The German Kolleg is a school serving mature students. Students at a college sit the Abitur
Abitur is a designation used in Germany, Finland and Estonia for final exams that pupils take at the end of their secondary education, usually after 12 or 13 years of schooling, see also for Germany Abitur after twelve years.The Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife, often referred to as...

 final exam and may proceed into university.
Only people who are older than 19 years may enroll in a Kolleg. As a rule persons need the Mittlere Reife
Mittlere Reife
The Mittlere Reife is a school leaving certificate in Germany that is roughly comparable with the American high school diploma. It is regularly awarded after ten years of schooling....

 and a vocational training in order to be allowed to attend a Kolleg. However there are exceptions from that rule, and a person who can prove that they have other qualifications may also be admitted. Other qualifications include having a family and running a household, and having work-experience.
The Kolleg is not to be confused with college.

Other meaning of Kolleg

The word Kolleg may also mean another school. Some Gymnasien, such as the Aloisiuskolleg
The Aloisiuskolleg is a co-educational, private and Catholic University-preparatory school in Bonn-Bad Godesberg, Germany with an affiliated boarding school directed by the Jesuits. The school is named for Saint Aloysius Gonzaga. It has an excellent reputation and is considered one of the most...

, the Kolleg St. Blasien
Kolleg St. Blasien
The Kolleg St. Blasien is a state-recognised private Gymnasium and Catholic school with boarding facilities for boys and girls. It is situated in the town of St. Blasien in the German Black Forest. The school has 850 students, 300 of whom are boarders, and is led by members of the Jesuit order...

 and the Canisius-Kolleg Berlin
Canisius-Kolleg Berlin
The Canisius-Kolleg is a coeducational, private and Catholic Gymnasium in Berlin, Germany directed by the Jesuits. The school is named for Saint Petrus Canisius. It is known as one of Berlin's most prestigious schools.- Environment :...

call themselves Kolleg. Those are typically old schools that started calling themselves Kolleg before modern Kolleg existed.
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