The impressive city of Cologne is the fourth largest city in Germany, located in western Germany, on the river Rhine. Home to much of Germany's tourism, Cologne has a certain flair and a neighbourhood atmosphere, which sets it apart from other German cities. Our Young Students will find a fascinating and liberal city, of proud and warm-hearted citizens who welcome visitors and students from all corners of the world. The city offers numerous excellent museums and galleries, hosts many international trade fairs as well as annual music festivals and carnivals.
The school is located in the centre of the city and has over 40 years of experience in teaching German to international students from all over the world. There are 7 modern and well-equipped classrooms. The school's teachers are all native German speakers with college degrees and teaching qualifications in German as a foreign language.
Courses in Cologne
The German Summer Course for Teenagers in Cologne consists of 20 language classes each week, combined with a fantastic programme of social and cultural activities and full-board accommodation with a German host family. This programme is not suitable for complete beginners of German, however, all students aged 14 to 17 years old with some previous German knowledge (one or two years in school for example) can attend this course, during the summer months, for a duration of 1 to 4 weeks. Please contact us for further details of specific start dates.
You will cover all aspects of the German language, in classes of maximum 15 students per group. The teaching methods are modern and dynamic, with a focus on improving your communication skills, so that you have the confidence to speak German in a variety of different situations. The full immersion nature of this programme means that your language skills will improve much faster than you might expect!
Accommodation is provided in a shared room with a German host family. The hosts all live a maximum of 45 minutes travelling distance from the school, for which a local transport pass is included in the programme fees. Your host family will help you on the first day to get to know the easiest and fastest way to reach the school from your accommodation. Students receive 3 meals per day, with a packed lunch on excursion days. Single rooms are also available with the host families and can be booked at an additional cost. All of the families are reviewed by the school staff on a regular basis, guaranteeing an open, relaxing and friendly environment, where you will soon feel at home. Please let us know of any dietary requirements or allergies at the time of your booking.
The language course offers a high level of personal attention in tailor-made classes for students of this age group. The school's fully qualified native German teachers are enthusiastic and helpful, offering daily support to all students in the school. All of the activities are fully supervised and there is a member of staff guiding all excursions and visits to places of interest in and around the city.
In addition to tuition, there are 4 cultural activities every week included in the course, as well as one weekend excursion. There are welcome activities every Monday with a get-together in the Volksgarten. The school also organises city tours of Cologne, and visits to places of interest, such as to the city's museums and to the world-famous cathedral, which took 632 years to build! There are sports sessions in climbing and swimming, as well as beach volleyball or football on Blackfoot beach, a resort located just outside the city centre, next to the Fuehlinger Lake. There are full-day excursions at the weekends to various cultural highlights in Cologne's beautiful surrounding countryside.
This programme is ideal for young adults between the ages of 14 and 17 years old who are learning German and who are looking to do something different during the summer holiday, without their parents or the rest of the family! The programme offers students the chance to make many new international friends, to improve their language skills, develop their confidence and to explore the vibrant city of Cologne.
How to get there
Students who make their way to the city centre will be met by their host families on arrival at the train station in Cologne and returned to the train station on their departure. This transfer service is included in the programme fees. Alternatively, you can book airport transfer service from Cologne airport to your accommodation directly, however, this will incur an additional fee.