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Learn German in Berlin

Who wouldn’t want to learn German in Berlin? This lively metropolis is one of the world’s most exciting capitals, best-known for its truly eclectic nature. Seamlessly blending old and new, the city’s skyline features ancient church spires and historical palaces alongside futuristic structures like the Berliner Philharmoniker and the towering Fernsehturm. While it may in places still feel very industrial, the beating heart of Berlin is undoubtedly artistic. As a city which has welcomed creatives for centuries, Berlin is now an international trendsetter in art, music, and dance. It’s also a pioneer in STEM and a world-leader in politics.

When you select this language school, you’ll study in the funky Kollwitzkiez neighbourhood. This popular area of East Pankow was once the Jewish quarter and the favoured haunt of Berlin’s penniless artists. Now the kiez is a vibrant place full of unique eateries, independent boutiques, and weekly eco-markets. Our partner facility here offers all the benefits of small-town studying - friendly, welcoming teachers and a personalised study experience - combined with all the excitement of a global Alpha City.

Berlin has been culturally diverse since the very beginning. Back in the 5th century, the area was a meeting point for the various tribes travelling across Europe. As such, it quickly developed into a bustling settlement, and by the 13th century it was one of medieval Europe’s key trading hubs. Later, Berlin flourished as part of the Hanseatic League and became one of the continent’s most important producers of luxury goods for the royal courts.

By the 18th century, Berlin was not just an industrial powerhouse but also the capital of the Kingdom of Prussia and a centrepiece of European culture. It held these credentials well into the early 20th century. Despite suffering widespread destruction and social division in the last 100 years, the city has successfully rebuilt itself from the ashes of its past. It’s still one of the world’s most prominent capitals and is a popular destination for tourists and emigrants alike.

Berlin is now one of the Top 10 largest cities in Europe and, quite possibly, the coolest place on Earth. Its widespread influence in fields such as the arts, science, and politics have earned it its designation as an ‘Alpha City’. Though the old divisions can still be felt in some places - namely in the unique character of each of its districts - modern Berlin is renowned for being a city of tolerance and acceptance.

It’s also somewhat a city of contradictions, combining rich history with urban industrialism and beautiful green spaces. It’s energetic and bustling, but also laid-back and relaxed - and always interesting.

When you learn German in Berlin, you’ll see the colourful tapestry of its graffitied streets and meet people from all over the world. You’ll be spoilt for choice for things to do, whatever your budget. From exotic and luxurious to authentic and boho, Berlin has it all! One thing’s for sure: you have to experience this city to really understand it.

Our school in Berlin

6 classrooms
Student kitchen
Course materials included
Approved for CSN funding
Member of IALC and FDSV
Wi-Fi throughout the building

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German lesson at our school
German class at our school in Berlin
Students during breaktime
Room in shared apartment

You’ll find our Berlin language school in Kollwitzkiez, a subsection of the larger Pankow district. This neighbourhood is known for its laid-back bohemian atmosphere and its trendy residents. It boasts a wide selection of interesting eateries and several weekly street markets. Largely preserved after the war, the area blends historic Altbau architecture with vibrant street art and quirky shops.

Some of the kiez’s most popular attractions are just minutes away from our language school. These include the cosmopolitan Kulturbrauerei, the Zeiss-Gross Planetarium, and the Wasserturm tower, which offers great views over this part of the city. The district is full of peaceful green spaces, from the vast Volkspark Friedrichshain to smaller public parks dotted with artistic installations and sculptures. Key attractions like Alexanderplatz, Museum Island, the Brandenburg Gate, Gendarmenmarkt square, and the Friedrichstadt-Palast theatre are all just 15 - 20 minutes away by U-Bahn.

When you learn German in Berlin with us, you’ll study in a newly renovated building in the heart of Kollwitzkiez. This language centre has 6 classrooms, giving it a warm and familial atmosphere. You can prepare drinks and snacks between lessons in the student kitchen. There is also an office manned by friendly staff members who will be happy to advise you about things to see and do during your time in the city. Just across the road is a selection of independent cafés and shops where you can practice your newly developed language skills. There are public transport links very close to the school, so you’ll easily be able to explore the city once your lessons have finished.

This facility is part of a group of schools which have been teaching German to international students since 1984. This huge wealth of combined experience means the staff in Berlin are well-versed in providing immersive instruction to students of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. The school is also a member of the International Association of Language Centres (IALC) and the Association of German Language Schools and Language-Tour Operators (FDSV). These quality-control organisations ensure a high standard of tuition and student care is maintained in all their facilities.

When you choose to learn German in Berlin with us you’ll be taught by highly qualified teachers in a friendly environment, giving you the best possible chance of success. What’s more, you’ll be studying in the heart of this exciting city and thus be ideally placed to experience all the capital has to offer.

Location: Kollwitzkiez, Berlin
Nearest convenience store: 74 m
Nearest café: 210 m
Nearest metro stop: 1.4 km (U Eberswalder Strasse)
Distance from airport: 22.9 km (Berlin Schönefeld)
Nearest bus stop: 850 m (AM Friedrichshain)
Distance from train station: 4.7k (Hauptbahnhof)

Courses in Berlin

Available courses

  • Intensive (20)
  • Intensive + Private Lessons (25)
  • Intensive + Private Lessons (30)
  • Intensive + pronunciation (23)
  • Intensive + pronunciation (26)
  • Super Intensive (25)
  • Private Lessons (20)
  • Business Course (23)
  • Business Course (26)
  • German (20 lessons) + Exam Prep (23)
  • German (20 lessons) + Exam Prep (26)
  • Mini-Group (20)

Our Berlin school offers courses throughout the year. Each lesson lasts for 45 minutes and has a maximum of just 12 students.

The Intensive course, consisting of 20 lessons each week and Super Intensive course, consisting of 25 lessons each week are ideal for students looking to improve their overall knowledge of the German language.

The Berlin school also offers a Mini Group course which has just 6 students in each group, which will ensure that your teacher will quickly get to know you, your strengths and your weaknesses.

Private lessons are also available, providing personal attention and a more focused approach, or you can combine your 20 group lessons with either 5 or 10 additional private lessons on an Intensive + Private Lessons course.

If you are planning to sit a TELC or Goethe examination, you may want to consider our exam preparation course, which will give you all of the skills required to pass these specific exams. Please note that students must have at least a B1 level (intermediate) in order to take this course.

Choose the business course if you would like to combine 20 general German lessons with 6 lessons centres around German in the world of work.

We also offer an Intensive + Pronunciation course, which is ideal for anybody who would like to spend extra time working on their German pronunciation skills to perfect their accent when speaking the language!

Accommodation

Available accommodation

  • Host Family
  • Shared Apartment
  • Studio Apartment

If you want to learn as much German as possible during your time in Berlin, you should stay with a German host family, giving the opportunity to practice the German that you learn in lessons. Students staying with a host family can choose between bed and breakfast or half board (2 meals each day).

Our Berlin language school arranges accommodation in shared apartments on a self-catering basis. These apartments are shared with other international students or with German students and are located in the heart of Berlin. You will have your own room, but share the kitchen, bathroom and other communal living areas of your accommodation with other students. We also offer a shared apartment plus option, which includes a washing machine, dishwasher and Wi-Fi access.

Studio apartment accommodation is also available for students looking for a higher level of independence and the opportunity to cater for themselves during their stay.

Activities

Our school also organizes a cultural program with a minimum of 3 activities a week. These include guided walks, German film evenings in the school, parties and excursions. This cultural program not only ensures that students enjoy their stay in Berlin, but also helps them learn about Berlin and use the German that that they learn on their language course.

How to get there

Berlin has good international flight connections with two airports, Schoneberg which is located in southern Berlin and Tegel which is located in Nort-West Berlin. If you would like to make your own way to your accommodation on arrival, public transport connections from both Berlin airports are excellent. A transfer service is also available on request, but please note that this service is not included in the price of the programme.


Location of our school in Berlin

Course

4.6 / 5
Accommodation

4.3 / 5
School Staff

4.7 / 5
Average score for our school in Berlin based on 29 previous client reviews.

Student reviews & feedback

The course I took was a very helpful one, which enhanced my German speaking skills highly. All the teachers were very friendly and helpful.

It was a very good apartment, situated in the middle of the city, which was a great location.

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The course was very good, the teachers and student were all very nice and helpful. I had a great time in Berlin!

My accommodation was perfect! Sandra is one of the nicest people I've ever met and I would like to go back to her one day!

My month in Berlin was the best month of my life! I'm missing it already.

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I was deeply impressed by the enthusiasm and devotion of the young and energetic teachers and all the other wonderful Germans who did their best to teach me their tough but rich language. I especially enjoyed the excursions in and outside Berlin.

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It was very well organised, with various methods (role play, tapes, books, leaflets) used. I was with a very friendly group from several countries, (but not Engliand!) and the level of tuition was about right. I had, and still have, problems with speaking German. At least, it gave me more confidence to try to do so.

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It was conveniently placed, and comfortable-even when the temperature outside fell to minus 10. The family were very helpful and I appreciated their ability to use English. We went to two outside events-storytelling and cinema-which helped me appreciate how German society operates

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The course was really entertaining with people from all over the world. The teachers were very competent and understanding, they made everyone feel at ease and I felt I really made a lot of progress during the three weeks I spent there.

The accomodation was OK. The landlady was really nice and did not speak any English or French so I really had to work on my German. However, I felt food was not that great. Cultural bias maybe...

Apart from the courses that were great quality, the school really committed itself to make us enjoy our stay in Germany. Everyone in staff was available, understanding and friendly. I would be really glad to go back there someday.

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All staff were extremely friendly and helpful right from the start and throughout the course. I felt that the times of the lessons were great providing us time to do touristy and other things in either the evening/morning (depending on which lesson slot you were in).

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Frau Lahl was great. She was friendly, helpful, fed me well and spoke to me a lot in German, which was exactly what I wanted.

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Friendly, small school. I was older than other students but I felt quite comfortable. Class was small - only 5 so that was good. Central location was good for sight seeing in the afternoon.

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It took 30 mins to get to the school, I had requested 20 minutes. Friendly old lady looked after me. A typical old fashioned flat but clean, warm and comfortable.

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The course was excellent. It was pitched at just the right level for me and struck a good balance between grammer and vocabulary.

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The accomodation was fine. It was in very central area and had everything that I needed.

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The school was great. The group class size was perfect and all the students were well placed in terms of language level. This is important since sometimes you can feel held back by others with a lower level. The teacher had us write some text at the beginning to get an idea of where our mistakes were and she focused on correcting these in the instruction time. I thought this was a good strategy. The private lessons were also excellent and well directed. The teachers were patient and knowledgable. Everything was really great!

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The lady with whom I stayed was very sweet and really tried to enhance my experience. She spoke to me every morning and breakfast and in the evenings she always made time for me and try to think of interesting conversations topics with which to engage me (DDR period, the surrounding neighborhood and its historical development, sight seeing in Berlin, her childhood etc). I will try and keep in touch with her in the future.

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The course was great, the people were extremely kind and helpful and my teacher was really the best.

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The accomodation was brand new and thus very clean and nice. The location was perfect (2 minutes walk from the school and 5 to the metro) and my room itself was also fine.

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The only thing I have as a suggestion is that it might be a good idea to place the students in classes not only based on their level, but also based on what they wish to learn/what their aim is.

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I never imagined going back to school would be so much fun! In just two weeks my German improved SO much, thanks to the nice and patient teachers at the course. But outside of the school I learned very much as well, both in the city as well as with the other students since we communicated mostly in German with each other.

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The student resident I stayed in was at a great location, close to the school, public transportation and tourist attractions. My room was decent, but quite small and just barely furnished. Some posters/paintings on the walls would've been nice to brighten up the room...

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Special thanks to Philippa Taylor and her colleagues for the great service they've provided!

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My course was very good, complete, flexible and my teacher was very very friendly. Even with other students, the atmosphere was very relaxed and funny, I was also in a quie small group which is very good to speak a lot and feel free.

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My guest family was very the best ever! So nice and kind with very good meals and, as their family live in Dresden, we (the other student and I) were invited to spend a whole weekend in Dresden which was a very very kind proposal! The accomodation was always clean and welcoming!

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Interesting and stimulating course material. Lively teaching. Plenty of opportunity to listen, speak and think in German. Pleasant surroundings, with opportunities to go on group visits and excursions if required. I felt really at home and had a very enjoyable time in my accommodation, it was comfortable and conveniently near the S-Bahn direct to the centre of Berlin. I had a thoroughly enjoyable week, totally immersed in German language, history and culture. I certainly met my targets in terms of language-learning and confidence-building, and also made some new friends. I had a great time!

The teachers were fantastic; very enthusiastic, fun and engaging. My accommodation was in a fantastic location, and was very comfortable.

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Well structured and interactive course. A great learning environment and fun experience. The teachers are knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and strive hard to make the difficult task of learning a new language enjoyable.

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it was a very well run school, the reception i was given on my first day was very welcomming, the teachers were amazing, professional and fun, i enjoyed my time there very much.

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E. Ryniec

The three weeks of learning were very helpful to me, I have a good understanding about the language but its up to me to really study, and lots of memorizing.

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F. Lynn

It was really good as it gave me a change to learn the grammar that I wouldn't have otherwise had the opportunity to learn as it was "too complicated" for school. It was also an interesting experience to have such a relaxed relationship with the teachers who would quite happily start talking in the middle of a lesson (in German, of course). The host mother could not do enough for me - it was almost like staying in a hotel except that I prepared my own meals.

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School statistics

Nationality (%)


Czech republik (5)
France (18)
Italy (4)
Japan (7)
Other (3)
South america (15)
South korea (19)
Spain (3)
Switzerland (23)
Usa (3)

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* Statistics considered correct at the time of publishing

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