Situated on both sides of the River Main, in southwest Germany, the town of Aschaffenburg is only 40 kilometres from Frankfurt am Main and hence extremely conveniently located and easy to reach! The town is also popular amongst our Young Students for studying German, as the summer months are generally warm, dry and sunny.
The town's most striking attraction, considered by many as its landmark, is the Johannisburg Castle, also home to the State Gallery with a famous collection of paintings. The castle is described as the most beautiful Renaissance palace in central Europe. The east tower of the castle contains 48 bells that ring 3 times a day! The charming historical old town of Aschaffenburg spreads out from the castle and is filled with many traditional German restaurants, cosy cafés and taverns. The school is located in the centre of town and caters for all students aged 12-16years old, who already have some prior knowledge of the German language. Unfortunately, complete beginner students of German cannot attend this programme.
Courses in Aschaffenburg
The Young Student's programme is available in June and July every year and consists of 20 general German classes each week, in addition to a wide range of afternoon and evening activities, visits and excursions. The classes take place in the mornings, from 09.00 hours to 12.30 hours and each lesson is 45 minutes in duration. All students will be placed into exactly the right groups according to their German level and the results of the placement test on arrival. Each class has 10-12 students on average, with a maximum of 15 students per group.
The school's highly qualified and experienced native German teachers offer our youngsters and teenagers a balance between a thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing holiday on the one hand, with a tailor-made programme of language lessons on the other. The classes are particularly designed with the needs and requirements of young students in mind, incorporating the most up-to-date teaching methods and materials. There is a communicative approach to learning German, in order to encourage the students to speak as much as possible, thereby getting plenty of practise and gaining confidence. All aspects of the language are covered and can be applied to real-life situations, when the students are out and about, taking part in all of the activities on offer and discovering the town and its surroundings.
Studying German in Aschaffenburg offers a total-immersion language experience, giving you the chance to practise your German language skills not only in the classrooms and during the activities programme, but in your accommodation as well. The school provides accommodation with carefully selected German host families, ensuring a warm and welcoming environment in a home-away-from-home! Students will stay in shared rooms with another student from the school, although single rooms can also be requested at an extra cost. Full-board accommodation means that 3 meals per day are included in the fees and students will be provided with a packed lunch on excursion days. All of the host families live relatively close to the town centre, in quiet and safe neighbourhoods, or in nearby villages.
The security and the safety of our students is of utmost priority. The summer course provides a high level of supervision, appropriate for students of this age group, in a safe and friendly town. Members of the school staff accompany the students for all of the activities and excursions and all students are expected to take part. During time spent with the host families, the students may be able to go out to socialise and meet friends, providing that the curfews are agreed on with their parents, in advance of the start of the programme.
Aschaffenburg offers youngsters and teenagers a huge choice of free-time leisure activities, sightseeing possibilities and sports. The school's programme of cultural activities takes up four afternoons each week and includes a sightseeing tour of the town, as well as many sports activities such as swimming in the outdoor pool, bowling and mini-golf and of course, a tour of the Johannisburg Castle and gardens! There are boat trips, walking tours and visits to a wildlife park with climbing trail. Excursions are organised to Heigenbrücken in the Spessart forest, to Frankfurt Zoo, to Würzburg castle, Wiesbaden and to the medieval town of Seligenstadt, to name just a few examples! Sundays are usually reserved for spending time with the host family.
If you would like to improve your German skills during the summer holiday and you are aged between 12 and 16 years, then this total-immersion package is perfect for you!
How to get there
Arrival and departure transfers can be booked from/to Frankfurt-am-Main airport. Please note that these are not included in the fees.