Mar 23, 2019

Bundeswettbewerb Fremdsprachen (Federal Foreign Languages Competition)

  • Crimson Education
  • Germany


The Federal Foreign Languages Competition promotes young people who like to speak foreign languages and who have a good command of them. Its programmes are aimed at different target groups: pupils from several grades, as well as trainees, can take part in the various competitions. In the TEAM Occupation category, the trainees show that they are prepared for the international business world. Apprentices from medium-sized companies to DAX groups have already won jobs at TEAM.

The Federal Foreign Languages Competition relies on a network of strong partners: Education & Giftedness is the sponsor of the Federal Foreign Languages Competition. The Centre for Talent Promotion in Deutschlang is an initiative of the Donors' Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany (Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft), which is largely funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Valuable support for the national competition also comes from the Kultusministerkonferenz der Länder. Other sponsors donate prizes, promote good performance and support the events. Whatever category you choose, exciting tasks await you. For example, you're going to make a video - alone or with others.

You will write, research, speak, be an author and actor - all in your favorite language or even in multiple languages. This is a fantastic opportunity not only to test and improve your foreign language vocabulary, but also to meet like-minded individuals.

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Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range

10-18 years old


Participation is open to all students enrolled at a high school in Germany. However, it is highly competitive in the sense that every year over 15,000 students participate in the national competition.

Participation Cost


There are no associated fees with participating in this competition.

Minimum Technical Skill Needed


There are different categories for different age groups and abilities (Team, Solo, and Solo Plus). However, all participants must have a strong grasp of not only grammar and vocabulary knowledge in a foreign language(s), but they must be open minded, have an interest in foreign cultures and be able to lead discussions.

Time Commitment

The amount of time dedicated to the competition tasks and projects (in addition to any possible preparatory work) is at the discretion of the participant.

Application Deadline

From the summer you can sign up for the new competition run. The video task must be completed and uploaded by January 15, 2019. The registration deadline is always the 6th of October, the year prior to the competition.

Application Process Includes

The application process is variable according to the competition category. For "A Team Competition" (Grades 6-10), you will need to register as a team from your class or across classes. You will need an email address for this, which will give you all of the information, including how to upload the competition project.

For the solo category (grades 8-10) and solo plus (from grade 10), the independent work of individual pupils is required. Students must complete their registration online.