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Meersburg

German courses from June to August at marvelous Lake Constance; accommodation in families

Learning German at Lake Constance with accommodation in German host families
Group of teenagers exploring the historique city center of Meersburg

Pictoresque town at Lake Constance

The picturesque little town of Meersburg with a population of about 5,600 people is located on the northern shores of Lake Constance. Surrounded by orchards and vineyards, it offers a marvelous view of the imposing peaks of the Swiss and Austrian Alps.


Great variety of leisure activities

But it is not only the romantic region that makes this course center so popular with our students: the proximity of the lake is ideal for swimming and sunbathing, and the gorgeous old part of town is perfect for going shopping or taking a stroll in an idyllic atmosphere. The lakeside promenade with its many cafés is a favorite place for relaxing and observing life on the water, with the wonderful mountains in the background.


Germany's oldest inhabited fortress

Meersburg was named after the town’s impressive 1,400-year old fortress, the oldest one in Germany that is still in use. A magnificent baroque castle and many well-preserved half-timbered houses also figure among the town’s outstanding buildings. Despite its small size, Meersburg is a wonderfully lively town which offers an amazing variety of recreational opportunities.

Gorgeous school building

Our courses are held in the “Jugendmusikschule” music school in the town of Meersburg. The gorgeous historic building where we teach German to our international students is located in the very center of the town and features bright, modern classrooms.


Amidst historic downtown

The music school is situated right next to the baroque castle. The convenient location of the school in the middle of the historic downtown area of Meersburg makes it very attractive to our students, as right after their classes they can enjoy the lively atmosphere of the pedestrian zone of this beautiful town.

Summer course

From 710.00 EUR / week
Minimum age: 15
Maximum age: 18
Number of lessons: 25 (45 min. each) per week
School days : Monday to Friday
Levels: A1 (elementary 1) to B2 (intermediate 2)
Start date(s): 26 Jun 2017, 17 Jul 2017

Summer course for beginners without previous knowledge

From 710.00 EUR / week
Minimum age: 15
Maximum age: 18
Number of lessons: 25 (45 min. each) per week
School days : Monday to Friday
Levels: A1 (elementary 1) to B2 (intermediate 2)
Start date(s): 26 Jun 2017

Sailing course (9 hours)

63.00 EUR
9 lessons spread over 3 course weeks
, total price 189.-- EUR
Minimum 5 participants required

Accommodation in host families or the JUFA hostel

In Meersburg our students can choose between accommodation in host families or the JUFA hostel. The JUFA hostel is situated in the city center in close proximity to our school. Most of the host families live within walking distance from the school, and if they don’t, our students will be given a bicycle free of charge in return for a deposit payment.


Right host family for every student

Many local families of Meersburg have become traditional hosts for our students; they enjoy the international atmosphere and want to give their international visitor insight into their lives.


Half board or full board

Students have breakfast either with their family or at the JUFA hostel depending of their choice of accommodation. Dinner will be served for all our students at the JUFA hostel. Lunch, however, is not included in the fee but students can choose between half board and full board. If they choose full board, lunch will be also served at the JUFA hostel. Choosing half board, students can explore the restaurants and cafés in Meersburg for lunch.


Rooms and roommates

In their host family, students will stay in a single, double or a multiple occupancy room. At the JUFA hostel 3-bed rooms are available. Concerning room assignment the same rules apply as in our residential schools: if students share a room, we are very careful to select roommates of very similar age and similar German knowledge, but with different native languages. This kind of room assignment encourages students to practice their German with each other even outside the classroom.


Rules for our minors

As our Meersburg participants are minors, certain rules have to be obeyed, especially for free time. There is an 11 p.m. curfew on school nights, for instance. Observing those rules is essential, if the program is to be successful for everyone. Host families and school representatives work together to ensure that rules are observed.


Laundry

Laundry service is usually available for a small fee.

Daily organized recreational program

A full-time counselor will be in charge of the recreational program for the afternoons, evenings and weekends. He or she also guarantees reliable supervision seven days a week.


Varied leisure activities

Every day, our counselor will encourage all students to participate in a variety of activities, including sports (badminton, basketball, frisbee, soccer, swimming, volleyball etc.), barbecues, games, hikes, discussion groups (in German), movies, exhibitions, concerts, etc.


Added sports and courses

Sailing, water skiing, windsurfing and tennis are possible as well, but for an extra charge (i.e., they are not included in our recreational program); sailing and windsurfing require a license, however. Our staff will be happy to help arrange these activities.


Additionally, our students can book a sailing and/or diving course which we offer in cooperation with a local water sports school for an additional fee.


Leisure time activities and facilities:


  • Badminton
  • Barbecue
  • Basketball
  • Frisbee
  • Sailing*
  • Soccer
  • Swimming in the lake
  • Swimming in an outdoor pool
  • Tennis*
  • Volleyball
  • Water skiing*
  • Windsurfing*

* not included in the course fee

Full-day excursions

Every Saturday we organize and accompany full-day excursions. These events and the entrance fees are included in the course fee. Possible destinations are:


  • Stuttgart

The so-called “cradle of the automobile”, where the Mercedes-Benz was invented and where Porsche and Maybach now have plants as well


  • Freiburg

A very idyllic university town in the Black Forest with a very charming, historic downtown


The surroundings of Lake Constance are also favourite destinations, both for our weekend trips, as well as for half-day excursions during the week: Lindau with its historic downtown, located in the triangle between the three countries of Germany, Austria and Switzerland; Friedrichshafen, famous for the Zeppelin; Constance, the famous, largest city (population: 82,000) on Lake Constance or Ueberlingen, a venerable town on the sunny west shore of the lake, with amazing views of the Alps and the majestic Saentis, often referred to as “the Riviera of Lake Constance.”


Reliable supervision guaranteed

Wherever we take our students, we guarantee reliable supervision during the trip.

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Railway station

We will gladly pick up our students from the closest railway station free of charge. The name of that station is Friedrichshafen.


Airport transfer

If students wish to be picked up from the airport, we can arrange an airport transfer service for them for a fee. Airports from and to which transfers can be arranged are: Zurich, Memmingen and Friedrichshafen. Fees will be doubled for transfers on other days than the official days of arrival and departure.



Zurich airport

(per person and route) 50,00 EUR

Friedrichshafen airport

(per person and route) 20,00 EUR

Memmingen airport

(per person and route) 60,00 EUR

School Detail

Minimum age : 15
Maximum age : 18
Number of students per class (approx.) : 10
Levels : A1 to B2
Pictures
Oldest German inhabited fortress
Oldest German inhabited fortress
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Oldest German inhabited fortress
3-bed room at the JUFA hostel
Group of students walking through city of Meersburg
JUFA hostel building in the city center of Meersburg
2 students attending German lessons
2 teenagers on a water bike
Guided city walk with Brigitta
2 students sitting at lakeside
City of Meersburg
Reception in the JUFA hostel
City walk in historic town of Meersburg
The dining hall of the JUFA hostel
Group picture
Group of students in front of Lake Constance panorama
Meersburg students visiting Mainau Island
Historic fortress of Meersburg
City center of Meersburg
Entrance of the JUFA hostel with dining area
Historic center of Meersburg
View of Meersbug over Lake Constance
City center of Meersburg
Group of students in front of fortress
Historic watermill in Meersburg
View on harbour with sailing boats
Students enjoy fantastic view over Lake Constance
Historic building
Students in front of new castle in Meersburg
Students walking through town of Meersburg
Group picture of summer course students
View over the roofs of Meersburg
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