Albert Einstein Education. Where did study Einstein? Albert Einstein Education Summary

Albert Einstein Education Summary:

Catholic elementary school in Munich  
Luitpold Gymnasium  
Complutense University of Madrid  
University of Rostock  
Albert Einstein Gymnasium 1888-1894
Aargau Cantonal School 1895-1896
ETH Zurich 1896-1900
University of Zurich 1905

 

The Einsteins were non-observant Ashkenazi Jews, and Albert attended a Catholic elementary school in Munich, from the age of 5, for three years. At the age of 8, he was transferred to the Luitpold Gymnasium (now known as the Albert Einstein Gymnasium), where he received advanced primary and secondary school education until he left the German Empire seven years later.

Albert attended a Catholic elementary school in Munich
Albert attended a Catholic elementary school in Munich

When the family moved to Pavia, Einstein, then 15, stayed in Munich to finish his studies at the Luitpold Gymnasium. His father intended for him to pursue electrical engineering, but Einstein clashed with authorities and resented the school's regimen and teaching method.

Albert Einstein studies at the Luitpold Gymnasium
Albert Einstein studies at the Luitpold Gymnasium

In 1895, at the age of 16, Einstein took the entrance examinations for the Swiss Federal Polytechnic in Zurich (later the Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule, ETH). He failed to reach the required standard in the general part of the examination, but obtained exceptional grades in physics and mathematics.

 

 

Albert Einstein Education at Swiss Federal Polytechnic in Zurich
Albert Einstein Education at Swiss Federal Polytechnic in Zurich

On the advice of the principal of the Polytechnic, he attended the Argovian cantonal school (gymnasium) in Aarau, Switzerland, in 1895 and 1896 to complete his secondary schooling. While lodging with the family of professor Jost Winteler, he fell in love with Winteler's daughter, Marie. Albert's sister Maja later married Winteler's son Paul. In January 1896, with his father's approval, Einstein renounced his citizenship in the German Kingdom of Wurttemberg to avoid military service. In September 1896, he passed the Swiss Matura with mostly good grades, including a top grade of 6 in physics and mathematical subjects, on a scale of 1–6. At 17, he enrolled in the four-year mathematics and physics teaching diploma program at the Zurich Polytechnic. Marie Winteler, who was a year older, moved to Olsberg, Switzerland, for a teaching post.