Learn German in Berlin


Learn German in Berlin

German School

German school in Berlin

The German school in Berlin is the only language school in Germany with a 16.000 sqm urban campus located in the very centre of Berlin, in the trendy and bohemian “Prenzlauer Berg”. The street on which the school is located has been described by the media as “Berlin´s coolest boulevard”. It is home to more than 40 bars, cafes and fashion stores featuring Berlin designers.

The German Campus in Berlin has 2 boutique hotels and a swimming pool under monument protection. The facilities on campus are exceptional: 66 bright classrooms (all with state-of-the-art-equipment), a restaurant serving modern German food, 50 apartments and 72 hotel rooms of premium standard. There is also a book store, student lounge, sports facilities, a internet room with 15 computers and free internet access. There is free WiFi throughout the entire Campus. There is also an onsite cafeteria with garden terrace, a restaurant with sun terrace and the campus also boasts a lovely landscaped garden.

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Accreditations

best language school in GermanySuper Star School Germany
The Berlin School has received the Star School Germany award 5 times and has been awarded super star status . The awards are bestowed every year in London, by Study Travel Magazine, and honour the best language schools worldwide. The best language school is identified by votes: Language travel professionals from more than 60 countries determine the language school they consider the best in any given country. In Germany they selected the German school in Berlin 5 times, based on personal inspections and clients´feedback.

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German Courses

Minimum age: 18

Standard course

These short term German courses in Berlin are suitable for students that want a general German course focusing on the four key language skills: speaking, reading, writing and listening. Suitable for students with previous knowledge of German or complete beginners that have a short time to spend learning the language abroad.

Lessons per week 20 Duration 1-12 weeks
Levels Beginner to Advanced Students per class Maximum 12
Minutes per lesson 45 Minimum age 18

Mini group course

The German mini group course is as the standard course but with a smaller group size of no more than 6 students. Perfect for students that want a group environment with more personal attention.

Lessons per week 20 Duration 1-12 weeks
Levels Beginner to Advanced Students per class Maximum 6
Minutes per lesson 45 Minimum age 18

Semi Intensive course

These German courses in Berlin are as the standard German courses in Berlin but with 5 extra German lessons per week of no more than 12 students per class. Ideal for students that want an Intensive short term course.

Lessons per week 25 Duration 1-12 weeks
Levels Beginner to Advanced Students per class Maximum 12
Minutes per lesson 45 Minimum age 18

Intensive course

These German courses in Berlin are as the standard German courses in Berlin but with 10 extra German lessons per week of no more than 12 students per class. Ideal for students that want an Intensive short term course.

Lessons per week 30 Duration 1-12 weeks
Levels Beginner to Advanced Students per class Maximum 12
Minutes per lesson 45 Minimum age 18

German for Life course

The German for Life Course is a moderately priced long-term group course, identical in content with our Standard German Course, but offered for longer durations. These courses are popular with Gap Year students and students that have several months spare to learn German.

Lessons per week 20 Duration 12-52 weeks
Levels Beginner to Advanced Students per class Maximum 12
Minutes per lesson 45 Minimum age 18

Combined course

Students follow the Standard German course and have an extra 10 private lessons each week depending on how intensive a course they desire. Perfect for students that want the diversity of a group course but would like a few private lessons to focus on a specific area of the language, topic or exam.

Lessons per week 20 + 10, Duration 1-12 weeks
Levels Beginner to Advanced Students per class Maximum 12
Minutes per lesson 45 Minimum age 18

German for 30+ course

This course is as the standard course but specifically for students aged 30+ and only available in the high season. Students want to book this course out of the high season are recommended to book the mini group course instead.

Lessons per week 20 Duration 1-12 weeks
Levels Beginner to Advanced Students per class Maximum 12
Minutes per lesson 45 Minimum age 30

Private tuition

20 or 30 private lessons per week. Lessons can be tailored to the needs and requirements of the students, to a particular subject or focusing on a specific exam. Students can have private lessons on a 2 to 1 basis providing they are of a similar ability.

Lessons per week 20 or 30 Duration 1-12 weeks
Levels Beginner to Advanced Students per class 1:1 or 2:1
Minutes per lesson 45 Minimum age 18

German TestDaf Preparation course

This 4 week course has been specially designed to prepare students for the exam format and the precise demands of TestDaF. Students follow the 20 lessons of standard German per week and then have an additional 10 lessons a week towards preparing for the TestDaf.

Lessons per week 30 Duration 4 weeks
Levels TestDaf Students per class Maximum 15
Minutes per lesson 45 Minimum age 18

Accommodation

Home Stay

Ideal if you want to practice your German “at home”: You have a single room in a flat you share with Germans. Your hosts can be couples (married or not) as well as singles, with or without children. They can be students, taxi drivers or professors, of all ages and social strata. All hosts have been inspected, and many have been hosting our students for several years.

Include:

  • Single bedroom, shared kitchen & bath
  • Own key, Bed sheets & towels
  • Meals: bookable with self catering, breakfast or half board

Distance to school:

  • 10 - 35 minutes by public transport (if you book with self catering or breakfast)
  • 30 - 55 minutes by public transport (if you book half board)

On campus apartments

The 50 studio-apartments are in 2 buildings facing the garden just behind the language school. With sizes varying between 23 und 38 m², every studio has its own unique style. There are 2 categories: standard and superior. All standard studios are mini-lofts, i.e. the sleeping area is on a higher level – the ceilings are 4.80 m high.

Berlin campus apartmentBerlin campus apartmentAll studios are fully equipped mini-apartments and you can book single, double or shared double:

own WC and shower (bathtub in superior studios)

free WLAN for your laptop

telephone and TV

linen & towels

On campus Hotel rooms

Historic Baths in BerlinThe hotel is located in the most spectacular building on campus: the historic baths "Stadtbad Oderberger". The baths are a Berlin landmark under monument protection. They opened in 1902, and survived WW II but were shut down in 1986 due to damage in the pool. The baths were abandoned until the school renovated them, converting this beautiful neorenaissance building into "Hotel Oderberger". Students can book a single room in the hotel

Facilities include:

Hotel room Berlinbathroom with WC and shower

refrigerator, coffee / tea maker, linen & towels

WiFi - wireless LAN access, TV and phone

breakfast buffet in campus cafeteria between 7.30 and 10 am

Flat Share with International students (Off campus)

The school operates several flats in Berlin, reserved exclusively for their students. All flats are fully equipped with kitchen, bath, TV, WiFi – some of them additionally include living room, phone, washing machine or dishwasher.

  • 1 to 3 bedrooms per flat, each bookable as single or shared,
  • Bed sheets & towels included
  • Breakfast at school cafeteria included

Example 1:

Apartments in Hotel Queen Louise on Lake Weissensee, 20 minutes by direct tram to the school. Most apartments have a balcony and in summer there is also a terrace on the roof. Each apartment has 1 bedroom. You can book an apartment all to yourself or with a friend.

   

Example 2:

11 Apartments in Driesener Str. near the school. The building is typical Berlin style, built in the 1910s. You can book an apartment all to yourself or share it with another  student. Distance to the school: 30 minutes walking or one stop on metro line U2

  

Example 3:

Flats at Schwedter Straße, very close to the school, only a 7 minute walk . Each apartment has a kitchen and 1 or 2 bedrooms. You can book a bedroom all to yourself or you can book "shared double", i.e. you share your bedroom with another student

   

Low Budget Studios

If you prefer to have your own apartment in Berlin, this is definitely the cheapest option: the school operates 30 studio-apartments in a modern student residence, inhabited mainly by students going to university in Berlin.

Apartments include:

  • size 21 sqm
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • bathroom
  • TV, high speed WiFi
  • bedsheets & linen
  • coin operated washing machines in the basement

  

Transfer

A transfer service from one of Berlin's airports (Tegel or Schonenfeld) to your accommodation is available at an extra cost. Alternatively we can provide you with advice on travel.

Activities

Activities

The school in Berlin organises a weekly social and activity programme for students, to further their German language skills outside of the classroom, whilst also helping them to learn about the German culture and Berlin.

Example of a weekly cultural programme:

Monday: Tour of Prenzlaur Berg and welcome meeting in the school restaurant for new students.

Tuesday: Trip to see “Kunstwerke”, one of the best addresses for independent art in all of Europe.

Wednesday: Walking tour through Oranienburgerstraße – before the holocaust this used to be a centre of Jewish life, and today that street is one of the trendiest in Berlin. Great opportunities for shopping on Oranienburger Straße!

Thursday: Visit of the Badeschiff – a swimming pool in the middle of river Spree, with a fantastic scenery and a nice bar. At night: every Thursday we show a movie with German subtitles (big screen in the lounge).

Friday: Join us for a boat trip around Museum Island – or a bike tour with us, along the Berlin wall. At night our guides take you to Friedrichshain: a young and rather alternative district famous for its night-life.

Saturday: Full day excursion with a school guide: to Potsdam for example or to Sachsenhausen, a former concentration camp. Every second week we arrange excursions to places further away like Dresden, Hamburg or Leipzig.

Information

Students

Student numbers in summer can reach 600, in other seasons between 200 and 400 per week.

  • Ages: 18 – 25 years: 35%
  • 26 – 30 years: 30%
  • 31 – 45 years: 25%
  • older than 46: 10%

Average age tends to be lower during summer.

Student Nationalities

Students from over 100 different countries attend courses. The graphic shows the top 20:

Placement

A placement test – consisting of a written and an oral part – before starting the course is obligatory for all new students. You receive the link to our online test together with the invoice. Please instruct students to complete the test before their arrival. They only have to do the interview with one of our teachers before starting their classes on Monday then and may arrive to the school reception at 08.45 am. Students with zero knowledge of German of course don’t have to do the test and can come at 09.30 am.

Method

Teachers work in pairs, with two teachers responsible for a class, alternating after every break. The aim is to expose students to more than one voice and speaking style. The teaching approach is communicative. Students are encouraged to talk as much as possible, systematic error correction is a key concept in our teaching model as is the exclusive use of the target language (German) in class. We extend this philosophy to activities outside the classroom, i.e. to after-class activities and excursions.

Text Books

Text books are included in the course price. The school uses books such as Netzwerk, Aspekte, Mittelpunkt, Themen aktuell, Tangram, em. They constantly monitor new publications and may employ additional text books that seem appropriate. For self-study students can borrow or buy books and audio tapes at
the bookstore in the lobby of the school.

General guidelines for Homestay

  • Keys: Students will receive keys so that they are independent, but have to take care of the keys well. In case of loss they are responsible for compensation and any damages that may follow.
  • Coming and going: adult students are free to come and go as they like as long as they respect their hosts’ daily routine (e.g. avoiding loud noises at night).
  • Inviting friends: Some hosts don’t mind if their guest invites friends to come over for a coffee, others however do. To be sure, students should always get their hosts’ ok before inviting friends.
  • Telephone: Students should not use the host’s phone without explicit permission. They should also ask if receiving calls is ok. We recommend that students bring their mobile or get a phone card to use public phones.
  • WiFi: Please instruct students not to inconvenience their hosts by downloading or sharing illegal files via their hosts’ network and that doing so will have legal consequences.

Course Prices

GERMAN COURSES

1 lesson = 45 minutes  /  Minimum age = 16                                                                        
ADMINISTRATION FEE: € 60.00

Week (s) STANDARD COURSE 

20 lessons per week / Max. 12 per class

GERMAN FOR STUDENTS 30+ 

20 lessons per week / Max. 12 per class

(No beginners & only available from 24 Jun - 16 Aug)

1 € 205.00  € 205.00
2 € 340.00 € 340.00
3 € 510.00 € 510.00
4 € 680.00 € 6800.00
5 € 800.00 € 800.00
6 € 960.00 € 960.00
8 € 1280.00  € 1280.00
12 € 1800.00 -
16 € 2400.00  -
24 € 3360.00  -
36 € 5040.00  -
48 € 6720.00  -
Summer surcharge on all courses from 24th June to 16th August 2019: € 40.00 per week
Week (s) SEMI-INTENSIVE COURSE 

25 lessons per week / Max. 12 per class

INTENSIVE COURSE 

30 group lessons/ Max. 8 per class

1 € 260.00 € 330.00
2 € 420.00 € 600.00
3 € 630.00 € 900.00
4 € 840.00 € 1200.00
5 € 975.00 € 1400.00
6  € 1170.00 € 1680.00
8 € 1560.00 € 2240.00
12 € 2160.00 € 3120.00
16  € 2880.00 € 4160.00
24  € 4080.00 € 6000.00
36 € 6120.00 € 9000.00
48 € 8160.00 € 12000.00
Summer surcharge on all courses from 24th June to 16th August 2019: € 40.00 per week
COMBINED COURSE 
Weeks 20 group + 10 private lessons 20 group + 20 private lessons
1 € 670.00 € 1135.00
2 € 1210.00 € 2080.00
3 € 1815.00 € 3120.00
4 € 2420.00 € 4160.00
Summer surcharge on all courses from 24th June to 16th August 2019: € 40.00 per week
PREPARATION COURSE TestDaf

30 lessons per week / Max. 12 per class

4 weeks: € 1190.00
PRIVATE TUITION 
20 lessons 30 lessons
€ 930.00 € 1400.00

Accommodation Prices

ACCOMMODATION

Sunday to Saturday

Week (s) HOME STAY

Single room / Breakfast

HOME STAY

Single room / Half board

1 € 270.00  € 330.00
2 € 455.00 € 585.00
3 € 700.00 € 900.00
4 € 945.00 € 1215.00
5 € 1176.00 € 1516.00
6 € 1386.00 € 1806.00
8 € 1848.00 € 2408.00
12 € 2772.00 € 3612.00
16 € 3696.00 € 4816.00
24 € 5544.00  € 7224.00
36 € 8316.00 € 10836.00
48 € 11088.00  € 14448.00
Week (s) HOME STAY

Single room / Self catering

HOTEL ODERBERGER (ON-CAMPUS)

Classic single room / Breakfast

1 € 258.00  € 600.00
2 € 429.00 € 1070.00
3 € 660.00 € 1800.00
4 € 891.00 € 2430.00
5 € 1050.00 € 2485.00
6 € 1260.00 -
8 € 1680.00 -
12 € 2520.00 -
16 € 3360.00 -
24 € 5040.00  -
36 € 7560.00 -
48 € 10080.00 -
ON-CAMPUS /FLAT SHARE WITH INT'L STUDENTS
Week (s) Single occupancy/ Breakfast Shared occupancy/ Breakfast
1 € 498.00  € 312.00
2 € 949.00 € 546.00
3 € 1460.00 € 840.00
4 € 1971.00 € 1134.00
5 € 2485.00 € 1400.00
6 € 2982.00 € 1680.00
8 € 3976.00 € 1240.00
12 € 5964.00 € 3360.00
16 € 7952.00 € 4480.00
24 € 11928.00  € 6720.00
36 € 17892.00 € 10080.00
48 € 23856.00  € 13440.00
High season supplement from 23rd June to 17th August- € 80 per week.
LOW BUDGET STUDIOS
Week (s) Single room
1 € 258.00
2 € 429.00
3 € 660.00
4 € 891.00
5 € 1050.00
6 € 1260.00
8 € 1680.00
12 € 2520.00
16 € 3360.00
24 € 5040.00
36 € 7560.00
48 € 10080.00
High season supplement from 23rd June to 17th August- € 80 per week.
TRANSFER SERVICE     ARRIVAL AND/OR DEPARTURE ONE WAY
 BERLIN AIRPORT € 60.00

2019 Dates

STANDARD, MINI GROUP, SEMI-INTENSIVE, INTENSIVE, GERMAN FOR LIFE COURSE & COMBINED COURSE: All levels including beginners can start on any Monday throughout the year.
JANUARY 7 14 21 28
FEBRUARY 4 11 18 25
MARCH 4 11 18 25
APRIL 1 8 15 22 29
MAY 6 13 20 27
JUNE 3 10 17 24
JULY 1 8 15 22 29
AUGUST 5 12 19 26
SEPTEMBER 2 9 16 23 30
OCTOBER 7 14 21 28
NOVEMBER 4 11 18 25
DECEMBER 2 9 16 23 30
PRIVATE TUITION ANY MONDAY
GERMAN FOR 30+ COURSE Any Monday between 24th June & 16th August.
PREPARATION COURSE  TestDaf Please contact the office for dates.
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 1st January, 19th & 22nd April, 1st & 30th May, 3rd October, 24th 25th, 26th & 31st December.

The school is open year round, including the period between Christmas and New Year. Lessons lost due to public holidays will not be replaced or refunded. The school organises an excursion/an activity or a seminar on those days (except Christmas).

2020 Dates

STANDARD, MINI GROUP, SEMI-INTENSIVE, INTENSIVE, GERMAN FOR LIFE COURSE & COMBINED COURSE: All levels including beginners can start on any Monday throughout the year.
JANUARY 6 13 20 27
FEBRUARY 3 10 17 24
MARCH 2 9 16 23 30
APRIL 6 13 20 27
MAY 4 11 18 25
JUNE 1 8 15 22 29
JULY 6 13 20 27
AUGUST 3 10 17 24 31
SEPTEMBER 7 14 21 28
OCTOBER 5 12 19 26
NOVEMBER 2 9 16 23 30
DECEMBER 7 14 21 28
PRIVATE TUITION ANY MONDAY
GERMAN FOR 30+ COURSE Any Monday between 22nd June & 14th August.
PREPARATION COURSE  TestDaf Please contact the office for dates.
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS To be confirmed for 2020.

The school is open year round, including the period between Christmas and New Year. Lessons lost due to public holidays will not be replaced or refunded. The school organises an excursion/an activity or a seminar on those days (except Christmas).

Special Offer

10% discount on German courses AND accommodation for stays of min 4 weeks between 12th December 2018 and 2nd February 2019. Quote BERLIN 10 when booking.

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