The German school system is divided into three types of schools that lead students toward a vocational or academic future. Ayusa exchange students generally attend what is called the Gymnasium or Gesamtschule. This is a secondary school that provides a comprehensive general education for all students seeking entrance to university.
School subjects are divided into three general categories: language, literature and art; the social sciences; and mathematics, science and technology. Students are required to take classes in each of these three categories. There are also typical subjects such as music, art and physical education. All classes are conducted in German. Most leisure and sports oriented activities are organized by local clubs and not through the school.