Munich is the picturesque capital of Bavaria and one of Germany’s most important cultural centres. Cited as one of the world’s most liveable cities, Munich combines a long history with a modern, cosmopolitan outlook and is an exciting location for your German summer course. It is also a very safe city, which makes it a perfect choice for teenagers.
This programme takes place in a fairytale castle built in the 19th Century. The castle lies within Munich’s city limits and is 15 minutes’ by public transport from the city centre. Facilities include spacious classrooms, on-site accommodation, a knights’ hall, student lounge, billiard table, playground in the castle park, table tennis equipment and an Internet café with a lovely terrace.
You will have 20 German lessons per week which take place from Monday to Friday. This course has been specifically designed for students who already have at least an ‘elementary’ level of German (and so are able to introduce themselves, ask/answer simple questions and use numbers in dates and times). You will all have a level test on arrival at the school which will make sure that you are placed in the most suitable group for your level.
The course will concentrate mainly on improving your overall level of German, and will do so by using a ‘communicative method’. This means that there will be an emphasis on the everyday, practical usage of the language (and, therefore, there will be lots of speaking and listening), although you will, of course, cover all aspects of the language. German will be the only language spoken in class.
Your teachers will be native German speakers who have university degrees and are fully qualified to teach German as a foreign language. The content of the lessons and the teaching materials will be appropriate to your age group, to make sure that lessons are fun and engaging.
You will stay in the on-site, within the castle itself. Each room sleeps 4-5 students of the same gender. Where possible, the school does try to mix nationalities to encourage you to use German as your common language. Each room has a shower room, and there are toilet facilities in the hallway. Your accommodation will be arranged from the Sunday before your course starts until the Sunday after your course finishes.
You will be provided with all your meals in the school’s cafeteria, so please do let us know at the time of booking if you have any special dietary requirements or allergies.
Activities are organised every afternoon and evening during the week and usually start at around 14.00, after your morning lessons and lunch. Examples of typical afternoon activities include swimming, soccer, cycling and theatre trips. Typical evening activities include barbecues, parties or guided night walks in the forest.
There will be one half-day and one full-day excursion per week. Examples of typical excursions include trips to Bayern Munich’s training ground, the BMW Museum or Nymphenburg Castle.
On Sundays new students will arrive as students who have finished their course depart. If you are not leaving, you can either spend the day relaxing in the castle grounds, or you can take part in an optional excursion, to places such as Castle Neuschwanstein, rafting tours on the River Isar, rock climbing or hiking in the Bavarian Alps. Please note that these optional trips will incur a small additional charge payable directly to the school. There will also be a minimum number of participants required to run the excursion.
Full supervision is provided on this programme with members of staff available at all times to support students. With parental permission, you may, in pairs or small groups, be allowed to separate from the main group during excursions, but you will be expected to meet up with the group at the time and place agreed.
Airport transfers are included in the course price from/to Munich Airport.