In the first half of each week, theoretical classes will be held on the main subjects of zoology, botany, geology/paleontology and social studies. A hands-on course awaits you in the first year of training, which centers on scientific collections and research priorities at Senckenberg, as well as a basic course in chemistry. In the second year, a special English course prepares you for communication with international colleagues and visitors.  

In addition to theory, practice plays an important role at the SENCKENBERG School. In the second half of each week, you will work in the departments of the SENCKENEBRG Research Institute in Frankfurt or take courses in which you will learn how to prepare insects and other animals for our collections, make impressions of fossils, process rocks, take photographs, operate an electron microscope or maintain collection databases. 

We offer a variety of experiences to familiarize you with different sampling techniques to get to know the diversity of flora, fauna, and rocks in a completely new way. We will embark on day trips to different geological sites, an excavation practical at the Messel Pit and multi-day excursions focused on limnology (freshwater science), terrestrial ecology and oceanography. 

Please note: The SENCKENBERG School does not offer training as a preparator in zoology or geology.  
Is this an alternative to studying? 
We are often asked this question by high school graduates. Our training does not replace attending a university, but if the SENCKENBERG School has whetted your appetite for more, there is nothing to stop you from studying with the security of a completed training behind you. Many universities even recognize parts of our training for a bachelor’s degree.