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German in Hamburg, DID

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Programme Summary:

  • Ages 17+
  • Sessions starting from 1 week
  • Harbour city, known as the 'Venice of the North'
  • Located in the city centre
  • Huge 200 m2 terrace
  • Accommodation with a host family, in a shared flat or residence

Destination

Language programme in Hamburg

Hamburg is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in Germany with its architecture and scenic river setting. This harbour city runs along the Elbe river, and is not just an industrial city; it has a myriad of cultural and artistic activities for you to choose from. Visitors have the chance to wander round the unique shops and discover the intriguing, artistic culture of such a charming city. Known for being a creative area, it's no wonder that Hamburg is the capital of comedy and German Indie Rock.

Hamburg is often called the Venice of the North due to its huge artifical lakes and multiple canals. The harbour itself is the third largest in the world, giving it a certain charm next to its creative side. This city is full of surprises, and you will definitely fall in love with the North after visiting its major city.

Discover various elements of Norddeutsche Kultur: being a little more discreet than the Oktoberfest and Karnival traditions of cities located in the south, that does not mean that you will be short on activities - on the contrary! If you're looking for a high quality language programme while living in the heart of a beautiful and culturally diverse city, then Hamburg is for you.

The German school DID

Founded in 2009, our partner school DID is located in the city centre, a 5 minute walk from the Jungfernstieg and close to tram station Dammtor.

The quality of teaching at DID is kept at a very high standard, with experienced teachers qualified in teaching their native tongue to those learning it as a second language. School capacity is around 75 - 150 students.

School facilities include:

  • A big roof terrace of 200m2 with a spectacular view on the Inner Alster (the biggest artificial lake in the city) and the Jungfernstieg.
  • 15 brightly-lit classrooms with modern equipment and multimedia teaching materials
  • A computer room with 20 computers
  • A large library
  • Several multimedia rooom
  • A spacious cafetaria with vending machines for drinks and snacks
  • WiFi

The school is accredited by EAQUALS (European Association for Quality Language Services) and is a TestDaf official examination centre.

Activities and events during your stay

Our partner school organizes 2 activities per week and excursions during the weekends. which you can participate or not. These activities are optional and some may require a fee. All activities are subject to change and vary depending on the time of year. You can book directly on site: entry fees and transportation are not included.

Some of the many activities may include:

  • Guided visit of the city (the harbour, SPICY museum, the Hamburg Dungeon, the Speicherstadt, etc.)
  • Full-day excursions to Bremen, Lübeck, Berlin, the North Sea, etc.

Courses

German language courses: the basics

  • 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 can also be scheduled in the afternoon in peak season
  • Placement test: first day of lessons
  • Certificate of completion at the end of your stay
  • Regular progress tests
  • All teachers are qualified and experienced in teaching German as a foreign language

Courses on offer

  • Standard course: 20 lessons per week

    Minimum length: 1 week

    You will have classes in the morning from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 10:30 and from 10:45 to 12:15, where you will develop the 4 basic skills: writing, speaking, listening and reading.

    Language level: beginner to advanced

  • Semi-intensive course: 24 lessons per week

    Minimum length: 1 week

    You will have classes in the morning from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 10:30 and from 10:45 to 12:15 and on Tuesday and Thursday from 13:00 to 14:30. The course will address different themes: politics, culture and economics. You will learn how to communicate effectively and put your skills into practice.

    Language level: beginner to advanced

  • Intensive course: 28 lessons per week

    You will have classes in the morning from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 10:30 and from 10:45 to 12:15 and on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 13:00 to 14:30. This course is ideal for quick improvements of your German knowledge, especially if you only have little time.

    Language level: beginner to advanced

  • TestDaf Exam Preparation Course: 20 lessons a week

    Course duration: 4 weeks

    As an authorized centre for TestDaF exams, DID 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.

    Language level: 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 to school: the families live max. 45 minutes from the school by public transport.

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

Optional extras (fees apply):

  • Individual room

Shared Apartment (ages 18+)

Single room, shared bathroom, self-catering

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

Features:

  • Single room
  • Shared bathroom and toilets
  • Shared kitchen
  • No meals included
  • Travel time: maximum 45 minutes from the school by public transport

Residence (Youth Hostel, ages 18+)

We offer 2 types of youth hotels:

  • Standard (Hotel A&O)

Single room, private bathroom, breakfast included

Our partner school provides accommodation at Hotel A&O, located in several Berlin buildings.

Features:

  • Single room
  • Private bathroom and toilet
  • Breakfast included (buffet)
  • Travel time: +/- 15 minutes by public transport
  • Location: close to the train station Hauptbahnhof, +/- 5 minutes from the city center by public transport

Facilities and services available:

  • TV in every room
  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • Laundry (for a fee)
  • 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)

Single room, private bathroom, breakfast included

Our partner school provides accommodation at Meininger hotel, located in several Berlin buildings.

Features:

  • Single room
  • Private bathroom and toilet
  • Breakfast included (buffet)
  • Travel time: 15 minutes by public transport
  • Location: close to the train station Altona, +/- 15 minutes from the city center by public transport

Facilities and services available:

  • TV, telephone, air conditioning and hairdryer in every room
  • WiFi in every room and in the hote
  • Shared kitchen
  • Laundry (for a fee)
  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • Reception available 24/7
  • Computers available in the lobby of the hotel (user fees)

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

Dates & Prices 2019

Dates 2019

Course start dates: Most courses start every Monday year-round (exceptions are outlined below.) On Bank Holiday Mondays, lessons start on Tuesdays.

Complete beginners must start on the following dates: 07/01, 04/02, 04/03, 01/04, 06/05, 03/06, 01/07, 05/08, 02/09, 07/10, 04/11

Bank holidays and holidays (No lessons will take place on these dates and they will not be rescheduled or refunded): 21/12/18, 06/01/19, 19/04, 22/04, 01/05, 30/05, 10/06, 03/10

TestDaf Exam Preparation session (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 2019

This programme contains classes Accommodation included Meal included 24h support
Booking prices -

Includes all taxes and enrolment fees

Apply
Course & accommodation in shared apartment, single room, self-catering
Duration20 lessons24 lessons28 lessons
1 week410 €460 €510 €
2 weeks695 €775 €895 €
3 weeks1,025 €1,135 €1,325 €
4 weeks1,360 €1,500 €1,760 €
6 weeks2,030 €2,230 €2,630 €
8 weeks2,700 €2,960 €3,500 €
12 weeks3,680 €4,140 €4,920 €
16 weeks4,660 €5,320 €6,340 €
18 weeks5,060 €5,820 €6,960 €
20 weeks5,640 €6,500 €7,760 €
24 weeks6,620 €7,680 €9,180 €
32 weeks8,580 €10,040 €12,020 €
36 weeks9,560 €11,220 €13,440 €
Extra week245 €295 €355 €
TestDaF Exam preparation & accommodation in shared apartment, single room, self-catering
Duration20 lessons
4 weeks1,220 €
Private lessons (45 min.) in addition to the group courses
2 lessons (minimum) 90 €
Optional extras (per week)
Host family, shared room, half board40 €
Host family, single room, half board50 €
Standard Residence, single room, breakfast included115 €
Peak-season extra (01/07 - 25/08)55 €
Accommodation extra for Christmas holidays (23/12-06/01/19)100 €
Course materials (to be paid on site - per month)20 €
Airport transfers to/from accommodation (per journey)75 €

Prices include:

  • Your chosen course
  • Your chosen accommodation
  • All school taxes and enrolment fees

Prices do not include:

  • Travel to/from Berlin
  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • All meals in shared flat
  • Local transportation
  • Activity fees (to be paid on site)
  • Course materials
  • Deposit, where applicable (€200, to be paid upon arrival)
  • Exam fees, where applicable

Practical Information

Travel

Arrivals: Sunday (from 3 pm in residence, between 12 pm and 8 pm in host family)

Departures: Saturday (before 10 am in residence, between 8 am and 12 pm in host family)

Arrival airports or stations:

  • Airport of Hamburg (HAM): about 25 minutes (by metro)
  • Hamburg central station

Airport transfers available on request (fees apply, please see Dates & Prices tab)

Please note: do not make travel arrangements until we have confirmed your enrolment in your chosen course (about 4 days after deposit 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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