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German course in Berlin (Campus)

Germany’s capital is, without doubt, one of the most interesting cities on earth. Having rebuilt itself from the ashes of the last 100 years, Berlin wears its eclectic nature on its sleeve, effortlessly blending old with new. This is best typified by the diverse architecture and vibrant street art across the city, which speak to both its rich history and its premier standing in the modern world. Berlin’s pioneering dance, music, and art scenes make it a global trendsetter, and its widespread influence in politics, science, and technology justifies its status as an Alpha City. When you attend a German course at Berlin Campus, you’ll study in the lively Prenzlauer Berg area of the East Central district. Prenzlberg, as it’s known by the locals, is a hotspot for artists and alternatives and is full of shops, cafés, bars, and restaurants. Thanks to Berlin’s extensive metro system, you’ll be within easy reach of some of the city’s best-known attractions, including the Brandenberg Gate, Alexanderplatz, and the Reichstag Building.

Berlin has always been a veritable hodgepodge of cultures and peoples. Its roots go back to at least the 5th century, when the area we now call Berlin was a meeting point of Germanic, Slavic, and Eastern tribes. The city as we know it today was founded by merchants in the 13th century and quickly flourished into an important trade hub. A stunning relic from these earliest days is the Nikolaikirche in the East Central district. Built in 1243, the church is the oldest building in the capital and is all the more special for having survived the heavy bombardment of WWII. Other historical architecture - though none quite so old - includes the 17th-century Charlottenburg Palace complex and the impressive Berliner Dom on Museum Island. This Island - so named for the 5 world-class museums here - is just 25 minutes from our language school by U-Bahn and presents the perfect opportunity to learn not just about Berlin but also about the rest of the world. The Neues Museum, for example, has an amazing collection of Ancient Egyptian artefacts, including the iconic bust of Nefertiti.

Those looking for more modern pursuits will be spoiled for choice. Renowned as a liberal and artistic city, Berlin offers entertainment aplenty, whatever your age or interests. Shopaholics will love Hackescher Markt for its original boutiques and creative styles, while Friedrichstrasse is the place to go for chic brands and well-known names. Nature lovers should head to the Tiergarten, the city’s most popular urban park, which is home to Germany’s oldest zoo. Boasting 520 acres of green space, the park offers a peaceful oasis amid this bustling capital, and is a favourite picnic spot for Berliners. Foodies will find a diverse range of eateries, from quaint cafes serving local snacks to innovative and inexpensive street food to glamorous fine-dining restaurants. Culture vultures can enjoy hundreds of art galleries, music venues, and theatres catering to a wide variety of tastes, all of which offer excellent opportunities for German immersion. Daredevils can climb the Fernsehturm, a futuristic tower and one of Europe’s tallest buildings, which boasts an observation deck that’s a dizzying 204 metres high! Night owls, meanwhile, will love Berlin’s world-famous club scene, which keeps this vibrant city alive long after the sun has set.

Whatever you do during your time here, you’ll get first-hand experience of Berlin and discover why it attracts so many people from around the world. You’ll find out more about the capital’s divided past, its ever-changing present, and its future at the centre of the technological and scientific industries. Most importantly, you’ll be able to develop and practice your German in an immersive environment, which will help you to make significant improvements - after all, there is no better way to learn a language than by living it!

Our school in Berlin (Campus)

60 classrooms
Course materials included
Studio apartment block
4* hotel with swimming pool
Book shop
Student computers:Accredited by Eaquals
Member of IALC and ALTO
Wi-Fi throughout the campus
Registered TestDaF examination centre
Approved for CSN and Erasmus+ programmes
5-time winner of Study Travel Magazine’s Super Star School Award
On-site restaurant (serves dinner until late)
On-site cafeteria with its own garden and terrace (serves breakfast and lunch)

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Berlin Campus
School Entrance
Big, bright classrooms
Relaxing on campus

Our Campus German language school in Berlin is located in the chic Prenzlauer Berg district to the north of the city centre. This area has long been associated with Berlin’s most fashionable and creative people and, as such, has a vibrant and unique atmosphere. The school is surrounded by countless cafés, pubs, shops, bars, art galleries, and restaurants, as well as various lovely green spaces. The trendy Kulturbrauerei, a local brewery-turned-events-venue, is just a 5-minute walk away. Key Berlin attractions like Alexanderplatz, Museum Island, the Brandenburg Gate, Gendarmenmarkt square, and the Friedrichstadt-Palast theatre are all just 15 minutes away by by U-Bahn.

When you attend a German course in Berlin with us, your language lessons will take place on an extensive campus with an interesting and multicultural atmosphere. The school building itself boasts 60 bright classrooms, a restaurant with an open-air terraced area, a book shop, and a computer lounge. This lovely campus also has a cafeteria with a garden terrace, an on-site residential block, and a hotel with its own fine-dining restaurant and indoor swimming pool. As a student, you’ll have access to all these facilities, whichever course and accommodation options you select.

The tuition available on our Prenzlauer Berg campus is highly regarded; the school is accredited by Eaquals and is a member of global quality-control organisations including the International Association of Language Centres (IALC) and the Association of Language Travel Organisations (ALTO). It is a registered TestDaF and telc testing centre, and its courses are approved for CSN and Erasmus+ funding. The school is also the 5-time winner of StudyTravel Magazine’s Super Star School Award, an accolade it has achieved both for the quality of its teaching and for its exceptional facilities. When you select this school, you’ll have the best chance of developing your language skills and will be ideally placed to enjoy this vibrant Alpha City.

Location: Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin
Nearest convenience store: 450 m
Nearest café: on-site!
Nearest metro stop: 750 m (Senefelderplatz)
Distance from train station: 3.2 km (Hauptbahnhof)
Nearest bus stop: 26 m (Schwedter Strasse)
Distance from airport: 26.1 km (Berlin Schönefeld Airport)

Courses in Berlin (Campus)

Available courses

  • Intensive (20)
  • Intensive + Private Lessons (30)
  • Super Intensive (25)
  • Super Intensive (30)
  • Private Lessons (20)
  • Business Course (30)
  • Club 30 (20)
  • TELC Exam Prep (18)
  • TestDaF Course (30)
  • Work Experience (30)

The general German course in Berlin is the core Intensive programme of 20 group lessons per week. Classes take place between 09:00 and 12:30 each weekday in groups of up to 12, which allows you to get lots of language practice and highly personalised attention from the teacher. This, and the fact that you’ll be studying with other students of the same starting ability, will help you to quickly and markedly improve your German skills. What’s more, this course is available for 1 - 36 weeks, so you can book as much tuition as you need to achieve your desired ability level.

To get more speaking practice, select the Super-intensive 30 course and attend an extra 5 weekly conversation classes plus 5 weekly mini-group sessions. You can perfect your pronunciation, learn conversational terms, and take part in focused tasks which will give you the confidence to speak with fluency in no time. The mini-group classes have a maximum size of just 6, so you’ll get a high level of interaction with the teacher which will help you develop your skills rapidly.

Please note: if you have little to no previous experience of learning German, you must begin your language course on an appropriate date. Feel free to contact us for further information on beginners’ start dates.

Students over the age of 30 who want to ensure that they study with their peers can select the Intensive for over-30s course. This package is offered between June and August, when the average age of the school population is generally lower than at other times of year. The programme consists of 20 group lessons per week between 09:00 and 12:30 each weekday and follows the same structure as the standard Intensive course. It is available for students with at least A1 German ability level, so is not suitable for complete beginners.

The best way to improve your German skills is with private tuition. As standard, you’ll have 20 one-to-one classes per week, though bespoke packages are available on request. Since you’ll have the undivided attention of the teacher, you’ll get unparalleled language practice and be able to tailor your lessons to your personal needs. This makes private tuition ideal for those who feel they need extra support with their studies, for those who want to cover specialist topics, and for those who want to improve as quickly and significantly as possible during their time in Berlin.

Though private classes are great in terms of language development, they don’t offer the social experience of group classes. Fortunately, you can combine the best of both courses with an Intensive + Private programme! With 10 weekly one-to-one classes alongside your core Intensive course, you’ll get the extra language practice of private lessons and the social aspect of group tuition. If you’re studying German for work, you can use your private lessons to cover Business German and learn commercial vocabulary, writing techniques, and work-place culture in German-speaking countries.

If you’re planning to sit the TestDaF exam in order to apply to a German university, you can prepare for your test in Berlin. Our school’s specialised TestDaF Exam Preparation course consists of 20 general German lessons per week, where you’ll develop your core language knowledge, plus 10 weekly mini-group lessons in classes of up to 6. Your additional lessons will focus on exam-specific topics and techniques and will put you in an excellent position to pass your test with flying colours. This 4-week programme has set start dates based on available testing dates; after your course, you can even sit your exam at our Prenzlauer Berg school (test fee not included in programme price). You should have at least B2 starting ability to be eligible for this course.

Another language test which is recognised by German universities and employers, and which is a requirement for citizenship applications, is The European Language Certificate (telc). Our school’s telc Exam Preparation course consists of 36 lessons over 2 weeks and offers the ideal preparation for anyone planning to sit this test. Tuition is given at B1, B2, and C1 levels based on the exam you will take; your lessons will focus on general German, to ensure that your ability is at the right level, as well as practice papers and exam techniques. The course has set start dates based on available testing dates; after your course, you can sit your exam at our Prenzlauer Berg school (test fee not included in programme price).

A great way to improve your language knowledge and gain valuable life skills is to intern for a local company. Our Prenzlauer Berg school offers a work experience package which consists of at least 4 weeks of language tuition followed by an internship of 6 or more weeks in your desired industry. You’ll receive guidance and assistance during the application process, and can even attend free evening classes at the school once your placement has started. This package is available to students over 18 with B1 or higher German ability; please note that internships are unpaid. Feel free to contact us for more information about this package or available industries.

This school also offers a wide range of immersive summer camps for teenagers and young students. Please see below for more details.

On your first day, you should arrive at the school at 08:45. After registering, you will sit written and oral level tests to determine your German ability. These tests are used to place you in the most appropriate group for your starting level, which will give you the best opportunity to improve your language skills - regardless of how much previous experience you have or how long you study for. Your classes will begin at 10:00 on your first day to allow for this testing.

After class, you can take part in the school’s activity programme. At the end of your course, you’ll receive a certificate of achievement which can be used to demonstrate the German ability level you have reached during your time at the school.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Contact us today to see if we can arrange a bespoke package for you!

Accommodation

Available accommodation

  • Host Family
  • On Site Residence
  • Shared Apartment
  • Student Residence Plus
  • Studio Apartment

For maximum language immersion, we recommend that you stay with a local homestay host during your time in Berlin. Hosts are all native German speakers, so when you select this option you’ll be able to continue learning and using the language even outside the classroom. Our hosts live up to 55 minutes from the school by public transport; they offer private single or twin* bedrooms and access to the home’s communal spaces, including the lounge and bathroom(s). This option is available on the following meal packages: self-catering, including kitchen access for cooking your meals; breakfast-included, without kitchen access; half-board (breakfast and dinner), without kitchen access. We highly recommend the half-board option as it is not only cost-effective but also gives you guaranteed social time with your host(s) in the evening, thus maximum language exposure. If you prefer, it is possible to take your evening meal at the school’s on-site restaurant for the duration of your stay. Whichever option you select, bed linens and towels will be provided by your host(s) and changed regularly; your host(s) will either do your laundry for you or let you use the home’s facilities once a week. Most hosts offer Wi-Fi access, but you should let this know at the time of booking if this is a requirement for you. You will have your own key to come and go as you please, but you must respect house rules and schedules.

If you prefer to stay with other students during your time in Berlin, then select shared apartment lodging. You’ll have a private single or twin* bedroom in an apartment shared with up to 6 other students, and have access to the communal spaces including the kitchen, lounge, and bathroom(s). This option includes breakfast each day at the school, though it is possible to upgrade to a half-board or full-board meal package if you prefer. Shared apartment lodging offers a highly social environment that’s ideal for students aged 18 - 30 who want to meet other language students from around the world. Bed linens and towels are included; you’ll be responsible for doing your laundry and can use the apartment’s facilities to do this. All apartments have free Wi-Fi access. Apartments are located up to 30 minutes from the school by public transport; you’ll be placed based on availability at the time of booking, so we cannot guarantee the location of your lodging. Please note that this type of accommodation incurs a €30 per month cleaning charge; a €200 security deposit is payable on arrival and will be returned to you on departure providing your space is left in a suitable condition.

For a higher standard of social lodging, select a studio in the school’s student residence. These on-campus apartments are suitable for one or two people* and have fully equipped kitchenettes and private bathrooms. As standard the rooms are booked on a self-catering basis, though, though you can upgrade to a half-board or full-board meal package if you prefer. Bed linens and towels are included and changed regularly; coin-operated laundry facilities are available on-site for personal use. The building has a 24-hour reception desk manned by staff who are on-hand to provide assistance or advise on what to do during your stay. A €200 security deposit is payable on arrival and will be returned to you on departure providing your studio is left in a suitable condition.

Maximum comfort is available in the residence plus option, which offers high-quality rooms in the campus’ spectacular hotel complex. Rooms here have a private bathroom and added amenities including a television, a fridge, and a coffee-maker. As standard the rooms are booked on a self-catering basis, though you can upgrade to a half-board or full-board meal package if you prefer. The hotel has a bar with a lovely terraced area, a fine-dining restaurant, and even its own swimming pool, a vestige from the building’s original function as a public bathhouse. Wi-Fi is available throughout. Bed linens and towels are included and changed regularly; there is a coin-operated laundrette on site for students’ use. A €200 security deposit is payable on arrival and will be returned to you on departure providing your room is left in a suitable condition.

If you’re looking for total independence at the best price, our school’s studio apartments will be perfect for you. Located in a modern student residence around 30 minutes from the school by U-Bahn, these studios have fully equipped kitchenettes, their own private bathrooms, televisions, and Wi-Fi access. The residence complex is mainly used by Berlin university students, so this option offers ample opportunities for interaction with local German speakers. Bed linens and towels are included and changed regularly; you can use the coin-operated laundry facilities on site to wash your clothes. This type of accommodation incurs a €30 per month cleaning fee.

*Twin rooms and studios are only available to students travelling together. If you select a shared room or a double-occupancy studio but are travelling alone, you will be swapped to a single room.

Activities

After class, you can take part in our school’s selection of social and cultural activities, which take place in the afternoons, evenings, and at weekends. These activities will teach you about German history and culture and give you hands-on experience of life in Berlin. All activities are held in German, so they have the added benefit of maintaining your language immersion and allowing you to put your newly developed skills into practice in real-life scenarios.

Many activities are available free of charge, though some may incur an additional fee to cover entrance and/or transportation costs. The exact schedule changes throughout the year but may include:

- Guided tours around the city
- Visits to popular attractions such as Museum Island, Tiergarten Park, and Berlin Cathedral, amongst others
- Drinks and/or meals with your class
- Group games and sports
- History or culture seminars
- German film screenings
- Trips to music concerts, plays, or dance shows
- Half- and full-day excursions to other cities, such as Potsdam, Dresden, or Hamburg
- Plus seasonal activities available in the city

How to get there

The capital has two international airports: Berlin Tegel and Berlin Schönefeld. Both are within a 30-minute drive of the city and both are accessible from many worldwide locations.

You can take advantage of the school’s private transfer service on arrival at Schönefeld Airport. If you select this service, a driver will be waiting for you when you land and will take you directly to your accommodation. If you select this service on departure as well, you will be collected from your accommodation and taken back to the airport in time for your departing flight. You are welcome to make your own way to your lodging if you prefer. Please note that transfer services are not available from Berlin Tegel Airport.

You should arrange to arrive in Berlin on the Sunday before your course starts and to depart on the Saturday after it finishes. We may be able to arrange extra nights on arrival and/or departure for you if needed.


Location of our school in Berlin (Campus)

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

Student reviews & feedback

Great course pitched at the right level with generally good tutors. Course requires additional work and although nobody shouts at you if you dont do it, without doing the homework you quickly get left behind. A mixed bunch of students with mixed abilities even though a language assessment had been done in advance. Admin of the courses and admin staff all wonderful.

On campus accommodation was outstanding. Fantastic location, comfortable and convenient with a great breakfast, access to laundry and a nice setting. Couldnt have asked for more.

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I really enjoyed my time at the school and I plan to go back at the start of july.

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The course was excellent, the teachers super friendly and patient. As complete beginner it was at the right level, challenging enough and fun at the same time.

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I very much enjoyed my week's German course in Berlin. The two teachers for my class (Gudrun and Nina) were both excellent and I was able to brush up my German very satisfactorily. The school facilities e.g. canteen were very good.

My host Elvira Hertel made me very welcome and cooked excellent meals, while my room was very comfortable. I was able to have many interesting conversations with Elvira.

Everything ran very smoothly and I would highly recommend Apple Languages.

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Before starting the course, Apple Languages has been incredibly friendly and helpful in rearranging the date of my course. With staff helping to reorganise my stay at short notice, I would recommend them to anyone! After arriving at the school, the teachers were incredibly good at teaching the grammar and vocab as well!

The accommodation was satisfactory overall. With high-quality facilities, it was nice to live in.

Overall a very good experience!

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Teaching of very good quality & the accommodation was excellent.

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Evaluation of the German course by the language school in Berlin [Prenzlauerberg]: I was lucky to take a German language course in Berlin from 18th July till 5th August 2016. To cut a long story short: I absolutely recommend this school.

I had 3 classes a day 90 minutes each: 2 group classes and 1 private class. Hence I had 3 teachers and, although each of them seemed to specialise in something else (vocabulary, grammar or culture), their cooperation was so smooth that I got the impression that they had agreed upon the curriculum of the whole group. This is even more surprising taking into consideration the fact, that the participants of the group were bound to change every Monday as the minimum length of the course is a week and participants take a week, a two-week or a tree-week course according to their possibilities. Surprisingly, the teachers manage to be both flexible and focused on their and their students’ goal.

Since I took level C1 course, all the participants were motivated and contributed to each other’s success. The atmosphere in the class was excellent. All classes contained a healthy mix of listening and talking (with an option of written homework), consolidating the matter already studied and learning a new one. Likewise, the subjects varied but were always topical and encouraged discussions. This was fostered not only by the creative approach of the teachers, but also by perfect organisation and infrastructure. The school has a number of buildings (including accommodation), a reception open almost around the clock, a cafeteria where one can have a proper meal and a restaurant. Many classrooms are equipped with Smart Boards that can be used as computer screens allowing for an access to the internet. At the same time one can write on them or select and shift the words written around, arranging them in an order requested. A password-protected wifi connection is also available to the students.

Apart from that, the school also has a library and organises sight-seeing visits and tours in Berlin and to other cities, as well as nature outings. Likewise, there are lectures on, for example, German history, art or cinema on offer. They are given by the teachers of the school who are prepared to provide linguistic explanations if needed. I am grateful to my inspiring teachers Jana, Thomas and Petra and to the speaker on German cinema, Gudrun, and on the German art and literature, Petra again. Thanks to them, German for me is not only the language of precision, but also of passion and of joie de vivre. I also appreciate the Glühwein offered by our guides Bennet and Stephanie after what turned out to be a very wet canoe trip in Spreewald.

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I thought it was very well planned and managed. As for the teachers, they too were excellent; very patient and very skillful at adapting to the level of their class.

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It was great to learn from native speakers in their own country.

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I loved the location and the accomodations.

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It was really good to be back in school to learn German. teachers were great, Unlike on secondary school in the past learning German was fun.

Living and learnig on the campus in Berlin Prenzlauerberg was an amazing experience. An excellent room, good breakfast and only 3 minutes to the classroom

Thanks for organising my stay in Berlin

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The course was expertly delivered. Both my tutors were highly talented teachers. The whole school was very friendly and easy to use.

Accommodation was clean warm and very welcoming. I was made to feel at home and was invited to use all of the amenities.

I will definitely use this means of learning again and will highly recommend it.

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Very good course. starting from zero, in only a month I was able to speak enough german to accomplish my daily routine without problems and to enjoy simple conversation

The school was very well organized, the course was appropriate to my level and the teachers were very good. The course was good value for money.

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The teachers and support staff were beyond excellent. They were innovative, friendly, and just plain great teachers. truly learned German and by the end of my two weeks I could converse in German in every day situations. Loved the course, the students, and the instructors. First class!!

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The course was methodical and well structured. Was happy with this. The host was very friendly and made excellent meals.

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Nationality (%)


Brasil (3)
Czech republic (4)
France (4)
Italy (14)
Mexico (5)
Norway (8)
Spain (4)
Switzerland (3)
Uk (7)
Usa (4)

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