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What is educational leave?
In Germany, Bildungsurlaub, Bildungsfreistellung or Bildungszeit refers to the legal right of employees to paid time off to participate in continuing education events such as language courses. Baden-Württemberg, Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Hesse, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia have a corresponding law on educational leave. Only in Bavaria and Saxony are employees not entitled to educational leave. In all other states, employees must register their educational leave entitlement with their employer and select an approved language course. ECOS Escuela de Español is recognized as Bildungsurlaub in most German states.