Learn German in Freiburg
Learn German in Freiburg, a renowned ‘eco-city’ that serves as the gateway to the Black Forest.
Our school in Freiburg
Just a short walk from the city’s main square, Munsterplatz, and very close to the university, our school is perfectly located as a base to explore the city. Close by you will find plenty of shops and restaurants and you can even buy delicious meals on a budget at the university’s restaurant.
Your lessons will take place in one of the eight brightly lit classrooms and afterwards you will have plenty of opportunities to socialise with your fellow German language students, and also with local German people participating in other training courses in the same building.
The minimum age requirement at our school in Freiburg is 15 years, although the average age is usually 20-25 years. Having said that, we do take plenty of students either side of this age bracket and, as most students travel alone and have similar interests, we do usually find that everyone is very keen to get along and make friends. If you are aged 17 years and under you may like to consider one of our courses for young students, as this will allow you to learn German with students of a similar age to yourself!
Nestled on the edge of the Black Forest lies picturesque Freiburg im Breisgau, the perfect choice for your German language course. Germany’s sunniest city, Freiburg enjoys a semi-Mediterranean climate, allowing visitors to make the most of the spectacular surroundings. The city is encircled by a mix of rustic orchards, wooded mountains and scenic vineyards and is the perfect base for hikers, skiers, cyclists and mountain bikers. The locals are fiercely proud of the unspoiled environment surrounding their city and have worked hard to turn Freiburg into a truly ‘green’ city.
Aside from its natural attractions, Freiburg has a fascinating history that comes alive when walking through the streets of the old town. Home to one of Germany’s oldest universities (founded in the 15th Century), Freiburg combines its medieval roots with an animated, youthful atmosphere. As you meander through the streets, be sure to gaze up at the impressive Gothic Minster that dominates the city’s skyline and gives its name to the city’s main square, Munsterplatz. This is the focal point of the city and truly comes alive with the regular markets held here. Allow yourself to be guided by the famous Baechle (miniature canals) that have carried water from the river through the city centre for centuries. These man-made streams keep the air refreshed and local legend has it that if you fall or step into one of these, you will marry a Freiburger.
Courses in Freiburg
The most popular option that we offer in Freiburg is the ‘Intensive’ course, which consists of 20 group lessons per week. Lessons can be arranged 09:00-12:20 or 13:00-16:20 Monday to Friday (including a break of 20 minutes). The timetable will be confirmed once all students have arrived and have been placed into groups according to the result of their level test.
Most students prefer this course because it strikes the perfect balance between the amount of time spent in the classroom and the opportunity to explore the city and put what has been learnt into practical use.
The programme will help you to improve your overall level of German. However, if you need to focus on very specific aspects of the language, then the best option for you would be a course of private lessons. You can take private lessons by themselves or add some to a group course.
Our school in Freiburg also offers ‘Exam Preparation’ courses for students who wish to take the Start Deutsch 1 and 2, Zertifikat Deutsch and TELC Deutsch exams. Please contact us for further information on this.
All courses are taught in German by native speakers, all of whom are qualified to teach German as a foreign language.
To reinforce what you have learnt in the classroom, it is a good idea to practise speaking German with the locals as much as possible. This is why we always recommend host family accommodation as the best option for students who wish to make as much progress as they can in the time available to them.
You can choose to stay on a self-catering, bed and breakfast, half or full board basis. Bear in mind that the evening meal is the best time to sit down with your host(s) and have a conversation and so you may like to consider half board accommodation if you do wish to have plenty of contact with them. Please note that those staying on a self-catering basis will usually have the least amount of contact with their host(s), so this really is for those who wish to have more independence. This type of accommodation includes kitchen access, as does accommodation booked on a bed and breakfast basis.
Most hosts live in the suburbs with good transport links to the city centre. You should expect to travel 10-40 minutes by public transport to the school.
Do not worry if you will be travelling to Freiburg alone. Most of our students do so and this is one of the reasons that our colleagues offer regular activities, including the Stammtisch (or ‘regular’s table’), which is arranged every Tuesday year-round to help students get to know each other and the teachers in a warm and friendly setting.
During the busy summer months the school arranges something every day, with varied sports and cultural activities regularly included in the programme. The regularity of activities lessens during the quieter winter months, but if there is demand there are usually a couple of options proposed each week in addition to the Stammtisch. Please note that whilst some activities may be free of charge, others may incur a small additional charge, payable directly to the school or other activity provider.
How to get there
The closest airport to Freiburg is EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg which is 70km south of the city. From here you could take a taxi, bus or train (journey time is between 55 and 90 minutes). Alternatively, you could also fly into Baden-Baden Airport. Freiburg is also well-served by train connections to many German and European cities. Transfers can be arranged by special request.
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