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German summer school, Vienna(12-17)
Our German summer school in Vienna is open to students of any nationality aged 12 to 17. It’s perfect for teenagers who want a highly social experience that will improve their German knowledge and give them the opportunity to put their language skills into practice in real-life scenarios. Students learn and lodge on-site in a stunning Neoclassical building in the city centre, so they’re perfectly placed to soak up Austrian culture.
20 or 30 German lessons per week + activities and excursions* + full-board accommodation in the secure on-site residence. Juniors stay in triple/quad bedrooms or 6-bed dormitories with other international students of similar ages and the same gender. The smaller bedrooms include beds, storage space, study areas, and en-suite showers; the larger dormitories have storage space and study areas. Shower and toilet facilities are available on each floor (students booking dormitory lodging will use the shared showers). Meals are served in the on-site cafeteria, which offers a variety of healthy dishes and can cater to special diets (e.g. vegan, vegetarian, halal, etc.). Bed linens are provided by the school and changed weekly; towels are not provided, so students should bring their own. Rooms and dormitories are cleaned weekly, though students are responsible for keeping their space tidy. A day programme (consisting of lessons, lunch, and activities) can be booked for those who don’t need accommodation.
Two course types are available at this school: Intensive (20) and Super-intensive (30). Core Intensive lessons take place in the morning between 09:00 and 12:15. The additional 10 lessons on the Super-intensive programme take place in the afternoon and follow on from the core classes, covering the same topics and using the same materials. There is a maximum of 15 pupils in each group, which guarantees that all students get plenty of language practice. Course materials can be borrowed or purchased on-site. Each student will receive a certificate at the end of their stay, which can be used to demonstrate the ability level they have achieved during their time at the school.
Activities are included in the programme price and arranged around the lesson schedule. All activities are conducted in German, giving students extra language exposure and practice. These activities - provided by school staff members - are designed to be fun and age-appropriate. Our young students are kept busy with a daily schedule of activities, which could include:
- Sightseeing tours around the city
- Craft workshops
- Disco evenings
- Sports and group games
- Theatre groups
- German film screenings
- Viennese Waltz lessons
- Evening parties and/or barbecues
*Optional extras available for an additional fee include:
- Tennis lessons
- Trips to the theatre or the opera to see a show
- Visits to attractions like the Art History Museum or Schönbrunn Zoo
- Full-day excursions to locations such as Salzburg, Hinterbrühl Grotto, Danube Valley, and Salzburg
Did you know? Parents can arrange adult courses for themselves at our Vienna school, while juniors enjoy their specialised programme in the teenagers’ school around 20 minutes’ walk away.
This course is suitable for students of any nationality aged 12 - 17. The programme is provided at all levels, from complete beginner right up to advanced. Tuition focuses on a range of skills, including grammatical fundamentals, practical communication, and language comprehension. Dynamic classroom activities help to strengthen students’ spoken ability and develop their cultural understanding of the German-speaking world.
Start Dates: 6th July - 7th August 2020**
**Complete beginners should start their course on either 6th or 20th July. All other start dates are unsuitable for students with no German language experience.
This programme allows young students to learn German and experience a study-abroad programme under the careful guidance of school staff members. Those looking for more independence may prefer the 16 - 19 residential camp.
Lessons for juniors take place in a striking 4-storey Neoclassical building used specifically for our teenagers’ summer camp. The school is located in Wieden, a popular and contemporary district that’s packed with indie coffee shops, interesting art galleries, and multi-cultural eateries, all giving a taste of modern, multicultural Vienna. This lively, youthful area is ideal for young students, but it’s also just 20 minutes’ walk from the historic Innere Stadt (central district/’Old Town’) and its myriad cultural sites. The Museumsquartier, Stadtpark, and the famous Naschmarkt food market are all within easy reach of the school, while the iconic Schloss Belvedere Palace complex and the neighbouring University Botanical Gardens are just a few blocks away.
The school building used to be a private school, so it’s perfectly equipped to cater to young students’ needs. It boasts a self-contained campus with an extensive accommodation wing, a self-serve restaurant and dining hall, and large grounds with sports facilities including a football pitch and volleyball and tennis courts. School staff members lodge in the residence themselves, so they are always on-hand to provide assistance and guidance to our young students.
Our Viennese language centre has been offering German courses to juniors for over 30 years, so it has plenty of experience providing immersive tuition to young students of all abilities and backgrounds. As a member of the International Association of Language Centres (IALC) and Campus Austria, the school is committed to ensuring that its language instruction is of the highest quality. Its central location in one of Europe’s most interesting cities makes this school popular with students from around the world.
Vienna has long held the title of one of the most important cities in Europe. Often called the City of Dreams, it is widely considered to be a cradle of Western culture and has been home to some of the most prominent artistic names and scientific minds in history. Today, it is a vibrant city that combines high-brow sophistication with an energetic alternative music scene and an exciting variety of cosmopolitan cuisines. Its lovely city-centre parks are green oases that provide respite from the hubbub of modern urban life, while its many historic palaces provide insight into the lives of some of the most powerful members of European aristocracy. The wide range of interesting stores and malls are a haven for shopaholics, and attractions like the Riesenrad ferris wheel and the Schönbrunn Zoo provide hours of fun. With so many exciting attractions, it’s impossible to be bored here.
Once a key Roman military camp, the city went on to become the capital of both the Holy Roman Empire and the extensive Austro-Hungarian Empire. In modern times, Vienna has held the top spot for ‘most-liveable city’ on Mercer’s Quality of Living survey for 9 years running, so it’s no wonder that the city attracts almost 7 million tourists a year! Most of the main attractions are found in Innere Stadt - Vienna’s central Old Town - and the districts that surround it. Culture-vultures can walk the 60,000 square metres of exhibition space in the MuseumsQuartier, a cluster of 9 museums whose collections are famed throughout the world. The area between the museums is a popular hang-out for Viennese youths, so it’s a great place to practice German! Near here is Burggasse, the stomping ground of Vienna’s creatives; it’s easy to get lost in the cool cafés and independent thrift stores here. In Wieden is the Naschmarkt, the city’s largest fresh food market. This now-permanent fixture has existed since the 1500s and offers vegetables, fruits, and spices, as well as furniture and clothes at weekends. The area is also full of small art galleries and craft shops, as well as colourful architecture designed by Art Nouveau virtuoso Otto Wagner.
Vienna is an interesting and multi-faceted metropolis that promises entertainment and education aplenty. With warm summers and a safe, pedestrianised centre, it’s an ideal location for young students to study. At our summer camp they can experience life in another country, learn another language, and make friends with other teenagers from around the world.
How to get there
Vienna International Airport is around 30 minutes’ drive from the city centre and is easily accessible from many worldwide locations.
From here, students can take public transport to their lodging or they can book an airport transfer service. If they select the transfer service, they will be collected on arrival at the airport and taken straight to their accommodation. If they select this service on departure as well, students will be collected from their accommodation and taken to the airport in time for their departing flight.
If your airline requires that you arrange an Unaccompanied Minors’ Service (UMS), our school can make the necessary arrangements for an additional fee. Please contact us about this before making your booking.
Teenagers should plan to arrive in Vienna on the Sunday before their lessons start and leave on the Saturday after their lessons finish. We may be able to organise additional nights on arrival and/or departure to fit in with students’ travel plans.