The Intercultural Trainer Academy is currently recognized as Bildungsurlaub* in the following German federal states:

  • Baden-Württemberg[1]
  • Berlin[2] (for participants who need the seminar content in their main occupation)
  • Brandenburg (for participants who need the seminar content in their main occupation)
  • Bremen
  • Hamburg[3] (only for 10-days program and only for participants who can use the seminar content in their main occupation)
  • Hessen[4]
  • Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (only for participants with verifiable reference to their main occupation)
  • Niedersachsen[5] (only for participants with verifiable reference to their main occupation)
  • Nordrhein-Westfalen[6]
  • Rheinland-Pfalz[7]***
  • Saarland[8]
  • Sachsen-Anhalt[9]
  • Schleswig-Holstein[10]
  • Thüringen[11]

Note: There is no Law on Educational Leave in the federal states Bayern and Sachsen.

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* In Germany, the institution of Bildungsurlaub (educational leave) allows employees from any sector to apply for an educational leave used for professional advanced training. Please visit this page – in German – for more information (who can apply for it, how to apply etc.).

*** Arbeitgebern mit weniger als 50 Beschäftigten kann auf Antrag nach § 8 BFG ein pauschalierter Anteil des für den Zeitraum der Bildungsfreistellung fortzuzahlenden Arbeitsentgelts erstattet werden. Nähere Informationen finden Sie unter

[1] Recognized educational institution according to the “Bildungszeitgesetz Baden Württemberg”

[2] In accordance with Section 6 of the Berlin Educational Leave Act, seminars that are already recognized as in-person trainings can also be considered for the educational leave of Berlin employees without approval by the Senate Administration by the employer if seminars cannot be held in face-to-face form due to the Infection Protection Ordinance.

[3] In view of the restricted implementation options for educational leave courses due to the corona pandemic, all recognized events can now also be held online. This regulation is initially valid until December 31, 21

[4] According to the law, employees in Hesse can also claim educational leave for events that have been recognized in accordance with the educational leave or educational exemption law of another federal state (Section 11 (4) HBUG).

[5] Due to the current situation, the Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture has given its approval until December 31, 2021 to run educational leave offers as online courses.

[6] Establishment of employee training in accordance with §10 AWbG

[7] In deviation from the rule that the recognition of educational exemption events are generally only issued for the implementation in face-to-face form, it is now possible to extend the implementation of events to the online format. This extension of the implementation option is valid until further notice for the duration of the pandemic.

[8] Educational trainings that have been recognized by other federal stated are also eligible for exemption in Saarland according to §6 SBFG.

[9] Online offers are possible during the pandemic. However, the prerequisite is that the participants want to make use of such an offer and that they have the technical requirements.

[10] Only face-to-face events can be recognized in accordance with the Schleswig-Holstein Further Education Act (WBG) and the Education Exemption Ordinance. If an event recognized as a face-to-face event according to the WBG is now to be carried out in an online format due to the corona pandemic, participation can only be possible within the framework of the so-called consensus principle according to § 14 (2) WBG. In this case, an exemption is granted with the consent of the employer. However, this is a voluntary compromise on the part of the employer to which there is no legal entitlement.

[11] Due to the Covid-19 pandemic all previously as in-person training recognized trainings are also accepted as an online format. This regulation applies as long as the restrictions do not allow face-to face lessons.