beginners)
  • Spanish (Intermediate)²
  • Spanis
  • German (2 periods a week)
  • Social Studies (2)
  • Physical Education (1)
  • Business Studies (4/3)
  • Office Management Assistance (3/5)
  • Business Communication (1)
  • Accounting (2)
  • Word Processing (4)

First Foreign Language (English/French/Spanish)

  • Commercial Correspondence (4)
  • Translating (3)
  • Interpreting (2)

Second Foreign Language

  • English / French / Spanish (6/5)

 ¹ English is to be chosen in any foreign language combination. The foreign language course offers are subject to the school’s organizational scope.

Admission to the intermediate level is contingent upon the passing of a placement test.