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German in Berlin - DID

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Programme Summary:

  • Ages 17+
  • Sessions starting from 1 week
  • Young and vibrant atmosphere
  • School located in the city centre
  • Accommodation with host family, in a shared flat or a residence
  • All levels accepted throughout the whole year

Destination

Language programme in Berlin

Berlin, also known as the European New York City, is an inevitable capital. Divided into two Germanies during the cold war, the city has unique history of the late 20th century.

Berlin has a rich history but also has a youth and cosmopolitan character. The ´city that never sleeps´ has always something to offer: from expositions about East Berlin to streetart to Opera « Unter den Linden »,you don´t have to be bored.

Akin to a construction site since the fall of the Berlin wall, the ultra-modern architecture of Berlin's 'Mitte' and Potsdamer Platz area are in stark contrast with the charming, alternative areas such as Kreuzberg or Prenzluaer Berg. With their young and hip atmosphere, they continually attract young travellers from all over the world.

The German school DID

Our parnterschool DID is situated in the center of Berlin, in a small and quiet street** on only 15 minutes walking from the Brandenburg gate, a few minutes from Alexandersplatz and close to the metro station Oranienburger Tor. Founded in 1991, the school offers high quality classes in a bright and spacious environment. There is place for 300 students.

Facilities of the school:

  • 15 bright and spacious classrooms
  • A multimedia center with 6 computers
  • A studyspace for group projects with a large selection of books and CD´s
  • A cybercafé with 10 computers (user fees)
  • A cafetaria with a vending machine for drinks and snacks
  • A roof terrace

The school is accredited by EAQUALS (European Association for Quality Language Services) and examination centres of TestDaF.

Activities during your stay

Our partner school organizes 2 activities per week and excursions during the weekends, which you can participate or not. Activities can be free but also for the cost price. The frequency of the activities depend on the time of the year. You can book directly at the school: entry fees and transportation are not included.

Examples of activities:

  • Guided visit of the city (the Brandenburg gate, Alexanderplats and the Fernsehturn, parts of the Berlin wall, cultural center Tacheles, the Hackescher Markt, Unter den Linden, the Reichstag, Potsdam, the `German Versailles´, etc.)
  • One day excursions to Hamburg, Dresden, Spreewalde, etc.
  • Visit the Jewish Museum & the Pergamon museum

Course

German course: general information

  • Lesson duration: 45 minutes
  • Number of students per class: average of 10-12 students, maximum 15
  • Schedule: courses will mostly be given in the morning but in peak season the can also be scheduled in the afternoon
  • Assessment test: on the first day of the course
  • Certificate of attendance on the last day of the course
  • Regularly evaluation of the progression
  • The teachers have a diploma for teaching their mother tongue to foreigners.

Types of courses

  • Standard course: 20 lessons of German per week

Minimum 1 week

You will follow the course every morning, from Monday to Friday, from 9.00h to 10.30h and from 10.45h to 12.15h. You will practise the four linguistic skills: reading, comprehension, speaking and writing.

Levels offered : elementary to advanced

  • Semi-intensive course: 24 lessons of German per week

Minimum 1 week

You will follow the course every morning, from Monday to Friday, from 9.00h to 10.30h and from 10.45h to 12.15h and Tuesday and Thursday from 13.00h to 14.30h. The course will address different themes: political, cultural and economic. You will learn how to communicate effectively and put into practice your skills

Levels offered : elementary to advanced

  • Intensive course: 28 lessons of German per week

You will follow the course every morning, from Monday to Friday, from 9.00h to 10.30h and from 10.45h to 12.15h and Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 13.00h to 14.30h. This course is ideal for quick improvements of your German knowledge, even if you only have little time.

Levels offered : elementary to advanced

  • Preparation course for TestDaf exams: 20 lessons a week

This course takes 4 weeks.

The school is an authorized centre for taking TestDaF exams for students that applied. They organize courses of 20 lessons a week to prepare students for the exams. You can find the starting dates of the course in the ´Dates & prices´ tab.

Minimum level required: advanced (B2+ or C1)

  • Private lessons

This course will be given in blocks of 2 lessons in addition to the group courses (standard, semi-intensive or intensive). This individual course offers students the opportunity to follow a program completely adapted to their needs.

Accommodation

Homestay

Shared room, shared bathroom, half board

Travel time: the families live on max. 45 minutes from the school by public transport.

Laundry: Some families ask for a fee of some euros for using the washing machine.

Extra options (fees apply):

  • Individual room

Shared Apartment with an inhabitant (ages 18 and up)

Individual room, shared bathroom, no meals

This options gives you the change to live more independent and have direct contact with the German culture. You will share the apartment with students or inhabitants of the city.

Specifications:

  • Individual room
  • Shared bathroom and toilets
  • Shared kitchen
  • No meals included
  • Travel time: up till 45 minutes from the school by public transport.
  • Bedding provided (unless indicated otherwise)

Residence (Youth Hotel)(ages 18 and up)

We offer 2 types of youth hotels:

  • Standard (Hotel A&O)

*Individual room, private bathroom and breakfast

Specifications:

  • Individual room
  • Private bathroom and toilet
  • Including breakfast (buffet)
  • Travel time: approx.10 or 30 minutes by public transport, depends on the building you are in
  • Location: close to the train station Hauptbahnhof or Ostbahnhof, approx. 10 minutes from the city center by public transport

Facilities and services:

  • TV and closet in every room
  • Shared kitchen
  • Towels and bedding provided
  • Launderette (paid)
  • WiFi (user fees)
  • Reception available 24/7
  • Computers available in the lobby of the hotel

*Possibility to stay in a shared room when participants travel together (price per person)

  • Superior (Hotel Meininger)

Individual room, private bathroom, breakfast

Our school offers accommodation in the Meininger hotel, which has more buildings in Berlin.

Specifications:

  • Individual room
  • Private bathroom and toilet
  • Including breakfast (buffet)
  • Travel time: approx. 10 minutes by public transport or 8 minutes walking, depends on the building you´re in
  • Location: close to the train station Hauptbahnhof or Oranienburger Strasse, approx. 10 minutes from the city center by public transport

Facilities and services:

  • TV, telephone, air conditioning and hairdryer in every room
  • Towels and bedding provided
  • Launderette (paid)
  • WiFi in every room and in the hotel
  • Shared kitchen
  • Reception available 24/7
  • Computers available in the lobby of the hotel

*Possibility to stay in a shared room when participants travel together (price per person)

Prices & Dates 2018

Dates 2018

Start of session : most courses start every Monday, during the year, except if mentioned different below. In case Monday is a bank holiday, the session starts Tuesday.

Complete beginners must start on the following dates: 02/01, 05/02, 05/03, 03/04, 07/05, 04/06, 02/07, 16/07, 06/08, 03/09, 01/10, 29/10.

Bank holidays and holidays (courses will not take place, be made up later or be reimbursed): 01/01, 30/03, 02/04, 01/05, 10/05, 21/05, 03/10.

Starting dates preparation sessions TestDaf exam (sessions of 4 weeks) :

  • 22/01 (exam 20/02)
  • 26/03 (exam 26/04)
  • 23/04 (exam 23/05)
  • 18/06 (exam 19/07)
  • 20/08 (exam 20/09)
  • 15/10 (exam 13/11)

Prices 2018

Price table -

All taxes and enrolment fees included

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Classes & accommodation in a shared apartment, single room, no meals included
Duration20 lessons24 lessons28 lessons
1 week395 €445 €495 €
2 weeks685 €765 €885 €
3 weeks1,010 €1,120 €1,310 €
4 weeks1,340 €1,480 €1,740 €
6 weeks2,000 €2,200 €2,600 €
8 weeks2,660 €2,920 €3,460 €
12 weeks3,620 €4,080 €4,860 €
16 weeks4,580 €5,240 €6,260 €
18 weeks4,970 €5,730 €6,870 €
20 weeks5,540 €6,400 €7,660 €
24 weeks6,500 €7,560 €9,060 €
32 weeks8,420 €9,880 €11,860 €
36 weeks9,380 €11,040 €13,260 €
Extra week240 €290 €350 €
Exam prep for the TestDaF, accommodation in a shared apartment, single room, no meals included
Duration20 lessons
4 weeks1,200 €
Extras (per week)
Host family, shared room, breakfast25 €
Host family, single room, breakfast50 €
Host family, shared room, half board70 €
Host family, single room, half board105 €
Standard residence, single room, breakfast 115 €
Extra for classes during peak season (03/07 - 25/08)35 €
Extra for accommodation during peak season (02/07 - 26/08)20 €
Accommodation during Christmas (24/12 - 30/12)100 €
Course books (to be payed after arrival - price per month)20 €
Transfer from airport - accommodation (one-way)75 €

Prices include:

  • Chosen course
  • Chosen accommodation
  • All taxed and administrative costs of the school

Prices do not include:

  • Travel to Munich
  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Fees
  • All meals in case of apartment of with inhabitant
  • Local transportation
  • The costs of the activities (pay directly at school)
  • Study books (approx. €20, buy directly at school)
  • Teaching materials
  • Deposit, if mentioned (pay upon arrival)
  • Exam fees (allow for around €175 for the TestDaf) and teaching materials for the preparation course (approx. €25)
  • Visa costs

Practical Info

Transportation

Day of arrival: Sunday (from 15h in residence, between 12h-20h in host family)

Day of departure: Saturday (before 10h in residence, between 8h-12h in host family)

Arrival airport or station:

  • Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) : approx. 30 minutes (express train)
  • Berlin Tegel (TXL) : approx. 45 minutes (express bus)
  • Central station of Berlin

Transfer possible on demand (fees apply, see ´Dates & prices´ tab)

Attention: do not book your transportation before we confirmed your stay (approx. 4 days after the complete payment).

Visa Information

Do you need a visa for this programme? For more information please consult our page Visa information.

Do not hesitate to contact us by telephone or email if you require any additional information.

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