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Learn German in Zürich
Zürich is a city that will capture your imagination! Journey back in time with a walk through the ‘Altstadt’ (Old Town), where the Limmat river flows peacefully past cafés and centuries-old churches. Browse chic shops along cobbled streets, before sampling all manner of nightlife, from boisterous beer-halls to laid-back jazz lounges. Venture into the snow-capped Swiss Alps for world-class winter sports, or simply to soak up Switzerland’s utterly unspoilt landscapes.
You’ll find plenty to do whilst you learn German in Zürich, and plenty of friendly locals to practice your language skills with! Lapped by the waters of Lake Zürich, the city is located in the northern, German-speaking region of Switzerland. A short trip north will take you across the German border and into the beautiful Black Forest, whilst historic Austria lies just to the east. Zürich is not only a great place to learn German, but also the perfect base for exploring Europe!
Our school in Zurich
If you want to learn German in Zürich, our language school in Seefeld is the perfect place to do so! The facility is located just 10 minutes’ walk from the central Old Town district and is within easy reach of some of the city’s best attractions, including the famous Opernhaus, the Johann Jacobs Art Museum, and the University Botanical Gardens. Around 15 minutes away you’ll find the Zürichhorn, a lovely public park overlooking the waters of the Zürichsee. The park has its own modern art museum, a Chinese Garden, open-air public baths, various art installations, and a restaurant, so it makes for an excellent day out! Other nearby attractions include the Kulturama, an interesting museum dedicated to the history of life on Earth, and various historical houses including the Hagmann Villa.
The language centre has 9 modern classrooms and a student lounge with drinks machines, allowing you to get refreshments between lessons without needing to leave the building. You can use the facility’s student computers to complete your schoolwork or catch up with friends and family back at home. You can borrow German books, board games, and DVDs from reception - these won’t just be entertaining; they’ll help to supplement your classroom learning as well. The school also has a television room for watching German films.
This language centre is a member of Eaquals, a global organisation committed to maintaining high standards of language tuition in all its member schools. Being so close to the city’s main cultural centre, this facility is ideally placed to offer an immersive Swiss-German experience. Its proximity to local public transport links means you can easily explore this vibrant city after your lessons have finished.
Courses in Zurich
- Intensive (20)
- Intensive + Private Lessons (25)
- Super Intensive (30)
- Private Lessons (20)
- Academic Year (20)
- Semi-Intensive (10)
- Super Intensive Academic Year (30)
The Intensive course of 20 group lessons each week is the most common course selected at this school. Classes take place in the morning from 09:00 to 12:15 Monday to Friday. Groups are organised according to students’ starting ability level, which ensures that no one is left behind. Each class has a maximum of just 12 participants, allowing each pupil to benefit from highly personalised attention from the teacher.
For a less rigorous course, you can select the Semi-intensive programme of 10 group lessons per week, which take place between 13:15 and 14:45 each weekday; this type of course is ideal for those looking to have as much free time as possible alongside their tuition. If you want to develop your language skills quickly, a Super-intensive course of 30 group lessons per week is available; the additional 10 sessions follow-on from the skills and techniques covered in the Intensive programme. Lessons on the Super-intensive course take place between 09:00 and 14:45 (includes a 1-hour lunch break at 12:15).
Please note: if you have no previous experience with German, you will need to start your course on a specific date - contact us for available start dates for beginners.
If you think you may need extra support with your studies, or if you want to cover specific topics during your course, we recommend that you book private tuition. You can book 10, 20, 30, 40, or 50 one-to-one lessons per week, depending on how much progress you’d like to make during your time at the school. Since you’ll have the undivided attention of the teacher, you’ll receive bespoke tuition and get lots of language practice.
Though private lessons are extremely beneficial in terms of language progression, they’re not for everyone. Fortunately, you can combine the best parts of both programmes with an Intensive + Private package! You can add 5 one-to-one classes per week to your core Intensive course; this allows you to make significant progress whilst still being able to experience the social side of a group language course.
If you’d like to gain a German-language qualification that’s recognised around the world, you should book the school’s Goethe exam preparation course. This 12-week programme will give you the best possible chance of passing your examination with flying colours. You’ll attend the core Intensive 20 course in the mornings to improve your general language skills, and then have 10 mini-group sessions between 13:15 and 14:45 focusing on exam-specific vocabulary and techniques. Our colleagues at the school will also be happy to help you schedule your test after your course has finished. Please note that the exam fee is not included in the course price.
On the first day of lessons, you should arrive at the school at 08:45. You will have already submitted a level test prior to arrival, which is used to assess your starting language ability and place you in a group that’s most suitable for that skill level. This provides students with the best possible opportunity to improve their German knowledge, regardless of their starting level. You will have a short oral assessment on your first day to verify the results of the written test.
In the afternoon/evening, you will have the opportunity to take part in the school’s activity programme. At the end of your course, you’ll receive a certificate of achievement. This can be used to demonstrate the language 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!
- Host Family
- Host Family Plus
This school works with a range of friendly and experienced homestay hosts, who are all native German speakers living in the city. Staying with a host allows you to practice your language skills and continue to learn even when you’re outside the classroom. You’ll have a single or twin* bedroom and receive 1 or 2 meals per day as part of your accommodation package (breakfast and dinner). In standard homestay lodging, you’ll share the living and bathroom facilities with your host(s) and any other students living in the home. If you prefer a higher standard of lodging with more privacy, you can select an executive host and have your own private bathroom, as well as access to extra facilities like a television in your bedroom (exact details vary from host to host).
Whichever type of host you choose, you’ll have Wi-Fi access and a key so you can come and go as you please, though you should respect house rules and schedules. Bed linens and towels are included; your host(s) will either wash your clothes once a week or allow you to do this yourself using the home’s facilities.
We may also be able to arrange lodging in a local hotel for you. Available hotels vary depending on availability - please contact us if you are interested in exploring this option.
All accommodation is available from the Sunday before your course starts until the Saturday after your course finishes. We may be able to arrange extra nights in your accommodation for you if needed - please contact us about this prior to making your booking.
*Twin rooms are only available to students travelling together.
To complement your classroom learning with fun and educational experiences, our school offers a range of social and cultural activities. These activities usually take place in the afternoon or evening and are conducted in German, allowing you to maintain your language immersion. Between June and September, activities are organised once a week; for the rest of the year, activities take place every two weeks.
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 walking tours of the city
- Visits to local museums and/or art galleries
- Boat trips on the Zürichsee
- Group games and/or sports
- German film screenings
- Group meals and/or drinks
- Local food- and drinks-tasting sessions
- Plus seasonal activities available in the city
How to get there
Zürich Airport is around a 20-minute drive from the city centre and is easily accessible from many European locations.
From here, you can either take public transport to your accommodation or we can arrange an airport transfer service for you for an additional charge. If you book 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 lodging on your last day and taken back to the airport in time for your departing flight.
You should arrange to arrive in Zürich on the Sunday before your course starts and depart on the Saturday after your programme finishes. We may be able to arrange extra nights on arrival and/or departure for you if needed.
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