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Foreign language correspondent

With professional language skills as well as business and information technology knowledge, your future profession as a foreign language correspondent will take you to an international level.With an apprenticeship as a foreign language correspondent, you will not only learn the necessary language skills, but also business and information technology know-how.

Course dates

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Admission requirements

  • Higher education entrance qualification or FHR + English (B1) or
  • Certificate as a business assistant - specialising in foreign languages
  • German is not your mother tongue? Language level German B1

What do foreign language correspondents do?

As a foreign language correspondent (FSK), you are a great asset for your company because you act as an intermediary between the companies operating throughout Germany and internationally.

You manage national and international correspondence, are responsible for foreign-language correspondence and take on simple translation and interpreting tasks as part of practical and effective communication.

Of course, you will look after foreign guests and business partners and in this role you will be an important representative of your company. Other day-to-day activities include processing sales transactions and general office and administrative tasks with the latest hardware and software.

Training procedure

The training takes only two years because you already have a good educational background with your school-leaving certificate or previous studies.

During the school-based training programme at GPB College, you will acquire the knowledge required for your profession in regional studies, the (legal) basics of economics, organisation, word processing and other office soft skills as well as correspondence.

A large part of the curriculum is, of course, language classes, where general language basics, conversation, correspondence, presentation and translation are taught.

English is the first foreign language that is studied in depth. For the second foreign language, you have the choice between French or Spanish. Depending on your choice of second foreign language, you can then choose between Chinese, Japanese or Korean as your third foreign language.

Practical experience complements theory, which is why you complete a four-week internship. The internship can take place in Germany, but also abroad. You complete your training programme after the 4th semester with state exams in English, the 2nd foreign language and economics.

The best at the end: after you successfully complete your studies, you are not only a state-certified foreign language correspondent, but also bear the title Bachelor Professional in Economics.

Is this the profession right for you?

These are the skills you should have for training as a foreign language correspondent:

  • Enthusiasm for languages
  • Great intercultural interest
  • Good communication skills (a very good and clearly structured ability to express yourself)
  • Customer and service orientation
  • Organisational skills

Career opportunities

As a foreign language correspondent you will find work in almost all sectors of the economy. Examples include the following industries:

  • Administration
  • Import and export
  • Tourism
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing
  • Event Management

Next steps

We would like to get to know you and would be happy if you simply registered for one of our information events.

Here we will introduce you to your desired profession or suitable alternatives and explain the training process at GPB College. We will also discuss the possibilities of financial support for your training.

You are welcome to send us your application in advance, consisting of a short cover letter, a curriculum vitae in table form and your most recent school report.

Once all the basic conditions have been clarified, you can start at the earliest possible date. Any questions? Click here for the answers!

And when does it start?

Almost done... just quickly change the language: The instruction language of this course is German, therefore you will find all start dates and course contents only in the German version of the website

Continue in German