What is the idea of a European Class?
The Stiftsgymnasium Xanten has been awarded the title of a European School by the federal state of North-Rhine Westphalia. This means that we put special emphasis on teaching the European idea and on passing on to our students what being a member of the European confederation of states means.
Thus we have introduced a European Class at our school in summer 2009. This is a way of putting the European idea into practice and giving both our students and students from other European countries the chance to experience this idea in everyday life. We want to initiate cultural exchange between young people from different European countries, to give students from abroad the opportunity to get to know our way of living and learning as well as contributing to the development of our students and our school.
The European Class is a class in our year 10, i.e. for students who have been at our school for 5 years and are 15 years old. This year the European class consists of 21 students, 14 from our own school and 7 from other European and countries. Those students stay with two German students, who also attend the European class, for half a year each. We are going to continue this project in the following years and we welcome applications from foreign students currently aged 14-15.
The school term of 2018/2019 starts on 29 August, 2018 and ends on 12 July, 2019.
The language spoken in this European class is English in all subjects. This requires that students joining this class must have an advanced command of the English language. German students entering year 10 have been studying English for 5 years.
Furthermore we want to give students from abroad the chance to learn German as a Foreign Language within a small group of students. This means that we also invite students who have not yet begun to learn German. Furthermore, by accepting that English will be the dominant world language for the foreseeable future, we offer the possibility to study for one year in a mainly English-speaking environment.