German is the most widely spoken native language in Europe, and is the official language not only in Germany itself, but also in Austria and Liechtenstein. It is also one of the official languages in both Switzerland and Luxembourg. By learning German in a country where the language is spoken, you will be giving yourself the opportunity to immerse yourself in the language, and therefore make the maximum progression possible in the time available! We offer the opportunity to learn German on a total immersion course, in a wide range of locations throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland!
At Language Courses Abroad, we have a great deal of experience not only in arranging courses for students, but also in studying languages ourselves! Our experience means that we understand what students are looking for in a language course, and we make sure that all our schools meet the high standards that we expect for our students. All teachers at our German language schools are native speakers, and are very highly qualified, with both a university degree and a qualification in teaching German as a foreign language. All our schools offer small group sizes, use modern teaching techniques, and offer professional student care.
You can choose to learn German at our schools in Germany, Austria or Switzerland! We have selected the best schools in each location and know them all very well. Whether you wish to combine your German course with skiing in the picturesque alpine town of Kitzbuhel, experience Oktoberfest in cultural Munich, or explore the historical and cosmopolitan capital city, Berlin, we have a location and school perfect for you! If you are unsure as to which school and location will best suit your requirements, please just contact us!
You could choose to learn German in its coolest city, Berlin. This historic capital not only offers museums and monuments, but is also at the cutting edge of art, with some of Europe’s best nightlife to boot! Alternatively, seek out tradition in the Bavarian capital of Munich, or try a smaller location, such as Radolfzell or Lindau, to get closer to the locals.
Our two schools in Austria could not be in two more different locations. Vienna, one of the German-speaking world’s greatest cultural centres is famous for musical maestros and café culture, whereas Kitzbuhel is a paradise for skiers and snowboarders.
Affluent Zurich is one of the most important cities in global finance and is world-renowned for the high quality of life it offers. This is not just a city of banks, however, as there is a charming old town, as well as a wealth of museums and art galleries to discover.
With our wide range of courses, there should certainly be an option to suit you. All students with previous experience of learning German will take a level test on arrival at the school, to make sure that groups are formed only of students with a similar level. Of course, if you are a complete beginner, you do not need to take this level test, although please note that many schools do have specific start dates for beginners.
Group courses are, in general, suitable for most students. These courses work on improving the overall level of German. The only difference between the ‘Semi-Intensive’, ‘Intensive’ and ‘Super-Intensive’ courses is the number of lessons per week. Most students find the ‘Intensive’ course offers the best balance between lessons and free time, but the choice of course really is subject to personal preferences and goals.
Private lessons are generally a very flexible option which allows students to tailor the content to meet their own, very specialised requirements. These private lessons can either be taken in addition to group lessons, or as a separate course completely.
There are many reasons to learn German, but if you do require the language for your work and already have at least an ‘intermediate’ level, you may like to consider a ‘Business German’ course, or even a period of ‘Work Experience’ after your course. We also offer specialist courses for non-native teachers of German, which are intended to improve the overall level and also look at the methodology of teaching German as a foreign language.
There are also a range of ‘special interest’ courses which usually involve some additional activity sessions, such as dance/music, water sports or winter sports.
All the courses mentioned above are suitable for all adult students aged 18 years and over. If you are under the age of 18 years, we offer special courses where you can study exclusively with students of a similar age. These programmes include German lessons, activities and a high level of supervision.
As well as your German course, we can also arrange accommodation for you throughout the duration of your course. In most cases, the accommodation will start from the Sunday before your course starts until the Saturday after the course finishes.
Most of our schools offer host family accommodation as this is the best option linguistically. However, if you prefer to stay with other students, you may prefer to stay in a shared apartment or student residence.
Some locations also offer studio apartment accommodation, which is the most private, independent accommodation option.