Academics

Dual Diplomas

GIS graduates earn both a NY State High School Diploma and the German International Abitur (DIA) and are accepted to some of the most competitive colleges and universities in the US, Canada, the UK and Europe.

What is the German International Abitur (DIA)?

The German International Abitur (or Deutsches Internationales Abitur, known as "DIA" for short) is the highest diploma awarded to secondary school students in Germany and at German schools abroad.  

Around the world, DIA graduates are regarded as sophisticated, open-minded, independent thinkers.  The DIA builds on the strengths of the traditional Abitur curriculum and adds a larger bilingual component. 

The DIA is endorsed by Germany’s Federal Foreign Office, the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA), and the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the States of the Federal Republic of Germany.

With a DIA in hand, students are eligible to apply for admission to all German universities and to universities around the world, giving them a true advantage over other students.

To learn more about the DIA's advantages and to meet some DIA students, we encourage you to visit diap.org.

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