A quick guide to learning German in Germany.
Why learn German in Germany
The easiest way to learn a new language is to learn it in the country where it is spoken. Why is that? Because there you’re not going to be able to avoid it! In Germany you will be surround by the German language, the Germans and their culture. You will encounter the language everywhere – you will see it in a store, you will hear it on the bus and you will use it in class (and hopefully outside the class – you will certainly have the opportunity to do so).
Check out 223 schools teaching German in Germany.
Germany Student Visa information
If you want to learn German in Germany you will need a Language Course Visa. It will be valid throughout the duration of your course with the maximum time being one year. If you would like to study in Germany after your language course you will need to return to your home country and apply for a student visa. For more information on required documents and fees visit the link below.
More information: https://www.germany-visa.org/student-visa/language-course/
What is the cost of learning German in Germany – language school, accommodation and food
Depending on the school and city you choose, a weekly general course of German in Germany can cost about 200€. Accommodation can range from 100€ to 300€ and there are many options including shared flats, single rooms, host family, halls of residence. The shared flat and halls of residence are the most affordable options. The language school can advise you on the available accommodation options. The average price for a lunch menu is 15€ in a regular restaurant and a meal in a fast food restaurant costs about 10€.
How to choose the perfect language school for you
There are a few things to consider when choosing the perfect language school for you. Deciding on the city is an important choice to make. You can expect higher costs in bigger cities like Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf and lower costs in others. Studying abroad combines learning with travelling and leisure so check what activities and points of interest are available in the city where you choose to study.
Check out the offer of schools in the city you choose. Contact each school directly to get information about their offer, prices and program. Most schools have experience with international students and will be well informed and prepared to help you with visas, accommodation and more.
The best way to choose the perfect school for you is to read student reviews. you can make informed decisions and choose the school that truly fits your needs based on the experiences of other students, who have gone through the same process. Try to find a source of independent reviews, or a place where students can talk about schools without having their comments moderated. Coursefinders.com is a place where you can do this, and because students have to log in with a social media profile in order to write a review you can be sure that all of the reviews are genuine.
Find out more about finding the perfect language school here.
Top 15 things to see in Germany
- Brandenburg Gate
- Cologne Cathedral
- The Berlin Wall
- Checkpoint Charlie
- The Reichstag building
- Insel Mainau on Lake Constance
- Neuschwanstein Castle
- Schwarzwald – the Black Forest
- Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg
- Bastei in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains
- The Rhine Valley
- Museumsinsel in Berlin
- Bavarian Alps
- Sanssouci Park and Palace in Potsdam
- Europa-Park amusement park
Preparing to study abroad
In order to reduce stress associated with studying abroad prepare yourself for the experience to make sure you will have the best possible time when you’re away. When preparing to study abroad there are a few things you should consider:
1 – Choose the perfect school for you – this is probably the most important step, to make an informed decision make sure to read reviews from other students like you.
2 – Paperwork – find out if you need a permit or visa, think about getting travel insurance and ask your language school for any other paperwork you might need to prepare.
3 – Research – do research on the place you chose to visit. Find out about weather conditions, popular places, points of interest, where to get help, check out transportation options and more.
4 – Book your accommodation – choose the accommodation which best suits your needs and book in advance. Make sure to pack the right things for the type of accommodation you have chosen.
5 – Book your flight – book your flight in advance to get best prices. Remember to double check what size of luggage you are allowed take on board.
6 – Visit the doctor – get checked out by your doctor and make sure you are healthy and ready to travel.
7 – Planning finances – you can estimate your budget based on the information in this guide. Remember to include a little extra money for unexpected expenses.
8 – Packing – think about the things you should and can take with you. Consider the weather conditions and your luggage space. Don’t take too many things and leave some space in your bag for souvenirs.
9 – Keeping in touch – plan how you’re going to keep in touch with your family and friends, don’t forget to tell them about it!