Learn German in a city of superlatives: With over 3.5 million residents, Berlin is Germany’s largest city and is the home of numerous prestigious universities, colleges, and research institutes. Berlin is also the country’s most important political, economic and cultural center. This makes Berlin the perfect location for students from all over the world to study German and learn more about Germany’s history, politics and arts at the Humboldt-Institut’s German language school.
The Humboldt-Institut has been welcoming students to its German language school in Berlin since June 2014. The school offers modern classrooms, a language laboratory, a spacious common area and comfortable student rooms. A special highlight is the rooftop terrace with panoramic views of Berlin. The institute’s central location in Berlin-Mitte and excellent transit connections put a large number of sights within easy reach.
During their German course in Berlin our students may choose between two types of accommodation:
Student residence on campus
The students are housed in our residence in single, twin or on occassion triple rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. All rooms feature modern and comfortable furniture, TV and Wi-Fi internet access. Living on-campus offers many advantages: a short walk to class, ideal learning conditions and a family atmosphere.
With this 360° panoramic image you get a first impression of the rooms in Berlin.
Our all-inclusive course fees cover three meals a day as well as a selection of fresh fruit. Our kitchen staff offers a varied and healthy diet and cooks all meals fresh every day.
Bed linen and towels will be provided and changed regularly. For your personal laundry there is a coin washing machine and dryer available.
In their host families, students will stay in single or twin rooms. Students will have breakfast with their families and lunch at the school. All host families have been carefully selected and are well- known to us. The commute time between host family and school may take up to one hour.
Berlin is such an exciting city with such an amazing range of options that finding things to do during free afternoons and evenings is practically guaranteed for each and every course participant:
Berlin features world-renowned museums, many concerts, theatrical productions, cultural events, movie theaters, bars, beer gardens and discos, as well as shopping opportunities. If you prefer some peace and quiet, you can also enjoy the many oases of tranquility in and around the city.
We offer our course students an interesting and varied leisure program that is already included in the course fee, except for entrance fees. We are also happy to help them plan and organize their own activities. Our leisure time coordinators are often students at Berlin universities who know the city and German university campus life well and can give many valuable suggestions and recommendations.
The following list are some examples of leisure time activities that are possible in Berlin:
Entrance fees are not included in the course fee.
For more detailed information about the German lessons in the morning and afternoon, the leisure activities and excursions, we have put together an exemplary schedule for a week at the Humboldt-Institut in Berlin. Click on the following link to download the weekly schedule for Berlin-Mitte.
Every Saturday we offer full-day excursions to interesting cities or sights that are included in the course fee, except for entrance fees. Possible destinations are:
The Humboldt-Institut offers various options to study German in Berlin: intensive German courses with 30 lessons per week, part-time German courses with 5 or 6 lessons per week and one-to-one German courses with 25, 30 or 40 lessons per week. The German classes in Berlin are offered for all language levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2.
All intensive courses are also available as a full-package including accommodation, full board and after-class activities. Further information on the courses can be found on the overview page German courses for adults.
Compare all course centers for adults
All German courses with accommodation include all lessons, course materials, housing, full board, daily activity program, weekly excursions (except entrance fees) and a certificate.
All Courses without accommodation and part-time courses include all lessons, books and a certificate.
In addition to our intensive German courses, we also offer part-time German courses. No matter if you wish to study German in the evening* or on Saturdays*: we have the right course for you! Part-time courses consist of 2 modules per level (A1, A2, B1) and 4 modules per level (B2, C1, C2). One module equals 12 weeks of course.
You are welcome to have your German language level tested at our institute before your course starts. Please call to make an appointment for the test. Alternatively, you can test your German skills by taking our online test. Please note: the online test is only a rough guideline; it does not replace the placement test in the school.
Learners with previous German knowledge may begin a course on a weekly basis upon previous agreement and depending on the placement test results.
Here you find the schedules for our part-time German courses:
|Type of German course||Day and time|
|Evening German course||Tuesday and Thursday from 18:00 – 20:30|
|Saturday German course||Saturday from 9:30 – 14:00|
In part-time courses no lessons are held:
*For students requiring visas: no visa will be granted for courses involving fewer than 18 lessons per week.
Important notice: until the end of 2021, the part-time course take place as online courses.
Bildungsurlaub (educational leave) is a special form of vacation that serves vocational or political education. The German courses of the Humboldt-Institut in Berlin are recognized as an educational offer within the meaning of the Berlin Education Leave Act. Please contact us if you would like to book a German course as part of your Bildungsurlaub. You will receive all necessary documents from us for submission to your employer. Please calculate with a processing time of about 10 weeks.
With the combination of courses in Berlin and Constance our learners have the opportunity to experience two uniquely distinct regions of Germany within a short amount of time.
On the one hand Germany’s capital, with more than 3.5 million inhabitants is the largest and most vibrant city in the country with a large variety of sights and cultural offers. Constance, on the other hand, is an unhurried and laid-back city of 85,000 inhabitants and is rated as having the highest quality of life in Germany due to its gorgeous location on the shores of Lake Constance and its proximity to Switzerland and the Alps.
A bus transfer between the cities (Constance–Berlin or Berlin–Constance) is included in the course fee when booking two consecutive courses of a minimum of five weeks in each of the two cities.
Every year we welcome students from many different countries and from all continents. This balanced mix ensures an international atmosphere in our house in Berlin. Last year the distribution was as follows:
there were participants from 81 nations in our courses.
there were participants from 55 nations in our courses.
In this non-exhaustive list you find relevant posts from the Humboldt blog about our language school in Berlin and of course our students there. We hope you enjoy reading!
Discover the two language schools for adults in Berlin and Constance in this video. Enjoy watching!
Our day of arrival is the Sunday before the course starts and the departure day is the Saturday after the end of the course.Many (German) cities offer a direct train or bus connection to Berlin. The airports in Berlin are served from many different airlines nationally and internationally.
The Humboldt-Institut Berlin-Mitte is located in the central district and has an underground garage where students may park for a fee. Public street parking is also available nearby.
The school is located directly next to the S-Bahn (suburban train) station Nordbahnhof. The next U-Bahn (subway, metro) station Naturkundemuseum (natural history museum) is about 500 meters away. By tram, the Berlin Hauptbahnhof (central train station) can be reached within seven minutes.
If students wish to be picked up from the airport, we can arrange an airport transfer service for a fee from and to Berlin Brandenburg airport (BER).
Airport Berlin Brandenburg (BER)50 EUR