CertiLingua is a European label of excellence that recognizes outstanding linguistic, European and intercultural skills of students. The certificate was initiated by the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Netherlands . It is now jointly awarded by 19 partner countries and institutions. The first graduates acquired the certificate in 2008. The number of schools that award CertiLingua has grown steadily since then and in 2014 was over 200.
Requirements for the acquisition of CertiLingua
Pupils who want to acquire CertiLingua show that they are linguistically and culturally up to the challenges of European and international cooperation. To do this, they must prove that they:
- master two modern foreign languages at level B2 of the CEFR ;
- have successfully participated in bilingual subject teaching ;
- have acquired knowledge of European and international issues in several subjects;
- Have participated in an international encounter project and have critically reflected on it.
CertiLingua sees itself as a label of excellence, so that the students have to perform well above average in order to acquire the certificate; in the German case this is expressed in good and very good grades.
Partner countries and institutions in 2014
North Rhine-Westphalia (chair of the CertiLingua steering group), Berlin , Brandenburg , Bremen , German schools abroad , the German-speaking Community of Belgium , Finland , France , Hamburg , Hesse , Italy , Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania , Lower Saxony , Austria , Perm (Russia), Rhineland-Palatinate , Saxony , Thuringia , Czech Republic