Germany | Hamburg | Intensive German Course
Intensive German Course
These courses are available throughout the year for students of 17 years upwards. Students can travel for one week, two weeks or longer, we are able to tailor packages to suit your requirements.
Suitable for beginners or more experienced linguists, students can immerse themselves in German life and culture whilst learning the language and taking part in the activities on offer.
Beginner courses start on the first Monday of every month.
Non-beginner courses start every Monday.
Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and well known for its many interesting sights, such as the harbour and the Elbphilharmonie. Our German language school in Hamburg is located in the Esplanadebau, a historic Art Deco office building right in the city centre. From here you are only a few steps from the Alster River and the Jungfernstieg promenade.
The modern, well-equipped school is designed to give students the very best environment within which to work. With 15 classrooms, study centre, multi media room, internet cafe, student lounge and spacious terrace you will be extremely well catered for in the heart of the city.
The core course comprises 20 lessons per week which concentrate on learning and actively using the German language. The tuition is very much practice oriented. You will participate in group sessions alongside other students of a similar level, with lessons focused on improving all aspects of the language; speaking listening, reading and writing. There are four 45-minute lessons per day and these take place during the morning. This course is designed for students who wish to learn or improve their German, meet new people and have some free time to participate in German culture and life in Germany.
For students who want a more intensive experience, it is possible to add four 1:1 classes throughout the week (for an additional cost), the content of which will be decided by you in advance. We will ask you before you travel what you would like to cover with your tutor during these individual sessions, for example grammar, a specific thematic topic, conversation or pronunciation.
You will be given a written assessment before you travel and a speaking assessment on the first morning before lessons in order to place you in the group most suited to your ability level. Classes have an international flavour and a lively feel because they are grouped by ability not nationality or age.
Students interested in this course may also be interested in our Work and Study package available in Berlin or Hamburg as an alternative.
Optional Social and Cultural Programme
The school offers a range of social and cultural activities including: gallery visits, boat trips along the River Spree, seminars, guided nights out and full day excursions on Saturdays.
For students wanting to completely immerse themselves in the German language and culture we recommend that you stay with one of our carefully selected German host families. They will not only introduce you to the German way of life and help you practise the German language but will also give you a taste of local and delicious regional specialities. The host families are situated within the Berlin area within good reach of the school by foot or U-bahn / S-bahn (underground/train).
Host Family accommodation includes half-board catering (breakfast & evening meal) from the Sunday before your course starts to the Saturday after it finishes.
Subject to availability, an extra day on one side of your trip may be available on request to facilitate flight dates. A surcharge is payable for any extra nights.
You can read more about what it means to stay with a host family in our Host Family Guide.
* Please note that unlike in France and Spain where families are vetted using the local equivalents of the UK DBS check, in Germany hosts are not required to undertake a police check. Hosts are stringently vetted by the accommodation officer attached to the language school and students' reviews of hosts are used to inform the suitability of hosts for future use.
Please note residence accommodation is only available for students over 17 years old.
The school has a range of beautifully appointed single and twin, self-catering apartments situated on the school campus. Apartments include a fully equipped kitchen, private bathroom, TV, phone, WiFi, bedsheets and towels. The facilities are ideally located for access to the school and local facilities, including cafés, restaurants, bars and shops.
The school is easily accessible via Hamburg's excellent transport system and we are happy to provide details on request. We can also arrange private transfers for you from Hamburg airports or train stations for a supplement.
The school in Hamburg is closed on 07/04/23, 10/04/23, 01/05/23, 18/05/23, 29/05/23, 03/10/23 and 31/10/23.
Lessons will not be taught on these days and no replacement lessons are arranged.
Travel and Medical Insurance is available as an optional extra with this package. For more details please see our Insurance page.
Included in this Package
- 20 Core German lessons per week
- The option to upgrade to 4 1:1 lessons on a topic or focus of your choosing
- Accommodation (optional)
- Social & Cultural Programme (optional)
- Course materials
- Course Certificate
- 24/7 Emergency support from UK office during your stay
- Travel and Medical Insurance (optional)
Students are welcome to book into the school for any number of weeks. Many students will travel to the school for long (12 weeks+) at a time, even starting from limited or no level in the language. We have prices for 1-4 weeks on our website. We are able to arrange any duration of stay at the language school. Contact us if you would like a package that we have not listed.