Information for employees


Entitlement to Bildungsurlaub


In principle, every employee in Germany who is working for his company for at least six months has the right to take Bildungsurlaub. With the exception of Baden-Württemberg and Saarland, where the employee has to be employed for at least 12 months.

 

Baden-Württemberg

In Baden-Württemberg, employees are entitled to apply for Bildungsurlaub if the language course covers at least 30 weekly lessons of 60 minutes each. There is no single action detection but a carrier recognition. After 12 months of employment, every employee has the right to apply Bildungsurlaub up to five days a year. Therefore, the application must be submitted to the employer at least eight weeks before the start of the seminar.



Berlin

Every single course date has to be applied separately for Berlin. For this reason we ask for a timely registration 12 weeks before the start of the trip. There must be a 30-lessons training of 45 minutes per week. Employees older than 25 years are entitled to 10 days of BU within two years. For employees up to 25 years, it is 10 days per year.



Brandenburg

The application can be placed directly in Brandenburg via the language school abroad, which you would like to go to. This must be done at the latest six weeks before the beginning of the course. There must be a 30-hour training period of 45 minutes per week. Employees over 25 years are entitled to 10 days of Bildungsurlaub within two years. For employees up to 25 years, it is 10 days per year.



Bremen

In Bremen every employee has the right to 10 days of Bildungsurlaub, regardless of his or her age, within two years. There should be 8 lessons à 45 minutes per day.



Hamburg

In Hamburg every employee has the right to 10 days of Bildungsurlaub, regardless of his age, within two years. Daily lessons must be taken six hours a day. Requirement 30 week hours à 45 minutes.



Hessen

The state of Hessen does not issue its own acknowledgments, but accepts the decisions of other states. The prerequisite is 30 hours per week of 60 minutes. The scope of the possible Bildungsurlaub days is five days per year and the application can be submitted at the earliest six months after the employment relationship. In Hessen there is the restriction of entitlement to Bildungsurlaub to max. 33% of employees (converted) per year.



Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

In Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, every employee has the right to five days of Bildungsurlaub per year. Daily lessons must be taken six hours a day. The prerequisite is 30 hours per week of 60 minutes. Processing time of application is normally 6-12 weeks.



Niedersachsen

Application has to be handed in to the employer at the latest 4 weeks before the beginning of the course. Language travel, which is recognized as Bildungsurlaub, must have 30 lessons of 60 minutes each. Employees are entitled to five days of Bildungsurlaub per year.



Rheinland-Pfalz

In Rheinland-Pfalz, employees in small companies with fewer than six employees do not have any right to Bildungsurlaub. In all other companies, the application must be submitted at least six weeks before the start of the course. 30 hours of 45 minutes per week and 6 hours of lessons per day. Every employee has 10 days Bildungsurlaub in two years. Trainees have five days a year.



Saarland

Requirement 30 lessons à 45 minutes. Saarland recognizes the decisions of other federal states, if the conditions are identical (among others Niedersachsen and Hamburg). The application must be submitted at least six weeks before the start of the course. In companies with up to 50 employees, it is possible to credit vocational training courses, but in companies with up to 100 employees, Bildungsurlaub won't be granted to more than 30% of the workforce. In Saarland, an employment relationship must last 12 months before an application for Bildungsurlaub can be made. The employee is entitled to six day Bildungsurlaub a year.



Sachsen-Anhalt

Requirement 30 lessons à 45 minutes. For many locations, Bildungsurlaub notifications are already available, so they can be sent immediately after registration. For others, a processing time of 6-12 weeks. The employee must be employed for six months to apply for an Bildungsurlaub and submit the application no later than six weeks before the start of the course. In companies with up to 5 employees, Bildungsurlaub is not granted. Employees have a total of five days of Bildungsurlaub per year.



Schleswig-Holstein

Requirement 30 week hours à 60 minutes. For many locations, Bildungsurlaub notifications are already available, so they can be sent immediately after registration. For others, a processing time of 6-12 weeks. Five days of Bildungsurlaub are granted to the employee every year.



Thüringen

In Thüringen the language courses have to have 30 lessons of 45 minutes each. In addition to employees and trainees, people who work in recognized workshops for the disabled, as well as (state) officials and judges, may take a holiday. Employees are entitled to five days of Bildungsurlaub per year, trainees to three. The application must be submitted in written form to the employer eight weeks before the start of the seminar. In small businesses up to five employees, there is no claim to Bildungsurlaub. We do not offer our help in applying BU for Thüringen.



In case you are interested of applying for Bildungsurlaub in coordination with your employer, please don't hesitate to contact us. We gladly send you current offers for Bildungsurlaub in cooperation with the enlisted schools!
Below you find a list of recognized language schools and institutions offering Bildungsurlaub for employees: Bildungsurlaub Kolumbus