Learn German: Language schools in Germany
Learn German with this list of German language courses and main language schools in Germany, or learn German online with this list of online German courses.
What is the best way to learn German? If you're looking to learn German while living in Germany, you will find many international and local language schools in the main German cities. You can also find many resources to learn German online without having to leave your couch.
There are many German language courses for beginner, intermediate and advanced language learners, with prices ranges depending on your choice of school and the German course level and intensity.
Here is a list of the main language schools in Germany, plus a list of language schools in Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart, as well as courses to learn German online. You can check if any top German universities offer German language courses, or see Expatica's listings of German language schools.
National language schools in Germany
Berlitz is an international language school with more than 470 centres in over 70 countries. The school has centres in most German cities. Individual and group lessons are available for both adults and children (7 to 17 year olds). Seminars are available for businesses upon request. The Berlitz language school also provides preparation courses for numerous internationally recognised language examinations.
Locations: Berlin, Dresden, Chemnitz, Leipzig, Hamburg, Rostock, Kiel, Nordestedt, Lubeck, Rendsburg, Flensburg, Bremen, Hanover, Dusseldorf, Braunschweirg, Dortmund, Munster, Cologne, Munich, Aachen, Bonn, Duisburg, Ratingen, Madgeburg, Wolfsburg, Bielefeld, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Freiburg and many others
The BWS Germanlingua language school offers a variety of German language courses including: general German, business German, exam preparation and English courses. BWS is a full member of the International Association of Language Centres. The school offers six different levels, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR) to determine which level is right for students. The standard German course is 20 hours a week and offers reading, writing, listening and speaking German in small groups. There is an average of 6-8 participants in a class with a maximum of 10 (12 in high season).
Locations: Berlin, Cologne and Munich
The Deutsche Akademie is a low priced, central and practical language school. Class sizes are between 5-10 students and you will have the opportunity to speak and learn German quickly. All teachers have academic qualifications, teaching experience and take real pleasure in teaching. Accommodation can also be organised through the language school. You will be assessed both orally and in written form using a 12-level course model for accurate assessment of the chosen German course.
Locations: Berlin, Hamburg and Munich
The did deutsch-institut is an award-winning languages school with four locations in Germany. Their branches are licensed test centers for the TestDaF — a university language examination required in order to be accepted to study at a German university. The structure of participants studying at the did deutsch-institutes has basically changed due to this licensing for the TestDaF. Major part of the students these days is made up of academic learners preparing for studying at a German university.
Locations: Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich
The EVOLANGUAGE school offers foreign language classes and German courses in six cities. Schools are opened throughout the year and students benefit from personal language solutions, qualified trainers, intensive language training, small class sizes and current teaching materials and methods. Programmes offered include group lessons, intensive language courses in mini-groups, individual classes, online courses, exam preparation courses, business language courses and language workshops with various topics.
Locations: Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart
FOKUS Language School
The school offers courses oriented towards children, business and professional customers, examination preparation and one to one courses. Prices are dependent on the course chosen and accommodation can also be included through the language school. The standard one-week course is EUR 200.
Locations: Augsburg, Berlin, Cologne, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Dresden, Essen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Karlsruhe, Leipzig, Magdeburg, Munich, Nuremburg, Regensburg, Rostock, Sttutgart and Vechta
The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, active worldwide. They promote the study of German abroad and within the country to encourage international cultural exchange. All courses include a varied and exciting cultural and leisure-time program, free access to our media resource centers, accommodation search service and the opportunity to take examinations. Students can choose from intensive, premium and special language courses for professionals during mornings, nights or even weekends.
Locations: Berlin, Bonn, Bremen, Dresden, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Gottingen, Hamburg, Heidelburg, Mannheim, Munich and Schwabish Hall
Linguarama Deutschland has been offering intensive German language courses in Germany since its formation in 1977. They have eight centres in Germany, all of which offer intensive German courses. Each Linguarama centre is ideally situated in terms of proximity to local companies and for visits to museums, art galleries and other places of historical and cultural interest. They offer three types of intensive programmes for people who need to develop rapidly their communication skills in German.
Locations: Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich and Stuttgart
Sprachschule Aktiv is located in the biggest German cities but also has branches in some smaller ones. They have a large network of freelance teachers all over the country for students interested in learning privately. Sprachschule Aktiv is a certified educational institution run in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and offers courses from A1 up to C2. Interested students could sign up for a free trial lesson on all courses.
Locations: Berlin, Frankfurt, Freising, Ingolstadt, Munich and Regensburg
Tandem Language School
The Tandem language school attaches great importance to creating a personal and relaxed learning environment. Participants practise all four language skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening and grammar is explained in such a way that it is easy to understand. There are 12 course levels to ensure accurate grading and small groups are taught in an interactive method with participants continuously encouraged to speak the target language.
Modern German course books are used, complemented by authentic texts. Courses include intensive summer courses and evening courses for business German. One to one sessions are also available. Accommodation can be arranged through the language school, which gives student the opportunity to stay with local families in city homes. There is an accommodation placement fee of EUR 40. The language school uses levels according to the Common European Framework of Reference.
Locations: Berlin, Bielefeld, Bremen, Cologne, Dresden, Frankfurt, Gottingen, Hamburg and Munich
Language schools in Berlin
Berlin Language School (BSS)
Tempelhofer Ufer 17, 10963 Berlin | +49 30 353 049 60 | www.bss-berlin.de
Motzstraße 5, 10777 Berlin (Schöneberg) | +49 30 216 445 9 | www.hartnackschule.de
Frankfurter Allee 40, 10247 Berlin | +49 30 275 898 55 | www.sprachenatelier-berlin.de
Language schools in Cologne
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Ring 24, 50672 Cologne | +49 22 195 518 6 | www.activlernen.de
Vogelsangerstrasse 61, 50823 Cologne | +49 22 179 004 204 | www.insulakoeln.com
Language schools in Frankfurt
Kaiserstr. 10, D-60311 Frankfurt | +49 69 230 020 | www.eloquia.com
Gartenstraße 6, 60594 Frankfurt | +49 696 109 1237 | www.sprachcaffe-frankfurt.com
Language schools in Düsseldorf
Grafenberger Allee 78–80m 40237Dusseldorf | +49 21 268 415 2 | www.sprachcaffe-duesseldorf.de
Language schools in Hamburg
Colón Language Center
Colonnaden 96, 20354 Hamburg | +49 40 345 850 | www.colon.de
Schanzenstr. 75, 20357 Hamburg | +49 40 850 503 2 | www.german-course.de
Language schools in Munich
Pettenkoferstr 44, 80336 Munich | +49 89 121 923 29 | www.wortland.com
Language schools in Stuttgart
Fritz-Elsas-Str. 60, 70174 Stuttgart | +49 71 194 571 739 | www.tricos-gbr.de
Learn German online: computer and online German courses
Most companies claim to have the best programme out there to learn German quickly and retain everything. However, since everyone learns differently, explore the teaching style used by the programme before you buy. Here are a few good language software titles.
- Tell Me More German
- Fluenz German
- Rosetta Stone German
- Instant Immersion German
- Living Language Platinum
- Hello-Hello World
- Pimsleur Comprehensive
- Transparent Language
Remember that some of these titles are pretty costly, ranging from EUR 30 up to EUR 150 or more. Those who would like to learn from the comfort of their own home can also check the following online German language schools:
Lingoda is an online language school founded in 2012 with the mission of making learning languages easier, more convenient and more affordable. This online school offers language courses with qualified native-speaking teachers. Students from all over the world are currently able to learn German, English, Spanish or French and earn language certificates.
Their private and group classes are available 24/7 and tailored to each student's needs, providing maximum flexibility and allowing teachers and language advisors to work closely with each student to reach the desired target.
Students can take a trial class for only EUR 0.99 and see for themselves the benefits of online language learning before booking any of the courses.
Useful websites for German lessons
Almost anything you can buy can be found on the Internet for free, so don’t be afraid to look around.
The BBC actually has a very innovative product that also includes audio files, a valuable asset when trying to learn a language. Another resource is Radio Lingua Network (radiolingua.com), which has some free content that will help you to learn the basics.
You may also want to buy pocket phrasebooks that will help you get around in the day-to-day grind. They won’t be great at in-depth grammar usage and explanations but they will definitely have useful phrases. It would also be good to have an electronic translator to carry around just in case – Google Translate and Word Reference are quite useful free apps that often give you an audio as well as written translation.
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