In our residential schools students stay on the same campus where they have their lessons, which has, of course, many advantages for our course participants: they have all meals together, spend the afternoons, evenings and weekends together and hence it is very easy for them to make a lot of new friends from different countries in a short time.
Our staff will try to create a feeling of being one big international family at the Humboldt-Institut, where all students are integrated, and where German is the only language spoken. Having a chance to practice the target language all day long, even outside of the classroom, will speed up the learning process incredibly, and increase the motivation of the students.
Our students usually share a room with one other student, as most of our schools have 2-bed rooms, either with shared or en-suite facilities. There are also some single rooms available on request.
We are careful about chosing roommates according to several rules which have proven to be successful: we will match each student with someone of the same German language level, so that they can practice their newly acquired skills on equal terms, i.e. without frustrating neither the more advanced, nor the less trained student. We also make sure that the roommates have similar age.
We also never put two native speakers of the same language in one room, so that the students will hopefully have to use German as their language of communication with their roommate.
Our course fees mostly include full board, i.e. we serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day, as well as a snack or some fruit during the breaks. Our kitchen staff is used to catering to this age group and offers tasty and healthy food, while finding a balance between typical German and international dishes. We can also provide meals for students with allergies, dietary or religious food restrictions (e.g. for Muslims).
In their host families, students will stay in a single room. Students have breakfast with their families and lunch at the school. All of our host families have been carefully selected and are in close contact with us. The commute time to the family is up to 1 hour.