English is mandatory at primary and secondary level, either on an additive or integrative basis. Compulsory schooling at primary and secondary level may also include linguistic areas of emphasis that are set by the individual schools. Schools are free to increase the number of hours of English per week or offer additional languages on an optional basis. This targeted focus on multilingualism should also be seen as a tool for fostering gifted students.
In the school year 2020/21, the pilot project Carinthian bilingual Primary School (CBS) will start at the VS 9 Körner-Schule in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee and at the VS 1 Khevenhüller-Schule in Villach. All lessons will be held in German and English.
Secondary academic schools (“AHS”) or secondary vocational schools (“BHS”) are autonomous in the sense that they are free to add further languages to their teaching portfolio, including a modern language as the working language in non-language-related subjects. Based on bilateral agreements that Austria has concluded, native speakers are used for language teaching in Carinthia.
_ The Europagymnasium in Klagenfurt teaches bilingually (German and English) in the “Europa” stream.
_ At the BG/BRG St. Martin Villach, most subjects are taught in English in the bilingual stream. In addition, students may choose between placing their curricular emphasis on languages, i.e. French and Latin, or on natural sciences, which are taught bilingually.
_ At the BRG Spittal, history is taught in English in addition to regular English lessons.
_ At the BG/BRG St. Veit, geography is taught in English in addition to regular English lessons.
Two excellent examples for multilingual education opportunities in Carinthia are the ISC International School Carinthia in Velden and a region-specific institution, the Academic High School for Slovenian speakers in Klagenfurt / Državna realna gimnazija za Slovence v Celovcu. The University of Klagenfurt, the Fachhochschule Kärnten and other educational facilities also offer multilingual services and a range of language courses.