Today’s world, in which patriotism is often lived out in an intolerant or even violent manner, it becomes increasingly important for young people to be educated in international understanding. Louisenlund’s aim is for students to become curious, socially engaged, globally minded people working towards the breakdown of national boundaries and furthering international understanding.
A cornerstone of a high level academic education must be the learning of one or more languages and for global mindedness to be a matter of course. Within the Abitur students have the chance to elect the Language Profile receiving tuition in many courses in English. Academic and pastoral staff come from many different parts of the world – Great Britain, USA, France, Spain, Chile, to name but a few. Added to that, many of our students take part in student exchanges and international projects.
Inter cultural opportunities in Louisenlund
Round Square partner schools
the only IB World School in Schleswig-Holstein
intense contact to partner schools in USA, France, Poland, Russia and Baltic States
Participation in international projects, for example, European Youth Parliament
We are continually looking for opportunities to widen our global and future orientated connections.Dr. Peter Rösner, Head of Stiftung Louisenlund
Since 1978 Louisenlund has been a member of Round Square, a worldwide organisation of like-minded partner schools. Around 180 schools, committed to reform pedagogic ideals and focussed on the development of students’ personality, collaborate to form this organisation. They work together to educate their students to be socially engaged and to sharpen international understanding. As early as Year 5, students at these schools have the chance to take part in European Round Square conferences. Accompanied by a member of staff they visit other Round Square schools, often hosted by local families.
At these conferences, international projects are created and the young participants have the opportunity to actively represent their school. Around 30 students participate in such events each year.
Through membership in Round Square students have the chance to participate in student exchanges, not only in countries such as England, France or Canada, but also further afield in Mexico, Kenya, India or Thailand to name but a few.
Internationality – worldwide student exchange
Democracy – consolidation of democratic principles, taking on responsibility
Environmental Stewardship as an important part of education
Adventure – character building through experiential learning
Leadership – taking on responsibility, fairness, sense of what is right
Service – planning and realising service projects; service learning
Since 1972, Louisenlund has been playing its part in improving relations between East and West. Together with partner schools in Latvia, Poland and Russia, generations of Louisenlund students have been involved in cultural encounters furthering international understanding. Hundreds of students have taken part in these projects and have crossed borders to create better cultural and language understanding between these countries. Projects such as these, help to counter prejudices and play a role in creating a more peaceful world in the future.
Our close partnerships with the Gymnasium Nr.1 in Nizhnij Novgorod and the Peterschule in St. Petersburg have been in existence since 1997 and have made possible many German-Russian encounters in both Russian cities. To intensify the relationship between the countries, we offer bursaries to Russian students to attend Louisenlund for a term.
Louisenlund is proud of its multi-lingual campus. Many languages are spoken and taught here; German, English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Latin. As well as the IB Diploma, students can study for the “Diploma de Espanol como Lengua Extranjera” (DELE). We are a registered examination centre for this diploma and therefore belong to the international DELE network.
Advantages of the DELE certificate:
- recognised by educational institutions worldwide
- admission to further education, public and private institutions and civil service in Spain
- helps students to receive financial assistance
- valid for lifetime
The lingua franca in Louisenlund is German. Courses in German as a Second Language are offered to all international students to help them with language acquisition or to improve their language competence. Students are taught in small groups throughout the school year. The language requirement on entry to Louisenlund is the Goethe Institute Certificate B1, preferably B2.