Spectacular little Lindau, on the Bavarian Riviera, lies on the eastern side of Lake Constance and is an inspiring location for your German summer course. The crossroads of the three largest German-speaking countries, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Lake Constance is the only area of Europe with no clearly defined state borders. Lindau, despite its proximity to Austria is a very typically German town, with a beautiful Altstadt which dates back to the medieval period.
On a clear day this pretty little town offers views of the Alps and it is this proximity to both mountains and lake that makes it a great location for those who love sports and the great outdoors! This programme, with its extensive range of activities, will help you to discover all that this plucky little town, and the dramatic landscape surrounding it, have to offer.
Our German school in Lindau is in the heart of the old town, on the island of Lindau, with magnificent views of Lake Constance and the Alps. The excellent facilities include modern classrooms, a library and a café with a lovely terrace.
This programme has been designed for teenagers who are learning German at school (and have done so for at least 1 year) who wish to improve their overall level of the language during their summer holidays. Taking a course in Germany allows for total immersion in the language, which will not only improve the general level but will also boost your speaking and listening skills. Your lessons will be in German from the very beginning and your group will consist of other students of a similar level to yourself. These groups will be formed after all students take a level test on arrival.
You will receive expert tuition from teachers who are all native German speakers and who are fully qualified in teaching German as a foreign language. Another important point is that teachers will be experienced in teaching teenagers and will make sure that you find your lessons engaging.
Your accommodation will be arranged from the Sunday before your course starts until the Saturday after your course finishes. Carefully selected host families will welcome you into their home and will provide you with three meals per day. You will share your room with another student of a similar age, but different native language. You will be encouraged to use German as your common language and your hosts will only speak to you in German. They will be kind, patient and encouraging and will have experience in hosting foreign students of your age. Your accommodation will be close to the school, within a maximum of 20 minutes.
Your host family could be a ‘traditional’ family, consisting of parents and children, or they may be an older couple or even a single lady, as it is often these hosts that have the space and time to accommodate students. The accommodation (and family) will have been assessed by the school before they started to work with them to make sure that it is suitable for students. Our colleagues then continue to visit host families, and ask students to complete feedback on their accommodation, to make sure that the standard is maintained.
Activities are offered every afternoon during the week, which will help you to make friends and continue practicing your German. Examples of typical activities arranged include sports such as soccer and volleyball, swimming in Lake Constance, paddleboat trips around the island and bike tours. The school also regularly arranges evening activities, such as parties, guided tours of Lindau, karaoke, games nights, barbecues and mini-golf.
During the week you will have one half day activity/excursion, such as shopping in Ravensburg, visits to wildlife parks, high-rope courses and water-skiing. At the weekend you will have one full-day excursion, possibly to Munich, Neuschwanstein Castle, aquaparks or hikes in the mountains.
Full supervision is provided during lessons, activities and excursions and in the accommodation. You will have to make your own way to the school each day, although you will normally travel with your roommate, as you will have the same schedule and, anyway, the journey should be fairly short and easy. You will be permitted some free, unsupervised time, although you must respect the curfew which is 22.00. Host families will inform the school if you break curfew.
If you arrive into Lindau Train Station, your hosts will be pleased to collect you free of charge. We can also arrange airport transfers for students, but this service is not included in the course price due to the number of different airports in the area. Airport transfers can be arranged from Friedrichshafen, Zurich, Stuttgart or Munich Airports.