Foreign languages in German schools

Which foreign languages are usually taught in German Schools and from what grade level?

English is usually the first foreign language that students learn from fifth grade up. In seventh grade they take on another second language, normally French. I In the “Gymnasium” you can choose between Latin and French because obtaining the Latin proficiency certificate is a very important requirement for studying certain subjects at university later on (for example, history, theology, archeology and medicine). 

In ninth grade you are free to choose your third language which is often Spanish, Italian, or Polish depending on what the school offers. This system usually applies to public schools. But of course, you also have a few bilingual public schools that offer classes in English and German starting from first grade. 

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Maria Latzke